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Back to Life

(Back to Life #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Sahara Lee is damaged by grief and guilt.

Ten years ago her world was turned upside down and she never recovered. One decision, one choice, one accident killed the person she was before.

The old Sahara had family, friends, and the love of her life. Now Sahara isolates herself from any and everything she once loved. Immersing herself in fashion, art, and music as a way to esc
ebook, 340 pages
Published July 2013
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Gwen ~the Book Diva
5 "OMG, am I crying?" stars!

"Before you, I just existed. I didn't really live. I didn't really feel. I was going through the motions. And then I met you..." I stroked his face and gazed up at him. "And you brought me back to life."

This was me at 12:30am reading the end of this story...

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Danielle Allen kindly provided me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have to be completely honest and say that I freaking loved it!!

This is the story of young professional, Sahara, who has spent t
Danielle Allen
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Admittedly, I'm biased! Happy reading!

Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book! Can't wait for the follow-up book to come out December 1st.
Louise BookbestiesUK
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-arcs, arc
"Tyree Barker was my present, And Emanuel Mills is my unresolved past."

***ARC received by author for honest review***

Back to life starts with a great big bang!
I literally thought I'd spend 10 mins having a quick read before I settle down and watch some T.V- 3 hours later I was still reading and my T.V still hadn'd been turned on.

The prologue gripped me right from the beginning.

This book tells the story of Sahara- told entirely in her POV.

Sahara and her friends were in a bad car accident, b
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
***ARC received for honest review*** - originally posted at Reading Rainblog

Okay, so I’m a big fan of Love Triangles (Kellan Kyle anyone?), and this was kind of a Love Triangle, but for the majority of the book it was just Sahara & Tyree. We got to see their relationship evolve, even though it seemed like it evolved really quickly – Sahara forgave things that I don’t know that I would have been able to. She told Tyree all her secrets, and then he left her after she cried herself to sleep. Ye
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Back to Life by Danielle Allen
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sahara wants to celebrate the end of her exams and convinces her best friend, Emily to go out to a party with her. After having a few drinks the girls call Emily's brother, Emanuelle, to pick them up.
What happens that night changes Sahara's life forever. Now ten years later, Sahara is living one day at a time, her main goal is her job and keeping the terrible pain and memories at bay. S
Emma Edwards
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMG where do I even begin with this book?????

You want a good book? you want a great book? want a freaking amazing book? ,,, well here you go!!!! I love a bit of romance, angst, and a good story behind the characters ,,,, this book has it all!! It is emotionally charged throughout and will, at times render you speechless ,,, its beautifully written and you get an understanding of these characters and who they are

You'll want to laugh, cry and your head and heart will totally go out to these chara
Jenny Charles
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sahara have a lot of baggage. She is affected by an accident that happened 10 years ago that still haunts her. Because of her past, she has kept everyone at a distance. She has alienated her family, her best friend Emily and her first love Emmanuel, who happens to be Emily's brother, thinking that she is the cause of all of their pain.

In comes Tyree, a game changer. At first glance, their attraction is instantaneous and their relationship progresses quickly. However, Sahara's past keeps her fr
Michelle Lynn
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well…I was going to wait until tomorrow to write my review of Back to Life, but I decided to do it now, while all the emotions are still fresh in my mind. I went into the book blindly, without knowing anything about the storyline. I never even read the synopsis, since Danielle gifted it to me for an honest review.
I started this book late one night. I thought I would get through a couple chapters before going to bed, but after I finished the prologue, I knew it was going to be a long night. After
Danielle Taylor
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

***I received a copy of this ebook from the author, Danielle Allen, in exchange for an honest review***

Sahara Lee has been living with the heavy weight of guilt from the past, straining her personal life until nothing exists but work and music. To others, she appears distant, cold, and aloof, while she's suffering in silence. A chance encounter with a new neighbour changes all that. Tyree 'Ty' Barker is everything Sahara never knew she wanted, and fear has her putting on the breaks. Ty,
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I would have given it 10 stars if the author gave it a happy ending; I'm a sucker for happy endings.
Other than the ending, I love this book!
This book brings back the feeling of the first few dates i had with my husband when we first met. The excitement. The thrill. I love every bit of romance between Sahara and Tyree! :)

