Return to Us

Return to Us by Corinne Michaels Book Summary

From New York Times Bestselling author Corinne Michaels comes a new second chance standalone love story.

At eighteen, I walked away from Willow Creek Valley for good.
I was young, scared, and stupid, and it cost me the love of my life—Grayson Parkerson.

Fourteen years later, a crash sends me back home to recover.

Back to where we met, fell in love, and planned a future.
The one he’s now living as a single dad to his daughter.
Working at The Park Inn together gives us a chance to reconnect, and seeing him with his little girl makes me long for the days when he was mine. One look in his gorgeous blue-green eyes, and it’s like I never left. One kiss, and my world is upside down. One night together, and I know without a doubt, in his arms is where I belong.

I’m not the girl I was—intimidated by his wealthy family and desperate to escape our small town. I can imagine a new life for us here. 

But he’s learned to guard his heart, and trust won’t come easily.

How can I convince him to give first love a second chance?

Return to Us by Corinne Michaels Book Reviews

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- Couldn’t stop reading5 star

This book was so captivating and I fell in love with the characters and everything about this book. This author knows how to capture an audience and I was hooked on this book from beginning to end.

- Could not put it down5 star

This story is a real page turner and takes you on a whirlwind of emotions.

- Second Chance at Love5 star

Return to Us is a second chance, single dad, small town romance. Grayson and Jessica had been high school sweethearts. Jessica made the difficult decision to part ways when she went to college. She felt like it was only time before his wealthy family got to him and he left her. Jessica was a flight attendant who had been in a terrible accident. She goes back to her hometown to recuperate. Grayson still lives in Willow Creek. He is a single dad working at his family’s inn. When the two of them come face to face they realize they still have feelings for each other. I adored watching the two of them find their way back to one another. I loved Grayson. He was an amazing, caring man and father. I liked Jessica too. I felt bad for her and her situation growing up. I also adored both sets of siblings. This was a wonderful beginning to a new series. I can’t wait to read the next one.

- Second Chance...First Rate!!5 star

Second Chance Romance... nothing second about this one it’s First all the way around!! This is the sweetest story that I wasn’t ready to stop reading! I Loved Grayson and Jessica and can’t wait to see what’s in store for this little town!

- A fab start of new series5 star

What a fabulous start of new series . I was absolutely smitten with the Arrowood series and it was bittersweet when that series ended. But Corinne has done an absolutely phenomenal job with her eloquent writing & beautifully heartfelt plot and outdid her self with the Willlow Creek Series. If the first book is peak to this series & whats in store for us than we are all sure in for a fabulous journey. I was hooked to Gray and Jess and their heartwarming love story. This is Corinne at her best and some more. She is the queen of small town heartfelt romance and the story shines how effortlessly she weaves beautiful captivating plot and real & relatable characters. She gets her reader invested and in love with not only her main characters but also the supporting characters who play as important part in the plot as the main characters. As a reader you are all in and totally in trance. Jess is back in town to recover from her plane crash surgery. We met Jessica in Stay for me . She was with Jacob in the plane crash. Grayson is a single father and when these two meet they realize the sparks are still there . The story span over 14 years . There are secrets , insecurities and it’s an emotional. I loved Jess’s sister and her best friend Delia and all of Grayson siblings and his best friend Jack and let’s not forget the adorable Melia. I am anxiously waiting to read what’s in store for the remaining 4 Parkerson siblings. I am anxiously for the next book in this series . A must read!

- Beautifully spun tale5 star

No one does angsty romance like Author Corinne Michaels. She excels and outdoes herself with Return to Us. Single dad Grayson is raising his daughter and living his life. When a woman from his past returns, can they reignite what they once had? Is a second chance in their future or will they just dance around each other? One click today and be totally absorbed in this beautifully spun tale!

- Single Protective Sexy Dad5 star

Love this book so much. Grayson is everything a daughter and a lady needs in life. He is such a caring protector. Love the second chance romance but it’s more than that. They both had to go through their own physical and emotional battles that made them both stronger. It made each of them appreciate each other more and actually love and forgive themselves on the process. Definitely recommend.

- Loved!!!!5 star

I loved Grayson and Jessica!!! They had great chemistry. Corinne’s books are always awesome. I can’t wait for the next book!

- Grayson! Where have you been my whole life!5 star

Now, I know I’ve said WOW to a lot of Corinne Michaels’ books, but it never amazes me to see how much better each one gets. Return to Us is a story of HS sweethearts finding each other again. The way you actually feel and see the characters in your head makes you want to find a small town like Willow Creek Valley and drive straight over to find persons like them to bring into your life. I can’t wait to see what else this series brings us!

- Amazing second chance romance5 star

A beautifully written second chance romance from Corinne Michaels! I absolutely love when there are young children who steal the “show” and this was no exception. Another great one!

