From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

It was the summer of my life.
I’d met the guy of my dreams.
Unfortunately, he was the son of my uppity employer—and very much off-limits.
But Gavin was a rebel. He knew his mother would disown him if she found out about us; in his eyes, we just had to be careful.
He never treated me as his mother did—like hired help.
Instead, Gavin put me on a pedestal and loved me harder than I’d ever been loved in my life.

What a summer it was.
Until it all ended—badly.

I was never supposed to see Gavin again.
That didn’t stop me from thinking about him every day for ten years.
I knew little about his life now, just that he was an entrepreneur living an ocean away.

When a twist of fate had me working again in the very place our love affair started a decade earlier, I knew it was only a matter of time before I might see him again.
But I wasn’t prepared.
What if he hated me?
What if he loved someone else now?
I wasn’t prepared for all the unknowns.

And most of all, I wasn’t prepared for today to be the day he came back.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I had no chance to prepare myself. Before I knew it, I turned around and stared into the shocked eyes of the only guy I’d ever loved, one I hadn’t seen in a decade. I’d never dreamed that today –a random Wednesday—would be the day he came back.




The latest by Penelope Ward is a forbidden/second chance romance. Gavin Masterson is the oldest son of a powerful and affluent family, while Raven is the only child of the Masterson family’s maid. When Gavin returns home after graduating from Oxford University, he becomes instantly bewitched by Raven much to the horror of his uptight and controlling mother. The two carry on a secret romance for about a month but then Raven abruptly breaks up with Gavin and doesn’t tell him the real reason for her decision to end things. Ten years later, the two cross paths again. The attraction is still there but has time erased the pain suffered from a broken heart? Will the truth come out and even if it does, is it too late for these two to rekindle their romance?




I have been a huge fan of Penelope Ward’s for years now, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. The cover of ”THE DAY HE CAME BACK” is visually stunning! The plot was decent but I wasn’t crazy in love with either character. When we get towards the last 30% of the book, it felt a bit rushed. All of the issues that the couple had to face seemed to be quickly and neatly resolved. I did like that the first half of the book was devoted to the couple’s past and the last half jumped to the present. The switching from past to present every other chapter is getting old in romances, so this was a refreshing change for me.

Here are my overall ratings:

Hero: 4
Heroine: 3.5
Plot: 3.5
Angst: 4
Steam: 4
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 4.5

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