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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
When Cynthia Lewis travels to England to visit her brother, she has no idea how her life will change. Just as Cynthia, her brother Arthur and Ann, her sister-in-law, are making plans for a whirlwind tour of the English countryside, Ann is involved in a tragic car accident, forcing Cynthia’s trip into a longer than planned vacation to help Arthur with his family as his wife recovers. But, she doesn’t recover. Cynthia returns to the States to find her lonely beach cottage just where she had left it, filled with the ghostly voices of her dead husband. Having left her brief romance with millionaire Daniel Benton at a loose end, Cynthia did not expect to find him waiting to reclaim their passion. Nor did she expect her daughter to be pregnant or her best friend to be anxious to leave an exciting city life as a single career girl to reside in the quaint village of St. Simon’s Island.
Return Home by Susan Amond Todd is the long-awaited sequel to White Lake. Although I read it first, there are no spoilers in this second novel, making it a perfect stand-alone read. Susan Amond Todd brings the reader close to the setting with vivid descriptions and magical images of peace and small-town charm. I am not surprised that the characters all want to live on St. Simon’s Island. The casual narrative and believable dialogue gracefully intertwine with the unexpected darker character additions that elevate this story above the traditional romance novel. Whether a beach read or a rainy day diversion, Return Home will not disappoint.