It definitely left me feeling soooo in love. ^___^
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Characters- Loved the characters. They were genuine and real. Very relatable in this situation.
Plot/Storyline- Plot was well written with a great flow and perfect placement of twists and turns.
Steam Factor- Very steamy!! Yummy Ty! YUMMY!
Cover- The art gallery makes sense since art is Sahara's place of solace in this story.
Cliffhanger- YES!!!!!!!!!
Overall- Really enjoyed this book and the way it had you guessing what exactly happened and then had you stunned when another fact came into li
Kelley - Book Girl From South Carolina
What I Thought:

I cannot begin to tell you the range of emotions I went through while reading this book – back and forth – happy and sad – I should have had emotional whiplash! But even with all of that, I loved it. Danielle Allen’s writing is amazing – beautiful and her plot twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. I got an email asking me to review this book and to be honest at first I was not sure whether or not I would be interetsed, but once I started I was hooked – and I’m so glad I
Lori Garside
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sahara Lee is a young woman struggling to overcome a series of events for which she feels responsible. Suffering from PTSD, depression, and an overwhelming sense of guilt, Sahara systematically cuts herself off from those who love her because she is afraid the people closest too her hate her for what occurred, but fails to realize that she is leaving a trail of misery in her wake. Sahara believes herself to be unworthy of love or friendship, but knows that she is an extremely intelligent and sav ...more
Romance Schmomance (Malia)
Well this book will throw you through the ringer and back again. I would re-summarize the book, but the synopsis does a very good job doing that for me, thank you Danielle :)

Man, where do I begin? First of all, no one should go that long living with all of that guilt that she's dealing with post-"traumatic event".

Well, Sahara lives a very dormant and busy life, she does what she can to stay engaged in her work, music (especially her playlist), to keep what's haunting her at bay. It's completel
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

When I first picked up Back to Life, I'm not going to lie my first thought was great here we go again with another damaged female. Don't get me wrong I love these books but it seems like that is all I have read lately and to be honest most of the women in these books drive me crazy. This one surprised me though. Yes at times I wanted to reach into my kindle and bitch slap Sahara but that was because I was so engrossed in the story. She is damaged but the way the book is written you feel
Three Chicks
Nov 18, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Growing up Sahara and Emily were best of friends and are now attending college together. Emily’s older brother, Emanuel, has always been the star of Sahara’s dreams.

In my mind, I was the future Mrs. Sahara Mills. I just needed him to get on board seeing as how I’d been not-so-secretly in love with Emanuel Mills since I was 5 years old!

It is nearing the end of the school year for Sahara and Emily, and an event happens that will change the course of future direction for everybody involved
Tabitha (Lovely Books Blog)
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Back to Life is one of those books that while there’s nothing bad about it, there’s nothing really memorable either. While the novel was well written and put together I just found myself a little bit bored with a story that I’ve read so many times already. Though this novel had a lot of good things going for it, such as the good writing and fleshed out characters, it didn’t change the fact that I just wasn’t all that impressed by
Roses Book Blog
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ten years ago Sahara was a victim of a tragic accident. With no family left, her best friend and her first love in the hospital, and their parents grieving for them in the hospital Sahara does the one thing she can to no longer hurt those around her, she picks up and runs away to Richland. She thinks she doesn't deserve happiness after the accident she believes she caused so she gives up her dream to be a doctor and finishes school to turn around and become HR at Miller Security.

