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Return to Us

(Willow Creek Valley #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  4,086 ratings  ·  689 reviews
At eighteen, I walked away from Willow Creek Valley for good.
I was young, scared, and stupid, and it cost me the love of my life— Grayson Parkerson.

Fourteen years later, a crash sends me back home to recover.

Back to where we met, fell in love, and planned a future.
The one he’s now living as a single dad to his daughter.
Working at The Park Inn together gives us a chance to
ebook, 329 pages
Published February 23rd 2021 by BAAE Inc.
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Chelsea Humphrey
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Valentine PR
"Naivety is a gift for the young. We allowed it to cloak us in ignorance and make us believe things were so much easier than they really were."


I have no idea why it's taken me this long to pick up one of Corinne Michaels's novels, but I'm so glad that I was able to start with this one. There's a certain brand of comfort that comes with reading a small town romance; throw in a dash of second chance relationship and I'm sold. Grayson and Jessica's love story spans the course of 14+ years, and I lo
Corinne Michaels
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Welcome to Willow Creek Valley! Grayson and Jessica are here!

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Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars
”Loving you has never been a question, but keeping you has always bene our downfall.”

Return to Us is the start of a new series from Corinne Michaels and I loved it! If you’re a fan of small town romances, second chance romances, and/or single dad romances, you need this book in your life!

After a life changing event, Jessica is back where she never thought she’d be. Back in her hometown of Willow Creek Valley. She’s planning on staying to recover, then getting back to he
Jill M
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh. My. Heart. This book. I had tears throughout this story. All the feels.

We met Jessica in Stay for Me. You know that horrible scene that left us breathless. This poor girl has overcome so much and I'm astounded by her courage and strength. 

Dear god Grayson is the sweetest most sexy man. He has had his heart broken but still finds the compassion to be civil.

These two two belong together. The chemistry is combustible but the bond is stronger.  They are connected and no amount of time will se
Angie McGuire
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Return to Us by Corinne Michaels is LIVE!

What a beautiful story. I loved these two so much. We get a new series out of this wonderful book... Well if you ever wanted to know what happened in a certain arrowwood book... With a certain flight attendant, then you should definitely read this one.

Grayson is so amazing. Truly the best and Jessica made some tough choices in her younger years, that have regret written all over them. But I see why she made them... Hindsight is alwa
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by Valentine PR)


Jessica Walker grew up in a small town in North Carolina called Willow Creek Valley. At eighteen she just wanted to truly live and experience life outside her small town. She wanted to travel and see the world. She leaves to find herself, but in the process walks away from the first boy she's ever loved. The once fearless girl who was ready to conquer the world returns to her hometown fourteen years later barely coping after an accident leaves her stru
Elle P. Golden
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This. This is what a favorite book looks like.

Of everything this author wrote (and I loved every single book), Return To Us managed to beat all the previous books and secure itself the pole position (I can't even believe Wyatt is not the first anymore. A close second, but still).

Return To Us is the reason why I love second chance romance so much. And it still was different from other second chances, because we normally see a hotile couple acting out due to pain and resentment.
This time, instead
Berry ♡ Nice
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
What a beautiful second chance story 😍
I love a good second chance and I'm also weak in the knees for some single daddies and Grayson is a DILF *just saying*

Gaaah! The way he is with his daughter and also the woman he never stopped loving ❤

Grayson and Jessica are going to touch your heart with their beautiful journey.

Be strong and don’t let your past be what destroys what could be a beautiful future.”

AND there's this part of the story that I won't say as I do not want to spoil anything for
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my!!! I love love love Grayson and Jessica!! I am pretty sure they have become my favorite couple!!
The love and conmection these two have is amazing to read. The chemistry is off the charts with these two!! The way they have that they reconnect after all that time apart makes for such a sweet story! Plus you add in a sweet little girl that you just love and adore instantly!!

Jessica is such an independent character and you know the struggle she has with being 'stuck' in one place. But you hav
Peggy Hogan
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such an amazing second-chance romance!! Beautifully written, Corinne Michaels expertly tells the story of high school sweethearts Grayson and Jessica, and how they have to come to terms with her up and leaving, being gone for 14 years, and whether or not they still have feelings for each other after all that time, and after everything each of them has gone through. This story is so believable/realistic, I felt like I was actually living the story, I was so immersed in the story, it was ...more
Lisa Stinson
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say except...Corinne has done it again. Her story telling knows no bounds and I am so very excited about this new series with the Parkerson family. First we get to know and fall in love with Grayson and Jessica (who we met Jessica when she was involved in the plane crash with Jacob Arrowood). Two high school sweethearts that are from very different families.

