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Back to Shore

(Meade Lake #1)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  73 reviews
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 jo
ebook, 221 pages
Published August 11th 2020
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Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A profoundly stirring read, Taylor Danae Colbert unequivocally stole our hearts in this heartbreakingly beautiful second chance love story, Back To Shore. Danae Colbert reflects reality, and seamlessly transported us into the emotionally provoking world of Meade Lake. Awe-struck as we travelled along this stunning journey, with such breathtaking characters. As time passes, we are still reeling over this book. If you are seeking an emotionally charged story, look no further, this book is a must r ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of those stories that will emotionally gut you on every level. With the history between Ryder and Mila, you are taken on a roller coaster of memories and the present that will throw you for a loop of raw feelings and so much more. The connection that these two have is on another level, especially the history that they share. There are some interesting twists that happen that will leave your jaw dropping. But what I really lived for in this story is the fact it was one of self forgive ...more
All Booked Out
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This is my first time reading Taylor Danae Colbert’s work and it certainly won’t be the last. This book was EVERYTHING! I am not one to get too emotional during books but phew, Back to Shore left me a sobbing mess. So, this may sound strange but highest of praise to the author for being able to evoke such strong emotions within me. By the end my lounge room was scattered with tissues and my poor heart was left in tatters.

Mila is freshly divorced and sets out to close old chapters of he
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Taylor Danae Colbert is a new-to-me author and, I am so glad I discovered her because I really enjoyed this book. The blurb is what made me want to read it. It pulled on my heartstrings way more than I was anticipating and it was beautiful in so many ways. Ryder and Mila took me such an emotional rollercoaster and Taylor had me feeling everything from the start. I am always a big fan of stories that can make me feel something and I felt it all while reading this story. I could feel the anger, sa ...more
Thuy Taylor
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First love, second chance romance with major emotional tugs to your heart. Mila and her family started spending their summers at Meade Lake, a lake community popular during summer months. During their teenage years, her and her twin befriends the locals, in particular, Mila has the meet cute with Ryder Casey. These two have a strong first love connection that feels like it would last forever. But, a tragedy tears it all apart. Years pass, and she is stepping back into Meade Lake after being away ...more
Rhonda Ziglar
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 EMOTIONAL STARS!! What a emotional rollercoaster this story was. Ryder and Mila will take you on one heck of a ride that you will never forget. Their story will hit every emotion button you have and some more than others. This is my first book by this author and I can't wait to read more.
Caroline F
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 I-hope-I-know-you-in-all-my-lives stars!

Fabulous emotional read! This is a new-to-me author and I absolutely loved this second-chance, heartbreaking story.

"If you haven't been able to find happiness all these years, it's because you're keeping it at bay. You're not letting it come in."

Mila is back home following her divorce, with a somewhat aimless future. When she realises that she has some unfinished business with Ryder Casey, she sets off to spend time at Meade Lake - the place where she
Candyce Kirk
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Back to Shore was everything I was expecting and more!! I loved these characters and was so invested in the story. So much so it had me crying in the train while I was reading. Taylor hit me in all the feels with this book and then some. I won't be saying too much in this review, because Back to Shore is one you need to experience for yourself. Some details will spoil the whole essence of the story and I wouldn't want to do that to anyone.

Our main character Mila's marriage just ended and she's t
Up All Night With Books
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars
Review by Elizabeth
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Up All Night with Books Blog

Shattered. Taylor shattered my heart in a million pieces as usual but she picked those pieces back up and put my heart back together again. Gear up for a major cryfest with Back to Shore so be sure to have those tissues handy!! I cried like a baby.

Holy. Mackerel. I have no words on how to even begin to write this review. I have been a fan of Taylor’s for a long while now and she never ceases to amaze me with her wordy cre
Amy  Crull
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This destroyed me... I thought I was broken until one particular scene and then the tears came down hard...This book is a beautifully written about healing and finding love again. Second chance at finding true happiness and yourself again. Mila and Ryder had a beautiful relationship but it was ended by tragedy.. Fast forward a few years later and Mila is looking for forgiveness. She wants to make amends so that she can finally be happy again. Seeing Ryder brings back all those memories ...more
Andrea Morgan -Bookaholic Sisters blog
A beautifully written second chance romance that is Raw honest and heartbreaking.

