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‘Everyone loves a good love story. The stories that make you feel warm all over. The kind that leaves you the slightest bit envious because the story belongs to someone else and not you. The stories that make your heart race and on the edge of pain and pleasure. Pain because your heart hurts and pleasure because your heart hurts.’

This book. THIS BOOK! There is absolutely NO DOUBT that Back to Yesterday by Pamela Sparkman has shot straight into our all-time favourite book list. If we could give it infinite stars we would and there is nothing we want more, than to see this love story played out on the big screen. Because what an epic love story it is. Epic! The writing is spectacular in its honesty, realism, gentleness and effectiveness. The romance element is the kind of love we live for and swoon over. There is nothing, nothing at all that we can say which will do this second world war romance any justice. This story is truly stunning and has such innocence and depth depicting a time of yesteryears. A love story which will stay in our hearts for its timeless beauty and wonderful characters. Every romance reader should pick up this book; let it steal your heart like it did ours.

‘When I wasn’t looking, she somehow crawled inside my chest and made her home in my soul. It was the only explanation for how and why I felt so – full – so complete.’

Pamela Sparkman has written a book which has had such an impact on our hearts. It reminded us again why we are romance readers, first and foremost. Switching from ‘yesterday’ to ‘today’ we followed Charlie and Sophie’s romance from the sweet beginnings and through the years as they lived, grew and came to terms with what life placed in their way. It was wonderful, it was sweet, it was heart breaking and it was all encompassing. What a true love story!

“I’m going to make you fall in love with me, Sophie.”

We went through so much with Sophie and Charlie; some of which was experienced through the innocence of ‘heart on sleeve’ love letters and dual POV. What is it about love letters though? They have such a tremendous impact on our hearts. We haven’t sobbed and cried in a book like we did here in quite a while from feeling so much. Seeing and ultimately experiencing their love had a long lasting effect and we felt absolutely everything they went through and oh did we feel the love. A timeless, classic love with such depth, fighting personal battles as well as those forced upon them. This book will make you FEEL.

“I want to be the guy you run to when the world caves in around you. I want to be the guy who can put a smile on your face and kiss away all the bad stuff…the one who gets under your skin because I’m all you can think about. But mostly I just want to be the guy you call yours, because you’re that girl for me…”

We begin their story in 1943 when we meet Charlie who is a highly trained and experienced pilot during WWII. Whilst back in the US recovering from a war injury he sets eyes on the sassy and beautiful Sophie. Charlie is mesmerized and knows he has to be with this girl. And so begins a wooing chase that had our emotions all over the place, one which made us giggle and swoon until the depth of this love had us welling up and praying for its survival during harder times.

“I am fighting for her. I’ve been fighting for her.” I bowed my head, feeling the gaping hole inside my chest where my heart used to be, and in a whisper said, “It’s her turn to fight for me.”

Back to Yesterday is a story of love and war. A story of fighting for yourself and for others, a story of faith, strength and sacrifice. Of grief and survival. It’s a story that is important. It’s a story that reaffirms why we love reading pure romance, a romance that feels extraordinary in its simplicity. A story that just is without frivolous additions. It’s a story that begins with a bet and ends up with a romance of a lifetime. It’s a story that we know every single romance reader will revel in and devour only to never forget. Surrender your hearts to the purity of romance by picking up Back to Yesterday by Pamela Sparkman.

“The sky is deceptive, mysterious, and moody. It is a master of disguise. It can be beautiful one minute and deadly the next. It can set you free or trap you in invisible barriers. The strands of wispy clouds can either hug you or suffocate you. It can be violent and unforgiving today and tomorrow it can whisper hope with its soft rays of light.”

Synopsis

2018 Finalist IAN Book of the Year Awards for Historical Fiction and a Bronze Medal Winner for Historical Romance Readers’ Favorite Book Awards

Everyone loves a good love story. The stories that make you feel warm all over. The kind that leaves you the slightest bit envious because the story belongs to someone else and not you. The stories that make your heart race and on the edge of pain and pleasure. Pain because your heart hurts and pleasure because your heart hurts. An unlikely combination, yet, that’s the stuff good love stories are made of.

Ours could have been like that. We could have made a beautiful love story. But when he was ready for that epic love story, I was afraid to fall in love, too hurt by my past to trust anyone. Then, when I was ready for the epic love story, he was gone. And I was alone. And the only thing I got was the pain. It was time I told him the things that were in my heart but too afraid to say out loud.

I wrote the letter I needed to write and prayed it wasn’t too late.

Dear Charlie,

You were right. I was wrong. I’ve never been more wrong in my life. There – I said it.

I’ll say it a million times if you just come back to me. Come back to me. Please! I was so wrong. I do love you.

Sophie

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