Blog Tour! Back To You by Priscilla Glenn + Giveaway!

Posted January 3, 2013 by Asheley in Uncategorized / 16 Comments

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Back To You by Priscilla Glenn
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Back To You by Priscilla Glenn
Publish Date: October 20, 2012 
328 pages

When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.

Or that it would end so painfully.

Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.

As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?
-(summary from Goodreads)

Back To You by Priscilla Glenn



My Thoughts:  Oh, this story! I loved it so.

The Present

When we meet Lauren Monroe, she has just moved to a new place. She has started a new job and is furthering her education. Things are looking up…until the day Michael Delaney walks into her preschool to enroll his daughter. In an instant, time stands still and Lauren’s emotions are thrust back to a time of gut-wrenching heartache and pain. We don’t know what happened or why, or how, but we know that it has profoundly affected Lauren’s life. And we soon find out that it has affected Michael’s life as well. 

The Past:

Michael Delaney is the bad-boy at school with a chip on his shoulder. Always getting into trouble and hanging with a less-than-great crowd, people don’t give him respect or attention. When he walks into Lauren Monroe’s class one day, she notices something different about him. She can’t quite put her finger on it, but she sees something worthwhile behind those eyes. When Lauren shows him kindness, Michael pushes back with a little bit of standoffish rudeness. So she counters back with more kindness, and its as if Michael doesn’t know what to do with it. As he begins to accept her gestures of kindness, a slow – slow, very wary, very cautious – friendship begins to form. Over time, their friendship grows into a deeper friendship with a seemingly unbreakable bond. Despite being completely different – an absolutely unlikely pair – Lauren and Michael are the very best of friends and trust each other completely. As the friendship has deepened, though, each of them have discovered that their feelings have grown as well, and they have to decide what they each want to do about those feelings. 

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I really haven’t given you much information about Back To You by Priscilla Glenn. What you need to know is this: it is a great contemporary romance and your heart will ride an emotional coaster while you read. There is so much love and longing and angst and hope in this story. It is a story of two adults that have a second chance at a future, but in order to make it to that second chance, they both have to take a giant leap at moving on from the past. 

Priscilla Glenn uses the element of structure to tell help tell her story. She uses alternating time periods and perspectives to release information in small doses, giving us just what we need, when we need it. As we get to know both Lauren and Michael, and Michael’s sweet daughter, we grow to love them all. When we get glimpses into the past – in pain and in fun, in heartache and elation and joy – it only enhances how we feel about these characters. It takes a little while to find out exactly what the big thing was that broke Lauren’s heart. By the time we find out, we’re fully invested in the story and the characters.

By the time I found out, I wanted them to have their second chance. 

Back To You is about friendship and romance and most of all, redemption. Lauren never gave a second thought to treating Michael with the utmost respect from day one for no other reason than he was a person and he deserved it – for that, Michael admired her. Michael’s childhood and teenage years were so very difficult and shaped him into a person filled with bitterness and anger and guilt, and because of that he never fully learned or understood how to treat this person that respected him just because, this person that was so important to him. The emotions that Michael felt toward Lauren – rooted in friendship – were palpable, and I felt his character deeply. The emotions that Lauren felt toward Michael – rooted in friendship – were wonderful. They were loving and graceful and kind. No matter what he said or did, no matter how bad he screwed up or how the rest of the world treated him, she always understood him at his core – his very heart – and I felt her feelings deeply as well. Reading Lauren and Michael fumble around in the present, fumbling around with a possible second chance that neither of them knew they would get, was emotional and heartbreaking at times, but it was also hopeful and wonderful. 

I loved this book. I loved getting to know Lauren and I loved getting to know Michael. I loved getting to know them together as friends, and I loved reading their present-day story of sorting everything out. Even though it touched my heart, it wasn’t sappy at all. I’ve read that Back To You is an adult contemporary romance, but I feel pretty comfortable calling it adult/new adult contemporary romance. I think that older YA/new adult readers would really love this book and I would recommend it wholeheartedly.
 

“I always knew I would fall in love with you,” he said softly, “But you were never supposed to love me back.” 

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Author Priscilla Glenn
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Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three beautiful children. She has been teaching English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels for the past eleven years. Glenn has written three books, although Back to You is her first published novel. Her guilty pleasures include great books, good wine, anything chocolate, and Robert Pattinson.
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You can buy Back To You at: Amazon / Barnes & Noble  

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Asheley

About Asheley

Asheley is a Southern girl. She loves Carolina blue skies, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and NC craft beer. She loves all things history but prefers books over everything.

You can find her somewhere in North Carolina, daydreaming about the ocean.

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16 responses to “Blog Tour! Back To You by Priscilla Glenn + Giveaway!

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Asheley! I've heard a lot about it, so I think I'll be checking it out for sure! It sounds amazing! 🙂 Wonderful review!

    • Thanks, Keertana! One of the things that I loved about it was all of the feelings I had while I was reading it. I was happy sometimes, and then a little frustrated at times, and then happy again, and then elated, and so on. I love stories that elicit a broad range of emotions, and this is definitely one of them.

  2. I agree, this is a fantastic book! I'm not a fan of the past/present thing. But I love how we got to see their friendship develop slowly and then what happened in the present. I do wish there'd been a little less of that other guy, because it seemed slightly distracting (tho I think this is a 'me' thing). But I loved Lauren and Michael's story. Such emotion! I'm still thinking about it.

    • Oh! I loved the past/present thing. I loved the past story, for reasons we've discussed. But I loved the present thing too. And I totally agree about the other guy – I think he could've been deleted (or maybe I want him to be deleted from the story, rather) so more focus could be on the two main characters and their own personal story. I want to re-read this one when I've had a little bit of time to detach from it. THEN I think I want to discuss it as I go along. I think I grabbed this one and just shoved it into my heart, if that makes any sense at all.

  3. This sounds like my type of book, for sure! I LOVE redemption stories! they tend to tear at my heart but I still can't get enough of them:)

    And I'm really embracing reading not only more NA but also Adult Contemp. reads these days. Thanks for putting this one on my radar!

    • This is one of those that pulls at your heart, Heather. And it's funny that this one is called adult contemporary because I really think the characters qualify as NA. I counted it for my NA challenge and I think there is crossover appeal.

      It's such a great story. Straight-up romance, which isn't something I read much (usually if I'm reading romance there are issues in it or something) but this one is so good. Yet another one that I want to re-read.

  4. When I finished reading the book I couldn't believe I sat straight through one sitting reading. I just couldn't stop and didn't want to. I just wanted Michael and Lauren to finally be together and have their happy ever after they deserve, finally.

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