Eighteen-year-old Sadie Stark, raised by the governor of Pennsylvania, has the world on a string. She doesn’t need the mother who left her any more than she needs the fiance who promises to change. What she needs is to finish college, and keep her wits about her.
When war-bound James Pasko returns her stolen clutch, and shows her what’s missing in her life, she gains the courage to search for the truth about her past.
What Sadie uncovers rattles her to the core. But James’ steadfast love gives her hope for the future—for the first time—even as the war tears them apart.
When James disappears over enemy lines and Sadie makes a startling discovery, she must decide to follow in the footsteps of the mother who gave her away, or face a life of hardship like she’s never known.
“A sweeping, romantic debut that brings the war-time forties to vivid life in this Titanic meets Philomena tale—fast-paced, tender, and real.” —RITA Award-winning Author Gwyn Cready
“Menke’s writing is so lovely, you will want to wrap yourself in her words and savor each moment you spend in Sadie’s story. Return To Me will tug on your heart strings and take you on a journey back in time.” —Dana Faletti, Author of the Whisper Trilogy
The very beginning of the book leaves you in suspense with an item and a name, but nothing more and then we are taken back 30 years to another time, another era.
I will tell you, right there, I was ready to finish this book in one sitting just to find out the significance of all of that right there (and no, I am not telling you the item or the name.)
Within the first handful of chapters, I could see the movie Pearl Harbor with the romance, the war, the men. After a few more chapters, the song Whiskey Lullabye was playing as I watch Ricky Schroeder come home after being away at war.
You had a pretty good idea where we were headed as soon as you hopped on the train and locked eyes, although there were secrets. Destiny.
I really enjoy reading about times past but at the same time, there is no way I would have survived. Sadie’s “fiance” needed a swift kick in the rear right out the door. And frankly, her stuck up aunt and uncle could go with him!
James, a man in a uniform, enough said!
I really enjoyed this book and will be keeping it on my Kindle to enjoy again.
About the Author
Carolyn Menke is the author of “A Little Known Truth” and “The Survival Guide to Mommy-hood,” both published in “Beyond the Diaper Bag.” Her flash fiction piece “Full Circle” took first place in the Writer’s Type literary competition in July 2012. “Baba’s Bananas” also placed first at Writer’s Type in March 2011, and was later awarded first runner-up overall for the yearly competition in the same category.
A storyteller with an entrepreneurial spirit, she started a marketing communications business with clients ranging from local start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that she worked as a marketing communications specialist for high-tech companies. She gained valuable public speaking experience while leading corporate and educational training workshops. Recently, she was a guest speaker at Wexford Elementary, and has been invited to share her latest novel, Return To Me, with area reading clubs.
The author earned a bachelor’s degree in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree in marketing communications from Duquesne University. She is a member of Pennwriters and two writing critique groups.
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