Title: Come Back to MeAuthor: Melissa Foster
Publisher: Greenforge Books
About the Book: Tess Johnson has it all: her handsome photographer husband Beau, a thriving business, and a newly discovered pregnancy. When Beau accepts an overseas photography assignment, Tess decides to wait to reveal her secret—only she’s never given the chance. Beau’s helicopter crashes in the desert.
Tess struggles with the news of Beau’s death and tries to put her life back together. Alone and dealing with a pregnancy that only reminds her of what she has lost, Tess is adrift in a world of failed plans and fallen expectations. When a new client appears offering more than just a new project, Tess must confront the circumstances of her life head on.
Meanwhile, two Iraqi women who are fleeing honor killings find Beau barely alive in the middle of the desert, his body ravaged by the crash. Suha, a doctor, and Samira, a widow and mother of three young children, nurse him back to health in a makeshift tent. Beau bonds with the women and children, and together, with the help of an underground organization, they continue their dangerous escape.
What happens next is a test of loyalties, strength, and love.
My thoughts: I pretty much read this book in one sitting, and that doesn't happen very often with me. I was very much caught up in the storyline and there were times when I was actually holding my breath, waiting to see what would happen. Tess, Beau, Alice, Kevin, Louie, Samira and her family - these are all real people, with real lives - not sugar-coated characters in a book. Life is messy. Relationships are messy. Sometimes we are not in control of what happens in our life, but somehow have to work with what is left when the dust settles. Melissa Foster makes her characters dig down deep, through the pain and the reality, and swim through it all back to the surface.
All through out the book, just the way that relationships were forming and situations were evolving, I knew that someone would probably be hurt in the end. I did not know how it could resolve itself so that everyone would be happy. Even coming to that conclusion, I definitely did not see this ending coming. My advice to you? Keep a box of kleenexes handy!
~I received a complimentary ebook from the author in exchange for my review.~
You can connect with Melissa in many places - on her blog, website, facebook, goodreads, and at WoMen's Literary Cafe.
Publisher/Publication Date: Greenforge Books, Nov 1, 2011
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