Come Back to Me ~ Review

Come Back to Me
Waters of Time #1
By Jody Hedlund

Marian Creighton and her father are obsessed with their research. But where Marian's research relies heavily on science her father's has delved into the fanciful in Marian's opinion. But when her father falls into an unexplainable coma his research shows just how extraordinary his research truly is. He was on the cusp of discovering the cure to all diseases and ills. But his research hints at the Tree of Life and the ability to cross back in time - utter crazy talk until it isn't. 

Could the cure her father sought have trapped him in the past? There is only one way to find out. But some research carries greater risks than ever imagined and what Marian is about to discover is that she is in no way prepared for what she is about to experience. And in no way is she prepared to live a life in the Middle Ages caught in the middle of a peasant revolt. And her only protection is a knight who has offered her the protection of his name as his wife. 

Trapped in the past Marian continues to search for the holy water that could be the answer to her father's years of searching and the cure her sister desperately needs. And if she hopes to return to her present, Marian needs to work quickly before the past claims her heart and her life.

Come Back to Me is unlike any of Jody Hedlund's previous works in the premise that is the foundation of this book. Yet it is also familiar in the excellence of writing and in the multilayered depth of the story. I really enjoyed this book that was most definitely a time-slip story. While the majority of the book was spent in the past there was enough set in the present to whet one's appetite for what is to come in book 2. Now while there is a second book still to come the main focus of the book is not left in a cliffhanger fashion so you can read, enjoy and be satisfied while waiting for what comes next. Now the science fiction aspect of this book is important and yet it does not make this book feel like a sci-fi book - I'd say it is more on the speculative side rather than the the fantastical. It is a wonderful blend of what one is familiar with and a touch of something new where Jody Hedlund is concerned and it is a not to miss read - perfect for those hot days of summer.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own. 

About the Book:
The ultimate cure that could heal any disease? 

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.

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