Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Review: Take This Regret by A.L. Jackson

Hi all!

Something not YA for a change :)




Author: A.L. Jackson
Series: Take This Regret #1
Release date: 5th of April 2012
Published by: Sapphire Star Publishing
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 298 in Paperback
Source: Gift

Summary:

There are some mistakes we make that we will regret for the rest of our lives. For Christian, it was the day he betrayed Elizabeth.

Christian Davison has a plan for his life. He is determined to become an attorney and to one day take his place as partner in his father’s law firm. Nothing will stand in his way, not even Elizabeth Ayers and their unborn child.

After Christian cuts her from his life, Elizabeth spends the next five years struggling to provide for her daughter and willing to sacrifice anything to give her child a safe, comfortable life.

For five years, Christian has regretted the day he walked away from his family and will do anything to win them back just as Elizabeth will do anything to protect her daughter from the certain heartache she believes Christian will bring upon them.

When Christian wrestles his way into their lives, Elizabeth is faced with asking herself if it is possible to forgive someone when they’ve committed the unforgiveable and if it is possible to find a love after it has been buried in years of hate. Or are there some wounds that go so deep they can never heal?

They say everyone deserves a second chance.

Review:

This was such an angsty read filled to the brim with angst and heartbreak and regret and redemption that I was moved and sad and happy every singe page. I’m a big fan of angst, but at times, it was such too much – not that it was a bad thing and not that it was out of place or unnecessary. Because it wasn’t.

Christian was the ultimate jerk, egomaniac and scaredy-cat when he shoved the best thing in his life right out the door when their first, but hugely significant obstacle was laid in front of them. Because of him not being able to deal and man up, Elizabeth was left to fend for herself and her precious baby, bearing scars that might never heal and let her lead a normal happy life. Most of the book is Christian, having finally come to terms with the single most idiotic misstep of his life, trying to reconcile with Elizabeth and get to know his daughter. And while yes, his act that brought about this whole misery was initially unforgivable, I really felt him trying to atone and his remorse through the book. The author did a great job of showing Christian’s regret and longing to be able to have his family back.

I liked that Elizabeth didn’t give into Christian too quickly as is the case too often, but then again, maybe it’s just me, but the constant push-and-pull did get a slightly frustrating and tiring at one point. Elizabeth was emotionally near to a cripple and this big battle was going inside her pro and against Christian, but she overreacted on a couple of occasions and that is why I wanted this war to end between those two as soon as possible. All in all though, the emotional rollercoaster was masterfully created and came across quite realistic. In addition, with the extra family drama in Christian’s life, there was a lot of tears, guilt, joy, misunderstandings and redemption to make this book a definite tearjerker.

Let’s not only talk about the negative: the notion and importance of family and a devoted support system was quite clearly highlighted in the book. Contrasting the families and friends of both Elizabeth and Christian is also significant and clearly distinguishable since both come from completely different homes and we can see how that has shaped them in the long run.

I didn’t like the fact that a lot of conflict could have been avoided by Christian and Elizabeth just getting their act together, sitting down, talking and actually hearing each other out. Communication is key, however painful the topic. Though, I have to compliment Elizabeth for not shutting him out of Lizzie’s life, which would have been the easier way out with the additional bonus of revenge. Then again without the characters acting irrationally there would be no story.

Characters:

Christian, despite his flaws and mistakes was actually quite a likable characters, if not for anything else, then for the way he groveled for Lizzie and really devoted himself to his daughter. This, of course, after he had a change of heart and some courage to help him take the necessary steps. I didn’t like how he focused exceptionally more on Lizzie than mending his relationship with Elizabeth, even tough, I do understand that the little girl takes priority.

Elizabeth was damaged and due to her hardships slightly paranoid and hostile in anything regards to Christian, which she had every right to. However, I don’t think she will be able to heal to an acceptable degree in time and that is sad yet realistic. She was a strong woman who managed to stand tall in the most difficult of circumstances.

Overall:

A very emotional read that tugs at your heartstrings. If you like angst, then this is definitely for you.




4 stars!

LIIS



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