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The Return of Cassandra Todd

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When the popular girl whose friends bullied him in high school suddenly reenters his life, little son in tow, Turner Caldwell must put the past behind him if they are to survive.  
Turner Caldwell works at a local motel as a handyman while attending college full-time. On his way to class one day, he is shocked to see Cassandra Todd and her young son in town. The sight of he
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Realms
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Aug 06, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Turner Caldwell remembers all too well the living hell high school was for him. He also remembers one cheerleader, Cassandra, who didn't seem like the rest; sympathetic to his plight, but too afraid to reach out and help him. He thought he had put his past and bitterness behind him, but when she shows up unexpectedly with her 4-year-old son, Justin, Turner's life takes an completely unexpected turn.

When Cassandra's husband turns out to be someone from Turner's past, he is at loss for what to do
Mar 07, 2013 Cafelilybookreviews rated it it was amazing
Another *5* star book!!!

I first discovered this author when I was given the opportunity to read and review The Anniversary Waltz.

(you can read that review on my website)

I loved that book and I loved this one just as much, but for completely different reasons. This was a love story but there was so much action and suspense rolled in, I could not stop turning the pages. By the middle of the book, I found myself on a roller coaster ride that I never saw coming. Totally unexpected - and it worked b
Feb 05, 2013 Marcy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: firstreads
First and foremost -- I won this book through the GoodReads First Reads program. And am so glad I did.

I ended up REALLY enjoying this book. The story, though a bit slow for the first chapter or two, did suck me in, and finally got me to the point where I really just did not want to put the book down. I spend a couple nights this week up later than I should have been as I wanted to finish "just one more chapter."

The story is about a pair of acquaintances-from-high-school reuniting well after that
Mar 25, 2013 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Turner Caldwell lives in Lakewood, Colorado and works as a handyman for a local motel and he is a college student. One day, a former high school classmate, Cassandra Todd arrived at the motel where he works. Cassandra was an attractive cheerleader in high school who Turner secretly liked. Turner Caldwell's childhood pain is tempting to resurface and he will have to deal with the past before he can attain a better future. Turner like most kids had to endure getting tormented by bullies in high sc ...more
Lisa Johnson
Feb 27, 2013 Lisa Johnson rated it really liked it
Title: The Return of Cassandra Todd
Author: Darrel Nelson
Pages: 304
Year: 2013
Publisher: Realms
Get ready to delve into a highly charged fictional epic that leads the reader through the journey of rediscovery. Though I read the words on the back cover to get an overview of the main thrust of this fictional story, I didn’t expect the captivating story inside. I couldn’t put it down; each page turned was drawing me in to a highly charged series of action and adventure.
High school is a time of disco
"We're going on an adventure!" Cassandra told her four year old son, Justin. Such an understatement! When Cassandra left her abusive husband, Brad, he hired two men, apparently fully equipped with all the stereotypical gangland ways and means, appearances and mannerisms, to find her and bring her back to him...with the elusive white envelope.

While hiding in a motel in her home town she encountered Turner Caldwell. Even though she didn't recognize him from their high school days until later, she
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
When Turner Caldwell left high school behind, he had hoped all the memories of being bullied went right along with them. Being the focus of many high school pranks, he couldn't wait to graduate and leave those times long behind him. Yet little did he know that those old memories would resurface in unexpected ways and literally right under his nose. When Cassandra Todd and her three-year-old son, Justin arrive in town, all those old feelings of his high school crush come rushing back. She was the ...more
Victor Gentile
Mar 05, 2013 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Darrell Nelson in his new book, “The Return of Cassandra Todd” published by Realms brings us into the lives of Turner Caldwell and Cassandra Todd .

From the back cover: When the popular girl whose friends bullied him in high school suddenly reenters his life, little son in tow, Turner Caldwell must put the past behind him if they are to survive.
Turner Caldwell works at a local motel as a handyman while attending college full-time. On his way to class one day, he is shocked to see Cassandra Todd a
Mar 06, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Cassandra Todd finds herself needing to leave her home in the middle of the night, her husband Brad is an abusive man, and while Cassandra was willing to take his beatings when he threatens to turn the abuse on their son Justin she knows it's time to leave. She heads to Lakewood, the town she grew up in hoping to cash in some bonds that her parents left her and then disappear When the bank transaction takes a bit longer than she anticipates she finds herself needing to spend a few days in town a ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Tamara rated it it was amazing
I absolutely devoured this book and finished it in one day! Darrel Nelson is a masterful storyteller and had me hooked me right from the beginning of the book. His characters and plot - filled with adventure and suspense - kept me engaged, committed and on the edge of my seat all the way through the last page.

