REVIEW : The Day He Came Back by Penelope Ward

It was the summer of my life.
I’d met the guy of my dreams.
Unfortunately, he was the son of my uppity employer—and very much off-limits.
But Gavin was a rebel. He knew his mother would disown him if she found out about us; in his eyes, we just had to be careful.
He never treated me as his mother did—like hired help.
Instead, Gavin put me on a pedestal and loved me harder than I’d ever been loved in my life.

What a summer it was. 
Until it all ended—badly. 

I was never supposed to see Gavin again.
That didn’t stop me from thinking about him every day for ten years.
I knew little about his life now, just that he was an entrepreneur living an ocean away.

When a twist of fate had me working again in the very place our love affair started a decade earlier, I knew it was only a matter of time before I might see him again. 
But I wasn’t prepared.
What if he hated me?
What if he loved someone else now?
I wasn’t prepared for all the unknowns.

And most of all, I wasn’t prepared for today to be the day he came back. 

I’d never dreamed that today — a random Wednesday — would be the day he came back.


The Day He Came Back reminded my why I love Penelope Ward’s book so much. This story was a beautifully written second chance romance. Raven and Gavin’s story was emotional, it was heartbreaking, it was beautiful and it was everything a second chance should be.

There was an instant connection between Raven and Gavin. They knew they only had the summer, that their relationship was forbidden but that didn’t keep them from spending time together. That is until everything came crashing down around them.

This story is told from both Raven and Gavin’s point of view and is split into two parts. Part One is their initial summer together. We learn the events of what happened during their short lived relationship. Part two is the future. Ten years later. The day Gavin came back.

The emotion in this book got to me. The sacrifices Raven made to protect everything. The slow burn. I LOVED every single moment of this story and of Gavin and Raven’s relationship.

Penelope Ward knocked it out of the park with this book. A MUST READ and one of my favorites by her!


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