- One for the books!5 star

Right from the get go, I had chills. If you read CM’s last series then you’ve met Jessica and might know why. I ALWAYS prep myself before I begin a CM book, “You’re going to cry. You know this. You have yet to get through a Corinne Michaels book without crying.” And for the most part of this story, it was fairly happy with some angst. Jess was healing from the crash, she began to rekindle with her only love, Grayson, who now has an adorable little girl, Amelia. So why do I seem so shocked when she surprises the heck out of me?? WHYY. At this point I should KNOW that of course there will be tears. And lots of tears were shed. Grayson is possibly the sweetest guy in the CM world and so darn easy to love. I can see why Jess never got over him. This story is one for the books, it’s got it all! I can’t wait for book two!

- FABULOUS!5 star

As usual, another fabulous book by Corinne. I couldn’t put it down. One of her best books!!

- A Beautiful Second Chance Romance5 star

What can I say except...Corinne has done it again. Her story telling knows no bounds and I am so very excited about this new series with the Parkerson family. First we get to know and fall in love with Grayson and Jessica (who we met Jessica when she was involved in the plane crash with Jacob Arrowood). Two high school sweethearts that are from very different families. Grayson has always had everything handed to him from his wealthy parents. He is supposed to take over the family business after college and he is also supposed to marry someone within their financial status. His parents don't care that he fell in love with Jessica, who doesn't come from the same social status as Grayson. Her father left her, her mother and her sister. Now her mother has to work as many jobs as possible to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. The Parkerson's look down on all of them. Jessica made the decision when she was just 18 that she would leave and walk away from Grayson so that he wouldn't have the chance to do that to her later. She broke both their hearts by doing this but she felt that this pain would be easier to bear by doing it herself instead of Grayson leaving her. She goes back home to heal after the plane crash. She wasn't expecting Grayson to be there nor was she expecting him to be a single father to the most adorable little girl. Return to Us is a beautifully written romance about two people who truly love each other but want to try and do what they each think is best. But in the end, the pull of the heart is stronger than any will they may have to try and stay away. I am so very excited about this new series that I can already tell will be filled with second chances and friends to lovers. I absolutely can't wait to read Jack and Stella's story next.

- Amazing5 star

What a beautiful story. I loved these two so much. We get a new series out of this wonderful book... Well if you ever wanted to know what happened in a certain arrowwood book... With a certain flight attendant, then you should definitely read this one. Grayson is so amazing. Truly the best and Jessica made some tough choices in her younger years, that have regret written all over them. But I see why she made them... Hindsight is always 20/20, right? I guess you need to read this book to figure out what I'm talking about because it's definitely worth it!!!

- Start of a new group5 star

Guys, we got a new set of people and small town life to fall in love with, and you totally will fall in love! Jessica suffered horrible events that forced her back into a life she was trying to forget and escape. Grayson was living his life with his daughter, trying to forget his past, when she walks back in. Grayson is the picture perfect nice guy regardless of broken hearts. Their love for each other never went away and we get to see if they can overcome obstacles in their way. It was a great second chance love story and we got to see some people from another book 😍. Can’t wait for the rest of these books.

- Possibly My Favorite of 20215 star

This book can be like your first love; you fall in love the minute you start reading and know that this will be your one true love. Corinne Michaels never, ever disappoints. Was there a point in the book that I hated her, wanted to scream and throw my kindle - Absolutely! This is a book about your first love, second chances, and knowing when your with your one true love. I absolutely loved Jessica, Grayson, and Amelia. This is a book that is a must read and then re-read - definitely worth more than 5 stars. It’s so good and thi

- All The Feels5 star

Whew, I was not ready for Return To Us (Willow Creek Valley #1) and all the emotions that came along with it. This excellent, small town second chance romance is SO freaking good and yanked at my heart strings like no other. I felt this book deep down to my soul as we’ve all experienced the heartache of breaking up with your first love and it truly hurts the most. I’m a sucker for a good second chance romance and Corinne Michaels certainly didn’t disappoint me. And she couldn’t have written a more realistic and relatable hero and heroine such as Grayson and Jessica. I really couldn’t help but instantly fall in love with them and I was rooting for them all the way. These wonderful and inspirational characters both had life altering and devastating things happen to them in their pasts (especially Jessica, I could feel her pain, my heart broke for her several times over and it left me in tears) and are still suffering from them. I wanted to crawl inside this book and give them a hug. It’s obvious that their feelings never died and the love, passion and beautiful moments between them are amazing. Corinne Michaels seriously did an outstanding job with Return To Us and it’s definitely worthy of more than five stars. Just make sure you have a lot wine and tissues handy when reading it.

- Amazing book5 star

Let me start by saying that Return to Us by Corinne Michaels was amazing! I loved it so much. It is the start of her new Willow Creek Valley series but a spin off from The Arrowood Brothers. Jessica survived the plane crash with Jacob Arrowood and returns home to heal. The only problem is her former boyfriend Grayson still lives there. He is the one that she left for a life away from this small town, and his parents. Grayson tried to move on, had a child, but never got over his great love Jessica. When the two meet again, there is instant chemistry and sparks. They love each other and have never gotten over the other. This story has angst, and more angst but also love that makes hearts melt. This story is filled with emotion, love and friendship. It is a beautiful telling of true love. This series has great characters, and cannot wait for more in this series. Corinne just writes such great characters filled with emotion and something to overcome. They make you want to read forever. This book just has to be read!

