Book Review: Come Back to Me by Jody Hedlund

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I love when I learn something new in a book, and Come Back to Me had a lot of really interesting historical and religious information that I hadn't heard before. It was a bit difficult at first to make my way through the story, given the almost overload of information the reader received in the first few chapters. But it's necessary to really understand what happens as the story progresses. The story is about the Tree of Life, thinking on if it existed and what it would mean for modern medicine. It's also about forgiveness when a loved one causes you pain, and it's about loving someone even when you're from two different worlds (literally, in this case). I have never read a time travel romance quite like this one, and I wasn't sure how we would get a happy ending. If she doesn't return home, she'll die. How does everyone win with an ending like that? You'll have to read to find out. "Your father is in a coma." This is how Marian Creighton's story begins, when she realizes that she has lost her mother and may now lose her father. In his quest for a cure for her sister's illness, the same one that killed their mother, their relationship has crumbled, and she has begun to resent how distant he has become. Each are scientists, focused on their own work, but Marian has missed her father greatly. Heading to England to be with him in the hospital, she arrives to find out that there is no reason why he is in a coma. It's a medical mystery. But a clue in a safety deposit box and a sudden interest from dangerous individuals leads Marian to the conclusion that her father has finally done it - he has found the Tree of Life. Determined to save him, she researches what may have happened and discovers that he drank from the remnants from the tree, kept safe in a flask held by religious communities for centuries. Now she must do the same...and travel back in time to save her father. As I said, this book had a lot to unpack, and I was confused at first. However, as the story progressed and Marian traveled back in time, I became more and more invested in the story. She meets a brave, progressive young man in 1381, and he saves her from a situation that would have been unthinkable in modern times. They must stick together to keep her safe, while she also hides her true identity from him. It becomes increasingly difficult as she begins to fall for him, even while knowing they could never be together. If she doesn't return to present day, her body left behind will eventually die, and so will she in 1381. It's a race against time and against her heart's desire. Who will win? It was thrilling, a book I couldn't put down, and I had no idea how it would end, even in the last few chapters. That's always a fun experience and one I think you all would enjoy. Even if you're not Christian, I think you could appreciate the story and see the inspirational elements to it. To me, it was more about spirituality and the belief in something greater than yourself. And having faith in spite of seemingly insurmountable odds. **I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**