A Way Back to You
What would you do if you were given a second chance?
Annabelle, whom nearly everyone calls Anne, has been stuck in the past for two years. Numbed by grief over her husband's unexpected death and overwhelmed with the responsibility of raising their three young children alone, Anne agrees to let a friend take the kids for the weekend while she tries to get some much-needed rest at her parent's home.
But when Anne wakes up the next morning, she is suddenly sixteen again. And it just happens to be the worst day she spent as a teenager.
High school the second time around brings unforeseen changes and frustrations, but remembering that her future husband, Mitch, has just returned from a mission and is living on the other side of town gives Anne hope. Getting Mitch's attention (for the second time) is more complicated than she could have imagined, but Anne discovers she is stronger than she believed possible—and there just might be a future for her after all.
Annabelle is a young mother. Besides doing all the normal things of caring for her three young children, she also has to be both mother and father, because her husband Mitch died 2 and a half years earlier. Since then, Annabelle has tried to hold everything together and be everything her children need without ever letting them know that she is falling apart inside. Unfortunately, that isn't working out any more, Annabelle's emotions all come tumbling out one day while her older children are at school. She has a friend who is willing to pick them up and care for them, but that comes at a price, the friend also calls Annabelle's mother to come and pick her up for the weekend. She's really not sure that she wants to spend the weekend with her parents, but given no other choice decides to make the best of it, and hopefully get some rest. What she doesn't count on is waking up in her childhood home...as a 16 year old again. Not only that, but it's the worst possible time for her to be 16 again. It's the day after she dropped off a note telling her high school crush that she wants to kill herself because he hasn't noticed her. Poor Annabelle tries to navigate this troubled time in her life, all the while carrying the guilt of not being with her children and the worry that if she changes too much of what happened to her in her high school past that her children won't ever even be born. Will Annabelle be able to learn the lesson that Heavenly Father has sent her to learn before it's too late for her future family?
The plot of this book is something that I haven't seen lately. I liked the whole idea of Annabelle going back in her life and being able to be a better person, live her life better, and have a better relationship with her family. I liked the characters, I thought they were really well done. I liked the way it felt as though I had gone back to high school with Annabelle, Emily Gray Clawson really nailed the feeling of being in high school. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more by this author!
Author Emily Gray Clawson
Emily Gray Clawson describes herself as an author, mother, and youth mentor. Born and raised in Utah, she is passionate about her faith and great books and will share her love of both with anyone who will listen. Emily began writing at the age of seven, creating homemade picture books that she peddled from door to door. She self-published her first novel, Things Hope For, and is collaborating with Jennifer Graves on a book entitled A Sister’s Witness: The Powell Family Tragedy. With her husband, Richard, Emily founded two youth leadership programs, Handmaidens of Virtue and Mastering Knighthood. Trained in vocal performance in college, she has enjoyed including aspects of her training in this book. Emily and Richard are the parents of four children and live in Taylorsville, Utah.
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