Book: The Return
The Austin Trilogy #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 5, 2013
Length: 350 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Music. Topher Manning rarely thinks about anything else, but his day job as a mechanic doesn't exactly mesh with his rock star ambitions. Unless he can find a way to unlock all the songs in his head, his band will soon be on the fast track to obscurity.
Then the South by Southwest music festival and a broken-down car drop New York critic Stanton Porter into his life. Stanton offers Topher a ticket to the Bruce Springsteen concert, where a hesitant kiss and phantom vibrations from Topher’s cell phone kick off a love story that promises to transcend ordinary possibility.
There are so very few moments in our lives where we finish a book and say, “I will remember this forever.” The Return is a book that I read a couple years ago and can remember it like it was yesterday. It has stayed with me all these years. So, when my week of doing the Flashback Friday came I knew exactly what book I was choosing.
This book is life-changing. It was recommended to me by a friend and I remember reading the blurb and thinking how average it looked. The cover was almost bland. It seemed so simple. Little did I know how wrong I was. As it’s said in this story quite a few times, “The Devil is in the details.”
What made this book so utterly unforgettable? That is hard to explain. This is a book about time. About moments that last forever and break the laws of logic. It’s about love and how when it’s cut short when it wasn’t supposed to be, well, you get a second chance. This is a book about forgiving yourself and understanding that keeping your heart closed off at the risk of getting hurt will in fact slowly kill you.
This book jumps time. And though you may say you hate that you will see how outstanding and vital it is.
Brad Boney broke barriers with this book. He addresses issues that are so very real in a book that you may question possibility. He pulls the rawness from the pure beauty and wipes the slate clean for these tainted characters. He twists you up and you welcome the tears. It’s cathartic. When I closed this book the first time I wept for a long time. I cried for its beauty, its message, and the emotions it pried from my soul. I don’t know a whole lot of books that have affected me the way The Return has and it’s easily one of the best books I’ve ever read. Ever.
I didn’t come out of this the same and I’m glad. I never realized how little I understood and how blind I was to fate, power, and human nature.
When someone asks me what book I recommend that will make them feel every emotion this book is always a top three and in the many years that have passed since I read this that has not changed.
Do yourself a favor and treat your heart to this story.
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