What would you do if you were given a second chance?
Annabelle, whom nearly everyone calls Anne, has been stuck in the past for two years. Numbed by grief over her husband’s unexpected death and overwhelmed with the responsibility of raising their three young children alone, Anne agrees to let a friend take the kids for the weekend while she tries to get some much-needed rest at her parent’s home.
But when Anne wakes up the next morning, she is suddenly sixteen again. And it just happens to be the worst day she spent as a teenager.
High school the second time around brings unforeseen changes and frustrations, but remembering that her future husband, Mitch, has just returned from a mission and is living on the other side of town gives Anne hope. Getting Mitch’s attention (for the second time) is more complicated than she could have imagined, but Anne discovers she is stronger than she believed possible—and there just might be a future for her after all.
Author Emily Gray Clawson
Emily Gray Clawson describes herself as an author, mother, and youth mentor. Born and raised in Utah, she is passionate about her faith and great books and will share her love of both with anyone who will listen. Emily began writing at the age of seven, creating homemade picture books that she peddled from door to door. She self-published her first novel, Things Hope For, and is collaborating with Jennifer Graves on a book entitled A Sister’s Witness: The Powell Family Tragedy. With her husband, Richard, Emily founded two youth leadership programs, Handmaidens of Virtue and Mastering Knighthood.
Trained in vocal performance in college, she has enjoyed including aspects of her training in this book.
Emily and Richard are the parents of four children and live in Taylorsville, Utah.
Mommy Bookworm’s Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book and it was hard to put down! I’ve always loved time-travel type books and this definitely fit the bill. I also enjoy books about finding yourself and understanding yourself better and this book has that too. As I read about Anne’s adventures, they took me back to my own high school days and times of first crushes and other relationships and friendships. A Way Back To You is full of nostalgia for readers and it is great to get lost in Anne’s world. Luckily, I still have my husband around, so I can only imagine how I’d feel as a young mother without him. I enjoyed this approach to grief and renewal of life after a tragic loss like that. The writing was humorous and real. I was drawn into the story from the first page and it kept my attention throughout the book to the last page – and honestly that’s hard to do for me!!