- Loved it!4 star

A great second chance storyline. Jessica and Grayson have chemistry that can’t be denied. Add in a single dad element and prepare to swoon. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.

- Second chances4 star

What a great second chance love story. Jessica made some hard choices in her younger years. A life altering event happened and she is questioning her choices. She has a plan to get through it. Then she sees her plans change?

- Must Read Small Town Romance!5 star

Return to Us is a must read second chance romance that will leave you with all the feels. If you've read Stay for Me, you'll recognize Jessica from there....There is also another connection to Sugarloaf that I did not expect, but makes me soooo happy. Jessica goes back to her small town of Willow Creek, North Carolina after an accident. She runs in to her first love, Grayson Parkerson. Being each others first love, leaves a lasting impression and you can feel like sizzle of chemistry in the air when they see each other again. Although, with that sizzle, is a bit of anger radiating off Grayson. Jessica was the one to walk away all those years ago, and both have never gotten over each other. Add the fact that Grayson is a single dad, that also works as a firefighter, and his hot factor is off the chart. You can tell that these two had a love that is so hard to come by. Even though they were young, what they had was real and being close to each other again has brought all those emotions out again. Corinne Michael has a way with small town romances. Her words have a way of making you believe you are there. I love their story and fell in love with the Parkerson siblings. I cannot wait to get everyone's story.

- Return to Us Is So Much More Than 5 Stars!!!5 star

Return To Us is book 1 in the new Willow Creek Valley series by Corinne Michaels. I have been so excited for this book and I was not disappointed. Corinne Michaels is one of my favorite authors whose books you want to re-read multiple times just because they make you feel so good. This book is Grayson and Jessica’s story and is a beautifully written second chance romance that has all the feels; then throw in Grayson’s 4-year-old daughter, Amelia and it just couldn’t have been better. I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for the next one!!

- Return to Us5 star

I absolutely loved Return to Us, the first book in Corinne Michaels's new series! We met Jessica briefly in Stay for Me after a tumultuous experience she had with Jacob. When she returned to Willow Creek, she had to face her past, particularly her past with Grayson Parkerson, her ex-boyfriend. Right from the beginning, I fell in love with these two. I related to Jessica in so many ways- particularly her recovery from her TBI. And Grayson... oh, how I loved how he still cared for Jessica after so many years apart. I cannot wait for the next book in the Willow Creek Valley series! I so want Jack's story!!

- So much more than a boy meets a girl!5 star

Doesn’t it always start with a boy and a girl. In Willow Creek, it starts with a boy named Grayson and a girl named Jessica, the magic of first kisses, first dates, prom dresses, and secret hideaways are all there and their future is just in their grasp, but tragedy strikes and things are never quite the same. But the boy, the boy stays rooted to the town that the girl tried to forget, the girl ran and ran until she thought that she put the boy away. The skies darken and the girl is shattered to her soul. In order to put herself back together she goes home, home to where the ghosts of her present mix with the ghosts of her past. Is this the place she needs to be? Is the boy lost too? Can the boy put together her shattered heart? Can the girl stitch his tattered heart together? Can they make that magic once again? Meet Grayson and Jessica from Willow Creek, it will be one of those second chance love stories that you won’t soon forget!

- OMG!!!5 star

Corinne, you are the BOMB!! Best book yet!You made me cry (which I hate to do) but you also made me laugh and swoon! Can’t wait for more!!

- Absolutely ADORED this nook5 star

This author never fails to tug at the strings of your heart!! Excited for the rest of the series! Definitely recommend this book or really any books she has published!

- Beautiful second chance romance4 star

What a great start to a new series! Return to Us is a beautiful second chance small town romance with the swooniest single dad and a heroine who had overcome so much. I loved this book. Devoured it in one sitting. It gave me all the feels and still left me feeling hopeful and full of love. It had been 18 years since Jessica left Willow Creek Valley. Leaving behind her first love Grayson Parkerson. But when injuries resulting from a plane crash forces her return home to recover, she must face her childhood sweetheart once again. Grayson and Jessica are perfect together. Their feelings for one another never wavered - even after so much time apart. Grayson is so dreamy. He was such a good man and an even better father. Every interaction with his daughter made my heart beat a little faster. Grayson’s daughter Amelia may be my favorite part of this book! She is the most precious little girl. I could not get enough of her charm and adorableness. It was tough to see Jessica deal with so many of the challenges that came from the plane crash. From headaches, nightmares and impaired speech. It hurt my heart. But, she had a lot of strength and determination. The reason why I couldn't give this book a full five star rating is that I found the pacing to be a little fast. They reconnected fairly quickly. I mean I get why they did. They're crazy in love. I just wished tension had a better build up. That being said, I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read the next one. It sounds absolutely delicious.

