Friday, December 27, 2019

Return to Sender by Jennifer Peel {Review}

Return to Sender by Jennifer Peel
Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Publication: December 27th 2019 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
He never wanted to leave her. She never expected him to return.

If Ariana Stanton has learned anything in life, it's that men leave. She's been taught this lesson well from the father she's never met, who sends her a mysterious letter once a year, to her ex-fiancé, who left her for another woman. So, when she meets the charming and seemingly perfect Jonah, she promises him they will never be more than friends. It's a promise she can't keep. But before he has a chance to leave her, she sends him away.

Dr. Jonah Adkinson has one regret--that he let Ariana remain convinced that love never lasts. But now, nine years later, the single dad is back in Pine Falls and on a mission: prove Ariana wrong. He's determined to win over the love of his life. And this time he won't let anything get in the way, not even her.

Now, not only does Ariana have to face the man she's still in love with, but she must confront the mystery of her father's letters, forcing her to reevaluate the past and her choices. But will it be enough to make her believe that, unlike the letter she's always returned, Jonah is hers to keep?

My Review: 5 Stars
The emotional element is very strong with this story. Ariana has had a rough life, yet she has an inner strength that resulted from her challenges. Ariana displays a characteristic that is easy for me to relate to. On a completely different level and for obviously different reasons, I, too, fear my loved ones leaving me, although I don't allow that fear to debilitate me.

Years previous, Jonah left when Ariana pushed him away, but he's back and he's back to stay, along with his precocious daughter, Whitney. Jonah is a sweet and charming man with the patience of a saint as Ariana works through her issues.

While there is some romance, this book mainly focuses on some tough issues that stem from Ariana's past. I love that Ariana is so flawed, yet she remains likable and easy to relate to. Facing her past forces growth, which is where the emotions really come into play, drawing the reader completely into the book. This is the type of story that a reader will want to move into.

Content: mild+ romance (kissing, some innuendo); mild language

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