It All Comes Back to You by Melissa Wiesner is a story filled with overcoming obstacles, friendship, found family, and a lot of hard topics.
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It All Comes Back to You
Author: Melissa Wiesner
Pub. Date: August 22, 2023
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 stars
Spice: 2.5 hearts
Content Warnings: Alzheimer’s, abandonment, sexual harassment, swearing, child abuse, domestic violence, death, gun violence, sex
Anna works two jobs to get herself through college and never, ever talks about her family. It’s easier to keep her distance from everyone until she can finally leave her old life behind. That is, until chance throws her together with Gabe…
Gabe is top of the class, in a fancy fraternity, and has a big, perfect, warm-hearted family. He is everything Anna is not. Their connection is undeniable. His silver-blue eyes pierce right through her, and he makes her laugh in ways she never thought possible. But Anna would do anything to stop Gabe from discovering her darkest secret, and the real reason she goes home every night to a cold, silent apartment…
When Gabe and his family get close to the truth, Anna runs, vowing to never see them again. But forever is a long time…
Years later. Tragedy brings Anna back to the town she grew up in-a place she escaped a decade ago. When Gabe wraps his strong arms around her, it’s like finally finding home.
But when the truth comes out after all these years, will both their worlds come crashing down? Gabe is the one person Anna trusts most: but what if he has secrets, too? And how much pain can two hearts endure, before they are torn apart forever?
Spoiler-Free Book Review
Thank you to the author for my gifted eBook. All opinions are my own.
This book filled me with so many different emotions because I could really connect with the characters; their emotions became my emotions. I think that is something this author excels at is getting you to feel for her characters.
One of my favorite aspects of this story was the timeline. I got to know the characters so well because I got to see them experience life throughout the years. Not only did I get to experience milestones, but I also was able to see how the main character grew in her relationships with the other characters in the story.
While this book discusses some difficult topics such as abuse and abandonment, I did not find the story to be overall depressing.
Another part of the story that I appreciated was that the romance was natural and not inappropriate in any way considering the ages in which the main characters first meet. They really built a friendship and connection before ever acting on any romantic feelings. There were a few times I was frustrated with them for waiting so long, but ultimately, I really liked the romance.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romances or contemporary fiction that pulls on your heartstrings. If you want a book that will make you feel something meaningful, then definitely check this one out!
Where to Purchase
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