**NOTE: This was one of the first reviews I ever wrote. I wrote it way before starting the blog and so it’s not nearly as long, in depth or detailed as my usual ones so I just wanted to take a moment and tell you that this is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS!!!!!! Seriously, few books have EVER reached in to my heart as deeply as this one did. I highly, highly recommend it! 🙂
“She was mine, had always been, and I’d always been hers. Despite what I’d done, the wounds I’d inflicted, she had always been mine…. our hearts had been tied, our bond one that neither of us could ever escape.“
WOW!! This is an achingly beautiful, heart wrenching book about a second chance at love and with an wonderfully sweet HEA that tugged at ALL my heart strings!!
The level of emotion it pulled out of me right from the beginning was so strong and intense! I read most of it either with a huge lump in my throat or in tears (most often happy tears since the point of this book is about healing).
Just the way it is written makes you feel everything that they are going through in a very realistic way. Puts you right there with the characters.
Five years ago, when Elizabeth told Christian that she was pregnant with his child, he made her choose between him or the baby. He had a plan for his life, and that plan does not have room for a child. But in the face of his betrayal and despite being cut from his life, Elizabeth struggles to provide the best life she can for their daughter. And for this whole time, Christian lives on regretting his decision. In the present day, he finds himself in a supermarket, staring into the eyes of a little girl that he just knows is his daughter and every bit of regret that he spent the last five years trying to push away come crashing to the surface and he realizes that he will do everything in his power to win his family back. He finds himself drawn to his little black-haired, blue eyed daughter, to the love he feels for her mother, his achingly deep regret at how he treated and abandoned her when she needed him most and he knows, with every fiber of his being, that he will do everything in his power to make things right.
The story is told in alternating perspectives between Christian and Elizabeth, which is vital to this story, because otherwise Christian would just come off as a really big jerk. But being able to see into his mind allows the reader to understand the damage done to him in his past that made him make the mistakes he did and show how he comes to the realization that he needs to make things right. It also shows us the healing process that Elizabeth goes through learning again to trust the man who, though she still loves him, betrayed and abandoned her and broke her heart.
I loved seeing all the effort Christian into fixing his relationship with the love of his life and with his daughter – it brought me to tears so many times!! I loved how grateful and respectful he was for every inch Elizabeth gave him. How much he treasured every moment spent with his daughter. How patiently he waited for Elizabeth to learn to trust him again. And how he did everything in his power to win back her heart, earn back her trust, and put his family back together.
This book was basically all about the healing process that Christian, Elizabeth, and their daughter Lizzie go through… And about a “love as intense as the one we shared, one that had not dimmed through years of betrayal but had only grown…”
The story is fully relationship and family-centric. There is no bad guy, no evil ex’s, no external drama or anything to deter from the characters’ journey.
I cried, I laughed, this book touched my heart and I will never forget this story <3
It was an absolutely beautiful read that is definitely going on my favorites shelf!
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Note: Take This Regret can be read as a standalone.