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Publisher's Note:  

For two-and-a-half years, Annabelle, a young widow with three small children, has been stuck in the past. Numbed by grief and overwhelmed by the responsibility of raising her three small children alone, she agrees to let them spend the weekend with a friend while she tries to get some much-needed rest at her parents' home. But the next morning, Annabelle is suddenly sixteen again-and it just happens to be the worst day of her teenage years. As she relives the drama of high school life, Annabelle realizes that her future husband, Mitch, has just returned from a mission and is living on the other side of town. While getting Mitch's attention is more complicated than she imagined, Annabelle discovers that she is stronger than she has been willing to admit, and there just might be a future for her after all. Emily Clawson describes herself as an author, mother, and mentor. She began her writing career at the age of seven, creating homemade picture books that she tried to peddle from door to door. She self-published her first novel, Things Hoped For, and is currently collaborating with Jennifer Graves on a book entitled A Sister's Witness: The Powell Family Tragedy. She and her husband are the parents of four children and live in West Jordan, Utah.



This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Deseret Book


A Way Back to You

by Emily Gray Clawson

Review Date:
06/05/2013

Recommended Age:
16+

Overall Rating:
****1/2

Profanity / Language Rating:

Violence / Gore Rating:
***

Sex / Nudity Rating:
*

Overall Review:  

A Way Back to You is a charming novel, proving that love is timeless. Anne, a recent widow, never realized how much the abused boy in her church ward looked to her for hope, but when she returns to high school the second time she realizes just how much he loved and cared about her, and she finds herself feeling the same way. 

I genuinely enjoyed getting to know the young boy, Sam, who coaxes Anne into graduallly believing in herself. Throwing a spin on the normal coming of age story, however, Anne is both a mother and a high school student simultaneously, making her "coming of age" occur at both 16 and 38 in the same second. I loved the internal struggle she went through deciding whether or not to change fate in order to be with her chldren again. 

I would reccomend this LDS fiction novel to all teens and young adults who are seeking to find themselves as well as some good entertainment. 


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Two teens contemplate suicide; man talks about war experiences; man reportedly abuses wife. 

Sex/Nudity:  Few kisses; hand holding. 



Mature Subject Matter:  

Death of a family member; considered suicide; war; spouse abuse. 



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Man is supposedly drunk when he hits his wife. 



Reviewed By Megan
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