Return to Me - eBook  -     By: Robin Lee Hatcher
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Roxy Burke left home vowing to become a country-western star. Now she's back---dreams shattered, inheritance squandered, her life messed up. Her father tenderly embraces her, but her sister Elena harbors resentment and and anger. Even more problematic is Roxy's former boyfriend, Wyatt, a rebel-turned-Christian, is now engaged to Elena! Can they each accept God's grace?

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780310541547
ISBN-13: 9780310541547
UPC: 025986541545

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When Roxy Burke left home for Nashville, she swore she wouldn’t come back until she was a star. But it’s desperation that drives this prodigal back to her family, and no one is prepared for what happens next. Roxy has crashed and burned. She’s squandered an inheritance, lived a wild life, and wasted her talent. Desperate and ashamed, she now must return to her father and sister, neither of whom she’s talked to in seven years. Roxy’s father welcomes his daughter with love and tenderness. But his easy acceptance is hard on Roxy’s sister. After years of being the dutiful daughter, Elena feels resentment and anger toward her wayward sister. Even more problematic is the reaction of Roxy’s former boyfriend. Once a rebel, Wyatt has given his life to Christ and plans to enter the ministry. He and Elena are engaged, but Roxy’s return raises questions that could mean the end of Elena’s perfect future. The Burke family faces the return of the prodigal and must reach out for healing. Will they each be able to accept God’s grace?

Author Bio

Bestselling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both RWA and ACFW and winner of the Christy, RITA, and numerous other awards, Robin has authored over 75 books. She and her husband make their home in Idaho where she enjoys spending time with her family, her high-maintenance Papillon, Poppet, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat). For more information, visit, Facebook: robinleehatcher, Twitter: @robinleehatcher

Author Bio

Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of over fifty novels, including her latest release Return to Me and Catching Katie, named one of the Best Books of 2004 by Library Journal. Winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, two RITA Awards for Best Inspirational Romance, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin lives in Idaho.

Read the back of Return to Me by Robin Lee Hatcher and, like me, you might groan. Another modern-day version of the Prodigal Son, this current version following Roxy Burke’s journey home after an unsuccessful attempt at making it in the music world of Nashville. However, this journey hardly ends at the front door, as Roxy’s return creates turbulence for the rest of her family, especially her sister Elena. While Roxy easily finds forgiveness from her father, her older sister Elena’s response is less than welcoming.

Despite the initial groan from the well-known theme of the story, I was quickly drawn in by the easy-going language and frequent, fast-action flashbacks. Pictures of the sisters’ earlier lives create life-like characters and an understanding of their motivations and personalities. The close relationship of the sisters in their youth when contrasted with their strained relationship at Roxy’s return is heartbreaking. An added twist in the relationship comes from Wyatt, Roxy’s former boyfriend, now Elena’s fiancée. The stress from that situation was enough to keep me on edge and turning pages.

Roxy, though arrogant and frustrating in many of the flashbacks, undergoes a transformation that makes her character easy to like, both by the reader and the other characters in the story. It is Elena, however, who is the more complex character. Despite the fact that she is the “good” sister who has been hurt by Roxy’s actions, her unforgiving nature and harsh treatment of her sister makes her easy to dislike. At the same time, she is the character I found myself relating to most in the story. The honesty of her response to her sister and the picture of her trying to justify her actions to herself is exactly something I would do. I can appreciate Elena because I can see myself in her, as much as I’d rather point the finger and judge.

Even if, like me, you hesitate when you first pick up the book, you will have a hard time putting it down. With characters you can relate to, and a plot that keeps you turning pages, Return to Me is a unique version of an old story. – Bethany Wheeler, Christian Book

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  1. Elkton, MD
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    About what I expected
    January 19, 2011
    Grammy lu
    Elkton, MD
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for .
    This is a good story, but so close to the Bible rendition of the prodigal, that I sort of found it anti-climactic.
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    April 14, 2010
    Kristen Cuths
    This review was written for .
    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.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 7, 2007
    Anita Batey
    This review was written for .
    For anyone who considers themselves a prodigal daughter, this book will touch you deeply. I have already given it to a friend to read
  4. Arizona
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 31, 2007
    Michelle Sutton
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    This review was written for .
    (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.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 25, 2007
    J. Gayle Kretschmer
    This review was written for .
    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.
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