Grayson has always had everything handed to him from his wealthy parents. He is supposed to take over the family business after
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 beautiful, second-chance stars.

Jessica Walker has had it rough. Hurt by those she isn't supposed to be, she makes the decision to leave her hometown and never look back, that is until circumstances out of her control force her back home. To the hometown that the man she left behind, Grayson Parkerson, still resides. When they bump into each other, is this the closure they need or a new beginning?

Grayson Parkerson comes from money and on the surface has everything he needs, but he's also been h
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a way to kick off a new series. I’m the first to admit that I am always a little iffy breaking into a new series. Not this time. I am freaking obsessed. Going to say this now, I think Willow Creek will blow Arrowood out do the water!!

Why, why does Corinne always gut me in the best way possible with her second chance romances?

“Things happen. Life isn’t easy, but the struggle allows the beauty to shine through. Without that pain, we wouldn’t know what joy feels like. I’m finding ways to end
Amour.Rebelle92 (Bran.d)
OH🔥MY🔥GOSH🔥Corinne has done it again! Grayson checks all the boxes
☑️sexy AF🔥
☑️single dad😍
☑️soooo amazing with his sweet daughter🥰
☑️still loves Jessica💘
☑️swoon worthy🥵
☑️overprotective big brother (👀Stella’s book is going to be so awesome)
☑️and he freaking saves people in his spare time🤩

Holy sh!t Jessica deserves the best marriage & all the cutest, sweetest kids because the universe owes her big time!!

💓Quotes that’ll make you swoon💓
I can see it now. The future—this, her, us as a family, and it’s
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book can be like your first love; you fall in love the minute you start reading and know that this will be your one true love.

Corinne Michaels never, ever disappoints. Was there a point in the book that I hated her, wanted to scream and throw my kindle - Absolutely!

This is a book about your first love, second chances, and knowing when your with your one true love. I absolutely loved Jessica, Grayson, and Amelia.

This is a book that is a must read and then re-read - definitely worth more th
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Return to Us is the first book in the Willow Creek Valley Series featuring five siblings who each find love. It’s a total stand-alone with interconnecting characters from the Arrowood Brothers series which I loved. If it’s written by author Corrine Michaels, know that you will laugh, cry, scream, and sigh. In this second-chance romance, the hero and heroine, Grayson Parkerson and Jessica Walker, reconnect after being apart for 18 years.

Jessica returns to her hometown where her mother and sister
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All. The. Stars.

Return to Us by Corinne Michaels is the first book in the brand new series Willow Creek Valley. All I can say is WOW! This book is hands down Ms. Michaels best book to date. It had everything I look for in a romance novel-

A swoony hero ✔️
A strong heroine ✔️✔️
A beautiful love story ✔️✔️✔️

Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. I was completely swept up in this small town romance and I never wanted it to end. Grayson and Jess’ connection was so strong and powerful. You could fee
Kristina Wampler
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I would have to say second chance romances are probably my favorite genre. There is just something about real love surviving the test of time! Corinne knocked it out of the park with Grayson and Jessica's story. I started this book late at night and picked up where I left off first thing in the morning. I spent all day curled up on the couch reading this story while the snow fell outside my windows. I could not put it down! Jessica goes through a life-altering event that most people would not su ...more
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Return To Us is book 1 in the new Willow Creek Valley series by Corinne Michaels. I have been so excited for this book and I was not disappointed. Corinne Michaels is one of my favorite authors whose books you want to re-read multiple times just because they make you feel so good. This book is Grayson and Jessica’s story and is a beautifully written second chance romance that has all the feels; then throw in Grayson’s 4-year-old daughter, Amelia and it just couldn’t have been better. I highly re ...more
Tracey Vuolo
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Return to Us blew my away right from the start. Grayson and Jessica’s love burns like a fire you can’t put out! This story has two of my favorite tropes rolled into one - second chance and single dad and I was consumed by every page!!! Every time I think I can’t love a new couple more than the last one that Corinne writes, she proves me wrong and it makes me deliriously happy. Can we just talk about how sexy Gray is because not only is he a fantastic business man, he’s also a firefighter. Every ...more
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic book by Corinne Michaels. Jessica has returned to her small hometown after she has endured a traumatic event ( if you read Stay for Me you have briefly met her). When she runs into Grayson, her childhood sweetheart and love, she knows things won’t ever be the same. Grayson has tried to move on since Jessica left, but she has never really left his heart. This is an endearing, heartfelt second chance story, that pulled me in from the start. I loved watching Jessica and Grayson wo ...more
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When you think you have found your favourite Corinne Michaels book boyfriend along comes Grayson Parkerson.

