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REVIEW – The Return by Anne L. ParksThe Return (Return to Me, #1) by A.L. Parks, Anne L. Parks
Series: Return To me #1
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Eve Carlisle had a singular purpose - sell the rustic house nestled in the Colorado ski resort town. Tortured by her husband's betrayal, the beautiful divorcee refused to give her heart to another man. But Jake had been a happy surprise, with his mesmerizing blue eyes, warm smile, strong but gentle nature - as well as being incredibly sexy. She had convinced herself the relationship with Jake was nothing more than a fling. After all, she had a life in Newport, with society friends and a lucrative career as a family court judge. Still, Jake had a definitive hold over her, and she was finding it hard to think clearly where he was concerned. The demons of prior failed marriages haunt them both, and threaten to end things just as they are beginning. When Jake tells Eve he is falling in love with her, Eve refuses to believe it can last. Returning to Newport, the hollowness of her existence exposed, she must confront her fears before she loses Jake forever.

Anne L. Parks has done it again. She’s made my heart melt, break, and swoon. She’s made my emotions run wild just at the hands of another book. I didn’t think it was possible to love this book more than her other books, but I must admit I really do.

We follow Eve Carlisle, a divorced mother of two daughters. She is strong and independent but damaged all the same by the affair of her husband and his secretary and their divorce that followed it, six years ago. Her oldest daughter now lives in England and her youngest decided to spend Christmas with her father and new wife.

Eve is trying to put her past behind her by selling their old vacation home in Colorado that the family used to spend every Christmas together in. Eve was dreading spending Christmas alone and in a house that caused so many broken memories to surface. That is until she met Jake…

Jake, the local fire chief, found Eve stranded on the side of the road in a car that wouldn’t start after swerving off the road and into a snowbank. There were sparks between them from the first meeting that just didn’t go away. Jake is funny, sarcastic, sweet, warm, caring and definitely sexy. He himself was divorced simply from a marriage that just wasn’t working, and he as well as a young daughter who lives primarily with her mother.

Together they fell mercilessly into a beautiful love, despite Eve’s time in Colorado being limited by a small amount of three weeks. After those weeks pass, Eve is stubborn and scared to take such a big leap of faith into the hands of love as she has convinced herself that their relationship will never continue to work. She insists going back to her home in Rhode Island, back to her house and her job and her supposed ‘friends,’ despite Jake and her oldest daughters protests and attempts to get her to stay.  She’s too scared to think it could ever work.

By the end of this book, my heart and my feelings were exhausted, which let me tell you, is a good thing! A.L. Park’s made the characters so real and so amazing, every word that was wrote sunk into my heart and forced me to make room for it. And this is why I love her writing, her stories, her characters and also why I will continue to love them as much as I do now, if not even more. I am excited for the next book, and can’t wait to dive into it as I did this one. This book didn’t end in a cliffhanger as the other ones by her I have read, and even though it didn’t it still left me wanting more. I recommend picking up this book and reading it and maybe re-reading it and then re-reading it and…  Well, you get the point. 😉