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Summer Return

(Return to Me #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  65 reviews
He’ll never come back to stay, unless someone asks him to...

Funerals can bring people together who are best kept apart. Ethan Foster, home to mourn his sister-in-law, finds himself as unwelcome as ever in the town that once meant the world to him. For more than a decade he’s been saddled with a bad reputation – a drunk, a deserter – and he’s lived with it, will keep living
ebook, 130 pages
Published July 20th 2017 by Escape Publishing (first published April 10th 2013)
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A. Bookzilla.
It pains me to rate this book (?) 3 stars, because I have previously enjoyed both books Elise Ackers wrote. And though my rating may not tell you this, I actually absolutely loved this little book.

However, I'm not sure if it's meant to be a novella (130 pages, something around 1700+ of those Kindle locations - which is just not a book to me), or a book (because it says A Homeland Book on the front.)

Basically, it was neither here, nor there, and for that it suffered in content (though not at all
When Ethan Foster returned home for Bree’s funeral, everyone expected him to leave straight afterwards, as was normal for him. His brother Dean was devastated by his wife’s death, and their children Nina and Rowan were having a hard time of it as well.

Ethan had abruptly left town at age 18, two years after their parents’ death, leaving behind many friends who couldn’t understand his actions. He returned for special events…the birth of Rowan, and again for Nina’s birth, but always left in a hurr
Dilushani Jayalath
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Kindly received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

A good clean romance about second chances and the power of family. It was a sweet and somewhat slow romance (considering it’s a second chance one the sizzle was slight comparatively) although I’ve got to say I loved Sam. She didn’t make a big deal of everything. Yes she was holding herself back, but it was given considering the past. My favorite character without doubt was Nina as it was with majority I’m guessing.

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Pelusa Rivera
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. Wellllllll, It was just tooo too too slow, so slow that I forgot how to write. I just could not, could not finish the damn book, was bored, bored bored, sorry folks. tried to finish this book, but couldn't. ...more
Shaddow Wolf
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
got this book free for and honest review from netgalley. This is another new author to me but the story is well written and and enjoyable read. So much so that I wanted to see what happened at the end. The main person in the book is Ethan he come back to town for his sister in laws funeral (you'll have to read the book to see how she died). Ethan left town when his mum and dad died when he was 19 and his brother was 16. He left town with secrets which were not his you'll have to read to to find ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
I’ve not read anything by this author before but I’ll definitely be looking to read more.

I found this to be a good clean read. I enjoyed the main characters and the secondary characters certainly added to the story.

I would have loved the story to be longer but having said that I enjoyed this read.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm giving this book a generous 2.5 stars. Why? Well, I love the cover, and the blurb about the book. It opens with the very tragic death of Bree, in small town Australia. A larger than life lady that seemed to have loved well, and is connected to everyone in the town. As such, everyone knows each other's business. Sometimes unrealistically so. The entire town knows what Ethan is doing, thinking, when he's leaving etc. Its a bit much. The story is jumpy, drifts from one character to another. Tol ...more
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I put off reading this after I got the galley because I thought his would be yet another lightweight romance.

Instead, Ask Me To Stay is a much more substantive book than I expected. The romance is second to Ethan's struggles with his brother Dean.

Ethan returns home for his sister in law's funeral having left town at 18 and rarely looking back. His family feels abandoned by him and they accept his presence grudgingly after it appears he's going to stay longer than his usual overnight visit.

Dee/ bookworm
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Summer Returns was a book that sounded great, but unfortunately about 40% through you still don't know much about the main characters. It was a really weird set up, every side character you got a history about, but the main characters have all this mystery around them. The suit for example is a symbol, but you have no idea for a considerable length of the book.

I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Ethan Foster left town and his older brother Dean when he was eighteen - two years after the death of his parents - and has only been back for a handful of short, unsatisfying visits. The last time he was here it was for the opening of his sister-in-law Bree's shop; now he's back for her funeral. At thirty-two, a tragic accident has robbed her of her life and left her two children, Rowan and Nina, alone with their father, Dean. No one expects Ethan to stay or to even be there the next day, and w ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

I have previously read and enjoyed The Man Plan by Elise K Ackers a sweet, lighthearted contemporary romance. Ask Me To Stay, the first novella in a new series by the author, is quite different with less emphasis on the romantic relationship between the protagonists.

Ethan Foster left home at eighteen without any explanation, deserting the brother who raised him after the tragic death of their parents and his childhood sweetheart, Samantha O'Hara. In the past ten years or so he has returned only
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
Summer Return is a really meandering story. I wouldn't really call it a romance because there's not much romance, there's no sex, well 1 fade to black scene, and there's not a lot of anything but talking and not talking. I know that doesn't make sense, but once you read (if you read), you'll understand.

Ethan has come back home for his sister-in-law's funeral. His brother, Dean, like the entire town, thinks he's a no good loser and he's allowed them all to think that to save his brother from know
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Overall this way an easy read to sit back with and relax. I enjoyed the different characters and their development, but there were times when I wanted more from them. The story was told in third person omniscient, so perhaps it was covering too many characters, whereas I wanted to focus more on Ethan and Sam. It made me want to speed up their interactions too and get to the goods so to speak. Since I'm a romantic I wanted to explore their relationship more instead of feeling like I only got the ...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Amy W
Book provided by NetGalley

Returning to his family home in the wake of a tragedy, Ethan Foster finds it even more difficult to settle down. Despite a secret he has carried for way too long, he is drawn to all that is familiar.

Ask Me to Stay by Elise Ackers is a dynamic story about the power of love being able to heal anything, regardless of how deep the wound. The characters are full of emotion, providing a perfect backdrop for Ethan as the black sheep to seek redemption. In
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

Summer Return was a good book to have on hand while vacationing. The story was enjoyable and easy, so I felted relax while listing to the waves crash around me. The author did a great job with the characters and how they influenced the story. I will say, I didn't realize until almost half way, that the book wasn't based in the US. But it doesn't take away at all from the story.

