From the publisher:
The #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller that People Magazine calls “a poignant, addictive read.”
From #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us comes a novel about family, first love, grief, and betrayal that will touch the hearts of both mothers and daughters.
Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.
Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.
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. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.
While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.
There is a lot to unpack in this book but it’s too good to ruin with spoilers. You get the gist of it from the publisher’s synopsis, but I will suffice it to say that there is so much more to this story. The characters come to life on the page, and the relationship between Morgan and Clara rings true. While there is a bit of romance, this is essentially a story about family, what brings them together and what can rip them apart. I read this in one day and was so sorry when I turned the last page.
My only criticism is that some of the details were not addressed, and the thing that could have resolved at least some of it was destroyed. I had a hard time believing that someone would do that. Other than that minor quibble, this is another excellent read from one of my favorite authors.
REGRETTING YOU by Colleen Hoover. Montlake (December 10, 2019). ISBN 978-1542016421. 365p.
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