Good afternoon everyone! It’s time for another book review. 🙂 I know that my postings tend to be all over the place because of life’s issues, but I assure you that one of my goals is to work on setting a fixed schedule for reviews in the near future.
BOOK: COME BACK
AUTHOR: MELISSA MAYGROVE
GENRE: WESTERN ROMANCE, HISTORICAL ROMANCE
RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
4 of 5 HEARTS
Left behind by everyone she loves…
Rebecca Garvey had the promise of a California future dreams are made of, until the wagon train her family was traveling with left her behind. Now she’s slowly dying in the wilderness, abandoned and stripped of her self-worth. Once the shock of her desertion turns to embittered despair, she doesn’t want to be found. Then a handsome stranger challenges her convictions and changes her mind.
Headed for Texas, chased by the demons of his past…
Seth Emerson knows exactly what he wants. Working to save for a cattle ranch of his own keeps him busy and keeps his pain buried. Rescuing a stubborn woman from the hills of New Mexico Territory isn’t part of his plan—but she’s exactly what he needs.
Making greater sacrifices than either of them could foresee…
Seth and Rebecca set off on a risky journey and a quest for truth, each healing the other’s love-starved soul along the way. Will they give in to their growing attraction? Or will they honor their commitments when Seth returns Rebecca to civilization… and her betrothed?
*Note about content: Although the moral context of the story is old-fashioned, Come Back, contains violence, adult themes, and descriptions of physical intimacy. It is intended for mature readers.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t normally read western romances, but as you know, I’m all about expanding my horizons. 🙂
Becca Garvey, her family, her betrothed Nathan, and others are forging their way from New Mexico Territory to a life in California via a wagon train. When an avalanche of boulders blocks the wagons’ path one day, the men have to move them for the wagon trains to continue. Becca takes the opportunity to explore rock formations she’d discovered earlier.
By the time she returns the wagon trains are gone; she can’t try chasing after them because she doesn’t know which of the two roads they took. She waits to see if they come back to find her. No one does and Becca is left to fend for herself.
She manages to survive brutal conditions for over a year when she comes across an unconscious and injured Seth. Becca tends to his wounds, drags him to her old shelter, and watches over him until he regains consciousness. From there, an awkward friendship develops. Seth is determined to take Becca with him to the safety of civilization, and at first she refuses, but finally agrees. On the day they are to leave, Seth discovers that Becca fled in the middle of the night.
Just over a month later, Seth returns and saves her from what would have been a disastrous and traumatizing event. He convinces Becca to ride with him, promising to take her where ever she wants to go. She decides to find answers about why she was left behind.
They face obstacles during their journey to California; wounds are opened and secrets are revealed. Will Becca be able to handle what she finds in Cali? Can Seth come to terms with his past? No spoilers here.
The premise and plot were good and the story flowed nicely. The characters were well developed and had distinct personalities. The scene settings were realistically described and I could envision myself in the environment. I noted no spelling or grammatical errors.
There was a part of the storyline I suspected the outcome to early on, but there were more than enough surprises to keep me turning the pages. At first I was wary of a female MC surviving over a year in brutal, uncharted territory. Until a person is in a position of life vs. death (survival), one can’t know the true strength of the human spirit. This I know from experience. Overall, a great read that I would highly recommend.
RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
4 of 5 HEARTS
About the Author
Native Texan Melissa Maygrove is a wife, mother, nurse, freelance editor, and romance writer. When she’s not busy caring for her tiny nursery patients or shuttling teenagers back and forth to after-school activities, she’s hunched over her laptop, complicating the lives of her imaginary friends and playing matchmaker. Melissa loves books with unpretentious characters and unforgettable romance, and she strives to create those same kinds of stories for her readers.