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The Day He Came Back

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  449 ratings  ·  201 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

It was the summer of my life.
I’d met the guy of my dreams.
Unfortunately, he was the son of my uppity employer—and very much off-limits.
But Gavin was a rebel. He knew his mother would disown him if she found out about us; in his eyes, we just had to be careful.
He never treated me as his mothe
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Published August 17th 2019 by Penelope Ward Books, Inc.
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KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕
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THE DAY HE CAME BACK: is a full length romance novel by Penelope ward. Spoken in 'Dual Perspectives.'

Even though this has been done many times before when it came to the storyline it still ended up being an enjoyable read. This was so easy to get into, the story flowed effortlessly and the characters were easy to connect with on all levels. A slow burn second chance romance that will get its hooks into you
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If you haven't read a book from Penelope Ward this is the book you must read!It was simply perfect from page one till the end!All the feels, and the relationship between Gavin and Raven was both flawed and perfect to epic proportions!The Day He Came Back is so addictive, once you start it you can't put it down until you finish it!


“I will give you as much time as you need. But I want you. Only you. Not tomorrow—right fucking now, Raven. I don’t need time. I n
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I had no chance to prepare myself. Before I knew it, I turned around and stared into the shocked eyes of the only guy I’d ever loved, one I hadn’t seen in a decade. I’d never dreamed that today –a random Wednesday—would be the day he came back.

The latest by Penelope Ward is a forbidden/second chance romance. Gavin Masterson is the oldest son of a powerful and affluent family, while Raven is the only child of the Masterson family’s maid. When
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Raven Donatacci is a 20 yr. old girl from Florida. Her mom works as a housekeeper for the Masterson’s, a rich, powerful family in Palm Beach. They have two sons whose futures have already been mapped out for them. The oldest Gavin is enjoying his last summer home before law school when he lays eyes on the strikingly beautiful Raven. He couldn’t get her out of his head, and wanted to get to know her better. His parents had a plan for his life that didn’t include t
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Dual
3.75 stars

One magical summer, Raven Donatacci and Gavin Masterson had the best time of their young lives. Things were not meant to be when they were pulled apart and left their hearts in pieces. Years went by and neither of them thought they would ever see each other again. When a situation brought them back together, old wound reopened and they had to face the truth or forever suffer the consequences.

I have to say Part
Penelope Ward
Aug 18, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)

THE DAY HE CAME BACK is live early on Amazon and on quick, limited-time release sale for $3.99. (Changing SOON to $4.99. This will be the ONLY sale ever and it will NOT be going into Kindle Unlimited.) An emotional, sexy, second-chance STANDALONE!

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A second chance romance, The Day He Came Back by Penelope Ward is one you don't want to miss!

Drawn in from page one, I swept through this book. The story begins with Raven in the present. She is the nurse assigned to care for Mr. Gunther Masterson who suffers from dementia and thinks that Raven is her mother Renata. See, Raven used to work for the Masterson family along side her mother. What she never expected was to see the love of her life, the love who got away after 10 years... Gavin
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The Day He Came Back is classic Penelope Ward at its finest! This second chance romance is a story of epic proportions filled with all the love, angst, and heartbreak you'd know and love in a Penelope Ward book.

"How many times in life do you have a chance to undo your biggest regret?"

I absolutely adored this story. Raven is the girl on the other side of the bridge. Gavin is the boy in the mansion. Their love was fast and hard and torn down before it was able to grow. Years later, Gavin is ba
Bookgasms Book Blog
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelly, missy
Full disclosure: I struggle sometimes with second-chance books that are set up like this. Where we get the first part of the relationship in one half, and then the “second-chance” in the second half. I like to have lots of time with the couple building their romance or settling into it or actually being together and – this set-up doesn’t always allow for that. And in truth, it did take me a while to settle into this one. I mean, the writing is engaging and it was easy to read, but I felt a littl ...more
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦

Overall this was a lovely, second-chance romance with two very likable main characters.

I wanted to love this book, but much of the story felt rushed, glossed over, a lot of tell and not show...and a fairly simplistic story line that in my opinion was not very imaginative or original.

Raven and Gavin had great chemistry together but my main issue with the book is that the author picked a locale (Palm Beach, Florida) for no apparent reason, and then tossed around place names as if to g
Alex ♈
Jul 25, 2019 marked it as author-i-don-t-read
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Skipping this one.
Don't like year gaps.
Ten years too long.
Kindle Crack Book Reviews Cheri

Have you ever read a book that is so good that it causes anxiety that makes you want to skip ahead because YOU NEED TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS? I was 82% into The Day He Came Back and I was trying not to cheat. I popped my blood pressure pill and went back in (true story). Hello, angst! Ok, based on the title and synopsis, you know Gavin comes back. But what happens when he comes back is going to put you through an emotional wringer. Just like Raven and Gavin, Penelope managed to make me fall in love,
KC Caron
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Future Classic. A tour de force of longing and second chances. All the Stars

The Day He Came Back is a tour de force of longing and second chances. An adult story about true love and sacrifice. Yet it’s so much more. It doesn’t fit neatly into any little boxes. And everyone should read it. I was overcome by the stark portrait of choosing between selfish and selfless love, between family we’re born into, and the family we choose.

TDHCB is a simple, stellar romance set amid an elegy on sacrifice
Romance Novel Giveaways Lauren Seiberling
If you read one book this year, read THIS book!!!

Seriously. This is a STELLAR contemporary romance that so totally clicked with me on so many levels.

First, the emotions. Penelope did a fantastic job of writing all of the feels that had me on the verge of tears several times, and cracking a huge smile at others.

