The Day He Came Back

By Penelope Ward

  • Release Date: 2019-08-19
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 211 Ratings


From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

It was the summer of my life.
I’d met the guy of my dreams.
Unfortunately, he was the son of my uppity employer—and very much off-limits.
But Gavin was a rebel. He knew his mother would disown him if she found out about us; in his eyes, we just had to be careful.
He never treated me as his mother did—like hired help.
Instead, Gavin put me on a pedestal and loved me harder than I’d ever been loved in my life.

What a summer it was. 
Until it all ended—badly. 

I was never supposed to see Gavin again.
That didn’t stop me from thinking about him every day for ten years.
I knew little about his life now, just that he was an entrepreneur living an ocean away.

When a twist of fate had me working again in the very place our love affair started a decade earlier, I knew it was only a matter of time before I might see him again. 
But I wasn’t prepared.
What if he hated me?
What if he loved someone else now?
I wasn’t prepared for all the unknowns.

And most of all, I wasn’t prepared for today to be the day he came back.

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  • the day he came back

    By jmjoajm
  • Swoon worthy

    By Notworthit654321
    Loved it
  • Penelope Ward has just rocked my world!!!!

    By sarah klecker
    Where does one begin to describe a masterpiece of words???? This book has so many emotions that I literally laughed out loud at times...and shamelessly shed tears...this book was EVERYTHING!!! Gavin was so swoony that it hurt...Raven was so relatable that I honestly felt like I was experiencing every single feeling, action, and thought that she had. When Penelope typed “The End” on this book...I hope she did a mic drop. She has completely blown me the most amazing way. Well played Mrs. Ward.
  • Omg! Ravin! I love it🥰

    By Featherlight97
    Omg!! 🥰 Ravin!! I absolutely loved this sweet, second chance romance!! This book had everything, a little humor, a bit of sadness and so much love! I absolutely loved Gavin and Raven’s story!! They had to endure so much to finally get back to each other!! This story definitely had a more serious vibe than some of Penelope’s previous stories and I loved it!! 5+ stars all the way!! Can’t wait to see what Penelope has in store for us next!!
  • Beautiful

    By DC Reads
    A second chance romance that will melt your heart. Queue the swoons!
  • The Day He Came Back

    By 4bu2
    This book is perfection a great read that addresses a fear that every women faces. Penelope has a way of writing a story that immediately leaves you wanting more and this wickedly awesome story did not disappoint. Gavin is a handsome son of a prominent Florida family who becomes infatuated with the daughter of the housekeeper, the beautiful Raven. Ruth his mother doesn’t approve and goes to great lengths to break them apart. When Raven’s mother finds she has breast cancer and no insurance Gavin’s Dad agrees to pay for the treatments behind Ruth’s back when Ruth learns of Gavin’s involvement with Raven and the fact her husband is paying for treatments she forces Raven to make an impossible decision. It’s here the story truly begins. This is a story of forced decisions, family betrayal, true all encompassing love, selflessness, fate, and true devotion. You are guaranteed to laugh, cry, and love as the story develops a five plus plus plus read that pulls every heartstring. A book that leaves you full of hope and craving more. If you have never read Penelope Ward make this your first....Bravo Penelope.
  • First love that endured time and distance

    By Hu1717y
    OMG! Raven and Gavin’s story was so bittersweet. It makes my heart so happy when they eventually found their way back to each other and happiness.
  • The Day He Came Back

    By Luludx5
    Heartbreak, Second Chance, & So Much Love I love this heartbreaking second chance romance. Penelope Ward is easily one of my favorite authors as her writing is always exceptional. It's captivating, she seamlessly brings you into the world of her characters and falling in love with Gavin & Raven is so easy. The relationship between Gavin & Raven at age 20 and 21 is fresh and so genuine and although forbidden because of his mother, their connection becomes soul deep. Due to an impossible situation, Raven is forced to break both Gavin's & her own heart. Is it fate that brings them back together 10 years later? Raven continues to keep her secret and Gavin has his own. As the two try to navigate whether they can find their way to having friendship again, they also struggle with feelings left unresolved. I loved everything about this book. Gavin is so kind, compassionate, and completely swoony. Raven is funny, strong, also compassionate and so loyal. There is so much love in this story. Get comfy and fall in love with Gavin & Raven.
  • Loved it!

    By MegM927
    5 Stars The Day He Came Back is the latest and incredible stand-alone novel by Penelope Ward. OH. MY. GOSHHH you guys, I don’t even have the words to describe just how amazing this story was. It was everything I’d come to expect from a Penelope Ward novel-addicting, sweet, and phenomenal characters. Second chance romances are one of my favorite tropes and The Day He Came Back reminded me why I love them so much. I LOVED Gavin and Raven so much! With both of them coming from different sides of the track so to speak, I couldn’t wait to see how it was going to play out. Gavin had the biggest heart despite being raised in a privileged home. When he meets Raven, who was hired to help run the house, sparks flew off the pages. Their connection was beautiful. But how could it ever work? Now years later he’s back and everything has changed. Will the feelings still be there? Or will have time changed them? “Sometimes you can still feel the love you had for someone inside your heart, even after they shattered it.” I ADORED this book so much! The relationship between Gavin and Raven was complicated but oh so wonderful to read. Ms. Ward is a fantastic writer that is able to make you feel a part of her fictional world. I highly recommend reading it!
  • First love, Last Love, Forever Love

    By KeriNY
    I fell in love over and over with this heart-breakingly beautiful, angsty, second chance romance. Raven and Gavin were each other’s first love. They were meant to be each other’s last. Get ready to fall in love. Gavin was totally smitten the first time he laid his eyes on Raven. He wasn’t your typical rich boy. He was gorgeous, and privileged but he wasn’t entitled. He was tired of all the “fake” in his life. He wanted a real connection. Raven was unfiltered and had no problem telling Gavin the truth. She wasn’t about to be another girl throwing herself at him because of his wealth or family name. She was just the “help” anyway, so she never thought he would want anything real with her. They weren’t supposed to fall in love. Their story is somewhat tragic. But their love was strong and never waned. I adored both of these characters. Raven was strong and resilient. Gavin was a good man even when his heart was broken. They had chemistry that just wouldn’t quit. They had a love that seemed unlikely at such a young age, but true love stands the test of time.