About the Book
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.
In My Opinion
In Come Back to Me, Jody Hedlund touches on the mechanics of how traveling to the past affects your body in the present or vice versa. There’s also the element of magic (but really, how can there not be in time travel?).
Marian is intelligent and determined, so when she discovers her father’s research and experiences time travel for herself, she’s on a mission to save her sister. When she’s in the 14th century, she meets a swoony knight. William Durham is haunted by an event in his past, and he is protective (sometimes overly so) of those he loves. Put these two characters together, and you have some serious sparks igniting.
There are a few logistical issues with this story, though, that require you to suspend your disbelief. One is the language barrier that is completely ignored (go ahead and hop over to google and look up Beowulf or The Canterbury Tales along with the words “Middle English” and see how they read). There is no way a modern-day person could understand most of what is being said without having studied Middle English. And there is also no way those same people wouldn’t believe a modern-day person is insane or evil with the way they spoke.
Finally, because Hedlund writes for both YA and adult audiences, it’s important to note the heavy-handed physical attraction in this book. There is a lot of touching, holding, kissing, and lust in Come Back to Me. While it never crosses the line, it does toe it often, so I can’t recommend this book for a younger audience.
Fans of Outlander will enjoy this one, though.
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