This is the second book that I have read - and loved - from Darrel Nelson and I am thoroughly impressed with Nelson's range as an author. His first novel, "The Anniversary Waltz" was a swe
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Mar 06, 2013 Meagan Myhren-bennett rated it it was amazing
The Return of Cassandra Todd
By Darrel Nelson

Turner Caldwell's life is different than he thought it would be. He had worked at a Christian youth camp for troubled teens for four years until financial troubles closed the camp. Now Turner works as a handyman at Mountain View Motel and is going to college.

But when he sees Cassandra Todd walk into the local bank, he is transported back to high school and the tormenting that those in Cassandra's crowd inflicted on him. But when Cassandra and her son J
Confessions of a book club enthusiast: I have to be honest, this book took me a few chapters to really get into. It's funny. I've been learning about something called counter-will. I hear about it at parenting classes. Lots of times, we can bring out our children's counter-will just by telling them to do something. It's like they feel the loss of choice and rebel against it. I find it in myself all the time. We are reading this book for book club. I find my counter-will rising almost every time ...more
Mar 07, 2013 Theresa rated it really liked it
Read my full review on my blog here.

The Return of Cassandra Todd by Darrel Nelson is a fast-paced, suspense-filled Christian Romance. Covering the themes of forgiveness, bullying and abuse, with a quirky sense of humor thrown in for good measure. I found the book to be a quick read, covering difficult topics with tact and applying good Biblical foundations liberally throughout the story.

The main players: Cassandra Todd – former head high school cheerleader. Married to Brad Duncan – former high s
Gina Burgess
Apr 11, 2014 Gina Burgess rated it it was ok

The dreams of a high school nerd come true. Turner's secret crush who turned out to be so cruel to him in high school is running away from a very bad man and needs his help. So far so good. The story starts out truly gripping and I really like the inner dialogue of Turner's as he works fixing a faucet or some other maintenance problem at the motel where he works.

Then the story drifts a bit after he recognizes Cassandra. But that is in the prologue!

I have never, ever liked head jumping a
Trinity Rose
Jul 26, 2013 Trinity Rose rated it liked it
The Return of Cassandra Todd by Darrel Nelson has some interesting parts, but parts of it I didn’t care for.
It’s a story about a woman Cassandra who left her husband because he beat her. I believe she should have done that, but should have sought help from other people beside a man she went to school with. That would have been O.K. but they started to have feelings for each other. Since she just left her husband and is a Christian, she should haven’t had fell for another man so fast. I think be
Lindsey Silvestrini
Mar 08, 2013 Lindsey Silvestrini rated it really liked it
I am blessed to have a husband who doesn’t have a temper and would never lay a hand on me or our children. Domestic violence is an issue that can be sensitive and Nelson delicately writes on the subject with compassion and eloquence shining through her words in her newest novel The Return of Cassandra Todd.

Cassandra Todd finds herself in a dangerous situation when the man that has vowed to love and protect her becomes a danger to herself and her their young son Justin. When every woman’s worst n
Mar 27, 2013 Jill rated it it was amazing

Turner Caldwell was the target of mean-spirited pranks and taunts in high school, but he has moved on. That is, until the popular girl whose friends bullied him, returns to Lakewood and brings back memories he thought he’d forgotten. When he realizes the trouble Cassandra Todd is in, he has to decide quickly whether he will help her and her son get away from her abusive husband.

As danger draws nearer, Turner must decide to forgive and save them all from the hands of a madman. Will forgiveness b
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Feb 21, 2013 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it it was amazing
High school doesn't hold many good memories for Turner Caldwell. He was bullied and tormented and wanted nothing more than to leave those memories behind. When Cassandra Todd reappears in his life, those memories come back. But, Turner is a different man now and Cassandra is in trouble. Her high school jock husband, Brad, is abusive and she has left him, but he has resources to find her. Drawn to Cassandra and her son, Turner knows he can't turn away from her request for help. As they find thems ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Turner is a young man who has many emotional scars from his high school years. He was the victim of bullying. His high school crush was Cassandra Todd. Unfortunately, she was his main tormentor's girlfriend. Turner knew that she did not approve of the behavior, but didn't know what to do about it.

