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’s not much to say about this one – it’s full of secrets, longing, and teenage angst with an incredibly sweet edge to it all. This is exactly what I was in the mood for, so it worked perfectly.
Full of men doing all the right things to make up for those who don’t. Jonah and Miller are incredibly strong male characters in very different ways. Jonah is reserved and long-suffering, burying his feelings to protect the people he cares for. Miller is over-the-top romantic cheese in the best way. Since Morgan and Clara were all caught up in what was going on in their lives (and rightfully so), we needed the boys to change the mood a lot; Jonah and Miller both played essential roles in keeping this story moving.
Both relationships had a little too much drama, but it’s to be expected – at least with everything else going on in the story, it made sense. I was impressed with Morgan’s goal to protect Clara despite how it may blow back on her. I also appreciated Clara’s ability to hold space for Morgan‘s experience of learning some pretty terrible information while also dealing with this information herself.
Despite the death, grief, and infidelity, Regretting You is more lighthearted than the last few CoHo books I’ve read (Verity, Without Merit, and It Ends with Us) which I appreciated. She writes this kind of narrative well – sweet relationships with a little (but not too much) complexity to keep it interesting. Add a little twist here and there because nothing turns out the way you expect until it does. Predictably unpredictable.