Sunny Shelly’s Review: Back To Shore, by Taylor Danae Colbert


Release Date: August 11


When I was sixteen, I was madly in love with Ryder Casey.

He was kind, he was loving, he was everything. 


Then he killed my twin brother, the night before our seventeenth birthday. 


Accident or not, he crushed me in more ways than one. So I turned him away and never looked back. I haven’t forgotten. And I certainly haven’t forgiven. 


Now, I’m sort of a hot mess. I’m in between jobs, essentially homeless, and newly divorced. 


But as I try to put the pieces of my life back together, I know that Ryder’s the one that’s missing. I have to find him, and I have to forgive him. 


And when I do, I learn that he’s not exactly living the easiest life. He needs someone. He needs me. 


Despite everything, I know I should be there for him. But doing that means I’ll have to put our past behind us. 


And I’ll have to try my hardest not to fall back in love with the man who broke my heart beyond repair.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Taylor Danae Colbert is a new-to-me author, and I was quite taken by the blurb for Back To Shore. And once I started reading it, I could not put this book down. It is so much more than a second chance romance. It is full of pain, hope, forgiveness and righting wrongs — and I binged this book in a single reading overnight.

Following her divorce, Mila moves back home with her parents, into her childhood bedroom. The reasons for her divorce aren’t exactly clear in the beginning, and it seems like she is the one who wanted the divorce, not her ex. But there is something that has Mila so incredibly unsettled, and he’s hoping to make peace with that so she can start to heal. And making peace with that means facing her teenage sweetheart, Ryder, for the first time in 12 years.

Ryder was once her everything, but something happened between them that upended Mila’s world, when Ryder was responsible for her twin’s death, and made her hate him. But there’s a fine line between love and hate, as Mila learns when she returns to the lakeside town where she and Ryder spent two incredible summers together. And as much as Mila needs to find a way to forgive Ryder to move on with her life, Ryder needs Mila to forgive him as well. He’s carried so much grief around with him due to their past in the years they have been apart, and their unfinished business has not been easy on Ryder. He has been through more in the past 12 years than Mila could ever imagine, and as he lets her back into his life, Mila rediscovers how much she still loves him and how wrong she was about their past.

By returning back to the shore, Mila also returns to the love of her life — but in the end, will she find the peace and happiness she’s been chasing?

This book was so well-written. I felt like the chapters just flew by. And when all that Ryder’s been dealing with in his life is revealed — well, that crushed me. It was a double whammy that I wasn’t expecting, but it beautifully propels the story for this couple and their second chance at forever.

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.



Meet Taylor Danae Colbert


Taylor has been writing since the tender age of seven, when her mother bought her her first typewriter. Once she finished her first work, a tall tale about a girl with hair that grew too fast, her father told her she should be published. And so, her lifelong dream of becoming a published writer was born. 
Taylor never thought of herself as a romance writer, but it turns out, she loves love. 
When she’s not chasing her kids, watching Impractical Jokers with her husband, running, or playing around with her two pups, she’s probably under her favorite blanket, either writing a book, or reading one. 
Taylor lives in Maryland, where she was born and raised. 
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