January 7, 2012

Take This Regret

by Amy Lichtenhan
Contemporary Fiction

Elizabeth and Christian are college sweethearts. Their love is going strong until an unexpected life sends them into a tailspin that threatens to blow them both off course.

Elizabeth announces she is pregnant, expecting Christian to accept the surprise thrown their way, but he doesn’t want the baby. Christian rashly declares they should have it ‘taken care of’ to avoid rearranging their life, school and career plans. Their sudden and painful split takes them on a lengthy journey of heartbreak and regret.

After five years, Elizabeth and Christian meet again at a crossroads, striving to find a way to make their separate paths meld—for the sake of their child. Elizabeth has major trust issues (understandably) and Christian regrets his selfish decisions of the past and struggles to overcome them and make things right.

Pros: This story portrays honest emotions that aren’t overdone or exaggerated for ‘dramatic effect.’ The characters feel real, and aren’t predictable. The decisions made are understandable, the heartbreak palpable, and the story memorable.

Cons: There are a few grammatical issues throughout.

Overall: To put it plainly, this is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I love a book that makes me feel a myriad of emotions and this one did that incredibly well. The author’s writing style is velvety smooth—seeping into my psyche and absorbing me into each page. The characters (even the supporting cast) are nicely developed, the imagery is vivid, and the story will stay with me for quite some time.

Cover: Like it
Title: Like it
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop
Pages: 224
Pace: Smooth and Steady
First line(s): “Christian, let go!” Elizabeth struggled to untangle herself from the arms wrapped around her waist.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the LibraryThing Early Reads program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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