Next, the smart-ness; the characters didn't pull any of that "well, I should say this out loud to avoid any confusion, but I'll just keep it a secret anyway" stuff. Nope! These characters
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love everything about this story. Gavin and Raven are wonderful, lovable characters that I fell in love with almost immediately. They have incredible chemistry and such sweet and good hearts. And speaking of hearts, mine sure took an emotional journey as we went back to see when Gavin and Raven first meet for the first half of the book and then jump back to the present which is 10 years later for the second half. So many important life changing things happens during this time. I lov ...more
Darlene Avery
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Day He Came Back by Penelope Ward reminds me of a slower time. A time of old fashion values, ideologies, and prestigious devisions.

As you read this book, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back into the 1950’s but with a modern twist.

I enjoyed the pace of this book and the way Penelope unfolds her characters and the dramas they have had to faced over the past decade.

Because at the heart of it ... lost love is a tragedy in its own right.

Penelope handles sensitive subjects with care, while
I really love a juicy second chance romance and I found it here. The story is divided into two sections. The first section is the blooming young love between Gavin and Raven. She is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks and Gavin is the good-looking rich boy who hopelessly falls for her pretty much at first sight. But there is so much more to these characters than their bank account balances. While at first Gavin seems like the quintessential spoiled playboy, he is actually a charming and d ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have you thought what your first love is now doing and if you’ll ever meet up again? Raven has taken on a new job as a nurse caring for her mother’s boss who is suffering with dementia. There is a lot of history between them, and Mr M was extremely kind to her mum. Even though his eldest son was her first and only true love, she didn’t think she would have to run into him again as he is now living in London. It’s ten years since that fateful night, and it feels like it’s only been one for Raven ...more
Keri Loves Books
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First love, Last Love, Forever Love

I fell in love over and over with this heart-breakingly beautiful, angsty, second chance romance. Raven and Gavin were each other’s first love. They were meant to be each other’s last. Get ready to fall in love.

Gavin was totally smitten the first time he laid his eyes on Raven. He wasn’t your typical rich boy. He was gorgeous, and privileged but he wasn’t entitled. He was tired of all the “fake” in his life. He wanted a real connection.

Raven was unfiltered and
Dawn Cunningham Roether
I absolutely loved this story. This is a typical lost love - second chances story. They meet, outside forces interfere and years later they reconnect. I fell so hard for Gavin. The first half of the story is told in the past. During the second half I felt all the feels. The pain, the joy, the tears.

I couldn’t give this 5-stars. I just felt like this wasn’t Penelope’s best work. I felt like I was getting short changed on the emotion descriptors throughout the story. Normally an amazing picture i
Gloria Herrera for As You Wish Reviews
This book broke my heart and then put it back together. What a journey!

Raven is the assistant housekeeper from the wrong side of the "bridge". Gavin is the oldest son of a very rich and influential family. In love, that bridge meant nothing to them. Their attraction was immediate. Little did they know all the grief their futures held.

Once again this author proves she can masterfully weave an unforgettable story. This book is Life itself as illness, broken hearts, greed, ambition, and all other
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Excellent read from start to finish!
True love and a pinch of second chances, can't get any better than this.

Raven and Gavin see has a ring to it! You can fall in love at an early age and call it true love. When hearts are broken and you tend to heal those cracks. That's a second chance.
These two might have come from different sides of the tracks, but they were on the same level.

There was a wee bit of drama which I love, and once all truths were revealed, life went on. Gavin did the most manly t
Xanthi patera
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had no chance to prepare myself. Before I knew it, I turned around and stared into the shocked eyes of the only guy I’d ever loved, one I hadn’t seen in a decade. I’d never dreamed that today –a random Wednesday—would be the day he came back.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 60 %
Lisa Stinson
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Penelope has done it again. Only this time, this book I really connected with in a few ways. Some parts were hard to read because of my own life but this was another beautiful book by an amazing author.

I couldn’t love Gavin and Raven more. Their story was as beautiful as it was sad. It truly showed the power of true love and what someone will give up to ensure a better life for the other. I loved how perfect these two were for each other even though they came from different worlds. I knew their
Lesley Koke DeWig
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to start by saying I was in tears the last 30% of this book. The two main characters are Gavin and Raven. Against all odd these two fall in love over the course of one summer. Unfortunately, there is a dark secret that keeps these two apart for 10 years. I love how Penelope took the time to delve into these characters. It made the ending that much sweeter.
Sandy S
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars-

RELEASE DATE: August 19, 2019

It was the summer of my life.
I’d met the guy of my dreams.
Unfortunately, he was the son of my uppity employer—and very much off-limits.
But Gavin was a rebel. He knew his mother would disown him if she found out about us; in his eyes, we just had to be careful.
He never treated me as his mother did—like hired help.
Instead, Gavin put me on a pedestal and loved me harder than I’d ever been loved in my life.

What a summer it was.
Until it all ended—badly.

I was
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KindleFriendsForever

Ward has delivered one difficult to put down emotional second chance romance! Normally, I like one leading character more than the other, but this wasn’t the case. I connected to them both equally and even though there was one individual who rubbed me up the wrong way, their behaviour would drive the story forward at a very agreeable pace.

Ward made it easy for me to quickly establish my feelings towards this person. My heart went out t
Jo Overfield
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always I like to say this author never ever disappoints. However, she has knocked the ball out of the park with this one. I feel I need to review this book in two parts, because it was written that way. And when I say it was written in two parts, I literally mean this author not only wrote in two different times of their lives, she transported you into two different dimensions emotionally, and physically. The author interpreted their growth levels and even their dialogue between timespans so ...more
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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor before switching to a more family-friendly career.

Penelope lives for reading books in the new adult genre, coffee and hanging out with her friends and family on weekends.

She is the proud mother of a beau