" you and me. We're Cosmic"

I absolutely devoured this book it took hold of my heart on the turn of the first page and never let go! I felt EVERYTHING the hurt and the pain but also the longing and happiness, I laughed and cried then held my breath and hoped everything worked out ...yes I was extremely invested in mila and ryder.

" its not that we're pieces that fit together perfectly. Its that we were two uneven, jag
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Back to Shore isn’t the run of the mill second chance story. This is angst pent up romance that has been a number of years in the waiting. All on Mila’s shoulders should she chose to return to the Shore that changed her life forever and made her into the woman we see at the beginning.
Mila is a feisty woman in her late twenties that trying to sort out her life and rebuilt. She knows she found her soulmate at a tender age but it has been complicated ever since the death of her twin brother which
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Back to Shore delivers an emotive tale of second chances after a lifetime of regret. Bring tissues. 

Mila loved Ryder as a teen, but when Ryder causes an accident that kills Mila's brother, she turned her back on him, too hurt to be around Ryder. So, we are starting off super sad right out of the gate. But then we see Mila and Ryder grown up, and things are not good. Both are suffering and Mila wants to forgive Ryder and mend things. 

Ok, there were some surprises in the plot I didn't see coming,
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW - this one will touch deep in your soul!!

This book is positively phenomenal. I devoured it in a day with lots of tears shed and so much angst for what the future will hold.

Ryder is just everything. I started to fall in love with him the same time Mila did...while sharing "something about yourself that you don't normally tell people you just met."

Here are some classic Ryder swoon-worthy moments:
"There's always been us. And there always will be."
"I don't know if I'll be your last first kiss...
Live, Laugh, Love
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
❤ This book is filled with heartache and forgiveness, love and acceptance. The growth of Mila is just beautiful to follow. ❤
Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Taylor Danae Colbert is a new to me author and I went into this book without reading the blurb and HOLY EMOTIONS! Mila and Ryder’s story is beautiful, emotional, and heartbreaking. I had no idea where this story was going to take me but I loved every single moment of it.

Mila and Ryder’s story is so emotional. These two characters have been through so much, especially Ryder. They have both experienced loss, but now they have a second chance. Can Mila overcome the events of the past and move on w
Kristen Granata
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“I’d like to sit with you at that pond you were at until we catch a fish,” he says.
“But...that pond doesn’t have fish,” I say slowly as I start to catch his meaning. My cheeks flush, and my eyes drop to the ground.
Can we all just stop for a second and make a collective ::sigh:: Ryder is my new favorite book boyfriend & I don’t see that changing anytime soon! As much as I love the Maddoc Brayshaws of the book world, I truly love the sweet good guys deep down. And Ryder was everythi
Luisa Rivas
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book, about forgiveness and second chances! It was heart-wrenching but also full of hope, love and new beginnings! I loved and savored reading this book!

Twelve years ago, Milla’s world ripped apart. During a summer vacation at her parent’s beach house in Lake Meade, there was a tragedy that broke her relation with her boyfriend. She went away and made her life, but her heart was forever frozen.

She married Luke and she loved him, truly, but she was a mess and her marriage didn’t
Jayli Carmichael
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
"We have to get attached to fictional men since the ones we hang out with are so lame."

This book blew me away. When I first picked it up, I thought it was just going to be another normal second chance romance. But I was soooo wrong! Yes, it's a second chance romance, however there are so many unique and distinctive things that happen which makes the whole book better.

My heart hurts for all of the characters, especially Ryder. All I wanted to do was give him a huge hug! So much has happened th
"You and me. We're cosmic."

Taylor Danae Colbert perfectly crafted a love story that will touch your heart and soul deeply. It was one of the most uniquely beautiful and heartwarming as it's heartbreaking story I've ever read.

