Sunday, September 22, 2013

Review and Dream Cast for Back to Life by Danielle Allen!!

Sahara Lee has spent the last ten years living with the guilt of a tragic accident and its aftermath. That night irrevocably changed the outgoing, fun-loving college freshman into an introverted, workaholic with no social life. Sahara isolates herself from everyone and everything that reminds her of home in an effort to forget what happened. Using art as a substitute for love, Sahara throws herself into music and art as a way to feel something other than the guilt that haunts her. She accepts her lonely existence as penance for the role she played in the accident. That is, until she meets Tyree Barker, the good looking entrepreneur with baggage of his own.

Blindsided by a legal loophole, Sahara is suddenly forced to confront the past she’s been running from. Juggling the guilty feelings of her past and the unexpected feelings of her present, Sahara’s future becomes complicated as she heads down a path of forgiveness, love, and heartbreak…and not in that particular order.

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?



I really loved this book!  I felt horrible for Sahara Lee, because she had to endure something that most people don't have to endure.  For ten years she feels the guilt for what happened to her best friend and her best friends brother.

Because of this guilt, she changes the way people see her.  She's not the outgoing girl from college, and's she run from the people who love her.  She's now introverted, and she works a lot.  Her co-workers thinks she's cold, but it's more a wall that she's put up to protect herself.  

Everything changes when she meets Tyree Barker.  From the very beginning, there are no pretenses with him.  He makes it clear that he knows she's hurting, and haunted by a tragic incident in her past, but also tells her that he is there when she wants to tell him about it.  Sahara, at first, resists telling him, but with their growing feelings for each other, knows she has no other option.  She's scared, thinking he'll leave her once he knows the truth.  

To her surprise, he's there at her side the whole time holding her hand, telling her it's going to be ok.  I loved Ty completely!  He was her rock, and didn't allow to shut him out like she was so used to doing to everyone else she met.  Sahara didn't let anyone in, but I loved the fact that Ty was able to get through the wall she had erected around herself.  

I really enjoyed this book, and when I'm up late reading it, I know it's good!!  This book was about forgiveness more then anything.  Sahara had such a hard time forgiving herself for what happened to people she loved, she almost lost who she was in the process. Ty, helped her get through the darkness that surrounded her.  





I am a married event planner and life coach. My awesome friends and family and my amazing husband make my life sweet. I love to have fun and enjoy the life I’ve been blessed with. I love shopping and football with equal fervor. I’m an amateur movie critic (i.e. my husband and I watch and critique a lot of movies for fun). I love to read and I enjoy sharing my love of books with anyone who will listen. I love music. A good lyric with a good melody can paint a vivid picture and invoke such a range of emotions. I have a soft spot for most mediums of creative, artistic expression.

With degrees in psychology, human services, and marriage and family counseling, I have a unique perspective on life, love and the pursuit of happiness. As an author, I combine an active imagination and life experiences to create stories that are easily relatable and intentionally intriguing. I want to offer you a peek into someone else’s life and for you to get lost in their story, their trials, their triumphs. My ultimate goal is to create a character or a story that stays with you long after you’ve put the book down.

So in a nutshell: I plan. I teach. I read. I write. I watch. I critique. I shop. I play. I love.

To know me is to love me.


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