Book review

The Day He Came Back by Penelope Ward | Book Review

Hello lovely readers!

I like romance, it’s one of my favorite genres. My favorite trope is enemies to lovers, but once in a while I feel the need to read something different. The Day He Came Back is a second chance romance told in the perspective of Raven and Gavin.

It all begins when Raven starts working for the summer at the Mastertons house. Her mom, who has worked for years there, tells her about the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Mastertons coming home from London, like every year. What Raven didn’t know is that Gavin is not the typical rich boy, which is why he and Raven get along so well since the moment they first meet. However, as they start to spend more time together, their feelings for each other grow, until their summer romance ends and not on very good terms. Ten years later, Raven goes back to the house where it all started, this time to take care of Mr. Mastertons who is getting worse by the day. When she and Gavin see each other again, is inevitable for them to ignore what they still feel.

The plot is not something new, after all, it’s a second chance romance. And that’s why I think it was so predictable, but that didn’t make me enjoy less the book, on the contrary, I couldn’t put it down, even when there were moments in which I rolled my eyes because c’mon, you know. However, the first part of the book is the story of Raven and Gavin meeting when he was twenty-one and she was twenty; the second part is when they come face to face ten years later. Although I think the first part was way much longer than the second one, therefore more slow paced. Meanwhile the second part was shorter and everything seemed to be happening faster.

Raven is a very sweet and kind girl. She says what she’s thinking and she’s not ashamed of who she is or where she comes from. She also is willing to do anything for the ones she love, even if by doing that she suffers. I liked and admired her a lot.

Gavin is very sweet, the kind of guy I wish existed in real life. Even when he could have the world at his feet, he was still very down to earth and such a gentleman. Seriously, more guys/men like Gavin, please! He also loves and respects Raven and her decisions, even when they threatened to break them apart.

Weldon, Gavin’s brother, was such a brat when he was younger, but when he is older, he is a completely different person and I liked him more. I was left wanting to know more about him and his life.

The villain of this story is Gavin’s and Weldon’s mom, Ruth, which I’m not going to say anything other than she is a b*tch.

I recommend this book to anyone, but there are sex scenes and even when they are not very detailed, I don’t think they are appropriate for very young readers. I believe that anyone that likes romance and/or the second chance trope, will enjoy this book. Also, people looking for something light, swoon worthy and entertaining to read, can enjoy this book as well.

Here are some of my favorite quotes.

“Travel is overrated. The best places are those where you find peace.”


“But I knew the moment my lips touched his, that would mark the beginning of an inevitable heartbreak.”


“A purpose is not necessarily about a career, but more about your impact on other people’s lives. I just want to have an impact. And I want to be happy. Those are the main things I need.”


“”Remember how I said this was my favorite place.”

“Yeah?”

“Well, you’re my favorite person.””


“”I didn’t know you could cook.”

“I can’t.” He smiled. “But I’d be willing to try for you.””


“You know how when people lose a limb, they say they can sometimes still feel it, even though it isn’t there? That happens with a broken heart, too. Sometimes you can still feel the love you had for someone inside your heart, even after they shattered it.”


“I would say my ovaries exploded, but it was more like they shriveled up and died.”


In conclusion, this book is good and worth reading. I mean, it’s romance, the romance lovers know what to expect from this type of books, a lot of butterflies in our stomachs and having big expectations towards men after reading about such perfect guys that only exist in the fictional worlds.

I gave it 3 stars because even when I liked the story, it didn’t give me all the feels or made me feel so much I had to put the book down to calm myself. I mean, it’s a pretty good and decent story, but just not one of my favorites.

the day he came back review


In the comments tell me if you have read this book or maybe heard about it. Also tell me if you’d be interested in reading it someday.

Until the next post!

Happy reading 💙

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