- Awesome read!5 star

Loved, loved this second chance romance. This book... This book pulled strong emotions out of me. It broke my heart. I fell in love with the hero (Grayson Parkerson) and his daughter, Amelia. This is a powerful story of two people finding acquiescence with themselves and with one another. This story is a roller coaster of emotions while at the same time it was unputdownable. This book brought out a lot of emotions—I was excited, upset, swooning, and laughing at time. This is the first time I read a book by Corinne Michaels, but I assure you it will not be the last. Corinne Michaels is an amazing storyteller, and the way she develops her characters and tells their story, it captivated me from the start. Grayson is one of five siblings of the Parkerson family. His family is wealthy, his parents are snobs, and his father made sure he would take over the family business after college. Grayson’s parents didn’t care that he dated Jessica Walker while in high school, but not to marry her because she came from the wrong side of the tracks—no social standing. Grayson did not care because he had a girl he loved, made plans, and life is pretty much perfect. Jessica loved Grayson, until she dropped the bomb on him—they part ways. Forward seventeen years later, something happened to Jessica that she had to return to their small town. Did Jessica regret the day she walked away from Grayson? Can Grayson forgive Jessica who has committed the unforgivable? Or are there some wounds that go so deep they can never heal? What happens next? A heart-wrenching yet ultimately uplifting story of love, fearlessness, and hope—a captivating view of the best and worst of humanity. Yet the crazy attraction they both have for each other—the chemistry is off-the-chart hot. This story is entertaining and fervent, with a dash of dreams coming true. Corinne Michaels manages to weave plot lines centered on romantic ideas with artfully developed main characters. The storyline is fluid. You won’t regret reading Return to Us.

- Loved!!!!5 star

Such an amazing start to the Willow Creek Valley Series!! This book was so much more than I imagined and I loved all the characters. I couldn't put this book down once I started!! It will definitely make you smile, feel all those emotions, swoon, and want to give them both big hugs. We briefly met Jessica in Stay for me - Arrowood Brothers #4 and I have been curious about her story since. It did not disappoint at all. Greyson - a single-dad is protective, loyal, and willing to go to any length to get things done for those he loves. He has never forgotten the one girl who stole his heart over a decade ago. Thinking he will never be with her and moving on with life. His priority is his daughter, Amelia. She was such a fun addition to the story and I adored how she loved so fiercely. Jessica - left her small town behind and her high school sweetheart 14 years ago. Having to return after a tragic event for her recovery she is bound to see Greyson, her one regret was breaking both of their hearts. They are still full of love for the other but neither want to go through the pain of losing each other again. Another incredible book from Corinne and I can't wait to see what she has for us with the siblings!

- Fantastic start to a new series!4 star

What a fantastic start to a new series! I’ve yet to read a Corinne Michaels that I didn’t like, and this one is no exception. We briefly met Jessica in Stay For Me, but you don’t need to read that book before reading this one. She’s begrudgingly back home to heal after a terrible accident. Her plan is to keep to herself, get better, and flee like she did so many years ago. But fate has other plans. Enter Grayson, the one she let go. The chemistry between Grayson and Jessica is still wholly present, even after all the years that have passed. I love the push and pull between them. I love the growth of their characters, especially Jessica. The storyline, while not anything new, is still attention grabbing and will keep you glued to the pages. This book is sweet and sexy and angsty and raw and real and everything I have come to love and expect from Corinne Michaels. I’m so excited for this series and can’t for what comes next in this new world.

- Could not put this book down4 star

I was hooked from the very beginning. We first met Jessica in Stay for Me. Because of the events in that book, Jessica ends up back in her hometown. And as luck would have it, so is her ex. Jessica and Grayson have amazing chemistry. You can’t help but root for them the entire time. And as an added bonus, we get to see Jacob Arrowood. I’m looking forward to getting to know the rest of the Parkersons.

- Second chance Queen!4 star

If you follow my reviews, you know that second chance romance is my jam! Saying that, I would be remiss in not acknowledging Ms. Michaels as the Queen of second chance. She did not disappoint with Return to Us. Jessica is introduced to us in Stay for Me; Grayson brings so much to the big is his little girl, Amelia. Return to Us was emotional and heartwarming all rolled into one amazing story.

- 100% Perfection!!5 star

Simply put, when Corinne sits down to give us a story magic happens! She has once again out done herself. Grayson and Jessica, small town love that gets a second chance. Awww swoon.......... All the emotions in this story felt so real and ripped my heart apart and then Corinne mends my heart right back up. I couldn’t get enough of this book, Grayson is the absolute sweetest man. I want more! The whole crew is amazing and I have a feeling this series is going to deliver all the feels and I can’t freakin wait. Absolute 100% perfection ❤️

- Amazing book5 star

Another amazing book by Corrine! I knew after meeting Jessica in Jacob Arrowood book that her story was going to be special. Grayson is so perfect for her and their second chance was well deserved because both are just incredible people. Their story is full of a deep and strong bond and tons of chemistry. I love the way the story involves both Jessica and Graysons families. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

- Oh Grayson and Jessica!! Where do I begin?5 star

This is a new series by Corinne Michaels. Return to Us is the first book in the Willow Creek Valley Series. I know I am going to love this series as much as Corinne’s other series. This series has the Parkerson Siblings and we have Jessica who was introduced to us in Stay for Me, of the Arrowood Series. Jessica and Grayson Parkerson grew up together and were in love. Many years later, Jessica returns home after a tragic accident and finds Grayson again. Grayson is a single dad to the most adorable little girl, Amelia. When Jessica and Grayson meet again you can see that the love they once had is still there but so is the fear of lost love. Can they work through their issues to have a second chance at Love and Happiness. With Corinne Michaels, all is possible!!

