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Say You'll Stay

Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
Series: Return to Me, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
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Summary

One word.

Stay.

It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him.

That was 17 years ago.

I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my husband betrayed me and I was left once again.

Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He wasn't supposed to be there. I should've been safe. However, fate has a way of stepping in.

This time around, the tables are turned. It's my decision. Second chances do exist, but I don't know if we can repair what's already been broken...

©2016 Corinne Michaels (P)2016 Corinne Michaels

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Perfect

I absolutely loved this second chance romance. I loved the story (heart breaking in places I must say), I loved the writing, and I loved the characters. The story follows Presley as she navigates becoming a widower in her mid 30s. It follows the struggles of her, her two sons, her 'sister' and her family and friends back home whom she hasn't seen for 18 years. As Presley try's to come to terms with her husband's death she has no choice but to return to her family home and, after 17 years, she has no choice but to face her first love, Zach. Zach who it would seem will always be in her heart. She has to deal with two 11 year old boys who are struggling with the death of their father and are also adjusting to life in a small town. Presley is struggling to keep all the secrets she has kept hidden from so many people from coming out. It's hard keeping secrets in a small town though, the question is can everybody survive the fallout when said secrets refuse to remain hidden? While the book has some emotional scenes, it is also funny, sexy and highly addictive. Zach is pretty perfect, along with his two highly entertaining brothers. Thoroughly enjoyed. Narration was perfect.

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Wanted to like it but

Read and listened to book. My first book by this author. Want to read the next about Wyatt so I think my dislike is more about this story than author.
Narration was excellent but beware only 5 or 6 chapters are Sebastian York so don't listen expecting to hear his voice.

Loved the beginning, wow what a start. But then both characters were kinda mean and selfish. Too much rehashing over and over. They were both in the wrong. Get over it it's been 17 years geeze.

So now why I can't get on board with liking this book....kinda spoilery below




The way Felicia was treated was disgusting. She was dumped out of the blue after a 5 year relationship. Really!!!! I felt more sorry for her than damn Presley as she made her choice to end the relationship.
I also felt sorry for Todd, I get he made a horrible decision but by the end I'm questioning if he was ever loved or just a long rebound guy.

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Exceptional

The beginning of this story broke me, I cried so hard at first. It was the best story I have ever listened to. Andi and Sebastians voices were just amazing, if i could have given more than 5 stars, i would

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Another brilliant book from Corinne

Love this book, such raw and real emotion. Fantastic characters and brilliant storyline.
Corinne has outdone herself again

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An Enjoyable Read

This was the first novel from Corinne Michaels that I have listened to. A good read but a little too slow for me. Too much of the story, I felt, was the main character reminiscing in both a negative and positive way.
I'm a big fan of the Narrators - Andi Arndt and Sebastian York.

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  • Smitten with Reading
  • 13-09-16

A rating overall...

My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.5
Story: 4.5

This story broke my heart for one reason...Presley. From the moment the story begins, you can't help but feel for this heroine who's life has spun completely out of her control. And as the story unveils, you realize this has always been an issue in her life. She's NEVER been the one in control. That was true with her teenage romance with Zach and it was sure the truth about how things ended with her husband. She's simply trying to survive with her heart partially intact...for her twin sons. Honestly, if it weren't for the boys, I don't think she would have even tried to regain her life. Yeah, my heart broke for her and the story is written brilliantly so that as the reader you can really empathize with what she's going through.

The other side of that is Zach. He and Presley were totally in love through high school and the beginning of college. But Zach's other love was baseball. That was his ultimate goal...a pro baseball career, so when he got the opportunity, he jumped at it, expecting Presley to follow. She didn't. He's never forgiven her for that. She's never forgiven her for choosing baseball over her. And she's never been back home because it hurt too much. Every single place at home reminds her of what she lost with Zach. What she doesn't realize when she comes home this time is that Zach has returned too. So not only will she be facing the memories, but she will also have to learn how to coexist with Zach in the same space.

There's so much emotion in this book. It was a great read/listen. The narrators also do a phenomenal job. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, even more so than I expected to. Although I shouldn't have underestimated the book because it's been in the top 100 for months now. I'm also excited to read the stories for the other Hennington brothers. I'm just hoping that as soon as they release, they are also available in audio, because this was a great listen and I'd love to have the same experience for the other two books in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-05-17

Had my full attention.

It caught me from the beginning. Narrators were great. it had drama mixed with sarcasm​ and a little banter. Loved it.

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  • Ashley Martin
  • 18-06-17

Love it!

Loved the story and author ! the characters were rich, including the children. Also really love the narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-03-17

Loved this book

What a beautiful story although i was in tears at the start. The audible version was very easy to listen to

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  • Chiadogs21
  • 26-04-17

ANOTHER great love story!

Twists and turns keep you locked on and wanting more. Already bought book 2 and 3. Love Corinne Michaels amd the narrators who read her stories!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-04-17

Truly awesome

Loves this! So romantic and full of love and laughter and healing and forgiveness. Great job Corinne!

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  • Brandi W
  • 21-03-17

I love this book!

I can't say enough how much I love this book. it years me up just to put me back together and I love ever second of it. The voice for Zach was deeper that I imagined it would be and surprised me, but I still loved it!!

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  • Jo Fergus
  • 27-02-17

This story caught me completely off guard!

Well shit. I had no idea what I was going into when I downloaded this book from audible. All I knew was that it was going to be a second chance love story which is my favourite sort of read.

I plugged my headphones into my ear, went outside on a nice sunny day to do some gardening and 10 minutes later I was crying! I was not expecting the beginning of this story to be so confronting and part of that comes from my own personal family experience of the same subject. Therefore I was feeling as fragile as Presley.

After losing her husband, Presley discovers that he had a few secrets that lead to a huge upheaval for her and their twin sons. One moment she is living in their dream home, doing a job she loved and the next she is out on her butt. She had never planned on returning to her hometown and family ranch but when the chips are down she realises that her parents are the only people she can count on.

One of main reason's for Presley being reluctant to even visit was Zach Pennington. He was her high school boyfriend and love of her life. Until he made a choice that gutted her and led her on a different path. She loved her husband Todd and the life they had together. The love she felt for her husband was not the same thing she had with Zach but it was a forever love, until he was gone.

Presley now is dealing with her grief, helping her sons deal with the loss of their dad, being back in her parents house and all the secrets she is holding in to prevent any further hurt. And then she finds out that Zach is back in town, working on his family ranch.

The thing about small towns is that nothing is private, everyone has their nose in other people's business. Not only that, they openly discuss things about people - right in front of them! Everyone thinks that this is Zach and Presley's chance to finally be together but there is a lot of water under the bridge and it may now be completely insurmountable for both of them.

I really loved this story!

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  • S Wilgus
  • 29-07-16

Worth it

I had read the book for Corinne Michaels' Say You'll Stay, but I received a copy of the audible as a gift. Andi Arndt and Sebastian York do a wonderful job on the narration. Even though I knew the story, their presentation still brought me to tears and laughter. Do yourself a favor and listen to this story. You won't regret it.

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  • haydee Diaz
  • 04-07-17

lovely

as usual a wonderful story love her books they're just wonderful always the story's have a great understanding about love and I jut love that about her books

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