A Way Back to You
Annabelle, whom nearly everyone calls Anne, has been stuck in the past for two years. Numbed by grief over her husband's unexpected death and overwhelmed with the responsibility of raising their three young children alone, Anne agrees to let a friend take the kids for the weekend while she tries to get some much-needed rest at her parent's home.
But when Anne wakes up the next morning, she is suddenly sixteen again. And it just happens to be the worst day she spent as a teenager.
High school the second time around brings unforeseen changes and frustrations, but remembering that her future husband, Mitch, has just returned from a mission and is living on the other side of town gives Anne hope. Getting Mitch's attention (for the second time) is more complicated than she could have imagined, but Anne discovers she is stronger than she believed possible—and there just might be a future for her after all.
By Mindy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I absolutely loved this book. It was very different than what I was expecting, but in a very good way. I thought the premise behind the story was very clever and enjoyable. To go back in time, with all of your memories. I wouldn't want to relive my life, it's been great. But, to go back to high school with that knowledge and possibly make better decisions for myself, knowing what became of my choices, would be intriguing. Of course, impossible, but fun, right?
I loved Annie. I loved her family. I loved Sam. Annie had a major crush on him in high school and it lead to her leaving a note to Sam that scares her parents. The new Annie tells him she's been wasting her time with him and she will have a happy life without him. Sam finds himself drawn to Annie, and they start spending some time together. Annie is torn with these feelings, but never forgets Mitch or her children, even though her Mitch has passed away.
By Melanie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I loved this book and had a hard time putting it down! Anne was easy for me to relate to. It was funny to read her high school experiences and how she dealt with them as a 38-year-old woman. I felt everything she was going through, whether it was embarrassing, exciting, happy or sad. I also felt her struggle with what she was going to do and I wasn't sure how it was going to end. I love that she was able to appreciate the time she had with her parents and improve her relationship with them. She also didn't realize what she meant to others until she was able to have more open and honest conversations with them. I loved, loved, loved the ending and only wish it had lasted a little longer!
While reading this book, I found myself asking the question--what would you do if you were given a second chance? There are definitely some things I would do differently. But would I want to go back to do them? My gut reaction: Not a chance--I'm happy to be done with high school! But on further reflection, if I could improve relationships and become more clear on the direction I wanted to go in life, then sign me up, I'll return in a heartbeat!! I highly recommend this book!
By Kathy , Submitted on 2015-02-25
This story started slow for me but it was worth the wait! There were so many possible endings I found myself anxious to see which route the main character would take. The story had the perfect amount of intrigue and romantic interest to take me away from the cares of my own life for the four hours it took me to read it! Loved the characters. I'd love to read a sequel.
By Jinky, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Move over "17 Again" (2009 film starring Zac Efron ) because Annie's story at 16 again was even more heartwarming! I had to bite the corner of my inner lip to stop myself from an all out bawling fest at my son's basketball class. Little did the people around me know that internally I was feeling a happy ache caused by this sweet love story. I held the out cry but the swell in my heart was so great that the moistness blurring my vision managed to escape. I was quietly enjoying my special tears.
Truly, this was a love story at its finest. Simple and wholesome. It consisted of I-can-relate-to characters and a tender storyline that will grab your heart for good. You will shout, "I want that kind of love!" and for those who has it will gratefully utter, "I am so blessed.".
An unforgettable novel and a book that will be worn out because this was a beautifully written piece that I will revisit over and over again. I certainly will recommend this to my sappy and not so sappy friends.
By the way, I looked up "best modern love story" in my dictionary and it read, "A Way Back To You by Emily Gray Clawson". Read this book and your dictionary will say that too. ;)
By Lisa, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Anne is having a rough time ever since her husband Mitch passed away. Everything is just becoming too much to bear, so Anne finds herself at her parents house for the weekend. She arises the next morning to discover that she is sixteen again, and as she begins to go through her day she discovers so many things that she did wrong. Soon Anne finds herself caught up in a romance with her first love Sam, but she feels guilty because somewhere out there is her husband and her future. Anne will learn that things rarely work out the way you think, but sometimes this gives you a chance for a future you never planned.