- Their story is so much more. Elizabeth @ Carolina Chic’s Read5 star

Their story is so much more. Elizabeth @ Carolina Chic’s Read I floored with how great this book was. Jessica and Greyson are not what I expected... they are so much more. Their story is one of longing and both have souls that have been reaching for each other for years. Even being apart their souls longed for each other. But their love gets a second chance and it’s simply beautiful. Also the siblings are all hilarious and I’m going Tom enjoy watching their story unfold in the best way. We all already know Oliver from the Arrowood series. But Stella is my favorite of them yet. She is feisty and sweet. I for one will enjoy every part of this series! Five Burning🔥 Stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


5 MAGNIFICENT STARS Return To Us is a book that left me completely gobsmacked, which in turn leads me feeling completely speechless. So it makes it hard for me to even compile the words needed to leave a review, let alone a review that will do this book justice, but I am going to give it my all. Corrine Michaels is one of the most talented authors to EVER grace this world. Her creative side is something you don't see often, so when I get the opportunity to fall face first into HER books, I don't do it gracefully lol . My devotion is to this authors words and only this authors words can't be matched, just ask my children. Today was my day, and it was totally devoted to Grayson and Jessica. I was in aw because of Corrine Michaels' 'Return To Me'. Grayson and Jessica's story swallowed me up and spit me out, multiple times, and I still came back for more. This author did an amazing job of great world building. The story line was incredible with an insane amount of depth that again, had an amazing amount authenticity. I was able to put myself in both the Hero and Heroines shoes, and I actually caught myself rubbing over my chest multiple times because it felt like my chest was caving in. In my opinion, in able to do that the development has to be just right, and in Return To Us the development was more than 'Just Right'. Everything just fit, but fit perfectly. When I think of the chemistry and love, all I think about is Grayson and Jessica. In every aspect of their story there was love. A love that was raw and unyielding, but a love that just sometimes was not enough. I am a fan favorite of both the Hero and Heroine. They both showed so much strength and resilience considering the things life has thrown their way, and still they choose to keep rising above no matter how much it hurt. I loved the bond that not only they shared, but the bonds they had with their siblings and close friends. It gave sensational dialogue. All in all, Return To Us is an unforgettable book, one that shouldn't be missed. *I RECOMMEND

- Loved it! So good!5 star

Corinne Michaels has done it again! I absolutely loved, loved Return to Us, the first book in the Willow Creek Valley series. A second chance romance with a single dad and the woman who left. Now she is back. Could this finally be their chance for happily ever after? Their journey was not easy and there were a lot of old hurt feelings, but sometimes the heart wants what it wants. Grayson was absolutely amazing. Determined, caring and protective. His love for his daughter was everything. Jessica was strong, smart and beautiful but has not had an easy life and had to make some tough choices. Now they are face to face again. How will it all end? I devoured Return to Us by Corinne Michaels. The characters were amazing and their story drew me in from the start. A must-read from this author! Happy reading!

- Blown away5 star

What a way to kick off a new series. I’m the first to admit that I am always a little iffy breaking into a new series. Not this time. I am freaking obsessed. Going to say this now, I think Willow Creek will blow Arrowood out do the water!! Why, why does Corinne always gut me in the best way possible with her second chance romances? “Things happen. Life isn’t easy, but the struggle allows the beauty to shine through. Without that pain, we wouldn’t know what joy feels like. I’m finding ways to endure them both and not let one determine the other.” Jessica and Grayson were absolutely wonderful. I was so taken with this book, obsessed is probably a better word for it. I can not wait for the next book! Return to Us is a standalone. The series seems as it will be a different family member. I won’t spoil who comes next, but don’t wait. Jump on Jessica and Grayson’s story now! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

- 5 beautiful second-chance stars!5 star

Jessica Walker has had it rough. Hurt by those she isn't supposed to be, she makes the decision to leave her hometown and never look back, that is until circumstances out of her control force her back home. To the hometown that the man she left behind, Grayson Parkerson, still resides. When they bump into each other, is this the closure they need or a new beginning? Grayson Parkerson comes from money and on the surface has everything he needs, but he's also been hurt by those he isn't supposed to be. He runs into the first woman that ever broke his heart, and his entire world is flipped upside down. I must admit, he quickly became one of my favorite heroes not only by Corinne, but overall! He's fiercely protective and loyal, and would do anything for those he loves, especially the women in his life. He'll make you swoon if you have a pulse. If you don't, he probably still will make you swoon. "Strength isn't measurable." I loved this quote. It stuck with me hard. No matter what life throws at you, there isn't some bucket of strength you can use and then it's depleted. You can always choose to be strong. You can always harness strength you didn't even know you had and both characters show that repeatedly throughout this one. Corinne Michaels has a way with words that makes everything she writes have so much credibility and authenticity. You get lost in the worlds she creates and have a hard time coming out of them and remembering they aren't real (they aren't...right?). I got lost in Grayson and Jessica, and loved every minute of their second-chance. There were a few times I wanted to slap Jessica across the head and give her a wakeup call (though slapping her across the head may have made things worse...) but she eventually got there on her own. It was so easy to root for her to continue to persevere through the hand she was dealt, and one of the best parts to me is that she persevered on her own. Grayson's love helped shine the light, but ultimately Jessica found her own way. I also really loved so many of the secondary characters, and I cannot wait for more of the Parkersons + Jack & Delia. Run, don't walk! You need to 1-click this one the second it comes out. I always say YMMV, but I'd be shocked if you don't love this book.