For the past ten
Lindsey Melia
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was UNREAL! I was hooked from the beginning,and did not want to put the book down. Damn real life getting in my way! lol It was very emotional,I wanted to be able to put my hands threw my kindle and hug the life outta this girl! Ugh,okay calm down *sniff* Let's start at the beginning. Were introduced to the books main Girl Sahara. she's in her freshman year of college with her life long best friend Emily. One night Sahara really wants to go to this college party so she begs and pleads ...more
Oct 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Back to Life, Danielle Allen

"Before you, I just existed. I didn't really live. I didn't really feel. I was going through the motions. And then I met you..." I stroked his face and gazed up at him. "And you brought me back to life."

Danielle Allen asked me to read the ARC of this book for an honest view. I didn’t read the synopsis or other reviews before reading it, so I did not know what to expect. I found that this book was extremely well written, captured by attention for the first page and hel
Carver's Book Cravings
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review by Natalie

Sahara is trying to get her life back together. Sahara Lee and Emily Mills are best friends. Their parents have been friends since college. So they grew up together and were like sisters. Sahara and Emily even went off to college together.

Emily was in college to be a teacher and Sahara was a pre-med student. After Sahara finished one of the hardest tests of the semester she needed to unwind and have fun. Emily on the other hand was ready to rest without the fun.

Sahara finally c
Andrea Murray
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sahara has more baggage than a Beverly Hills socialite on vacation. On the surface she’s this independent woman with an amazing job, good looks, and a trendy loft, but beneath all that greatness lies an emotional wreck. She’s tough on the outside when she has to be but completely damaged. The accident that changed her life ten years ago has left her emotionally scarred, and she just can’t seem to get past it. I thought that w
Reading Write
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 & 1/2 Stars from Iva for Kota's Book Kollection

"This is a flawless story. The writing is superb, the story alluring. The characters are well developed with a palpable authenticity that makes you able to connect with them. It is narrated by Sahara, and this gives the reader a chance to really connect with her and see how guilt has necrotised her emotions.

Sahara is a shattered mess. Her whole life has been smashed apart by an incident that occurred when she was just 18. Rather than living, s
Bookworm Betties
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Title: Back to Life
By: Danielle Allen

Laura's Review:
I will not cry. I will not cry! Yeah-- fail! This book had me on an emotional roller coaster and a complete snotty mess!!

I haven't cried like this since Molly McAdam's Taking Chances! Kudos to Danielle Allen who was able to convey a powerful emotional pull with very intense characters. So I immediately knew:

You’re transported into a reality that I personally would hate to live through but Sahara is consumed with misplaced guilt that has define
Book Junky Girls
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it

10 years ago at the end of her freshman year in college a terrible accident sent Sahara to leave everyone she ever considered family. She left behind the Life she once knew. She doesn't make friends anymore or form emotional connections with anyone. She is just a shell, and thinks she doesn't deserve to be close to anyone because she ruins the lives of everyone she loves.

When Sahara meets Tyree the sparks between them are intense and no matter how hard she tries she just can
Shonell Bacon
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Nicely Done Coming-of-Life Story

After reading the book description of Danielle Allen's BACK TO LIFE, particularly the last three sentences, I was moved to read this book: "Back to Life reminds you that living and existing are two completely different ways to go through life. Grief will break you but guilt, guilt will destroy you. And once that happens, what can bring you back to life?" This alone made the story sound real to me, so I jumped in, hoping the book was as good as its hook.

It is.

Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Seriously, don't judge a book by it's cover. That is exactly what I am feeling at this moment. I looked at the cover and thought..meh..but I literally finished the book 5 minutes ago and had to get my thoughts out ASAP. UPDATE: NEW COVER WOO HOO LOVE THE NEW COVER!!!!!!!

I honestly wasn't loving this book for the first 40% - yes there were great scenes between Sahara and Ty and there was an emotional back story that was told throughout the book but I found my self annoyed with how much Sahara wa
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.75 starsSahara Lee was an outgoing, vivacious college student living life to the fullest. She had her career planned out and nothing could stop her dreams. That is until one fateful night when tragedy strikes and changes everything....

10 years later we find that Sahara has become a competely different person. She has isolated herself from her best friends and former life to try and numb the pain and guilt she feels. She is no longer living life to the fullest, she is burying herself in her wor
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