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“Stirring and romantic, a sweeping novel about first loves and second chances.”

—Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Opposite of Me

"An absorbing, intelligent novel about retracing one’s steps to recover what was lost, and about coming to terms with the mistakes of the past in order to rediscover a future. Peter Golden reminds us that going back is sometimes the only way to move ahead." —Elizabeth Brundage, author of A Stranger Like You and The Doctor's Wife

“Glenna and Gordon's romance rises and falls with the familiar but engrossing tempo of reckless, youthful passion.” —Publishers Weekly

"Golden’s breakout debut fiction is a passionate story of love, loss and reconciliation… Grab a handful of tissues, think The Notebook and then start speculating on actors best suited to bring Gordon and Glenna to the big screen." —Kirkus

“The sometimes subtle, sometimes dramatic emotional dancing Gordon and Glenna engage in reads as honestly and accurately as any love story between two people who come together, come apart, then reconnect decades later. The repositioning of the characters between past and present never jars and should suit those who enjoy love stories along the lines of those by Nicholas Sparks and Sarah Pekkanen.” —Booklist

About the Author

Peter Golden is an award-winning journalist, novelist, biographer, and historian. He lives outside Albany, New York, with his wife and son. Wherever There Is Light is his second novel.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451656327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451656329
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Peter Golden is an award-winning journalist and the author of six full-length works of non-fiction and fiction.

Some of Peter Golden's work has appeared in the Detroit Free Press Magazine, Albany Times Union, New Jersey Monthly, Microsoft's eDirections, Beyond Computing, Electronic Business, Midstream, The Forward, and Capital Region Magazine.

Golden's Quiet Diplomat, a biography of industrialist and political-insider Max M. Fisher made the Detroit Free Press bestseller list. Among those he interviewed were Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush; Secretaries of State Kissinger, Haig, and Shultz; and Israeli Prime Ministers Shamir, Peres, and Rabin.

With J. Stanley Shaw, Golden wrote, I Rest My Case: My Long Journey from the Castle on the Hill to Home, a memoir that chronicles Shaw's life from his childhood years under the supervision of the Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum in the 1930s to his career as one of the preeminent bankruptcy attorneys in the United States.

Golden's O Powerful Western Star, a history of the Cold War, will be published in the fall of 2011. For that book, Golden re-interviewed Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, and other world leaders, including Mikhail Gorbachev.

Golden's novel, Comeback Love, will be published the first week of November 2010.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books on November 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Comeback Love may primarily feature a romantic angle to the tune of lovers reuniting and re-igniting their passion, but that's not all that this book has to offer. It also offers a look into the 60s in New York City, what it was like to be growing up and becoming an adult in that era. It also intertwines two stories - one in the past and one in the present - into a beautiful, seamless novel. Peter Golden has a writing style that reminds me a little of Nicholas Sparks, although it's definitely a whole lot grittier.

The book certainly spotlights the romance between Gordon and Glenna in the 60s. He's a college student, aspiring to become a writer; she's in school to become a doctor. They couldn't be more different, but somehow it works. Their relationship was believable, and I loved the playfulness and sincerity as both of them expressed their feelings. Watching them fall in love, seeing how things grow and change and morph as years pass - all of this was fascinating to me because I really liked them together. As individuals, they were already interesting; putting them together made them doubly so.

Obviously, invested as I was, I was saddened by their break-up, though I could see how everything led to that moment. Of course, I wasn't too sad, since I knew that they would be reunited, but I did get a bit melancholy mulling over the years that they weren't together and thinking about how it was such a waste of time.

Their reunion, of course, made me truly happy. I love it when older folk are able to reunite with the people they love. The fact that they're older definitely lends a history and a stronger significance to the relationship, and I get very sentimental thinking about relationships like that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Forman on September 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Appropriately titled, Comeback Love is a first novel for Peter Golden. I had this sent to me and I found the story line intriguing from the beginning. The author's writing style flows easily, although it took some time for me to be fully connected to the characters. They seemed like an unlikely pair and I was surprised how long their love affair lasted before they were drawn apart. Although opposites attract, they really seemed like polar opposites. However as I continued reading, their similarities started to shine through. You can tell the author really "lived" through the sixties as his portrayal of the lifestyle, the fashion, the dating and relationship style really was able to transcend the reader to that time period. I appreciate when an author does their research and makes the reader experience the setting so vividly you can see, smell and feel the texture. Kudos for this!

What could have made it a better read for me? I guess making the characters a bit lighter, more dimensional (they had to have done more than spending time in the bedroom) and perhaps letting us see into their souls earlier on in the story. She seemed an unlikely character for being a Pediatrician.

As the book moves from past to present through dedicated chapters, it is done easily and in a non confusing way. Additionally, as the story nears completion, it happens like getting off on a scheduled train stop, not like a freight car hitting a wall. All loose ends tied together in a logical but yet expected ending. A good read overall and I look forward to his next novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on August 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was not sure how I would like this book. It was a bit different from many of the other books that I have read, but the subject seemed intriguing to me, so I was happy to take a chance on this one to see what I thought. I'm glad that I took the chance.Gordon and Glenna have a passionate love story, but it is a messy one. Their love erupts in the midst of the chaos that was the 1960s. Drug and alcohol use is almost routine. The protests against the Vietnam War and the women's equality movement are changing the world around them, and Glenna and Gordon are right in the middle of it. In many ways their love story mirrors that unsteady world in which they find themselves. Like I say ... it's messy. There were many times in the novel where I thought that maybe it might be better for the two of them to go their separate ways. But I couldn't escape the connection the two of them shared, so I rooted for them to find a way to make it work. And yet, I knew from the beginning of the novel that things were not going to go smoothly for this couple.

The novel begins in modern day New York as Gordon comes to reacquaint himself with Glenna after thirty-five years of separation. But quickly the novel flashes back to the beginning of their relationship, and I was able to see just how they fell in love and then fell apart eventually. These transitions were done very well, and I was captivated by the move from present to past to present, needing to know just what had gone wrong and whether they could find a way back together after all of this time. The scenes from New York of the 1960s were very well written. I could feel the energy of that time as I read, the excitement of youth trying to enact social change as well as the recklessness of youth, behaving as if they were invincible.
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