Thursday, March 7, 2013

Book Review - The Return of Cassandra Todd


Turner Caldwell works at a local motel as a handyman while attending college full-time. On his way to class one day, he is shocked to see Cassandra Todd and her young son in town. The sight of her brings back powerful memories of being bullied in high school-she was the popular head cheerleader and he the target of her friends' mean-spirited pranks.

When Cassandra and her son check into the motel where he works and she asks for his help in eluding her abusive husband, he finds himself entangled in a dangerous drama that will require him to forgive and draw on every skill he has if they are to survive.


Darrel Nelson recently retired after thirty-seven years as a schoolteacher so he could devote himself to writing full-time. He now spends his time writing novels, articles, plays, and music and soaking up time with his ten grandchildren. Nelson has bachelor's degrees in English and education from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada where he lives with his wife Marsha.


This story was so good! I started reading it and couldn't put it down...I lost a lot of sleep, actually! 

This story had me captivated from page one.  I have to say, I aboslutely loved Mr. Nelson's writing. He described things so beautifully, you felt as though you were actually right there with the characters.

I was on the edge of my seat as Cassandra tried to hide from her abusive husband. I immediately liked her and her son and wanted them to be safe. I felt such compassion for them. I also had such compassion for Turner as he recalled his years of being bullied.

I loved how we saw how God is in control and how we saw how He was with them as they worked to keep ahead of Cassandra's abuser. I loved how their faith in God has to strengthen as they traveled to escape him.

This book had the perfect balance of suspence, romance, and the thread of God's grace woven through it. I just loved this book and am anxious to get Mr. Nelson's other book, "Anniversary Waltz". His writing is just wonderful and I highly recommend this book!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Glass Road Public Relations

Blessings - Julie


  1. Hi there, the March edition of Books You Loved is open for entries. Here is the link Books You Loved March Edition Please do pop by and link in a post about a book/s you loved. Maybe this one? Have a great week.

  2. Julie, thank you for the review. I'm glad you liked my novel, and I appreciate your kind, insightful words. It means so much to receive positive feedback. I hope you'll have a chance to review my future novel, Following Rain.


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