When I was sixteen, I was madly in love with Ryder Casey.
He was kind, he was loving, he was everything.
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.