- So heartwarming.5 star

Corinne is back at it again!! After finishing up with the Arrowood brothers, she returns with fire with the Parkerson siblings. Kicking off with Grayson, Return to Us tells the story of him and “the one that got away”, Jessica. After she left him to pursue freedom and a career as flight hostess, he spends years thinking he will never see her again. After a traumatic accident and injury sends her home to heal with her family, Jessica learns that you can’t run away from your past...especially when your future is calling you.

- An incredible second chance romance!5 star

All. The. Stars. Return to Us by Corinne Michaels is the first book in the brand new series Willow Creek Valley. All I can say is WOW! This book is hands down Ms. Michaels best book to date. It had everything I look for in a romance novel- A swoony hero ✔️ A strong heroine ✔️✔️ A beautiful love story ✔️✔️✔️ Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. I was completely swept up in this small town romance and I never wanted it to end. Grayson and Jess’ connection was so strong and powerful. You could feel it coming through the pages. Neither distance nor time could change the way they felt about each other. Their journey to a HEA is not an easy one. But it is sure worth it. I honestly don’t even have the words to describe how much I loved this book. It was heartbreaking at times but it was also full of incredible friendships and so much love. Ms. Michaels outdid herself with Return to Us and I am so looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

- Emotional and heartfelt start to this new series!4 star

Return to Us is the first book in an all new series from Corinne that takes place in a small town in North Carolina. This story is a second chance romance and as usual, Corinne takes readers on a tumultuous journey full of angst and heartache before the characters ultimately find their happily ever after. Grayson and Jessica were childhood sweethearts from different sides of the tracks. She wanted to see the world, and he wanted to stay in their hometown. Ultimately, Jessica left Gray behind but she never stopped loving him. After surviving a horrific plane crash, she's back home to recuperate, and is typical of small towns, it isn't long at all before she runs into Gray. Corinne certainly knows how to torture her readers with the delicious angst of two characters who love each other but don't think they should be together. There were multiple times I just wanted to shake these two until they came to their senses. But Corinne does a great job of straddling that fine line of her characters wrestling with fear and indecision holding them back from having what they really want. I really loved getting to meet all the new characters we'll be seeing in upcoming books. There's a couple of pretty despicable characters that I can't wait to see get their comeuppance, AND I loved seeing Jacob Arrowood make appearances. He and Jessica survived something very few people do, and he really is one of my favorite Arrowood brothers. If you haven't read The Arrowood Brothers series yet, you are missing out on some incredibly hot guys!! And the women who tame them... I'm super intrigued by the next book in the series, and I am SO looking forward to seeing more of Jessica and Grayson AND especially Amelia, pop up in those books! A great start to the series!

- A beautiful story!!5 star

Return to Us goes into my top 2021 list! I loved how Corinne Michaels told Jessica and Grayson's story! Jessica returns home after being gone for years and she still had this connection to Grayson. Both have this incredible connection that is real and not rushed. Grayson's priority is his daughter and Jessica is recovering from an accident. As their paths cross, they know they still love each other. Getting to happily ever after is not easy for either one of them but as they open up and are hoenst with each other and themselves, it is a beautiful story!

- Emotional second chance romance5 star

Reunited and it feels so fantastic. Definitely for the reader, maybe not so much for our couple, at least at first. If you’ve read the Arrowood series, you’ll recognize Jessica as the flight attendant on Jacob’s ii-fated chartered flight. She back in her home town, fighting serious physical and psychological issues as a result of a TBI from the crash. She’s not expecting Grayson, the man she left behind, to be living in town as well. Or to be the father of an adorable four year old daughter. So we have the double treat of a second chance romance with a sexy single dad. Add in a fantastic cast of interesting characters with enough background to keep us intrigued without giving away all their secrets before their own stories are told. Huge kudos to Ms. Michaels for her sensitive but thorough handing of the many effects of traumatic brain injuries. While not every patient will have all the same symptoms, her attention to detail and non-rushed timeline gave much more authenticity to her story and showed that she had done her research. As someone who loves a TBI sufferer, I appreciate that very much. I’m totally in love with the Parkerson family and can’t wait to see them all in the next book!