"He's a rope, and he may have some fray to him. There might be some knots along the way, but if I follow him, if I hang on, I know I'll get back to shore."

With every chapter unfold we learned about their past, their tragic losses and the current problem that there f
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a sucker for a second chance romance, I had to sign up for an ARC of this one, and I was NOT disappointed! This was my first read of Taylor's and I already can't wait for the next books in this series. Mila and Ryder's story hit me from the very start. I liked the pace of the book, while we don't know from the beginning what exactly happened to pull our two MC's apart, the rate at which the revelations become apparent throughout the book felt perfectly timed.
Mila returns to Meade Lake after
Kari Hansen
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After her marriage ended Mila has returned to her hometown to the last place that she was truly happy until the day that everything changed. She hopes that in facing the most painful experience of her past and the man that caused it that she will be able to reclaim the woman she used to be and have the new beginning she so desperately needs.

Ryder not only loved Mila but he was friends with her twin brother as well. He has accepted responsibility for what happened, but he still lives with the gri
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just spent 30 minutes waxing lyrical about the beauty of this book, the elegance of the writing, the powerful storyline, finding first love only to have it ripped away when you least expect it, to growing up and learning to forgive, but I clicked off the screen by accident and the whole thing disappeared, so as I can’t remember half of it, I’m going to summarise instead.

What do you do when your soulmate is responsible for the death of your brother, the unbearable pain of loss, and the emptines
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m rarely afraid when starting a book but this one? I just knew it was going to break me, I was so unbelievably anxious that I had to stop half way through to watch a comedy show. But all in all, this may be one of the best books I’ve read this year. This book was heartbreaking and sad and so so painful but you know what? It managed to reflect the realities of life so well that I cannot help but be in awe of it.

Back to Shore showed us that loss and grief can take us away from the love of a lif
The Book Lover
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story.
Curtis E Evans
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you read the blurb for Back to Shore you will have an idea of what Taylor Danae Colbert is about to share. But you will only have an idea, and that idea really only scratches the surface.
Back to Shore is the perfect title for what our heroes endure. And yes, they are both heroes.

Throughout her life, Mila has endured hardships followed by disappointments. History shows few positive pages. Sadness, isolation, pain and fear hide her light from shining. Realization finally allows her to understan
2OCC Reviews
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gemma
This was an angst filled read that really showed the importance of forgiveness. The way the story was written really explored a lot of deep emotions that I really felt throughout the story. The story between the main characters was heartbreaking and I really wanted them to have a happy ending. This was a great start to a new series.

Mila has experienced a lot of heartache and change throughout her life leaving her unsettled with the way things have turned out. I really loved how the character kn
Anne Milne
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Taylor Danae Colbert is a new to me author and I couldn't have picked a better book to start my journey with her. This is a second chance romance that reunites childhood sweethearts Ryder and Mila twelve years after a devastating loss rips their worlds apart.

I liked how the book flits between the past and present so we can see and feel them falling in love. There is nothing better than young love it is so innocent and I could feel that easily. That first kiss the heated looks, those tentative t
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Well, that was not what I was expecting!!! Yes I knew it was going to be a difficult read given the blurb, but there is so much more to this story.
I was totally hooked from the first page to the tear soaked ending!! Mila and Ryder have such an emotional journey that I defy you not to feel every bit of their pain...
Ryder is just a beautiful character.. his love and care for Mila was so heartwarming and despite everything they had been through, all the pain and heartbreak, there was still
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020, arc
4.5 Stars
I knew after reading the blurb this book was going to break me. It was an emotional ride that was beautiful and heartbreaking.

These two characters Mila and Ryder have been through so much. They have both experienced the loss of someone they love. Things changed between these once Mila lost her twin brother.

Now years later and Mila is newly divorced and back home living with her parents. She is finally ready to see the boy from her past who she still loves but hates. Will she be able to
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Taylor Danae Colbert is a romance & women's fiction author. When she's not chasing her toddler or hanging with her husband, she's probably under her favorite blanket, reading a book, or writing one. Taylor lives in Maryland, where she was born and raised. For more information, visit ...more

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