Several years pass and Cassandra Todd ends up taking a room in the motel that Turner is the handyman for. She has a four year old son and she is running from her abusive husband. Turner is pulled into h
Jan 20, 2016 Renee rated it really liked it
The Return of Cassandra Todd opens with a very disillusioned young man, Turner Caldwell. He works at the local motel as a handy man and is attending college full time. His life is one of existence without joy and he has lost faith in God.

Cassandra Todd and her son return to her hometown trying to escape a life of abuse from her husband. When Turner sees her, memories of being bullied and humiliated in high school come rushing back and this time, Turner can't seem to avoid his past any longer.

Feb 28, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
I almost passed on this book for review. The original description of the book didn't sound extremely promising, but since it was a male author, I requested it, hoping it was a guy book.

The book far surpassed my expectations. There was much more suspense in it than I had anticipated - and I love suspense. It had a great fast-moving plot with very likable characters. I totally got into the book, possibly because I identified with Turner's high school experiences, and truly could not put the book
Mar 07, 2013 Joy rated it it was amazing
I am such a fan of Darrel Nelson and have been anticipating this novel since it was mentioned in his last awesome book, THE ANNIVERSARY WALTZ. In the middle of the night Cassandra Todd and her son left her abusive husband. Taking the bus to her hometown she planned to take care of a bank transaction and leave right away knowing this would be the first place he would look for them.

Turner Caldwell is one of Cassandra's former high school classmates and was in love with her but never told anyone.
Feb 04, 2013 Christal rated it it was amazing
I loved this book in the first few seconds my heart was pounding and I couldn't put it down. Its an action packed suspense story full of adrenalin rushes, ups and downs, and sadness.... I loved the depth of the characters portrayed. I loved that you felt for the main characters and what they had to overcome to get past, past feelings. The imagery was awesome I felt like a was apart of the journey it was clear and invoked emotions.... I loved that I wanted revenge on certain characters and cheere ...more
Sep 29, 2013 Joan rated it really liked it
The main theme of this novel is escape from spousal abuse. The plot was quite repetitive and that was a distraction from the overall effectiveness of the book. The end of the repeated cycle was pretty good, however. The character development was good and Christianity well presented. this book might appeal to male readers too as much of the action takes place in the foothills and involves outdoor survival. See my full review at
Darin Gibby
Jan 19, 2014 Darin Gibby rated it it was amazing
The Return of Cassandra Todd takes on the important topic of spousal abuse. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Cassandra's flight and Turner's role in helping her to escape from her abusive husband. The ending was page turning and exciting--as well as completely unexpected. I thought the characters were true to life, especially how Turner rises above his circumstances to save Cassandra and her family.
Kimberley Gomez
Mar 07, 2013 Kimberley Gomez rated it it was amazing
Get ready to dive in and not want to put this book down. The Return of Cassandra Todd was wonderful, exciting and very suspenseful. I was on the edge of my seat and white knuckled with this one. The Characters are very believable. You fall in love with them, want to help them out and make sure everybody is O.K. I did not want this book to end.

I highly recommend it and Darrel Nelson's first novel The Anniversary Waltz.
Althea Thompson
Oct 05, 2012 Althea Thompson rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down and 5 hours later I was finished and overcome with joy. I felt like I knew the characters personally and was rooting for them with every page turn. After reading Darrel Nelson's first novel The Anniversary Waltz I had high expectations for this one...and he exceeded them all! An author like Darrel Nelson reminds you why you love to read fiction!
Carole Jarvis
Nov 25, 2013 Carole Jarvis rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed The Return of Cassandra Todd by new-to-me author Darrel Nelson. I would describe it as contemporary fiction, relationship drama - with a good bit of suspense thrown in because of the theme. I look forward to more by this author.

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M.J. Evans
Jul 23, 2013 M.J. Evans rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults
Recommended to M.J. by: a friend
I really enjoyed this book. It was a love story filled with suspense. I enjoyed the depth of the characters. I am so glad the author ended the story the way he did or I would have had to rewrite it!!!
M.J. Evans, Author
Behind the Mist, Mists of Darkness, North Mystic
Monica Johnson
Apr 09, 2015 Monica Johnson rated it it was ok
This book seemed to force feed you on the element that disaster lurks around every corner. When a theme becomes forced, the book become unbelievable. You are screaming out the entire time, "Really? You just can't call the police? Okay, I guess we'll do it the really irrational way."
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Darrel Nelson is a teacher and writes novels, articles, plays, and music. He has bachelor’s degrees in English and education from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.
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