Be still my heart!!!!

Single dad. Firefighter. Alpha yet protective and sentimental.

Jessica is a fighter. She is strong and tenacious.

The two of them together are electric - they are perfect for each other and just need to both get over the past and what fears they have to make it through to the other side.

I absolutely love that Corinne's books are full of Easter eggs which makes you feel
Dawn Clements
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another 5 star review for the amazing Corinne Michaels. She truly is the queen of second chance romance.

I can’t recommend Return to us enough.
Jessica & Grayson will steal your hearts & stay with you long after the last page is read 🥰

Return to us is the story of a special once in a lifetime love. That will pull on your heartstrings.
A love that song writers write love songs about. An emotional ride.

An unbreakable love, overcoming heartbreak & fears.
5 amazing second-chance stars!

Oh, I love this book! A blissfully romantic second-chance-single-parent-romance with all the feels, and a hero that absolutely stole my heart! Grayson and Jessica’s story is absolutely beautiful, and a fave for 2021!

In a delightful tie-in, Jessica was introduced in Stay for Me (the final book of the Arrowood series). She was involved in the big climactic event at the end of the book, and I love that Corinne decided to tell Jessica’s story, including her recovery as
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just have so much love for this book and would give it more than five stars if I could. I am all about the second chance romance. And just when I think I can’t possibly love characters more, Corinne Michaels gives us Grayson and Jessica. Grayson checks off all my boxes: single dad (and an awesome one at that), firefighter, hard worker, close to his siblings, sweet, and let’s not forget sexy. Jessica has been through hell and is still in an uphill battle so she returns to Willow Creek Valley af ...more
Yolanda McGee~Veronica's Reading Vault
Whew, I was not ready for Return To Us (Willow Creek Valley #1) and all the emotions that came along with it. This excellent, small town second chance romance is SO freaking good and yanked at my heart strings like no other.

I felt this book deep down to my soul as we’ve all experienced the heartache of breaking up with your first love and it truly hurts the most. I’m a sucker for a good second chance romance and Corinne Michaels certainly didn’t disappoint me. And she couldn’t have written a mo
The latest standalone and series starter in Willow Creek Valley, Corinne Michaels gives a feels-heavy story with Return to Us.

Grayson and Jessica are high school sweethearts. She broke his heart and left town after high school. He never stopped loving her. Return to Us is a small town, drama-fueled second chance romance with plenty of twists, tons of sweet moments, and a decent amount of steam. I’m sure this will be another fantastic family saga from Corinne Michaels!
Such an amazing start to the Willow Creek Valley Series!! This book was so much more than I imagined and I loved all the characters. I couldn't put this book down once I started!! It will definitely make you smile, feel all those emotions, swoon, and want to give them both big hugs. We briefly met Jessica in Stay for me - Arrowood Brothers #4 and I have been curious about her story since. It did not disappoint at all.

Greyson - a single-dad is protective, loyal, and willing to go to any length t
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Corinne Michaels has a knack for drawing you into a story from page one. It's often times hard for a reader to start a new book characters, a new town. But from the very beginning, I felt like I already knew the residents of Willow Creek Valley. It was the same feeling Jessica was coming home, and Grayson Parkerson makes it all the more delightful. This second chance, single dad (not to mention a part-time fireman) story has all the feel good moments. But buckle in for a ri ...more
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Holy WOW....this was a fantastic read!!! A new series, a new family and characters I am bound to fall in love with. Grayson and Jessica were absolutely perfect. Second chance at it's best! Cannot WAIT for the next book! ...more
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Corinne Michaels is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of romance novels. Her stories are chock full of emotion, humor, and unrelenting love, and she enjoys putting her characters through intense heartbreak before finding a way to heal them through their struggles.

Corinne is a former Navy wife and happily married to the man of her dreams. She began her writing

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“Please tell me this is real.”
I bring my fingers to his face. “Look at me.” He does. “It’s real. Make love to me, Grayson. Make it be us again.”
He pushes deeper, seating himself fully inside me, our eyes never leaving each other. “It’s always been us.”
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