I was a little unsure where this book was going in the beginning. Anne was just so unhappy, and I really felt for her. I wanted her to be able to find some peace, but it came in a way that was completely surprising. I can't imagine how awful it'd be to relive my teenage years. I'm sure I'd cringe at most the things I did and said. Anne definitely felt that way too. More than that though, it gave her perspective on not only her past but her present as well. By looking through her grown-up adult eyes, she saw things much more clearly the second time around.
This book was very easy to read, and I didn't want to put it down. The book makes it easy to read it in small amounts of time, but you'll probably want to sit and read the whole thing all at once. Anne got very emotional through the book, and at first I was sympathetic. It did wear on me a bit though as the book went on. Overall this was a tiny bother though, and I did enjoy the book. I liked the sense of perspective Anne was able to gain, and it made me think about my own life. Do I take the time to do the things I truly love? I certainly try. Reading is something that brings me great joy, and this book helped add to that joy.
Book provided for review.
By Maria, Submitted on 2015-02-25
A nice combination of YA and adult, it speaks of finding the balance between selfishness and refueling self in order to help others. It speaks of finding joy in the journey, appreciating what we have, and not being afraid to persue our dreams. A Freaky Friday-ish romance with a magical time-turning twist that makes for an enjoyable read.
By Cathy, Submitted on 2015-02-25
The plot of this book is something that I haven't seen lately. I liked the whole idea of Annabelle going back in her life and being able to be a better person, live her life better, and have a better relationship with her family. I liked the characters, I thought they were really well done. I liked the way it felt as though I had gone back to high school with Annabelle, Emily Gray Clawson really nailed the feeling of being in high school. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more by this author!
By Shauna, Submitted on 2015-02-25
WOW! What an AMAZING story!
Twists and turns that will take your breath away.
Love and tenderness.
Heartache and loneliness.
Strength and happiness.
So captivating you will keep turning pages to find out what waits in the next chapter.
SO. SO. SO. GOOD!
By rhonda, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I was not sure how I would do reading this book. It did stir memories of mourning, and high school being a teenager. Also grateful for my children. But no crying for me. I liked the characters. High School dramas. How Annabelle is trying to be better at her family relationships the second time around. I would freak out if I woke up and was suddenly sixteen again!
Annabelle has been a widow for 2 1/2 years. Right after her husband died she realized she was pregnant. She was so busy being a mother two her older children and the baby she really hasn't taken the time to mourn. After dealing all night with sick baby she took the kids to school and a friend came up to her. Told her she wanted to meet this man that her husband worked with. He was divorced with one child.
Anne got home and just broke down and was crying all day. She realized that she was alone now and old. She got the friend to pick up her kids and when she saw how bad Anne was, She told the kids they were all going over to her house to stay the weekend to grab clothes. Then called Anne's mom to take her mom for the weekend.
When Anne wakes up in her mothers guest room. It is a mess, than she sees her younger brother and sister. Anne is sixteen again. Anne has to go to high school and take a math test. She has to remember her classes, the boy she had a crush on for years. Also she realized Mitch was alive and across town.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed A Way Back to You. It is a LDS book but really does not talk about beliefs just about going to different church meetings, and events their. It is a clean romance, drama and even some time travel. This is the first book that I have read by Emily and I would read more of her work.
I was given this book to read and asked to give a honest review and post it as part of a blog tour for A Way Back to You.
By Angela, Submitted on 2015-02-25
A Way Back to You is more than a time-travel romance. Well-written, logical, but full of emotion, the book transports the reader along with the main character, Annabelle, back twenty years in time into high school, a place where not many of us would choose to return. Fortunately for Annabelle, a young mother and widow, she uses her maturity to make better choices, improving the lives of those around her for good--even when it's hard. Her future husband Mitch has just returned from his mission, and lives across town. Her high school crush, Sam, has decided to pursue her, but how can she return his feelings and stay true to who she must become? Should she try to make contact with Mitch and risk changing the course of her future? A powerful read that addresses how we can balance experience and faith.