Sunny Shelly’s Review: In Winters Past, by Taylor Danae Colbert

Release Date: November 20


From the time I can remember, it was always the three of us. Me, Tommy, and Shane.

We were young, doing things we shouldn’t have been doing.

They say the water here in Meade Lake freezes four feet deep. 
But that winter had been unseasonably warm…

After we lost Tommy, Shane packed up and moved on, leaving me to figure it all out by myself. 
To figure out who I was without my two best friends.

But now, Shane is back in Meade Lake. He’s changed, but under that cold, hardened exterior, I can still see a hint of my best friend. 

The boy I once loved.

We’re reliving our glory years, laughing at the memories, sorting through the pain. And each time, he stands a little bit closer, lingers a little bit longer.

But with every touch, I feel that ice-cold barrier form around my heart.

He showed me once that he could walk away and never look back. 
I can’t give him that chance again.
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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

In Winters Past is a highly emotional, heartfelt romance in the Meade Lake series by Taylor Danae Colbert. Jules and Shane’s story goes back and forth between their present-day reunion after a decade, and flashbacks to the evolution of their friendship as high schoolers, leading up to the tragedy with their third friend, Tommy, that ripped them apart.

The story is an emotional rollercoaster. It is so well-written, and tugged on my heartstrings all along the way. The abandonment that Jules felt when Shane left was heartbreaking, especially since he was her one safe place. Those feeling never went away, and her struggle to protect her heart when Shane returned to town is so well-written. As everything unfolds and the whole story is brought to light and revealed to the reader, I sobbed big ugly tears. There is a lot for Shane and Jules to unpack and work through as they first rebuild their friendship and then a romantic relationship. But it was an incredible story with a heartwarming ending after all of the heartache.

On a broader note, I love how close-knit this group of friends is, how they rally around one another and support each other!

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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