The Red Review

So Many Books… So Little Time!

by Jody Hedlund

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Come back to me.” The soft words floated in Marian’s consciousness. “I have loved you, Marian, as I have loved no other.”

Come Back to Me

Growing up, I hated reading. Truly being forced to read a particular book for school was my least favorite thing. Really being forced to do anything, but reading especially. When I was given Twilight for Christmas in 6th grade, it opened my eyes to a world beyond the natural, to the world of the imagination. A world in which I could be anyone, anywhere, anytime. 

After years of searching, and often stumbling upon the wrong types of books accidentally or books that were full of drama rather than great content, my world changed again. When I was about to graduate High School, I stumbled upon The River of Time Series by Lisa T Bergren. I was no longer bound to the modern era, but anytime I so wished. 

Instantly, time travel became my favorite trope. I felt more connected to a character who was ripped from the modern era and placed in history. I found myself dreaming about it happening to myself and creating various situations in which my attempts to blend in would be successful or disastrous. 

So when I found out one of my favorite authors was writing a book about a redhead time traveler who is taken to medieval England, I became ecstatic. Released in June 2021, this book was instantly read the moment I received it. Sadly, life became hectic over the past few months and I haven’t been able to sit down and review this wonderful new addition to the literary world.

However, good news for you. If you haven’t yet read Come Back to Me, now is the time because the second book in the series, Never Leave Me, will be coming out January 2022. 

The ultimate cure that could heal any disease? Crazy.

That’s exactly what research scientist Marian Creighton has always believed about her father’s quest, even if it does stem from a desire to save her sister Ellen from the genetic disease that stole their mother from them. But when her father falls into a coma after drinking a vial of holy water believed to contain traces of residue from the Tree of Life, Marian must question all of her assumptions. He’s left behind tantalizing clues that suggest he’s crossed back in time. Insane. Until Marian tests his theories and finds herself in the Middle Ages during a dangerous peasant uprising.

William Durham, a valiant knight comes to Marian’s rescue and offers her protection . . . as his wife. The longer Marian stays in the past, the more she cares about William. Can she ever find her father and make it back to the present to heal her sister? And when the time comes to leave, will she want to?

Now, onto my thoughts on this book in particular. 

Time Travel Sequence:

I have made it my mission to read as many time travel stories as I can. Whenever I stumble upon one, I HAVE to buy it. It’s like the children’s book If You Give A Mouse a Cookie. Well for me, if I found a time travel book, I would have to buy it. And if I buy it, I have to read it. 

I have to say, I found Jody Hedlund’s take on how the character time travels realistic, unique, and refreshing. Sometimes authors never truly explain how it happens, or they say that God caused it to occur. This can be fine if the story focuses on the character rather than the plot. But Jody beautifully ties in true historical and biblical occurrences to explain why and how the characters are able to transcend linear time. I found myself googling a lot while reading the story to see what was factual and what was the author’s interpretation. What I found was a greater appreciation for Hedlund’s attention to detail and ability to tie in even the smallest detail to make the story even more realistic and enjoyable.


Marian Creighton is a character you can pull for. She is smart, loving, compassionate, and strong. Her deep and unbending love for her sister makes her even more lovable. Especially when she has put her life on hold so much, that really she has no life. When faced with adversity, she stands strong and confident, even when faced with her own death.

William Durham is everything you’d want in a love interest. Despite his own hurt and regrets, he still leads with wisdom and grace. He is a wonderful match for Marian.

Their love story is everything you want and more. 

Attention to Detail:

From the historical detail and reasoning behind Marian’s ability to time travel, this story is packed full of vivid imagery that plays like a movie in your head. 

When I finished the book, I found myself researching the release of the second book. I am greatly looking forward to January when I will go back in time once more, and will hopefully meet Marian and Will once more.

I was given a free copy of the book, but the opinions in this review are completely my own.

The Red Review: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

*** 5 Stars: Compelling Characters, Well-Written, Interesting Storyline, Unable to Stop, Desire to Reread

There are several other great books by Jody Hedlund!

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