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Review: Take this Regret by A.L. Jackson

August 29, 2012
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Published: July, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Pages: 242 (Paperback)

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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 unforgivable 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:
             
     Take This Regret is my first read by A.L. Jackson, and after finishing this, I can safely say that I'm very much intrigued about reading other works by her. I liked that most of her books have a lovers reunited theme, and once in a while I enjoy reading an emotional, heart-breaking, teary-eyed reunion of the meant-to-be-together couples. Yes, I'm a hopeless romantic that way. This what this book is basically about. Girl and guy are college sweethearts, they fight, breakup, meet after 5 years, work through their relationship, and BAM happy endings. The little twist in all the drama was the involvement of their little 5 year old girl, and her hopes of seeing both her parents happy. 

     Christian, and Elizabeth dated during their 4 years of college, and were on a path to become lawyers, but everything changes when Elizabeth becomes pregnant during her final year, and Christian asks her to choose between him & the child. That was the last Elizabeth saw of him until one day he comes to her doorstep five years later asking for a second chance. Christian has regretted the day he let Elizabeth walk out of his life, and every single day following that. He believes that he is now ready to meet his child and prove to Elizabeth that he is not the same person he was before, in hopes of getting his family back.

     I had mixed feelings about this book. There were some good things that I liked, and some bad decisions that I completely disagreed with, and a lot of unanswered questions, but at the end of the day I really liked it. The best part about Take This Regret was that it was told from both the protagonists' POV which really helped understanding Christian's character, and sympathizing with Elizabeth's. I know Christian comes off as a heartless jerk, and I was so mad at him throughout the first half of the book. The decisions he made were completely wrong, and at times cowardly, but hey everyone makes mistakes, and are lucky if they get second chance to correct them. Impossible as it may sound, he does manages to redeem himself. He takes his responsibility as a father with all sincerity, and was so loving towards his daughter, Lizzie. Their initial interactions were the turning point of his character, and it made me like him.

     Everything that happened with Elizabeth was unfair, and I can understand her fear of abandonment when it came to Christian. I feel bad for saying this, but I felt that at times she over-exaggerated, and blamed Christian for things when in reality it was her insecurity that kept her from being happy. I just wished she wouldn't have stretched the issue so much, and came to her senses way before than she did. That being said, I liked Ms. Jackson's writing, and it was so capturing that I couldn't put the book down. Take This Regret is one of the few books that have made me cry so bad that I had to take an Advil at the end. Just kidding, but it was pretty bad.

     I enjoyed reading Take This Regret by A.L. Jackson, and it is a really good one-time read. I said one-time because I just can't go through those emotions again, but if you are a sucker for reuniting stories, then this is a go-to book for you, just keep the tissues in hand.


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