So in this story, you follow along the lives of folks from a small hometown. On
Romantic Reads and Such
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
There’s a lot of 3 star (or lower) reviews for this book and I’m not sure they are all deserved. I think part of the problem is that this was marketed as a romance but it is really more of a women’s fiction story … although, can you say that if the main character who does the growing is a man? Ethen does a lot evaluating through the story - his life and relationships - and has to decide what he wants his future to look like.

Unfortunately all of this reflecting comes because of the death of his
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Summer Return by Elise Ackers, she is a new author to me and was looking forward to discovering someone new. This book takes place in Australia so there is some getting used to a bit of difference in the language but as you read, you adjust (I live in the US.). The main story is of two brothers who are torn apart after the death of their parents when they were teenagers. The youngest brother leaves town at 18 and takes with him a secret... this secret is slowly destroying him but he keeps it to ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2017
thanks to Netgalley and Escape Publishing for my ARC in exchange for honest review.

Setting in small town in Australia. Ethan is coming back to his home town to attend his sister-in-law's funeral. Since he left his home town twelve years ago, he hasn't stayed long enough to stay..
Small town with rumor mill going nuts, Ethan was known as trouble maker in the town and they believed he left town because he was trouble maker. Finally back in town but everyone is suspecting he will be leaving as soon
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
First a warning: Summer Return and Ask Me to Stay are the same book. Don’t buy it twice like I did. Grrrr.
Ethan returns to town for the funeral of his brother’s, Dean, wife. Dean and his friends, including Sam, Ethan’s teenage love, are all loath to allow Ethan into their lives, in case their hearts are broken all over again, due to Ethan’s tendency to disappear.

This is the first of the Return to Me series (also called the Homeland series). I have actually already read part 3 in the series which
Pam H
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Set in Australia, this book finds Ethan returning home for his sister-in-law's funeral after her untimely death. it has been 12 years since Ethan first took off on the heals of his parents death leaving his brother Dean and Ethan with the local garage. Ethan's discovery, which he won't divulge to anyone, leaves him broken hearted and angry as he drives away from his childhood home. Samantha O'Hara still loves him after all the times he has left her behind. He has been back for major events but n ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Honestly, this was more of a 2.5 ⭐️ read for me. It was short and simple. I couldn’t really get into the characters very much so I couldn’t love their relationships. It all seemed very fast paced and rushed. Especially the ending.

This novel follows the life’s of the Foster family. Ethan only comes back to his home town on special occasions - birthdays, weddings, graduations, etc. But this time he’s back, after two years gone, because his sister-in-law has died. The relationship between him and
Madison  Monroe
Jul 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really tried to finish this book, but it was almost impossible. This book's pace is slower than a snail in the middle of the highway. As I am reading this book, there is no connection between the characters or barely any conversation. I need the characters to connect with each other and to tell a story. This story was really wordy. There was barely any romance and I made to 60% of the book. There were no paragraphs non-whatsoever and the lead characters had no personality at all. I really hate ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an easy, enjoyable book. It is simple and deals more with loss so it has a slightly dimmer atmosphere. The characters were developed well and the author had a style of writing that made it simple to understand their point of view.
There were a few thin plot areas but the book was short and engaging enough to keep the reader moving along. I'm not sure what purpose the side character Mona had within the story and unfortunately the reveal at the end left some doubt as to why no one in the e
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ethan Foster goes back to his hometown after tragedy strikes. Following the unexpected death of his sister-in-law, he must decide if he wants to stick around for good. Having been away for the better part of 11 years, he's left a lot of anguish behind. His brother is resentful, while his neice and nephew want to get to know the uncle they've rarely seen. Sam, the woman he once loved, must decide if she wants to allow him into her heart again. I enjoyed this book quite a lot. You see the characte ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this book,
Ethan returns home for his sister in laws funeral, after leaving years before holding on to secrets that he wanted to protect from his family. None of the people in the town believe that he will stick around including sammy-doll, and his brother. But all he wants is for someone to ask him to stay. I enjoyed reading this book and I can't wait to read Cal's story as his character really appealed to me.
ARC provided by netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ethan left home a long time ago hiding a secret in order to protect his family. When he did that, he gave up on the love of his life, Samantha. He returns home for his sister-in-law's funeral and sticks around to help with his niece and nephew. Now he is torn as to whether he should leave in order to continue to protect his family or stay. As Samantha starts to soften towards him, he decides he wants a life with her and his family in it. I liked this story and would recommend it. ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book because of the premise. This story had much potential but it could never take off. I didn't find myself caring for the characters whatsoever nor did I find the relationship between Sam and Ethan interesting. I think the author had an opportunity to take this story places but it just couldn't get there.

*Arc from publisher via Netgalley*
Linda Moon
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a new author for me and being it took place in Australia, the language is a bit different, which left me lost in a few places. Would have like a bit more in depth relationship interaction between Sammy and Ethan, probably too many gaps in the relationship. But overall it was a good story.
Casey Reckwell
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Loved the story line. Being from around Denman i could picture where Dean and Ethan's family home sits, the supermarket, the garage and Sam's parents business. Cant wait to read the other books to the series. ...more
C bond
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it

4.5 starts

loved the story, it flowed.
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Elise K. Ackers is a freelance editor and a fiction author published with Harlequin’s Escape Publishing and Penguin Random House, and indie published across multiple platforms.

She's a magnet for unusual accidents, way too competitive about laser tag, and an enthusiastic couch commentator. She tends to end up on a plane when she's bored and owing to a broken internal compass, she needs to factor g

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