Tess Johnson has it all: her handsome photographer husband Beau, a thriving business, and a newly discovered pregnancy. When Beau accepts an overseas photography assignment, Tess decides to wait to reveal her secret--only she's never given the chance. Beau's helicopter crashes in the desert.
Tess struggles with the news of Beau's death and tries to put her life back together. Alone and dealing with a pregnancy that only reminds her of what she has lost, Tess is adrift in a world of failed plans and fallen expectations. When a new client appears offering more than just a new project, Tess must confront the circumstances of her life head on.
Meanwhile, two Iraqi women who are fleeing honor killings find Beau barely alive in the middle of the desert, his body ravaged by the crash. Suha, a doctor, and Samira, a widow and mother of three young children, nurse him back to health in a makeshift tent. Beau bonds with the women and children, and together, with the help of an underground organization, they continue their dangerous escape.
What happens next is a test of loyalties, strength, and love.
From the Author:
The summer before my husband, Les, was to be deployed to Iraq, I came up with the concept for COME BACK TO ME. I wondered what would happen if he didn't come back from his deployment, which led me to think about all sorts of things that could happen while he was stationed there. I wrote COME BACK TO ME the following year, when Les was in Iraq, which made connecting with both American's stationed in Iraq and Iraqi people much easier, which in turn made my research much more enjoyable.
I wanted to tell the story of Beau and Tess because there are so many families that are split by deployment, and though we have Skype and cell phones, which is far better than was available in previous war times, we cannot always rely on technology--and I think in this day and age, I think we might rely on it a bit too much. I like to present scenarios that bring my readers to an introspective place, and I believe this story has readers slowing down a bit in their own lives, wondering, "What if?" and evaluating their own internal strengths.
COME BACK TO ME is not a typical happily ever after story, but life is not typically happily ever after either. I believe my readers appreciate bringing real possibilities into my stories, and Tess and Beau's story does just that.
What Readers Think:
As featured in USA Today's, Happily Ever After blog, "Come Back to Me is perceptive and penetrating look at the intricacies of love, respect and relationships. Foster's characters are solid; her writing style engaging and her story moving." --IndieReader 5 STARS
"Fast moving and suspenseful, it depicts a test of commitment, strength, and love that will keep you on the edge of your seat and rooting for the main characters."
--T. Elliott, Editor, MENSA Bulletin
"complex and beautifully written...a unique story of danger, loyalty, and undying love." --Bestselling novelist, Darcie Chan
"Cinematic, emotionally charged story."
-- Joni Rodgers, NYT bestselling author
Behind the Scenes:
The most memorable thing that happened when I was writing this book was that a bomb had landed near my husband's base while he was in Iraq, and began to see how quickly our lives could change. It was a true eye opener, and for many, the outcome has not been so lucky. My husband is alive and well, but many soldiers have died fighting this war. Life is about perspective, and writing this book has given me great perspective.
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About the Author:
Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of three International bestselling novels, Megan's Way, Chasing Amanda, and Come Back to Me. She is also the founder of the World Literary Café, Fostering Success, and the Women’s Nest.
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