Coming Back: A New Adult Romantic Suspense

Coming Back: A New Adult Romantic Suspense


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Once, Christabelle Jayne defied death. Learning to live and love again is going to be so much harder.

After being abducted and vanishing without a trace, she was presumed dead. But Christie isn't the kind of girl that goes down without a fight. When she crawls out of the forest almost two years later, bruised and bleeding, she is confronted by a world that seems to have moved on and left her behind.

Dean Hawking returned to Warfields after a terrible tragedy on the job shook his faith in humanity. The cop's transfer home wasn't the cure-all he hoped for until the best thing about it, the girl he loved since high school, Christie Jayne, turns up alive.

Their worlds are thrust together again for the first time in years. Though still reeling from her ordeal, in Dean she finds a fathomless love that reminds her there are still beautiful things in the world. In Christie, he sees his chance at redemption...

Then Dean uncovers some startling information about Christie's case, revealing that she might be in imminent danger, and their second chance at love will be put to the test when the full story of her escape is revealed. Can there be any coming back from what she's had to do?

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ISBN-13: 9781512119824
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/08/2015
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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Coming Back: A New Adult Romantic Suspense 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BarbaraVW More than 1 year ago
Given to me for an honest review. Need to pay attention to the chapter titles. There are Christie's chapters for after the kidnapping and the chapters before and during her captivity. Going to need tissues. Christie goes for a walk because she is still grieving for her boyfriend who was killed overseas and needs some alone time. Unfortunately, no one else is out at this time on night and she is kidnapped. She escapes and becomes an overnight hero. She doesn't remember much of what happened while she was held captive. Dean went to school with Christie and since he is a police officer in their town, he helps keep the reporters away when she arrives home. Will she remember what happened? Will she be able to handle her boyfriend's death? Will she be able accept who she is now?
starznstripes24 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 stars I was completely blown away with the way this story was written. I haven't read anything quite like this before. Christie is kidnapped from the small town she has lived in her entire life. After some amount of time, with no new leads, there's a memorial service and the town says goodbye. One day she emerges from the woods, and this book is her story on how she learns to live and love again - not only others, but also herself. No one acts the same around her as they did before her disappearance. Everyone seems to walk on egg shells so as not to upset her. Unfortunately, this has the opposite effect of what their intentions actually are. Dean can't stand the far away/withdrawn/empty look in her eyes and he has the idea to bring his dog (King) to visit with Christie in an effort to engage her with the hope of at least a smile. The two of them (Dean and King) begin to make regular appearances to Christie's home which ultimately leads to Dean and Christie becoming closer and actually talking about what happened during her absence. This is a very compelling read. The characters were well thought out and will stay with me for some time. Christie's nightmares were so real, I was actually frightened for her several times. King's interactions and affection of Christie tugged at my heart and I swear I could even feel him breathing in a couple scenes. The comfort and safety she was able to find with Dean touched my soul. The closure she was able to achieve with her past (both with her captor as well as what happened with her friends and family while in captivity) actually made ME feel whole. What would have pushed it over the top for me? Dean's character needed a little more somewhere. He's been in love with Christie since high school. We get the emotion from him when he tells her this. We also get it when he shares part of his past with Christie, but I just needed a little more of that for him to seem real rather than fictional. I would highly recommend this read. You won't be disappointed. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. A very emotion churning story - in a good way! I’m not a professional reviewer and sometimes it’s hard for me to express all the things I feel about a book after I’ve read it. This is one of those times… The story is told in alternating POVs (points of view); some Christie’s, some Dean’s. It also goes back and forth between BEFORE and AFTER. BEFORE is during Christie’s captivity and AFTER is what happens after she escapes. Just a short time before Christie is abducted she found out that the love of her life, Nick, was killed in action. She has moved back in with her parents and is having trouble getting on with her life. After Christie is found alive she, understandably, has a lot of trouble adjusting. Officer Dean Hawking knew Christie when they were in high school; he was in love with her then but she only had eyes for Nick. Dean wants to help Christie get her life back and she slowly begins to trust him and feel more normal. I love the way this story unfolds. It covers quite a bit of time – from January 2012 to August 2015 – and the details of Christie’s ordeal while she was abducted unfold slowly (in a good way). Emma gives you bits and pieces and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. There were quite a few surprises in this story and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I couldn’t put it down once I started. This book is connected to The Last Thing You See, another book by Emma South, but you don’t need to have read that story to understand this one. It’s a great book, though, so you won’t be sorry if you read it, too. I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Kidnap, torture, isolation, drugs and loneliness, for almost two years, young Christabelle was held prisoner, threatened with death, beaten and starved. Presumed dead, the town she loved was crushed, her family broken and her lover had to leave to escape the memories and the plans that would never come true. The day of her great escape brought more clarity and daring than she had known in a long time. What would she find when she returned home? Was she fit to be around “decent” people anymore? Would she be an object of pity and gossip? Would she ever feel safe again? Physically, Christie came home, but emotionally and mentally she was trapped in a kind of limbo that was impervious to being breached. Dean had loved Christie since high school, but she never knew. Now a member of the police force, his job is to protect her, but his quest is to reach the girl hidden deep within the pain and release her from her personal hell. Coming Back by Emma South is a starkly beautiful tale of survival, renewal and learning to trust and live again. Too often we assume that when the media hype dies down, the victim does not get placed neatly on a shelf, all healed and happy. Emma South has taken an all-too-often seen occurrence and ripped away the veil of obscurity as she tunnels through the minds and hearts of every victim in this heinous crime. Christie may have done the time, but anyone who knew or cared for her became just as much of a victim to the twisted minds of criminals looking to trade in human flesh. Her reunion isn’t always pretty, no sparkle, no instant happy endings and Ms. South sugar coats NOTHING as she tells of the struggle to fully rise from the ashes of the unspeakable, a brilliant Phoenix, with tattered wings. Does love conquer all or is it the bravery to face the haunting memories with the strength of a helping hand that never lets go? If you breathe, you need to read this tale of what happens after one comes back. There is power in words and Emma South has a mean right cross. I received an ARC edition of Coming Back from Emma South in exchange for my honest review.
janice1231 More than 1 year ago
A Review of Coming Back by Emma South Can a second chance at love heal a broken woman? -- 5++++ stars With all the snippets I read, it is sometimes hard to remember what a particular story is about when you get an advanced copy without the blurb. However, from the first page of this book, Emma had me hooked with a story that was so compelling that I could not put it down until I finished it. Christie was already in a world of hurt and anger when she was abducted. Emma fully develops the characters, which makes it feel like you know them. Dean has been carrying a torch for Christie since they were in high school together, and considered her the one that got away, since she and Nick were so good together. Can he help her overcome her past and move on with him into a new future? Although we learn a lot about what happened to Christie, Emma went about telling her story in a way that did not 'glorify' the brutality of her ordeal, but gave us enough insight into what happened that we shiver from the complete evil that exists in this world. There were a lot of twists and turns on this roller coaster ride, but it was well worth the time to read it. And, I think it ended with just enough of a tease to make me wonder what the next book will be about. I have to admit, I'm wondering about what is going on with Amber and this all expenses paid trip she won. How did she win it. Is it legit? So many questions that are running through my head because I really like Amber's snarky attitude and I would like to see her get her own story, but maybe not one with violence. There were so many parts of this book that made me cry (the ugly tears at that), but I felt a lot of happiness as well. I guess, to me, that's what makes an awesome book - it makes you FEEL. ***BTW, I plan on going back and reading Nick's book since I somehow missed it. ********** **Complimentary Copy provided by Author for an honest review.**