Friday, December 6, 2019

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover ~ Review

From #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us comes a poignant 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.

Available 12/10 from 47North

This author is unique.  She says it herself that you can't put her in a genre box.  That's truth.  This books extends across many genres.  Chief among them is Women's Fiction.

This story revolves around a mother and daughter.  Having raised a daughter, I can relate to the complex relationship that develops between mother and daughter.  This mother doesn't want her daughter to make the same mistakes she had made.  The daughter has her own ideas.  The ensuing story pulled at the heart strings and showed off the strength of this author.

The characters are rich and real.  The first chapter is seventeen years ago and sets the stage, introducing the main characters and the struggle that face them.  Then the story moves quickly into the present.  But with a few more words and the characters are plunged into shock followed by pain.  They have to stare at that pain before they can consider whether they can even examine it.  It changes them all.  It works through the story as choices from that very first chapter wrap around them.  What can they possibly do?  It's an emotional ride, as is typical for this author.

This author takes real life problems and makes them more than real.  The reasons, the complications and the consequences all flow out into the open.  Some people never deal those things.  These characters face them.  I like that.  This authors books always make me think, question and wonder.

This is the kind of story that pulls you in and captures you in it's pages.  You just have to know what happens.  You cry for the characters.  You hope for them as they go through the fire to find the healing.  It is therapeutic. 

All CoHo fans will want to gobble this up.  And if you haven't read this author, you need to fix that soon.  She is amazing.



  1. I can't wait to read it. I love Colleen's books.

  2. I am really looking forward to this one! CoHo always delivers and I really like the premise here. Great review!

  3. Love that this is a mother-daughter story!

  4. This sounds like a story that will grip the heart. I can't wait to read it.

  5. She's probably my favorite author. I hate to just pick one, but she's so consistent. I know she'll never let me down.

  6. Thank you for the review. Going on my TBR