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Jan 14, 2012

Book Review: Take This Regret by Amy Lichtenhan

Take This Regret

Author: Amy Lichtenhan
Category: Romance
Publication date: Jul 28, 2011
Pages: 250
ISBN (paper): 978-1-61213-050-7
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-61213-051-4

Book Blurb:

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.

My Thoughts:

Take This Regret is another emotional and more realistic book from a very gifted author Amy Lichtenhan

This is a book about real life, about mistakes and second chances. 

Christian and Elizabeth, a young college, crazily in love with each other couple, had their plans in life iron out and everything seems to be going their way perfectly, but what happens when life decided to give them an unplanned gift? Elizabeth accepts it while Christian, the love of her life sacrificed her and the child for his dream of becoming an attorney.

After five years of regretting the choices he made, Christian's life feels empty even with all the success he has achieved. And now he was given the second chance he craves, he found Elizabeth and his child, the only question is if Elizabeth can still open up her heart to the man who shattered it?

I loved reading this book! I swear! The story is great and more realistic. It's full of angst and intense emotions. I appreciate how the author wrote this book in different POVs because through it, as I read, I could understand and clearly feel the turmoil of emotions that the two main protagonists went through.

The characters are not perfect at all and to tell you the truth most of the time I wanted to get inside the book and just hit their heads together because their actions just plain frustrates me but I guess that's also one of the reasons why I loved reading this book. Christian and Elizabeth seemed more real to me and their actions are real reactions of SOME people (not saying ALL because some people would and some people wouldn't) given the circumstances they were in. They were not the self sacrificial kind of people. Christian is probably the best example of a biggest jerk in this planet when he made Elizabeth choose between him and keeping the baby. I agree with the others, that is just plain mean and irresponsible but let's all be honest that this happens in real life. There are so many 'Christian' out there who probably regrets that they were ever this mean to the mother of their child, that they let their shallow dreams of success, their fears or whatever it is, hinder them from being a husband and a father, that they abandoned what most likely would have been the most precious gift they could ever received, and this what I loved most in this book, Ms. Amy Lichtenhan gave us a peek inside their heads through writing Christian. We get to see how Christian regrets his choices and how sad and hurt he was living with the consequences of the choices he made. We get to see a man who regrets his actions deeply, a man who longs for a second chance.

And then there was Elizabeth, the mother of the child who stood by her decision to let her baby live even without a father, even if it means throwing away her dreams and living without the man she loves. Some people who has read the book hates Elizabeth but I think most of them forgets that Elizabeth was hurt first. I'm not saying her actions are logical and fair because I assure you most of her actions pertaining to Christian coming back in their lives are selfish but I don't think I can really blame her because she was hurt and destroyed by the what Christian did and she doesn't trust this man not to hurt her again even if she still loves him.  

This book is more realistic because the characters are not perfect, they made selfish decisions just like real people makes selfish decisions at one point in their lives. At times we became the biggest and meanest jerks because we were scared and unsure so we lash out without thinking just like what Elizabeth and Christian did in this book. We make mistakes and choose the wrong choices just like they did and Ms. Amy Lichtenhan wrote it perfectly. She wrote it as she sees it in human nature. She made this two main protagonist as real as the person sitting next to you is and I just loved it.

This is not your typical romance. This is a bumpy romance with a lot of ups and downs that makes you want to pull your hair out but it will surely make you believe in second chances and how love can withstand the mistakes of the past.

About the Author:

author_picAmy Lichtenhan first discovered her love of writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends, and with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel, Pulled. 

Amy resides in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three beautiful children, and feels blessed to have the freedom of working from home.  Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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