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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Returning to Hattie is a paranormal romance novel by Lynn Ellen. Derek Worthington is a real estate tycoon who believes anyone not in his wealth class is simply not worth the time. His wife, Jane, is disillusioned with his arrogant and obnoxious behavior and secretly plans to divorce him. But an unexpected brain aneurysm turns Derek's life upside down. He begins to have lifelike visions of himself as a young black man from the 1940s named Charles Richardson. Charles was in love with the preacher's daughter, Hattie, who was set to be married by her parents to Willie Thompson. As Derek witnesses the love story of Charles and Hattie first-hand, he realizes who he has become. Will he be able to right wrongs and make amends with his family?
A love story with a hint of the paranormal, Returning to Hattie is an absorbing novel for romance readers. Author Lynn Ellen masterfully showcases the trappings of wealth and how it can change a person's entire outlook on life with this beautiful tale of romance, regret, and redemption. With a nicely paced narrative complemented by brilliant character work, Ellen weaves a captivating plot filled with well-placed unexpected reveals you never see coming. Each character has a satisfying story arc where they change as people and end up different than when they first appear, none more so than Derek. Derek's evolution from a man obsessed with wealth and class to someone who begins to care about others was the primary highlight of the book for me. All in all, Returning to Hattie is a treat for romance lovers!