Come Back to Me (The Waters of Time) Hardcover – Large Print, June 1, 2021
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- Publisher : Fleming H. Revell Company; Large type / Large print edition (June 1, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0800740041
- ISBN-13 : 978-0800740047
- Item Weight : 1.31 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.94 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,977,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I won my physical copy of Come Back to Me from a giveaway. I also had previously pre-ordered an e-copy of Come Back to Me. I enjoyed every moment of reading of this novel. I highly recommend this intriguing and fantastic novel of medical quest and faith.
Foremost in Come Back to Me, I appreciate the author’s commitment to such high quality story-telling while maintaining a Christian perspective in this genre. That above all other things makes this book a gem, to me. The premise for the time-travel is fascinating. Sure, the basis is pure conjecture—not theology, after all this is fiction—but it’s also fun and intelligent.
Hedlund always shines in this era of history. I was thrilled to be transported back in time through the pages with the heroine to a time scarcely imaginable to a modern woman. Thankfully, I can close the book and live in the twenty-first century. LOL. But I can’t wait for the next installment to take me back!
I have always believed that God is incapable of making a mistake. So, if you were born in the 1380s it’s because He meant for you to be alive in the late 1300s. When I was in high school, I remember girls in history class saying things like, “I was born in the wrong time period. I wish I had been born in the 1400s.” I always found that desire to be odd because, again, God doesn’t make mistakes. So I would ask these girls why they felt this way and they would always respond that it was because of the clothes. They wanted to live in a time period because of the medieval clothing style. I’m not going to lie, I always felt sad for these girls. To feel like they were born “at the wrong time” because of clothes?! I would be blown away by this answer because, in my mind, I saw all the ways life was REALLY difficult to be a female in the medieval age — very little power or control over her own life, her inherent vulnerability because she had no power or control, her monthly period, her inability to bathe whenever she wanted, massive disease, etc. Personally, I really appreciate my shower, my current clothes, my ability to make the money I need to pay bills, and my ability to make decisions for myself. What I love in Come Back to Me is how Hedlund illustrates Marian’s initial arrogance when she first arrives back in time to 1381 England. Before she left her time period, Marian utilizes the internet to do a basic search on Canterbury, England in 1381. She learns that there was a Peasant Revolt that ended very badly for the peasants. Cool, that’s the extent of her prep. She’s got this! Then she ends up in 1381 Canterbury and she is immediately schooled in just how ignorant she truly is about the medieval age. Her immediate lack of protection as a single, beautiful woman is apparent within minutes of “landing” in 1381. Then, there are issues with money, control over her own life, abuse, clothing, food, assumptions made against her, her speech, etc. It really stood out to me this dichotomy between Marian’s modern assumptions of history versus her actual reality once she became a part of that time period. I also really liked how Marian grows as a woman during her time in the medieval setting. I appreciate how she assesses her truth — yes, there are things about the modern era that make life really comfortable, but there is a lot about the medieval time that allows life to be all the more full and vibrant. Marian’s assessment of herself made me consider my time period, the things I have that make me comfortable, how I interact with my loved ones today, and the things I can learn from history to make my relationships better today.
There is no way to adequately review this book. Come Back to Me needs to be experienced. I loved the highly engaging plot, the uniquely relatable characters, and the many excellent themes discussed. Come Back to Me is a great read and I highly recommend it. If you love suspense, romance, history, and/or time travel then you will absolutely love this story!
I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on June 12, 2021, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
This was a great summer read. I bought the Kindle version as a pre-order, but I saw my local library quickly got it too.
As you read, you quickly go from asking, “Ooooh, who are the love interests” to clearly rooting for one in particular. There are Christian elements without things getting awkward* or too preachy. There are dreamy romantic elements without things getting too overly steamy. Well balanced and very enjoyable.
Do I expect you to concur with the more miraculous science of it? No. This is less science fiction and more awesome twist on historical Christian romance. *Is the Tree of Life part of the storyline out to convince you of truth behind it? I don’t think so. This is fun time-bending fiction. Having said that, I do want to commend the author: the medical issues addressed seemed well researched, as was some of the pharmaceutical intrigue. So time travel is the big leap, of course, but other than that it was smooth sailing into the sea of summer fiction.
Keep up the great work! I’m already looking forward to a sequel!
At first, I was thrown off because it seemed that Marian and Will’s relationship was based solely on lust. It got better once they spent more time together and built a friendship. I also have to understand that life was different in the 1300s and it wasn’t common for men to really converse and share their feelings. At least that’s what I can imagine from this novel and what I know of history. So knowing that, maybe it does make more sense that they had more of a physical relationship rather than speaking.
It still was super entertaining and I’m dying to read book 2 when it comes out!