Take This Regret was a beautiful yet heartbreaking story of love getting a second chance. This one made me cry and when I say cry, I really mean air gasping sobs. It was written so beautifully that I got so completely attached and felt every emotion that the characters felt. With this, I had to rate it at a phenomenal 5 stars.
Christian and Elizabeth are both very driven law students. Just as they were finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with regards to school, Elizabeth finds out she is pregnant. But a baby doesn’t fit into Christian’s plan. More importantly, a baby doesn’t fit into the plan of his overbearing, snotty, self-absorbed parents. Christian decides to put Elizabeth in the position of choosing between him and the baby. So ends their relationship.
Five years pass. Christian has become a successful lawyer in his dad’s firm and Elizabeth has struggled to provide for their child on her own. Though so much time has passed with no contact, Christian has never forgotten or regretted his decision five years ago. Now, work has brought him to San Diego, Elizabeth’s hometown. Quickly, he runs into a little girl who captures his heart at first sight. So sure that this is his daughter, he begins to seek out Elizabeth.
Christian’s arrival turns Elizabeth’s world upside down. She has never lost her feelings for him. But anger overwhelms her. She is so worried that he will just disappoint her again and even worse, disappoint their daughter. While guarded, she allows Christian back into her life for her daughter’s sake.
This was such an amazing and emotional story. I wanted so badly to hate Christian but I couldn’t. The alternating perspectives allowed me to relate so deeply with each character. While Christian had made so many bad decisions, we got to see the torment that he went through because of them.
Immediately after finishing Take This Regret, I got onto A.L. Jackson’s website to find out about other books of hers. What struck me was the slogan at the top: “tragic beginnings…fairytale endings.” That is a perfect way to sum up Take This Regret. Christian and Elizabeth’s story started out so tragic but the ending was absolutely beautiful. This one is very high on my recommendation list.