After the absolutely amazing I Hope You Get This Message (seriously go read this one) I knew I had to read Rishi’s second book. And I cried. I was not expecting to fall so quickly heads over heels in love with this book. But it got me in all my emotional feels. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
After Kiran Noorani’s mom died, Kiran vowed to keep her dad and sister, Amira, close–to keep her family together. But when Amira announces that she’s dating someone, Kiran’s world is turned upside down.
Deen Malik is thrilled that his brother, Faisal, has found a great girlfriend. Maybe a new love will give Faisal a new lease on life, and Deen can stop feeling guilty for the reason that Faisal needs a do-over in the first place.
When the families meet, Deen and Kiran find themselves face to face. Again. Three years ago–before Amira and Faisal met–Kiran and Deen dated in secret. Until Deen ghosted Kiran.
And now, after discovering hints of Faisal’s shady past, Kiran will stop at nothing to find answers. Deen just wants his brother to be happy–and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep Kiran from reaching the truth. Though the chemistry between Kiran and Deen is undeniable, can either of them take down their walls?
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
It All Comes Back to You is perfect for contemporary fans of RPG games, second chance romances, and secrets that just won’t stay buried. Deen and Kiran’s dual POV story is about living for ourselves, grief that hits us like a tidal wave, and being caught up in this image in our own heads. Intensely emotional and brimming with moments of swooning, laughter which will surprise you, and tearful confrontations, It All Comes Back to You is an emotional delight.
You can tell I’ve fallen deeply in love with a book when I forget to take notes. Because I become so immersed in the story and I can’t put it down. It All Comes Back to You features such intense, detailed, and nuanced character work. I’ve come to associate Farah Naz Rishi with this care and masterful character development. With flawed, messy, relatable characters which reflect pieces of ourselves. Our fears and doubts, our anger and quests for revenge, and the fragments of our loves and vulnerability.
Even if you can’t agree with their decisions, It All Comes Back to You always allows you to see exactly why. All the times we find ourselves holding tight to something, to an image of ourselves, or to a shield and we need to let go. But we don’t know how. How it becomes so difficult to step back. To see our mistakes and lies for what they are. And to begin the slow process of atoning. If you’re looking for an emotional and character driven book about love and family, please read It All Comes Back to You.
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