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Publisher Description

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 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 never supposed to see Gavin again.

That didn’t stop me from thinking about him every day for ten years.

I knew little about his life now, just that he was an entrepreneur living an ocean away.

When a twist of fate had me working again in the very place our love affair started a decade earlier, I knew it was only a matter of time before I might see him again. 

But I wasn’t prepared.

What if he hated me?

What if he loved someone else now?

I wasn’t prepared for all the unknowns.

And most of all, I wasn’t prepared for today to be the day he came back.

August 19
Penelope Ward Books, Inc.
Penelope Ward Books, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Jen'sboyclub ,

3.5-4 Stars

The Day he Came Back was a sweet second chance romance. Gavin and Raven come from completely different backgrounds. Gavin comes from a family with money and there are certain expectations that he has to live up to. Gavin is the complete opposite of his elitist and judgmental mother and his pompous, egotistical younger brother, but Gavin is tired of the their lifestyle and how they treat others that don't have money. When he first meets Raven he is taken by her beauty but he also loves how real and down to earth she is. Raven is a breath of fresh air and a welcome change from all of the stereotypical rich and materialistic girls Gavin has grown up with. Raven can't help but question Gavin and his intentions, but once she is able to his true heart she sees what a kind, humble and respectful person he is. Even though Gavin's mother has made it clear she would never approve of him dating Raven, they spend the whole summer getting to know each other, and they fall and fall hard. Both Raven and Gavin can't imagine a life without one another and begin to plan a future together. But life gets in the way, and when cruel obstacles and loyalties drive them apart, they are both left shattered and heart broken. I enjoyed the chemistry between Gavin and Raven, but there were parts of the story that felt rushed. I was taken aback by a few of Raven's secrets, secrets that felt a little misplaced in the story and left me confused. Overall it was a sweet story

M0najack ,


Cinderella and Prince Charming. She’s poor, has a dying mom, she herself may get sick. YET through it ALL she has such a toothache-y positive attitude. Stuff happens in between. And obviously his mom is the evil step mother, DUN DUN DUUUUUN!

JessWeese ,

The day he came back

Such a heartfelt story. I was intrigued from page one. A page turner for sure. Definitely recommend this book. Very impressed with this author. My favorite book by Penelope ward so far.

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