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Publication Date: 2009
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 www.robinleehatcher.com, Facebook: robinleehatcher, Twitter: @robinleehatcher
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 Roxys return is heartbreaking. An added twist in the relationship comes from Wyatt, Roxys former boyfriend, now Elenas 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 Roxys 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 Id 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 Previews.com
Grammy luElkton, MDAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5About what I expectedJanuary 19, 2011Grammy luElkton, MDAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Meets Expectations: 3This is a good story, but so close to the Bible rendition of the prodigal, that I sort of found it anti-climactic.
Kristen Cuths3 Stars Out Of 5April 14, 2010Kristen CuthsNo 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.
Anita Batey5 Stars Out Of 5August 7, 2007Anita BateyFor anyone who considers themselves a prodigal daughter, this book will touch you deeply. I have already given it to a friend to read
Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5July 31, 2007Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: female(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.
J. Gayle Kretschmer4 Stars Out Of 5July 25, 2007J. Gayle KretschmerReturn 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.