No sister wants her sister's castoff lover. The dad, Jonathan is so far off target with his parenting he's encouraged the problems between his daughters. Elena appears desperate in her seeking a spouse and that is not the way God gives partners. Wyatt is weak in not addressing Roxy's return. Elena dumps Wyatt [yeah], but then crawls back asking his and Roxy's forgiveness - so wrong. I get the part about God's grace, but not with this cast of characters.
(My review as seen in ACFW's E-zine, the August edition.)Return to Me by Robin Lee Hatcher is a powerful example of the ideal Christian fiction novel. It parallels the story of the prodigal son and was so engaging that I finished the story in one day. I just couldnt put it down. I identified with Roxy despite her many flaws.Roxys change of heart when she discovered Christ in an unlikely setting reminded me of my own personal experience. I remember the same still, small voice calling out to me until I finally gave my heart to the Lord. Of course, Roxys older sister Elena decided Roxy needed to experience additional consequences for her sin. Like what Roxy had naturally suffered as a result of squandering her inheritance hadnt been painful enough, and not realizing, of course, all that her sister had already lost because of her poor choices. Ive never seen a better example of how self-righteousness wounds new believers and destroys relationships and trust.Return to Me is also a wonderful illustration of the emotional and spiritual fallout resulting from manipulative rejection, and the believers need for a close walk with the Lord in order to resist pride and jealousy when new Christians succeed where they may have struggled. Thus the spiritual arc of the characters comes across as very genuine, especially when it comes to the older sisters attitude.There are some gritty situations in this story, but nothing I wouldnt let my teenager read. Overall, its a fabulous example of the regrets people experience as the result of poor choices, and the subsequent struggle to forgive ones self. The author concludes by portraying the Scripture that refers to all things being possible through Christ Jesus. I highly recommend this story because of the life-changing lessons within.
Return To Me by Robin Lee Hatcher is the story of two sisters in love with the same man--or are they? Your typical triangle on the surface, but this complicated "Love me, love me not, three-way relationship is not. Roxy leaves her family to seek fame in Nashville, TENN, while Elena stays home to continue being the dutiful daughter, waiting for Roy's former wild guy,Wyatt, now reformed, to forget Roxy and love her. What are Wyatt's real feelings and who will he choose? Does he, in fact, get a choice? He hasn't seen Roxy for seven years. Nor have her family. When she returns home, broke and ashamed, doubts fly all over the place as to where his affections really lie. The story is good but I found myself liking Roxy more than I did Elena until the very end of the book. Roxy was honest to a fault, Elena, in spite of her devotion to God, seemed shallow in some places. But perhaps this is the way Robin Hatcher wants us to see her. To realize that devout Christians can "slip" too. The ending? Expected, but as it should be. To end the story any other way would have been disappointing.