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Return To Sender

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  1,756 Ratings  ·  218 Reviews
Beloved "New York Times"-bestselling author Fern Michaels delivers a superb new novel--an unforgettable story about love, friendship, family, and the courage it takes to let go of the past.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2010)
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Mar 01, 2011 Beccalarge rated it did not like it
And giving one star feels generous for this book. Awful from start to finish. The entire plot was completely unbelievable and ridiculous (17 year old girl finds herself pregnant and alone. Has to make a life for her baby, which she does, becoming a millionaire by the time she's 35. But even with all that decides to seek revenge on her sons dad for not being in the picture....oh but don't worry, the revenge isn't anything destructive, just mild pranks that amount only to her spending a lot of her ...more
Dec 09, 2010 Karen rated it did not like it
Just awful. Contrived, inconsistent plot development. Loads of details about what she ate and wore, erratic coverage of motivations. The editing was horrendous and I've never been so conscious of poor editing as I was with this book. Here's an example: they delivered a package to Nick that was so heavy he could barely lift it. He opened it up and the contents was an iPod.
Oct 09, 2015 Haley rated it did not like it
This book has the distinct (dis)pleasure of being the absolutely worst book I have ever read. If I could, I would rate it in the negative. Like another reviewer said, I love everything that I read & I am really hard to offend. This book is well written as far as grammar goes. The characters are so unlikable, horrible, and their actions so alien to me that it rendered the book unreadable.
Here a quick overview, in my own words, spoilers ahead:
The main female character (magically, I suppose) f
Aug 25, 2011 Anik rated it did not like it
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Jun 13, 2016 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-unabridged
CD/Romance?/Unabridged: This is one of the worst books I ever listened to. I liked the beginning, but when I got to the second disc, it was a mess. This review is full of spoilers and I don't care.

If the math is correct throughout the book then Nick was a strapping young 24-year old and still in college (? Really, it’s not like he was studying to be a doctor, he had a business degree) when he spent the week with the 17 year-old Lynn and impregnated her. BTW, they only had unprotect
Lin Townsend has had a very sheltered life and has endured being bullied and beaten by her religious maniac of a father. When she was very young she was made to go to school in urine stained clothes because he wouldn’t allow her to go to the bathroom until she had finished reciting the bible passage he made her learn by heart. So, at age seventeen when she has the very first opportunity to escape her father’s violence by attending a maths tournament out of town, she jumps at the chance.

