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Return to Me [Kindle Edition]

Robin Lee Hatcher
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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When Roxy Burke left home for Nashville, she swore she wouldn’t come back until she was a star. But it’s desperation that drives this prodigal back to her family, and no one is prepared for what happens next.
Roxy has crashed and burned. She’s squandered an inheritance, lived a wild life, and wasted her talent. Desperate and ashamed, she now must return to her father and sister, neither of whom she’s talked to in seven years.
Roxy’s father welcomes his daughter with love and tenderness. But his easy acceptance is hard on Roxy’s sister. After years of being the dutiful daughter, Elena feels resentment and anger toward her wayward sister.
Even more problematic is the reaction of Roxy’s former boyfriend. Once a rebel, Wyatt has given his life to Christ and plans to enter the ministry. He and Elena are engaged, but Roxy’s return raises questions that could mean the end of Elena’s perfect future.
The Burke family faces the return of the prodigal and must reach out for healing. Will they each be able to accept God’s grace?


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When Roxy Burke left home for Nashville, she swore she wouldn't come back until she was a star. But it's desperation that drives this prodigal back to her family, and no one is prepared for what happens next. Roxy has crashed and burned. She's squandered an inheritance, lived a wild life, and wasted her talent. Desperate and ashamed, she now must return to her father and sister, neither of whom she's talked to in seven years. Roxy's father welcomes his daughter with love and tenderness. But his easy acceptance is hard on Roxy's sister. After years of being the dutiful daughter, Elena feels resentment and anger toward her wayward sister. Even more problematic is the reaction of Roxy's former boyfriend. Once a rebel, Wyatt has given his life to Christ and plans to enter the ministry. He and Elena are engaged, but Roxy's return raises questions that could mean the end of Elena's perfect future. The Burke family faces the return of the prodigal and must reach out for healing. Will they each be able to accept God's grace?

About the Author

Robin Lee Hatcher is the bestselling author of 70 books. Her numerous awards include the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. Robin and her husband currently reside in Idaho. For more information, visit www.robinleehatcher.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310258049
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 26, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SEJ4QE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Robin's best books yet! July 31, 2007
Format:Paperback
(My review as seen in ACFW's E-zine, the August edition.)

Return to Me by Robin Lee Hatcher is a powerful example of the ideal Christian fiction novel. It parallels the story of the prodigal son and was so engaging that I finished the story in one day. I just couldn't put it down. I identified with Roxy despite her many flaws.

Roxy's change of heart when she discovered Christ in an unlikely setting reminded me of my own personal experience. I remember the same still, small voice calling out to me until I finally gave my heart to the Lord. Of course, Roxy's older sister Elena decided Roxy needed to experience additional consequences for her sin. Like what Roxy had naturally suffered as a result of squandering her inheritance hadn't been painful enough, and not realizing, of course, all that her sister had already lost because of her poor choices. I've never seen a better example of how self-righteousness wounds new believers and destroys relationships and trust.

Return to Me is also a wonderful illustration of the emotional and spiritual fallout resulting from manipulative rejection, and the believer's need for a close walk with the Lord in order to resist pride and jealousy when new Christians succeed where they may have struggled. Thus the spiritual arc of the characters comes across as very genuine, especially when it comes to the older sister's attitude.

There are some gritty situations in this story, but nothing I wouldn't let my teenager read. Overall, it's a fabulous example of the regrets people experience as the result of poor choices, and the subsequent struggle to forgive one's self. The author concludes by portraying the Scripture that refers to all things being possible through Christ Jesus. I highly recommend this story because of the life-changing lessons within.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Day Prodigal July 30, 2007
Format:Paperback
Robin Lee Hatcher has once again crawled into my heart in her latest novel Return to Me. Roxy is a prodigal daughter and sister. There's no way to excuse the life she lived away from her family, and now she's come home out of desperation. Her father welcomes her with open arms, but her sister isn't quite so happy, especially when she is now engaged to Roxy's ex boyfriend. Roxy needs to find love and be accepted not only by God but by her family. This novel brings to mind how all of us are to model unconditional love. An outstanding novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! June 19, 2007
Format:Paperback
Meet Roxy Burke, a wanna-be Nashville star who squandered her grandmother's inheritance and her one chance at stardom on fast living.
We join Roxy when she arrives on her father's doorstep broken-hearted, beaten and penniless.

Sound like a typical prodigal story to you? Not hardly.

