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The Day He Came Back

Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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From New York Times best-selling 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 10 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.

©2019 Penelope Ward (P)2019 Penelope Ward

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ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

One of the best books I have ever read!!! I listened to this audiobook in one day. A day, I might add, where I had to work my 8 hour shift, but managed to listen as much as possible while on breaks, etc. As soon as my work day was done, I put my ear buds in and spent the rest of my night listening until I heard the entire book. Something I don't normally do. But this book absolutely captivated me. And the narration by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York (two of my favorite narrators by the way) made it all that much better. Great job everyone!!! This is truly one of my favorite books ever!!!!

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5 CONFLICTED STARS!

I am conflicted because I liked the story very much, but there were too many heart wrenching moments that left me emotionally drained.

I do not like feeling like that after reading my romance stories, specially after the “Happily Ever After” finally arrives, and you are overwhelmed and unable to shake the sad/frustrating feelings from the previous dramas/conflicts.

It also brings to the fore so many conflicted feelings to those of us who have lived through a loved one’s demencia.

Andy Arndt and Sebastian York are always amazing performers and they didn’t disappoint.

Recommended listen even if it leaves you emotionally drained.

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This book has left me emotionally spent.

I’m a sucker for a good second chance romance and this book didn’t disappoint. Ward brought all the feels with this story. I LOVED Gavin and Raven and my heart ached so hard for them as I read. They had so many obstacles in their way and I just wanted everything to work out for them in the end. I’ve been a long time reader of Penelope Ward and her writing is always on point. Ward manages to take a trope that has been done before and it gives a distinctive touch and creates a book that will stay with you for a long time.

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I listened to the audio version of this story as well and the narrators knocked it out of the park. I feel like I say that for every book they work on but its true. This book was on the heavier side and you could feel the raw emotions from them as they performed certain scenes. York and Arndt really took this audiobook to the next level and I highly recommend listening to this audiobook.

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Love Lost and Found

I can't say enough good things about The Day He Came Back! Every time i think that I've read the best book by Penelope Ward, she manages to top it! Raven and her mother worked for the Morgans in Palm Beach Florida. They were a well to do family with two boys in boarding school. Raven met the sons when they came home from England on summer break, The two couldn't have been more different. Weldon the younger brother, was annoying and entitled. While Gavin the older brother, was funny, kind and gorgeous. Raven and Gavin became close right away, much to his Mother's dismay! She did not want her sons involved with the "help". Raven and Gavin still managed to find time to be together. One weekend, when Gavin's parents and brother were off on a college visit he persuaded Raven to spend the weekend with him. It was magical until Gavin's Dad came home unexpectedly. Thank goodness his mother wasn't with him. They were more careful, but things took a terrible turn for the worse! Raven's Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer., and had no health insurance. Mr. Morgan volunteered to t pay her hospital bills because he was so fond of her. Gavin's mother found out about it, and threatened Raven that she would cut off all help if Raven did not stop seeing Gavin immediately! A brokenhearted Raven had no choice but to comply and broke up with him by text! Gavin was blindsided, He had fallen in love with Raven, but she was adamant and would not talk to him. This is a story of deep heartache, loss and ironic twists of fate. Do not miss this book! As usual, Andie and Sebastian were superb as narrators!

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Love Love Love!!

Penelope Ward has done it again!! I dont think that there have been a book of hers that I didn't absolutely love!! The Day He Came Back was funny, emotional, happy, and sad. I fell in love with Gavin. He was such a wonderful caring guy. Raven was such a sweet girl with a huge heart for those she cares about. This book spans 10 years, the majority being a crap hand at the doing of someone who should have shown support. The ending was amazing!! A definite must-read in my opinion.

The narration was done by the amazing Andi Arndt and Sebastian York. The really make this story come to life. You really feel as if you are a character in the story!!

5 amazing stars!!!

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FANTASTIC!!!

What a wonderful book! The narration was PERFECTION as always Andi & Sebastian... P. Ward is one of my favorite authors!!!!

So worth the credit!!!

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Review: The Day He Came Back

The Day He Came Back by Penelope Ward is yet another emotionally charged, sexy romance from a must-read author. A second chance romance that is about so much more than JUST second chances. Told in dual points of view between Raven and Gavin, this story had me hooked from the first page.

Raven may come from the other side of the bridge in Palm Beach but she knows her worth. Gavin is tired of the haughty expectations of his mother and wants nothing more than to be happy, and Raven makes him happy. But when social standing becomes more important than her own sons happiness the relationship that was just getting started between Raven and Gavin implodes.

Fast forward ten years and it is sheer cosmic fate that has Raven and Gavin back in the same house at the same time. Will they ever be able to get past their history and work out their differences or is this meeting just a chance to properly say goodbye.

The audio narration is as to be expected from such a stellar duo as Andi Arndt and Sebastian York. Two wonderful voices that bring the characters to life.

Emotional, heart-breaking, romantic, sexy, powerful - as always - Loved it! Enjoy!

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First Love

This book brought back those feelings of one’s first love and how sweet and innocent yet true to time it can and should be. Refreshing in the fact that sex wasn’t the main subject! Family, friendship, true love...these are the main topics. I finished this in two days, this book definitely gets you caught up in its web! Enjoy!

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Loved This Book

I loved every minute of this book. I loved how they got back together. The brother turned his life around and that she got to repay his dad for helping her mom. Now I want a sequel about the brothers life and how he has changed. Amazing

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Way to shallow

The storyline for this book was really good. Yet, something was missing. Their was not enough depth to the story. In order to not make the book to long. The story changed narratives to fast. Not enough depth to make the book truely meaningful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-24-19

very sweet 2nd chance love

surprisingly very good. very sweet 2nd chance romance. light and sweet. to the point and not dragging

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  • Vibeke
  • 08-23-19

A great story

A great audiobook about second chances - I really loved this story.
Again great narrated by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York.

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  • J
  • 08-20-19

One of the Best Story To Date from Ms Ward

One of the Best Story To Date from Penelope Ward. Very emotional, with laughed out loud moments. Unputdownable. Always the best narration from my favourite narrators.

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  • Kelly Farrand
  • 08-20-19

really enjoyed

I really did enjoy this book it was a nice romance with added girl power. win, win .
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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-26-19

Love everything about this

Storyline was so good, wasn’t rushed, and drew you in, narrators as always amazing! 2 narrators whom I love to listen to. Only down side to this book was that I wished it was longer.

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  • karen grave
  • 09-14-19

loved my narrator's...SEB and Andi

storyline was in a run of the mill vein....so I knew where it was going. I liked it...not loved it....but there was some happy turns and quirky comments that made me laugh. I've read better and worse this fits nicelyin the feel good HEA section
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-11-19

I enjoyed this book

I enjoyed this story and the narrators did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life.

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 09-08-19

Beautiful ❤️❤️

This was a amazing story. These two had so much against them . That they were never going to work . Be together. Some how they make through all thefts been through at them to thank god to be together .. yess .. Iove it ❤️💕💞💋💞💕❤️