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Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite
Return to Me by Carolyn Menke is a historical romance taking place in America during World War II. On the way to basic training, James Pasko has an encounter that will forever change his life. Sadie Stark never expected to see the young boy who found her hiding on the train ever again, but when he shows up to return her purse, a romance is instantly rekindled. Sadie breaks off her relationship with her fiancé and actively pursues one with James, he just as keen as her, even helping her track down her long lost mother. However, when James is shipped out and then reported missing behind enemy lines, will Sadie be able to cope with the unexpected challenges that are staring her in the face?
Return to Me by Carolyn Menke takes us on a journey of how far a person is willing to go for love in the time of war. I loved the love at first sight theme between James and Sadie, and I also liked how she was willing to stand up to her family to protect their relationship. This certainly wasn’t the norm at the time for well-off young ladies, but I admired Sadie’s gumption. The underlying story about Sadie’s mom was nicely mimicked by Sadie’s own situation, and it was interesting to read how she overcame all the obstacles put in her way. Return to Me is certainly one of those novels you want to curl up with on a rainy day, hoping everything works out for Sadie and James.