Top 10 of 2016 – 9 Bring Me Back by Micalea Smeltzer 

Who’s ready for #9? This list has a lot of very emotional books and this is one that will rip you apart to rebuild you. 


Title: Bring Me Back

Author: Micalea Smeltzer

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 24 April 2016

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

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I could have put the typical blurb here.

Boy meets girl.

They fall in love.

Live happily ever after.

The end. 

But this isn’t THAT story.

Why is it a top book?

Sometimes a book comes along that really stays with you. This is one of several books this year that not only created a book hangover but that I found myself going back and thinking about. Analyzing all the moving parts again and again. Bring Me Back makes the list because of its unique perspective. It’s a story about loss. This isn’t a traditional HEA. Much like life, this books hurts before it heals. The ability though to make you feel a character’s grief as your own is truely a talent and Smeltzer has it.


Bring Me Back is beautifully written. Smeltzer has such a talent with bringing emotions to the page. This novel is a bit different from her normal work. If you’re a Willow Creek fan, this is going to a new experience. But it’s an incredible emotional filled experience that I think everyone should have.


This is a hard one to review the plot on because I don’t want to cause any spoilers. I can say that at its heart this is a book about grief. Bring Me Back focuses on what life becomes when you feel like you’ve lost everything, your entire future. How do you ever pick up the pieces again? This book has a lot of darkness and gut wrenthing emotions but the sun still does shine. If you are a strict HEA reader, this will push your normal limits but you will be pleased in the end. There are so many pockets of sunshine woven into this book and you will come out renewed. 


I think that anyone who has ever lost someone will relate to the leads in this book. Blaire, our female lead, takes us on her journey of happiness, loss, grief and finally finding herself again. I have seen in other reviews that some readers think Blaire is mopey and wallowing in her grief. Please don’t let those reviews keep you from this book. Blaire is so true to life that it hurts. Lossing someone you love kills. It’s not as simple as going to bed and sleeping it off. The pain doesn’t just go away and when your entire life changes, you carry it with you every moment. So to those reviewers, I think you just have never experience true grief but Blaire has. Smeltzer’s writing will draw you in and make you feel all of Blaire’s emotions. 


There are so many indie authors out there now. And I love that. Don’t get me wrong! I think it’s amazing the amount of choices we have. But not a lot of authors have the skill to really bring you into the novel. When an author can make you want to be a part of their written world, or you want to be besties with a lead character, or you laugh/cry so hard because you connect so deeply with a character…that is something very special. Not a lot of authors can give you the feels in that amazing over powering way. Smeltzer really Shows off her skills in Bring Me Back. You will need a box of tissues for this one. 

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