Review ~ BACK TO YOU by Priscilla Glenn
BACK TO YOU
When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.
Or that it would end so painfully.
Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.
As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?
Back to You is a sweet and endearing read about love lost and second chances. It eloquently portrays the bonds of true love and what one is willing to endure all in the name of love.
The book begins in present time where we meet Lauren, a childcare worker who has been hurt in the past by her high school best friend and first love—Michael Delaney. This story is told in third person, as it weaves in and out of the past, slowly revealing Michael’s betrayal. I enjoyed the slight aspect of suspense created in the process.
Lauren was quite possibly the most kindhearted, generous heroine I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. There were times where she came across as overly meek and I found myself mentally persuading her to stand up for herself…but her unconditional love and unique ability to understand all was both humbling and inspiring.
Michael Delaney, aka ‘Del’, with his mysterious countenance and intriguing, wounded persona captures Lauren’s interest at first sight back in high school. He has endured a traumatic past that has left him detached and guarded–but Lauren attempts to break down those barriers as they form a shaky but an ultimately unbreakable bond.
Priscilla Glenn’s writing was flawless and took me on a truly heartwarming journey. There was another love interest incorporated, but this story did not snowball into a love triangle. If you’re looking for an amazing and touching tale about broken hearts redeemed—this is your book!
(originally read & reviewed on November 2, 2012)