- Another winning series5 star

The problem when reading Corinne Michaels book is deciding which will be your favorite series. Return to Us is the first book in her newest series involving the Parkerson siblings. This book is a second chance for Grayson Parkerson and his childhood love, Jessica Walker. A life altering event brings Jessica back to her hometown of Willow Creek Valley where she eventually encounters Grayson. Their road back to each other is intertwined with her physical and emotional healing. The secondary characters almost upstage their romance with some memorable bantering and an ending which hints at the second book. Having read Ms. Michaels’ previous series, each series is unique. Each has its own unifying theme, the way in which each story unfolds is different with each series. I love that she somehow manages to tie a character from one into each book. For a few hours, I’m lost in the magical world that she creates in her books. It is a reason why she will always be one of my favorite authors.

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Cowgirl AM - Amazing5 star

Another amazing book! As usual the characters and dialogue have you smiling, crying and laughing. Corinne just keeps getting better- I can’t wait for the complete série! So happy Stella and Jack are next.

jennamy82 - A beautifully written second chance romance!5 star

Return to Us is book #1 in a new series by Corinne Michaels, called Willow Creek Valley. I absolutely loved this beautiful second chance love story. Grayson and Jessica share such a unique connection. Their love poured off the pages. Neither forgetting the other even through several years of separation. Jessica is a survivor, she has been through so much, and her resilliency knows no bounds. Grayson is a single dad, to the most adorable 4 year old, Amelia. She captured my heart right from the start. He is loving, protective and the sweetest man. However, it is not instant family for this couple. The two had their work cut out for them, obstacles and hearts to mend but once they do it is beautiful and epic. This story has so many beautiful layers to it. Ones you just have to experience for yourself. It will make you laugh, cry and feel so much. As a beloved fan of Corinne's Arrowwood Brothers Series I loved that there were a few cameos of some favourite characters and I cannot wait for more to come in this series, especially Stella and Jack's book after that epilogue. Corinne has done it again. 5 stars is not enough!

Menotah (CGBB) - Return to Us5 star

"Take the hand outstretched when you’re weak and let it lend you strength." ⁣ Return to Us is a captivating second chance romance that pulls you in and holds on from the very beginning. ⁣ Grayson and Jessica were high school sweethearts who thought they would be together forever until she walked away to try and save both of them. Jessica returns home to recover after a plane crash ends her career. Greyson still lives in town raising his little girl. As their lives intertwine again there is hope brewing to put the past behind them and return to what they once were. ⁣ I laughed, cried and grinned from ear to ear. Grayson and Jessica never stopped loving each other. Grayson's daughter Amelia is the most adorable little girl ever. The secondary characters are great and make me excited for more from the series. The unexpected twists were quite a shock as well. This was my first Corinne Michaels book and I am wishing I had read her books sooner and look forward to catching up on her books. ⁣ Audio: Sebastian York and Andi Arndt were the perfect voices for Grayson and Jessica and the two made the perfect couple.

StacyH82 - Amazing5 star

Return to us was amazing! Corinne did not disappoint with this one. Second chance romances are always special and watching the couple come back together is so fun! Greyson healed Jessica after the plane crash, she needed him to get back to normal and she didn’t know it at the time. I really loved reading their story, with little glimpses to their past and seeing their future. Definite 5 star read and I can’t wait for the rest of the books in the series and glimpses back into this couples life.

Alisonmaxwell1973 - Top Read5 star

I loved this book so much! Grayson and Jessica’s story was second chance romance at its best!! I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

Quinny19 - Wow5 star

Readers will love this story, it has left me with so much admiration for Corinne Michael’s talent for writing a great read. I can’t wait for the next in this series❤️

Jaxwright57 - All the feels5 star

It’s taken me a while to put words to paper because I’m really not sure what to say that hasn’t already been said or how to do this very special read justice. Return to Us simply Blew Me Away...... This story touched me on so many levels, it captivated and drew me from the first page and there was no putting down until I had read the final word. Ms Michaels has given me my latest book boyfriend and he goes by the name of Grayson Parker !!!!! Grayson is the man we all want, he is protective, caring and he loves his four year old daughter unconditionally but he also loved Jessica Walker a few years ago so how will this hot fireman react when he knows she is back in Willow Creek Valley and how will Jessica react to coming back to the town she vowed never to return too..... Grayson and Jessica are soulmates, they belong together, the chemistry they share is intense but it’s the bond they have that takes their love to another level. I knew this story was special from the first chapter and I knew this book was going to hit my top reads of 2021 what I didn’t know was just how much Grayson and Jessica would touch my heart. I guess all that’s left for me to say is please one click this gem, it’s a must read for all small town romance lovers and it should be top of the pile for every single dad lovers TBR list and honestly it should be on every romance lovers radar. I’m excited to see what comes next for Willow Creek Valley and the Parkinson’s.

