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Friday, May 18, 2012

Book Review: The Summer of No Regrets


Author: Katherine Grace Bond
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

The day Brigitta accidentally flings herself into the lap of a guy she's never met, her friend Natalie is convinced he's Trent Yves, egotistical heartthrob-in-hiding. When the boy, who calls himself Luke, is nearly eaten by a cougar, Brigitta finds herself saving his life, being swept into his spectacular embrace and wondering if she wants Natalie's fantasy to be true.

As the two spend the summer together raising orphaned cougar cubs, Brigitta still can't be sure of his true identity. But then again, since her grandparents' death, her father's sudden urge to give away all their possessions and become a shaman, and her own awkward transition from girlhood into a young woman, she isn't sure of anything. What is the truth? More importantly, can she accept it?


I am drawn to the majesty of crashing ocean waves. The ocean has always felt like such a magical place to me where romance and adventure were just waiting to take place. When I saw the cover of this book I thought back to every summer vacation that I have ever spent at the beach, and wondered how many summer loves did I miss out on? I was enticed by the two young lovers on the cover because they looked like they have a fabulous story to tell. The orange and pink hues in the background alluded to the perfect sunset and I immediately added this book to my wishlist!


After reading so many reviews of this book online I had to tear into the pages myself and see what all the fuss was about over the baby cougars! I found it. The story line immediately captured my heart and all day today, I literally DID NOT put the book down. I was so wrapped up in this story that is unlike any other young adult romance novel that I have read thus far. The lines, characters, and plot were not predictable and with the turn of each page I was sitting on the edge of my seat dying to know what would take place next.

The cougar cubs were just an added spark to this firework show! They made the story complete and reading about Brigitta and Luke and how they were so determined to nurture and care for them just warmed my heart. I have such a soft spot for animals and Brigitta is just like me in that aspect. She was kind, soft spoken, and had such a genuine nature. The cubs were so drawn to her and that made the story even better to read. The cubs really helped Brigitta see who she was becoming as a person.

I loved watching Brigitta develop into a mature young lady. She was on a path for self discovery throughout the entire book, and by the end I, as the reader, felt that by allowing herself to open up the world around that she had somewhat came to a better understanding about herself and who she wanted to be. Her relationship with Luke allowed her to open up more and to share who she really was with someone that she actually cared about. I did not understand her relationship with her parents at times and sometimes found myself feeling sorry for Brigitta because I felt, just like she did, that she was all alone.

What made this story so special you may ask? The love and romance that developed between our two leading characters in this story was not superficial, but yet they bonded over something that they each cared about and something that had the power to hold and bind them together. I believe that their passion and dedication to one another and to those cubs helped them to be able to rely on and trust each other wholeheartedly. When reading and purchasing this book be prepared to feel several emotions all at once and I cannot promise that you will not cry, but, my sweet readers, I can promise that it is all worth it! With much pride and admiration I comment Katherine Bond for a job well done and a story well written; I am looking forward to many more from her.

This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 






5 comments:

Kristin said...

interesting! it sounds like a different type of book especially with the whole finding the cougar cubs and raising them, I might just have to check this one out!

Have a great weekend!
Kristin

Kelley Lee said...

I am glad you liked it. I might have to give this one a chance now. The blurb leads me to believe it is a little bit sappy. Otherwise, I have to say I am so drawn to the animal concept. If you say it is this good though I will add it to my amazon list. Thanks for the review and for visiting me at my blog!

Kelley Lee
Reading to Stay Alive

Ethan said...

Great review! You may be interested in reading The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan. The story follows a young woman as she attempts to survive after a shipwreck. It also details a murder trial and provides some interesting insights into the world during the early 20th century. I am currently hosting a giveaway of the novel, so follow the link below if you are interested. Thanks for your insightful reviews.
-Ethan
http://e135-abookaweek.blogspot.com/2012/05/lifeboat-by-charlotte-rogan.html

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

I've seen this book everywhere, I've been wondering about the hype and your review has definitely shown that the hype is right about this book. I know what you mean about the cover taking you back to summers at the beach (I feel the same way!). Great review, definitely more interested in reading this one now.

Sophie said...

Wow, what a lovely review! I had seen this book before, but now I think I have to give it more priority. It just sounds so cute! Now I have a new book to add to my Summer reads :)

All the animals and bonding over them sounds really good. And the main character's development! I love it when we see the characters change.

Again, great review! Hoping to read this really soon :)

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