Come Back to Me by Jody Hedlund ~ Book Review

July 11, 2021


About the Book

Book: Come Back to Me
Author: Jody Hedlund
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Series: Waters of Time, Book 1
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: June 1, 2021

The ultimate cure that could heal any disease? Crazy.

That's exactly what research scientist Marian Creighton has always believed about her father's quest, even if it does stem from a desire to save her sister Ellen from the genetic disease that stole their mother from them. But when her father falls into a coma after drinking a vial of holy water believed to contain traces of residue from the Tree of Life, Marian must question all of her assumptions. He's left behind tantalizing clues that suggest he's crossed back in time. Insane. Until Marian tests his theories and finds herself in the Middle Ages during a dangerous peasant uprising.

William Durham, a valiant knight comes to Marian's rescue and offers her protection . . . as his wife. The longer Marian stays in the past, the more she cares about William. Can she ever find her father and make it back to the present to heal her sister? And when the time comes to leave, will she want to?

Bestselling author Jody Hedlund is your guide down the twisting waters of time to a volatile era of superstition, revolts, and chivalry in this suspenseful story.

My Thoughts

Move over Jamie Fraser there's a new hunk in town!! Wowza!! This book is amazing! If you have never read a Jody Hedlund book then you are in for a treat as this is completely different than the genre she typically writes but she did such an amazing job with it I cannot wait until the next book! When I first read the summary of the book I was excited but a little unsure. I just could not wrap my head around how she was going to develop this story that surrounded itself around the Tree of Life, holy water and ultimate cures. I had an inkling it would have some "Outlander" vibes but boy was it a thousand times better!!

The characters were simply amazing! You truly get immersed in their lives and want to know more. Marian is a research scientist searching for a cure to help her sister who has a very rare disease. It is the same disease that took her mom and so her dad has been obsessed in also finding a cure but he has these crazy theories about the Tree of Life and its seeds and the water that runs through its roots. Is he on the right track? Yeah, you'll have to read it to find out! I won't be divulging any secrets! In the present timeline we also meet Harrison and Jasper whom I hope we see in the following book! 

Although the present timeline is intriguing and full of suspense the past time line was my favorite. Here we meet the gorgeous William (seriously totally swoonworthy and more!!) To me this was where the "meat" of the story is at and where all the romance and feels occur. I mean the tension between the two is just....and the kiss!! WOWZA!!! Like I said I won't divulge anything but seriously you need to pick this one up. 

I will say this, the romantic scenes at times get a little intense so if this is something that is bothersome to you then be aware that you will encounter them in this book. If I had to give it a movie rating I would consider this a PG-13... so I would definitely not recommend this for a tween or even an immature teen quite just yet. 

Overall I thought this was an excellent story. It was full suspense, mystery, intrigue and all the romance! Jody Hedlund has done a wonderful job with this story. She truly has taken you on a journey to two different worlds and timelines and her descriptions of the settings truly help you picture everything like you are there. The theme of sacrifice and love is prevalent throughout the story. I think there could've been a bit more mention of Christianity but overall it was good. If you enjoy dual timelines, time travel or are a fan of Outlander then this is the book for you! I cannot wait to read more about these characters in the next one. Now I have to wait in anticipation until in comes out!

My Rating: 5 Stars - Absolutely LOVED it!!

Swoon-worthy Level ~  💖💖💖💖💖...  ya'll all the scenes and that KISS!! 

My Favorite Musings/Quotes ~

"It was clear the right woman could wield great power over a man... one soft gasp, one word of gratitude, one lift of her lashes, and he became melted tallow."

"In that instant, he knew he loved her, that the emotion building within his breast was not mere fondness. It was love. He loved her more than he'd love anyone or anything."

I received this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

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About the Author

Jody Hedlund is the author of over thirty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

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