Erin Lewis aka Maimeo's - Loved it5 star

I was excited when I learnt that Ms.Michaels had a new series coming out. Having met Jessica in a previous book, I knew that the man who captured her heart would need to be special. I have a new book boyfriend in Grayson Parkerson; I fell hard and fast for this totally swoon worthy man. From start to finish, Corinne Michaels wove a story that drew me in and kept me captivated throughout with this emotional roller coaster of a read. Return To Us was a heart warming read that ticked the boxes for me. There is something about Corinne Michaels writing style that resonates with me. Her characters are multi layered and engaging and this book was no different. This was a second chance at love story for Grayson and Jessica and what a story it was. Add in the fact that he is a single dad to an adorable little girl and I was “all in”. I loved the journey that they travel to get to the happily ever after that they so deserved. This book is emotional, gripping, a story of love, romance and forgiveness. The chemistry is so hot that you can almost feel it . Can Grayson learn to trust Jessica again? She has been through so much and I really wanted these two to get the happily ever after they deserve. I cannot wait to return to Willow Creek Valley.

Millsfisch - Beautiful!5 star

I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. I was seriously sucked right in from the get go. Grayson and Jessica together are magnetic and their chemistry is sizzling. And Amelia, was freaking adorable. This book is as heartbreaking as it is beautiful and I can’t get over how much I fell in love with it and all the characters.

LoulouR5 - Perfect!5 star

Oh my heart!! Corinne has started off yet another brand new series with a bang and this time we are headed to Willow Creek Valley!! I think I’d quite like to move there. We have actually met Jessica before in the Arrowwood brothers series, and if you’ve read that book and know what she went through then you’ll sympathise and understand her journey isn’t an easy one. Grayson and Jessica are high school sweethearts. Theirs was real love like no other, however when Jessica went to experience the big wide world outside of her small town it all came crashing down. And after many, many years of being apart, Jessica is back in Willow Creek. And so is Grayson! Grayson is a single Dad, and this second chance love story ticked all of the boxes for me! It was pure perfection, with the most wonderful connection and chemistry between the characters. I laughed, I swooned and of course... it wouldn’t be a Corinne Michaels book without a bit of sobbing too! I loved all of the secondary characters and cannot wait to discover the rest of the relationships and stories in this series!

D133y - Brilliant can’t wait to meet more of the Parkersons5 star

I loved it ! My heart is whole, but it took awhile and I thought that just maybe I’d read a book of Corinnes with no tears ? But nope... a few escaped towards the end. As a start to a new series it’s pure brilliance and I love the fact that there’s a tie in with the old, how could there not be with the experience they shared. I adore the fact the characters are handled with care and the attention that is needed. Jessica especially and the relationships that surround them. Grayson and Jessica fighting the push pull brilliant ! The doubt surrounding them not so much ! But to see it all unfold..... you need to read the book ! I do love a second chance romance and slightly older characters, in fact it’s a reason I connect so well with them ! But overall ! It’s a great read and a great start to a new series and I can’t wait to me the rest of the girls and boys of the Parkersons 4.5 Stars Diz

DBookworm18 - Brill start to a new series & swoon!4 star

A new series, a new town and a new family and first up is Grayson, who will swoon you and make your heart melt. Corinne is the queen of second chance romances and Grayson and Jessica’s is an emotional rollercoaster. Jessica really does go through it, but this story shows you life’s about chances, don’t live a life full of regrets, live in the now. I loved Grayson. Soft and gentle, romantic and damn he is sexy! An excellent read and a brilliant first in a new series that really gives you a glimpse and tease of all upcoming characters....

Tilly212 - Fabulous start to this new series5 star

There's very few authors that can write second chance romance as good as Corinne Michaels. She really is the best at it and you will definitely love this story. It's the first book in this new series and there's lots of Parkerson siblings to look forward to reading about. Jessica was in Jacobs book from the Arrowood Brothers series so although she only had a small amount of page time I highly recommend reading that series before starting this one. The events at the end of that book put Jessica in the position she finds herself in now so definitely worth a read. I really love that we get to see snippets of previous characters in each new series so I strongly recommend reading them in series order. We're introduced to the Parkersons siblings in this series. Grayson and Jessica were teenage sweethearts but life didn't quite work out how they wanted. Years later the feelings are still just as strong. Grayson life hasn't been an easy one. A single father, his daughter Amelia is his world. She's a really cute kid. I loved how supportive and caring Grayson is. He's definitely a caretaker of those he loves around him and he's very patient. Jessica has a lot to work through both physically and mentally and needs his steady support. He's still super hot though, he definitely knows where he wants this relationship to go. About half way through I did think the story was gonna be quite predictable. I thought I knew where the story was going to go but typical Corinne style she threw in a few surprises. Definitely kicked the story up a gear and the ending is just brilliant. The next book is going to be really fiery.

abergirl84 - Be still my heart!!!!5 star

When you think you have found your favourite Corinne Michaels book boyfriend along comes Grayson Parkerson. Single dad. Firefighter. Alpha yet protective and sentimental. Jessica is a fighter. She is strong and tenacious. The two of them together are electric - they are perfect for each other and just need to both get over the past and what fears they have to make it through to the other side. I absolutely love that Corinne's books are full of Easter eggs which makes you feel like you're meeting up with old friends when reading any of her books. And I am SO excited for the rest of the series ... these Parkersons are going to be phenomenal!!

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