Monday, September 17, 2012
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Source: Publisher, for review (Thanks Washington Square Press!)
More than thirty-five years ago, Gordon Meyers, an aspiring writer with a low number in the draft lottery, packed his belongings and reluctantly drove away, leaving behind Glenna Rising, the sexy, sharp-witted med student he couldn’t imagine living without.Now, decades later, Gordon is a former globe-trotting consultant with a grown son, an ex-wife, and an overwhelming desire to see Glenna again. Though she’s stunned when Gordon walks into her Manhattan office, Glenna agrees to accompany him for a drink. As the two head out into the snow-swept city, they rediscover the passion that once drew them together—before it tore them apart. And as the evening unfolds, Gordon will finally reveal the true reason for his return. . . .
Comeback Love may primarily feature a romantic angle to the tune of lovers reuniting and re-igniting their passion, but that’s not all that this book has to offer. It also offers a look into the 60s in New York City, what it was like to be growing up and becoming an adult in that era. It also intertwines two stories - one in the past and one in the present - into a beautiful, seamless novel. Peter Golden has a writing style that reminds me a little of Nicholas Sparks, although it's definitely a whole lot grittier.
The book certainly spotlights the romance between Gordon and Glenna in the 60s. He’s a college student, aspiring to become a writer; she’s in school to become a doctor. They couldn’t be more different, but somehow it works. Their relationship was believable, and I loved the playfulness and sincerity as both of them expressed their feelings. Watching them fall in love, seeing how things grow and change and morph as years pass - all of this was fascinating to me because I really liked them together. As individuals, they were already interesting; putting them together made them doubly so.
Obviously, invested as I was, I was saddened by their break-up, though I could see how everything led to that moment. Of course, I wasn’t too sad, since I knew that they would be reunited, but I did get a bit melancholy mulling over the years that they weren’t together and thinking about how it was such a waste of time.
Their reunion, of course, made me truly happy. I love it when older folk are able to reunite with the people they love. The fact that they’re older definitely lends a history and a stronger significance to the relationship, and I get very sentimental thinking about relationships like that. It was a pleasure seeing Gordon and Glenna reunited, seeing their relationship unfold like it had never ended in the first place.
This book was not just about romance. There were also a couple of big events and issues covered in this book - the Vietnam War, for instance, drugs and the rock-and-roll lifestyle, and the big debate about abortion. I loved that real history was brought into the writing of this story. The events drew me in completely, until I felt like I was in the 60s, observing all of this happen from the sidelines. I love history, and I think it’s brilliant how it was incorporated into this book.
All in all, Comeback Love was the treat I was expecting it would be. It elicited an immediate emotional response, and there were definitely things going on that I didn’t expect to happen at all. I love that each bit of the book kept me on my toes, fully invested in the characters and their story. Peter Golden has crafted such a great book, and I definitely think it’s a great example of contemporary adult fiction.