Estelle: Returning to Shore by Corinne Demas

Returning to Shore by Corinne DemasReturning to Shore by Corinne Demas ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: March 8, 2014
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Pages: 208
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: parents, summer, remarriages
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!)

Summary: Clare is not exactly thrilled with her mother’s decision to marry for the third time. Thankfully (or not?) her mom is off to her fancy honeymoon and Clare is off to spend a summer in a seaside town with her father, a man she hasn’t seen since she was 3 years old. She’s not exactly what is in store for her summer, if her and her father will even get along. But without much choice, she’s about to find out.

There was something so quiet about Returning to Shore. Not many action packed scenes, instead the distant lap of the tide in the background as a father unsteadily attempted to bridge a gap with his estranged daughter, teaching her the routines of the sea turtles and hence, his research in the small town he grew up in.

Clare was already filled with emotions on her way to Cape Cod. Not only was she not entirely thrilled with her mom’s new pick for a husband but she was also mourning the loss of a yet another person in her life. Someone her mom chose to leave; someone Clare wished to be a “real” daughter to. Even though there was a lot of feeling to go around at the start of Returning to Shore, Corinne Demas gave us a character wading through her all this change and uncertainly in a thoughtful, calmly-paced manner.

Even when Clare was suddenly in a car with her father, Richard, and living in his home for the summer, the situation was  never highly dramatic. Instead the two danced around one another, slowly getting to know who the other had become. The bond between them was gradual and almost so silent, you had to really pay attention to see that it was happening. Clare was super insightful and also very careful but I also applauded her when she openly asked for honesty from Richard. She didn’t go into a summer with him thinking there would be a happily ever after, but she wasn’t against having a relationship with him either.

Returning to Shore explored acceptance, rediscovering connections, and love in this vividly painted portrait of a summer between two people who are essentially strangers, learning to be a father and a daughter. I’m not sure if this book would be everyone’s cup of tea but it felt like a surprise gem in my pile of books. So much observation and feeling packed into a short novel laced with purposeful scenes and lots to learn about the wonderful sea turtle (and how their behaviors can sometimes parallel our own).

There was one thing I was left to wonder (and hoped to be true): would Clare’s relationship with her mother change once she returned home?

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Shelve It: Upcoming Nook/Kindle Reads

weekly feature to share the books magan and estelle are adding to their bookshelves each weekIt’s Sunday! Woo!

Just wanted to express our heartfelt thanks to all of you who left us comments, tweeted us, etc. for our 2-year blog anniversary. We have definitely been riding a high all week, and even more so because our first Twitter Chat was absolutely so much fun and we can’t wait to do it again. So big hugs to those who chatted with us for close to 2 hours using the #rbrbash hashtag. It was so fun to hear what people love about books, what guys they like over Zac Efron (we are still crying over this) and what you look for in blogs you read and your own blogging habits. Hopefully we can do another chat soon!

No v-logs today for Shelve It, but instead we are going to highlight some upcoming releases that will be hanging out on our eReaders in the next few months. Not only is it crazy to believe that the new year is going to get here before we know it, but April books available to read? It’s like an early Christmas present! An early spring! An early everything!


Ink is Thicker than Water by Amy Spalding
Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
Big Sky Secrets by Linda Mael Miller (cowboy romance!)


Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Going Rogue (Also Known As novel) by Robin Benway


Something Real by Heather Demetrios
Curl Up and Dye by Sharon Sala (adult lit!)


The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry
Returning to Shore by Corinne Demas
The Other Way Around by Sashi Kaufman
The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner


Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Far from You by Tess Sharpe
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer

So much goodness to look forward to! I know we are going to concentrate a lot on mixing new releases and older book in the coming year so it’s going to be really fun to not only read these upcoming books but also explore our bookshelves for some favorites we didn’t even know we had.

What books are you most looking forward to in 2014? Are you changing up what you read at all?


In case you missed it:

We have two giveaways going on right now: 40 books for 4 winners | The Perfect Match, great romance novel!

On the blog this week:

Reviews for If I Lie by Corrine Jackson | Fault Line by Christa Desir | The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis


Thanks for visiting! Have a great reading week!