That’s w
May 08, 2010 Miki rated it did not like it
Still another badly written book about unlikeable people. Incredibly unrealistic, the "heroine" - and I use the term loosely - went from being an unwed mother at seventeen, rejected by her parents to a multi-millionaire in less than 15 years all told. Not incredible in itself, but she did it by waitressing in a diner, later buying the diner with a bank loan of a half-million and going on from there. Pray tell me - what bank would lend that much money to a waitress who had to work double shifts t ...more
Mar 15, 2011 Alison rated it liked it
A fast paced reading. I liked the way the author gave us background to the main character (Lin), then jumped forward 17 years to when her son is entering NYU. We didn't have to wade through his growing up years which were immaterial to the story. Young girl (Lin) is raised in an abusive environment and is thrown out of her house with only the clothes on her back when her father discovers she is pregnant. She manages to raise her son and make something of herself. As her son enters NYU, she atten ...more
Carol  MacInnis
Jan 05, 2013 Carol MacInnis rated it really liked it
Rosalind Townsend (Lin) was brought up by a very cruel father who would make her kneel on the hardwood floor as far back as she could remember, while her father read from the bible. He made a pulpit which he would put in the middle of the room where he read from and if Lin ever once expressed a desire to take a break he would strike her. Her mother was no help to Lin at all as she just cowered and accepted her husband's abuse towards her daughter. At 16 years old Lin got pregnant and her father ...more
Feb 19, 2013 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lin Townsend had the misfortune to be raised by a religious fanatic, her father. When she became pregnant at 17 he kicked her out of the house. She was all alone with no one to help her. The one thing that she had was her pride. She used that to enable her to not only raise her son on her own but to become a highly successful business owner.
Lin had tried over the years to get in touch with her baby's father. She had obtained an address from a friend, so she wrote letters to her son's father.
Dec 25, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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While I usually like Fern Michaels books I do have trouble with the conversations she holds in them because it just does not sound the way a normal person would speak and I expected to feel that way about this book as well while none-the-less enjoying it. I was wrong. I really did not enjoy this book at all. It is so mean spirited and vengeful that I found no connection to the characters. Lin is so obsessed with revenge that it takes away from every other
Ashley Dawn
Dec 10, 2012 Ashley Dawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
I enjoyed this book. Lin was 17 when she got pregnant with her son, Will. Over the years she sent letters to Will's father that were never opened and always marked 'Return to Sender'. Now Will is in college in New York and she runs into his father, Nick Pemberton, while there helping Will get settled. This starts a series of events that may just lead to the ultimate revenge!
I loved Lin and Sherry's friendship. Sherry was the grounded friend who didn't mince words. Lin was too softhearted in the
Oct 24, 2012 Chella rated it liked it
Shelves: drama, comedy
I have so many friends that love Fern Michaels, I have never been a fan. I came across this book at work that someone donated. Since I left my book behind at home, I decided to read it during my lunch. At the end of my lunch hour, couldn't put it down. I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times, which was great. Lin Townsend is a woman that becomes pregnant at an early age. She is kicked out of the house by her crazy religious father. On her own with no money, Lin sets out to raise her c ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Diana rated it it was amazing
Such a good read. "Return to Sender". Lesson of book, things are definitely not what they seem to be. First she wanted revenge, you want what's best for you and your child, then getting even, then wishing him well, then you wish for the happy ending. Wow , what a roller coaster. Totally engrosses you in their lives. Great read. Highly recommend.
Tracy L.
Jan 02, 2012 Tracy L. rated it it was amazing
I thought this was another well written story by Fern Michaels. The middle of it was a little hard to stick it out. Hoping the Lynn wouldn't get herself into some serious trouble with trying to get even with Nick. Considering the type of upbringing Lynn had endured, she managed to overcome those struggles to become a successful business woman and mother.
Jul 10, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
This was my first encounter with Fern and I was thrilled with this somewhat predictable love story and plot of the story. I would like to try one of her Sisterhood novels since they come highly recommended.
Julie Hoffpauir
Feb 05, 2017 Julie Hoffpauir rated it liked it
This book was pretty good not really one of my favorites but that's ok sometimes you just can't like or love every book your favorite authors write. This is the first time I'm writing a review like this just to see how it's taken, now on to my review:

-Lin: She was ok of a character but darn if she didn't aggravate me. She complained throughout the whole book about how the father of her child sent back all the letters she wrote so on and so on: but didn't take any responsiblity about the fact tha
Jan 22, 2017 Anne rated it it was ok
I did not get this at all. It seems to glorify severe bullying in name of revenge. The ending was ridiculous. The rest of the story was pretty dang boring. There is no decent reason given for the scene before the happy ending (which is ridiculous in itself as well, btw). I might give this author one more chance because she writes about Georgia.
Nov 22, 2016 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!
I really enjoyed this "domestic - family" novel by Fern Michaels! A lovely woman and the main character (Rosalind "Lin" Townsend) raised her son alone because when she was young she got pregnant when she adored her boyfriend but after he moved he simply deserted her but did not know that she was with child. "Lin" lost touch with him and had to raise her son with the bare minimum of necessities to say the very least. Lin's father was a sick man who tortured her as a child using religion as his re ...more
Tracy Riva
May 31, 2010 Tracy Riva rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Return to Sender by Fern Michaels was a huge disappointment. Given the reputation of Fern Michaels I was expecting a wonderful story with great characters. I didn’t find any of those things. The female lead of the story, who I think Michaels intended to be its protagonist, is so set on vengeance she sells out the scruples she has, but then only takes one action you could actually consider as “bad”. Her attempt at vengeance is hollow and unreal and most of what she does is harmless. I found it ha ...more
Jan 07, 2013 Liz rated it it was ok
Return To Sender by Fern Michaels was not what I was expecting, and unfortunately I did not really enjoy the novel. Reading the summary I thought Return To Sender was about an "evil" family member or friend keeping the main character and her love interest apart by sending back the letters unopened…it turned out that I was wrong. The novel is about Rosalind "Lin" Townsend getting revenge on her son's father Nick Pemberton since he never helped Lin or her son Will when they needed it. The novel pr ...more
Veronica Bale
Dec 11, 2012 Veronica Bale rated it did not like it
Oh boy ... I have given a few too many negative reviews lately, and I was really hoping to be able to give a good one with this book. I can't ... I just can't.

