Comeback Love by Peter Golden

Comeback Love Blurb:

Over 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 Glenna Rising, the sexy, sharp-witted med student he couldn’t imagine living without.

Now, decades later, Gordon is a former globetrotting consultant with a grown son, an ex-wife, and an overwhelming desire to see Glenna again. 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 become caught up in the passions that drew them together before tearing them apart. And as the evening unfolds, Gordon finally reveals the true reason for his return.

In a nutshell:

I read it in: English

I liked it:     Yes      

For people who like: the 60s, bittersweet love stories  

My thoughts: 

This story starts right before Gordon steps into Glenna’s office. It is a good beginning and immediately you realize that both people still have feelings for each other. Unfortunately, as so often the case with me, I very soon took sides in this story and decided I didn’t like Glenna very much. This happened already in the first flash back where Gordon goes back to the 1960 right before he meets Glenna for the first time. I can’t put my finger on why I took a dislike to her, but later on there were situations where I really thought Gordon should move on. Some of the things she did (even though they might make perfect sense to her) I just wouldn’t have done. So for me reading this was a lot like being angry at Glenna.

The plot moves back and forth between now, in the evening when Gordon and Glenna meet again after 35 years, and the 60s when they were a couple and very much in love. But soon clouds appear in the blue sky and eventually the relationship ends. I can’t say I was particularly sorry about this.

Anyway, 35 years later, things have changed for both, and they now are able to start anew. And, since I am not a complete bitch, I was happy for them.

Even though I had my misgivings about one of the protagonists, I enjoyed reading this very much. It just flowed and I did want to know why Gordon had come back and whether he and Glenna will find together again. If you like the  time period of the 1960s and everything that goes with it, this is perfect for you.

Location: New York City, N.Y., USA

Spuyten Duyvil, Bronx Bell Tower Park, Riverdale

Images from wikipedia. Map by M. Minderhoud

Product info and buy link :

Title Comeback Love
Author Peter Golden
Publisher Washington Square Press
ISBN 9781451656329
I got this book from Netgalley
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4 Comments Write a comment

    • Yes, it’s a really good book, Ally. If you ever get it I’ll be curious to see what you have to say.


  1. I read COMEBACK LOVE in its original published form (when it came out with SPP) and am really looking forward to reading this version. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Sometimes the books I love the most are the ones where I’m angry at a character–WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN by Lionel Shriver comes to mind. That dad! Have you read that one?


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