The Day He Came Back

By Penelope Ward

  • Release Date: 2019-08-19
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 763 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.

Video Review The Day He Came Back - Penelope Ward


  • The Day he came back.

    By siatimo
    She always has me bawling with how gripping her characters connect. This one is especially dear to my heart.
  • Absolutely beautiful!

    By Nisco co
    Penelope Ward, my one click author. I wasn’t disappointed. Such a fantastic read. I couldn’t put it down. I loved Gavin and Raven. Their story was so well written, and very great humor. Loved every bit of this read. Thanks Penelope, another hit from you.
  • The day he came home

    By pudge48
    This was a great read. I put it t in the same category as When August Ends. Could not put them down. Thank you. Pudge48
  • Review: The Day He Came Back

    By @LisaHines711
    The Day He Came Back by Penelope Ward is yet another emotionally charged, sexy romance from a must-read author. A second chance romance that is about so much more than JUST second chances. Told in dual points of view between Raven and Gavin, this story had me hooked from the first page. Raven may come from the other side of the bridge in Palm Beach but she knows her worth. Gavin is tired of the haughty expectations of his mother and wants nothing more than to be happy, and Raven makes him happy. But when social standing becomes more important than her own sons happiness the relationship that was just getting started between Raven and Gavin implodes. Fast forward ten years and it is sheer cosmic fate that has Raven and Gavin back in the same house at the same time. Will they ever be able to get past their history and work out their differences or is this meeting just a chance to properly say goodbye. Emotional, heart-breaking, romantic, sexy, powerful - as always - Loved it! Enjoy!
  • Don’t waste your time

    By whino6
    The level of writing it terrible. Forced myself to finish. Sounds like an early high school girl wrote it.
  • A favorite

    By Guslf005
    This was my first Penelope Ward book. I was not a reader, just looking for something to do on a flight.... until I read this book. I absolutely could not get enough. I never wanted it to end and have finished two more of Penelope’s books in the last week. Exactly what I was looking for and more!
  • 3.5-4 Stars

    By Jen'sboyclub
    The Day he Came Back was a sweet second chance romance. Gavin and Raven come from completely different backgrounds. Gavin comes from a family with money and there are certain expectations that he has to live up to. Gavin is the complete opposite of his elitist and judgmental mother and his pompous, egotistical younger brother, but Gavin is tired of the their lifestyle and how they treat others that don't have money. When he first meets Raven he is taken by her beauty but he also loves how real and down to earth she is. Raven is a breath of fresh air and a welcome change from all of the stereotypical rich and materialistic girls Gavin has grown up with. Raven can't help but question Gavin and his intentions, but once she is able to his true heart she sees what a kind, humble and respectful person he is. Even though Gavin's mother has made it clear she would never approve of him dating Raven, they spend the whole summer getting to know each other, and they fall and fall hard. Both Raven and Gavin can't imagine a life without one another and begin to plan a future together. But life gets in the way, and when cruel obstacles and loyalties drive them apart, they are both left shattered and heart broken. I enjoyed the chemistry between Gavin and Raven, but there were parts of the story that felt rushed. I was taken aback by a few of Raven's secrets, secrets that felt a little misplaced in the story and left me confused. Overall it was a sweet story
  • Fabulous love story!

    By kennybahr
    Truly loved this book from start to finish! Great love story. Thank you!
  • Omg!!!

    By Ducketmc
    This was absolutely in my top 5 best books of all time!!! I loved Raven and Gavin’s story from beginning to end.
  • The day he came back

    By MMnona
    The first half of the book was difficult. Had to force myself to get through it. Conversational dialog between characters was, sorry, awful. Part 2 made up for it though. I think the author was trying to hard to emphasize, in part one, that the main characters were young.