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Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite
In Return to Me by Taylor W. Law, the main character, Jill Edwards, is attractive and intelligent. The latter could be called into question when she chooses a path other than her usual toe-the-line daily routine. As she is left alone for longer periods, Jill fills her time befriending the international students that attend Faithville University. Her husband’s position within the university takes him away for weeks at a time, so Jill is challenged in finding meaningful work to fill her time.
Her daughter is away from home doing military service in Iraq. Jill gets awfully lonely. Needless to say, her act of befriending new students goes awry when she finds herself drawn to one particular new arrival. Her benevolent acts are misinterpreted and things get out of hand more quickly than she can manage, or, more frighteningly, understand. What on earth is she thinking? Her choices can only end in disaster as she pits her loyalty to her husband against the attention she enjoys from a certain Malaysian student. When her little world crashes around her, she is devastated and, once again, alone. Life no longer has meaning or purpose until a certain visitor arrives with an offer she cannot refuse.
This book will surely arouse a reaction because Jill steps into what should have been forbidden territory. However, I understand why she was flattered by the attention. Loneliness can arouse great need, and she was attracted by the undivided attention Sean provided. Having said that, I was uncomfortable with the ease with which they both lost control of their emotions. However, this book is well-written with an easy to read flow.