Some loves last for just a short time, but ours lasted a lifetime.
From the moment that Emma met Ryan, she knew he was the one for her, but he leaves her heartbroken when he betrays her and disappears from her life, only to return and shatter her heart for a second time.
We were never meant to be, we just happened against the odds.
It feels like fate when life throws them back together as adults, but Emma has moved on now and she can’t throw everything away for the man who left her heartbroken twice.
Emma is living a charmed life with a beautiful family and her art career beginning to take off, but she can’t help feeling like her heart is pulling her back to her first love.
I keep on coming back to you.
One chance encounter with Ryan, so unexpected that it feels like it was written in the stars, throws them back together and she can’t deny the connection between them is stronger than ever. Emma learns that Ryan has been keeping a secret from her, and she has to decide whether to turn away from him forever or keep fighting for their love against all odds.
Ryan is Emma’s first love, and the reader gets to watch their relationship right from the start when they meet as naive teenagers (Emma being slightly more innocent than Ryan). What with all the jealousy that abounds in teenage friendships and the complexities that exist in the frameworks of cliques and various other outside influences that exist, their relationship is destined for heartbreak, and that seems to be the end of that. Emma is left devastated.
They meet up again a few years later and immediately it’s as if they were never apart. Although things are difficult, the young lovebirds do their best to make the most of it and they’re convinced that they’re meant to be together, but once again, they’re torn apart in a way that seems so cruel and unfair. The timing just doesn’t work for them.
Because Emma and Ryan are surely meant to be together forever … so how is it that the universe conspires to ensure that they’re kept apart?
Lily Hayden has created a highly readable and whimsical love story. Readers will desperately want things to work out for this couple as we follow them through their lives and loves, the minutiae of their everyday lives as they get on with things spanning the years, as you do, thinking that your first love was just that: in the past, done and dusted.
But what if it isn’t?
What makes this the 4-star read that is, is its authenticity. You’ll race through it and won’t even realise that you’re near the end. The characters too are genuine – I didn’t find that I particularly warmed to them, but I didn’t dislike them. I did, however feel very real empathy towards them and what seemed to be a series of unfortunate coincidences that persisted in both their lives, colluding against them.
Many thanks to Rara Resources for inviting me to tour with them. Take a look at what other bloggers are saying about Coming Back to You …
All 2020 royalties from this book will be going to Huntington’s Disease Association (https://www.hda.org.uk/)
Lily Hayden writes chick lit with a kick.
Modern day women want modern day heroines and Lily’s characters want sizzling romance, rewarding careers and equal partnerships, but like all of us, they face many challenges and it isn’t always easy.
A mother to four children, Lily graduated with a degree in Business in her hometown in South Wales and enjoyed a successful career in Financial Services before fulfilling a lifelong ambition to write books.
Her debut novel Butterflies, a heartwarming alternative to the traditional boy-meets-girl story, was released in 2018, reaching readers all over the world and she is the author of five books, including a Young Adult Dystopian novel Project Terra under the alias SJ Woods (because who doesn’t love a bit of action and defeating bad guys every now and again).
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