Back to Us

Back to Us

by Christi Barth

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ISBN-13: 9781459290006
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 07/13/2015
Series: Shore Secrets , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 632,124
File size: 416 KB

About the Author

  • Christi Barth writes sassy, sexy and smart contemporary romances. She earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance. Christi is lives in Maryland with her husband.

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Back to Us 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I’m really disappointed to say this is the first of the Shore Secrets series that I’ve read because these friends are fantastic together. They are so supportive and caring for each other, but they aren’t afraid to give each other a hard time when needed (and sometimes when not :) ). You can definitely read Back To Us as a standalone – there are a few references to the previous stories … but they just taunted me with the goodness that I had missed. Barth could have easily been lazy on the relationship between Piper and Ward, using their history as an excuse to not craft decent interactions between the two, but lucky for us she doesn’t. We don’t get the back and forth of them getting to know each other, but she’s able to show their connection and attraction. As they tiptoe closer, I found myself happier and happier for them, waiting for them to get to a point when they finally bury their past and look toward a future together. I think my only complaint is how much both Ward and Piper let that past influence their choices now. I’m going to tell you what he did so if you don’t want to know then stop reading now … last chance …. He kissed another girl, when he was 18, on his own for the first time at college, feeling lonely, and Piper saw it … Yes, I’m sure that was awful – they’d been friends for ages and he broke her heart, plus the wounds at that age can definitely have far reaching effects – but it was just a kiss. Granted they never talked about it, so she didn’t know that was all it was. He did, though, and should have manned up and taken care of this before now. Except they let it fester and turn into a big deal and now they have to work thru it. Maybe this is where not having the history of the other books plays against me because I’m sure that Ward and Piper and their feelings are a pretty big part in the other stories considering how close these friends are. I will say that Barth does a fantastic job setting it up and having them work thru it. So while I think that they allowed themselves to blow it all out of proportion, the trust issue is handled very realistically and she gets them to a satisfying HEA. If this is your first Shore Secrets (and you don’t want to go back and start at the beginning), you’ll be OK but based on what I see here I think you’ll want to get the other two as well, just so you can spend more time with this great group of people. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a slow trying read. I have not read the others in the series, but that did not get in the way of my enjoyment, or lack there of with this novel. The writing is very long winded. I found myself getting easily distracted and checking emails just because i became so bored with the plot. For instance their is a big deal made out of a race with a group of guys from the school. The date that the race was supposed to happens passes, but nothing is mentioned about the race or the outcome of said race. Taking up narration with events that never come to fruition is disappointing and distracting. In the end I was just hoping the book would end soon so i could be done with it. It did end quite abruptly however, unlike the superfluous dialogue and ramblings throughout.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Back to Us is the second chance love story of Piper Morrissey and Ward Cantrell. The two are part of a group of four best friends from junior high. During high school, the two became a couple and their relationship continued on to college. Unfortunately, due to distance and loneliness their relationship didn’t work out. In the previous books, you see the tension Piper and Ward have when they’re around each other, but it isn’t until their story when readers find out why they broke up and the town of Seneca Lake dislikes Ward. Ward wants to expand his distillery business but is denied the loan based on his past. Wanting to fulfill a deathbed promise, Piper is met with roadblock after roadblock. Realizing that they can both help each other, Ward offers to sell land to Piper. Not only will Piper pay him money for the land, but Ward wants him and Piper to date for a month. He wants to prove her that they can be as good, if not better than they were before. Having never stopped loving Ward, Piper agrees. Piper and Ward’s relationship is one that has to overcome their past issues with each other and themselves. There are a group of people in Seneca Lake who refuse to allow the past to stay in the past and like to remind Piper and Ward about it whenever they get the chance. Trust and honesty are the cornerstones of any relationship and these two have shown that they both have problems with those things. I like Ward because he always tries to do the right thing. But sometimes he over thinks and just makes things worse. With having three women as best friends for over fifteen years, you would have thought that he would have learned how they think and what they want. Piper tends to spend too much of her time focusing on appearances and what people will think as opposed to truly living her life for herself and not for her parents or the people in town. One of the reasons I was looking forward to reading Back to Us was for the secondary romance between another couple. The two liked each other from afar for about three years but never said anything until the second book, All for You. I was disappointed with the way their storyline played out. I know Back to Us is roughly 95,000 words, encompassing 243 pages, but I think this couple and the readers deserved more from their story. I would like to say Back to Us is a standalone read. However, I read a review where the person didn't read the first two books in the series. That person felt the book was a standalone, but still felt they were missing something. Having read the previous book and part of the first, I can see why someone would think they were missing something. I think you would definitely get more enjoyment out of Back to Us if you've read the previous books. You miss the true extent of the friendship between the main characters and secondary characters. As with all of her books, Christi Barth continues to show that true family is those people you want and allow to be a part of your life. All the characters have an extremely close relationship with each other which is one of the things I love about her books. **Received a free ARC in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.** Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews by Kim
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Back to Us by Christi Barth is the 3rd book in her Shore Secrets series. Piper Morrissey is our heroine, and she is best friends with the two previous heroines in this series. Ward Cantrell is our hero, and he is best friends with all three of the girls. For a long time, Piper and Ward were on the outs, since their breakup during their high school days, where she caught him cheating with another girl. Rather than ruin their group friendship, they remained civil to each other in front of the group. However, both Piper and Ward secretly still have feelings for each other, but neither will act on it. Piper has grown up to be more independent, and she helps run her family’s successful winery. Piper wants to honor her deceased grandfather, and add a line of port to the winery, which her father steadfastly denies. Ward runs a distillery, which he inherited from his deceased father that was in huge deb. He has fulfilled the debt, but is desperately trying to get a loan to help cover the cost of increasing and improving his business. When he finds out from his friends that Piper is still determined to start her dream, Ward uses this opportunity to try and win Piper back. He offers to lease her some unused land that he has, but there is a catch. She must date him for a month. Piper accepts the deal, as she still cares deeply for Ward, but does not want to get hurt again. What follows is a sweet delightful story of a second chance romance of two people who never stopped loving each other. It was fun, and funny at times to watch them rekindle their romance, and Ward’s determination to go slow, which has Piper doing all she can to to entice him. In the midst of their deal, Ward is offered something that could help give him money to do what he wants with the business, but at the same time it would hurt Piper. Will Ward hurt Piper again? The great thing about this series is that we get to spend a lot of time with all the characters in all three books of this series. It was a lot of fun, and it is this wonderful friendship that will help bring this to a happy ever after for all of them. Secret Shores is a fun series, with great couples. Christi Barth always gives us sweet delightful romances. I suggest you read this series, and start with the first book, Up To Me.