Come Back to Meby Chris Paynter
Author Angie Cantinnini's agent convinces her she must use a pseudonym if she hopes to land a contract with a mainstream publishing company-especially since the protagonist of Angie's novels is a hard-boiled male detective. Neither Angie nor her agent anticipates the raging success of the series of books or the mountain of wealth that accompanies each new release.
As a best-selling author, Angie should be delighted with her Bohemian life in Key West, but happiness is elusive because it's her alter-ego, Zach England, who's receiving the accolades, while Angie is relegated to anonymity.
Meryl McClain, the recently hired book review editor at the prestigious New York Banner, wants to make a strong first impression with her readers, so she picks Zach England's latest novel for her debut review. She offers a scathing critique, unaware the real author behind the pseudonym is her long lost true love, Angie. Heartrending choices separated the lovers eleven years earlier.
Seeing Meryl's review overwhelms Angie with feelings she thought she'd laid to rest years ago. This stroke of Fate beckons them to reunite, but Angie's secret identity and Meryl's struggle with a childhood trauma conspire to keep them apart.
Torn from a shared moment in their past, the words Come Back to Me have haunted the two women for more than a decade. Is it too late for Angie and Meryl to choose love again?
- Christina K. Paynter
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From page one I was hooked on this masterful piece of fiction. Paynter pulls you in and tugs your heartstrings all the way through the wonderful journey of Angie and Meryl, who fell in love in college, but circumstances shoved them apart. The books starts ten years later with each woman well on her own career path in separate parts of the country. We're taken back and forth with these women from their present--as they get closer and closer to seeing one another again--and to their past as we learn what brought them together and was ultimately tore them apart. I can't list the scenes that made me cry--I'd have to give away the whole book. But know that Chris Paynter has given us an incredible, loving, sweet, story that defines what a romance is all about.
Angie Cantinnini writes great detective stories, but her publisher and agent don't believe that people will accept the books under a woman's name, so she has hidden behind the pseudonym "Zack England" for years. Her success allows her to live in obscurity on a boat in Key West and everyone thinks she is simply the owner of a popular bar. All of that starts to unravel when a prestigious newspaper hires a new book reviewer. Meryl McClain not only uses her first column to trash "England's" latest book, but she suggests that "he" may in fact be a "she." Angie isn't sure what is worse, that her secret is about to be revealed or that Meryl is the woman she has loved for years. When Meryl's boss gives her the assignment to find out the truth about England, she pops up unexpectedly in Key West and the women are reunited. Angie will have to make a decision, reveal the truth and possibly lose her career or hide the truth and lose Meryl. This is a well written book and shows Paynter's growth as an author. She uses flashbacks efficiently to show the depth of the women's previous relationship and why they are uncomfortable around each other. It follows a typical romantic format and the characters are pleasant. The course of the story is predictable, but it's still enjoyable to read. One interesting aspect is the fact that the author uses a pseudonym. This book is written for a population that is use to authors who have to use other names to hide their identities, though not for the same reason. The reader will be reminded that there are still reasons for identity to be obscured. Come Back To Me is a quick easy read, fine for an afternoon or evening of escapism.