Add in Robin's flare for romance along with a generous dose of sibling rivalry, unforgiveness, rejection and a love triangle to confound the most astute and what you'll have far surpasses a predictable prodigal story.

I especially enjoyed watching Roxy's transformation as she enters back into the life she left so many years ago. Robin knows how to make her characters come alive in all of their struggles and raw emotions. Expect the unexpected.

Add this one to your summer reading list, and you won't regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything Robin writes is a great read! May 24, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Robin Lee Hatcher is one of my favorite authors of inspirational fiction. I can trust that whenever I pick up a book she has written, it will be a worthwhile, uplifting, edifying, and satisfying experience. If you are looking for strong characters with rich interactions and a satisfying ending, you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finding Grace May 4, 2010
Format:Paperback
Another story about the country music industry - which I LOVE. This one explores the dark side of the biz - what happens when you don't make it.

The message in this story really hit home with me. No, I've never tried to be a country music singer! I'm talking about the concept of grace - a concept that I struggle with. I could identify with Roxy's struggle to accept grace and Elena's struggle to give it. I also enjoyed Roxy's journey to Christ, as I've found myself asking a lot of the same questions that she did. The conflict between sisters Roxy and Elena was well written - I could feel the angst between them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful Remix August 1, 2007
Format:Paperback
Roxie and Elena, broken, misunderstood and desperate for the same thing --love -- choose different paths to get it. Elena, the good girl with the long list of do's and don't's, and Roxie, the rebel.

This modern reblending of the truths within the story of the Prodigal made me think and struggle with the reality of God's raw and generous grace, and the hearts that feel either unworthy or stingy.

Robin Lee Hatcher is a fine wordsmith and provided tension and multi-faceted characters. I especially liked the backstory as it unfolded in memorable events as seen through the eyes of Roxie and Elena as children. The struggle between sisters put me in a position to choose whom to root for and I couldn't decide because I understood how they each made the choices they did, and how much it cost them to do so. I was uncertain how the story would play out until the end so this was a quick read for me. Another book to blame a pile of unfolded laundry on.

Hatcher and women's fiction fans should find much to like in Return to Me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars return to me
Very good read. Holds your interest through out the entire book without being able to guess the outcome. I would recommend it
Published 1 month ago by Kelly A. Garner
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I've read and enjoyed many of Robin Lee Hatcher's books, but the ending on this one totally caught me by surprise. I was really upset after putting it down! Read more
Published 5 months ago by B loves to read
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I love all of Robin Lee Hatcher's books. I really enjoy her use of scripture. I was sad when the book ended. Looking forward to her next one.
Published 8 months ago by K. Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars forgiveness and grace.
I have read all of her books and I. Love every one. Roxy the prodigal. Who left homenand returned home broke and a. Failure. Read more
Published 8 months ago by carol forrester
5.0 out of 5 stars A true picture of unconditional love and forgiveness.
I always enjoy books by Robin Lee Hatcher. In this book she paints a picture of unconditional love and forgiveness. Read more
Published 8 months ago by carol
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!
Great story of a prodigal daughter and the struggle her sister had when she came back.
Love love love this book!!! Robin Lee Hatcher hit it out of the ballpark again!
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Robin knows how to weave a story and keep you hooked till the end. I always look forward to her books.
Published 8 months ago by Simicolon
5.0 out of 5 stars Type of book I like
I like a book that not only is enjoyable to read, but one in which you can find life lessons. You might call this a story of a modern-day prodigal. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
Got this as a free Kindle book since Robin Lee Hatcher is one of my fav authors! This book is no exception. Read more
Published 23 months ago by ReadingGramma
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fabulous book by Robin Lee Hatcher!!
Roxy Burke has messed up bad. With almost no goodbyes, she leaves her whole life in Boise for a new life in Nashville hoping to become the next big country star. Read more
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More About the Author

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader's Choice, and many other industry awards, Robin is also a recipient of the prestigious RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of 70+ novels and novellas with over five million copies in print.

Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. Her main hobby (when time allows) is knitting, and she has a special love for making prayer shawls. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet, the high-maintenance Papillon, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).

Robin is active on her Facebook Author Page where she loves to interact with readers. Please join her there: http://www.facebook.com/robinleehatcher

For more information, please visit her web site at http://www.robinleehatcher.com

Please note: Robin's faith-based fiction has been published from 1999 to present. She no longer recommends her older mass market fiction.


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