‘Regretting You’ by Colleen Hoover

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike. With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident.’

Wow wow WOW. I never expected to love this as much as I loved my first Coho book ‘Confess,’ but low and behold, Regretting You has just topped the charts. I am utterly, inexplicably obsessed with this book. I can’t quite find the right words to explain this to you without giving too much away because there are a range of twists and turns along the way, which from the slightest hint, it could give away. And that’s no fun!

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The first chapter takes place with a young Morgan, allowing us to gather background info on her pregnancy & the relationships that will later surround her, particularly with Chris (husband), Jenny (sister) and Jonah (Chris’s best friend & Jenny’s Fiancée). This is followed by the intertwining stories of now present Morgan and her 16 y/o Clara, with each chapter swapping between the two of them narrating in first person. When beloved father and husband Chris, the glue that holds them together, is involved in a tragedy, both women’s lives are turned upside down. The accident uncovers harsh truths that contradicts everything Morgan has ever known, as she then must battle with acceptance, a ‘forbidden’ love, and hiding these new, harsh realities from her daughter. Morgan can only find solace in the one person she always loved but could never have.

Clara blames herself for the accident. As she continues to take her guilt out on her mum, the cracks in their relationship begin to worsen. The only one who understands her is Miller Adams, the ‘bad boy’ that her Dad warned her about. But Miller Adams is far from bad. He’s kind, selfless and, oh wait, he has a girlfriend. Too bad, Clara!

I have to say, if you love romance, drama and a novel that will make you laugh, smile and bawl your eyes out, then this one HAS to be for you. Colleen Hoover, I salute you. Regretting You is an easy read for you to binge with a cup of tea and a load of choccy biscuits.

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