I won't rehash all the reasons why this book disappointed me so much. I just don't have the energy. If you check out all the one-star reviews on Goodreads and Amazon for this one, they pretty much sum up how I felt about it. The character development, the confusing love interest, the ridiculous pranks and the far-too-tidy plot line. I'm so
Susan Ross
Nov 28, 2015 Susan Ross rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved most of the Fern Micjhael's books I've read. This one was the worst. How can you give a book that repeats two flashback scenes verbatum (about 2 pages each) a book more than one star? When I read the first repitition I thought it was an editing error. Then it happened with the second flashback and I realized it was on purpose! Very poor editing.

Now for the story. A single mother decides to get revenge on the multimillionaire who fathered her child 19 yrs ago after seeing him at a NYU fu
Erin Tadych
Jan 18, 2016 Erin Tadych rated it really liked it
Rosalind became pregnant with her boyfriend Nick while she was a teenager. Her parents, being very religious and strict, forced her out of the house and showed her little love and compassion. Even as a little girl, she felt no support or love from mainly her father. Her mother would have loved to help her out, but she stood cowardly behind her husband. When you think it can't get worse, it does when Nick leaves her to fend for herself and their child. By the time Will, Rosalind's son, is grown u ...more
Jul 18, 2013 Dee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve enjoyed the few books that I’ve read by author Fern Michaels, so I was excited to read this one. The blurb sounded like something I would enjoy, but sadly, the book didn’t live up to its expectations for me.

The story involves Lin Townsend, a single mother who pulled herself and her son out of a poverty stricken life to become a successful business owner. When Lin’s son, Will, goes off to college, Lin spots Will’s father, Nick, whom she has tried contacting, unsuccessfully, since Will’s b
Charlie Jackson
Nov 06, 2014 Charlie Jackson rated it did not like it
This is the first book by this author that I have read. It sounded interesting but I found it was to predictable and also I didn't like that some parts of it was repeated over and over.
Lin met Nick and became pregnant with his child. She doesn't how to reach him at first but she finally comes across a girl who has Nick's address. Lin sends him letter after letter but they all are returned unopened. Lin decides to raise the baby on her own. When Will is old enough to ask about his father Lin t
Hannah Phan
Dec 23, 2013 Hannah Phan rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book so much,

Sometimes you don't want a novel that is so riveting it makes you skim the pages as quickly as you can, just to hurry to figure out what in the world is going to happen next, sometimes you just want a warm, lovely, well written book to curl up with and indulge in a life that isn't your own after a hard day. This was what I hoped to get out of this novel.

Fern Michaels seems to have a reputation as a talented writer, so in all due respect, this novel fails to s
Return to Sender to a novel about misunderstanding. Lin Townsend has a weeklong teenage love affair with the man of her dreams. Shortly after returning home, Lin finds herself pregnant and out on the street after her father finds out. She ties to contact Nick Pemberton, the baby’s father, the only way she knows how, by mail. All of her letters come back unopened and stamped return to sender.

Over the course of her son William’s life, Lin becomes successful and is able to provide a good home in s
Mar 07, 2013 Connie rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
Return to Sender by Fern Michaels. Innocent girl, Lin, from an abusive home gets in the family way. Thrown out on her own, loses chance of college education, has a son all alone, is a waitress. Works hard, does well and all through the years tries to connect with the baby’s father. Her letters come back, “Return to Sender.” In the mean time the father is extremely wealthy, tied to a woman who tricked him into marriage, behaves deplorably at work, at home and out on the town, and has a terminal i ...more
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Fern Michaels isn’t a person. I’m not sure she’s an entity either since an entity is something with separate existence. Fern Michaels® is what I DO. Me, Mary Ruth Kuczkir. Growing up in Hastings, Pennsylvania, I was called Ruth. I became Mary when I entered the business world where first names were the order of the day. To this day, family and friends call me Dink, a name my father gave me when I ...more
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