Wednesday 15 October 2014

Blog Tour ~ Review & Giveaway ~ Living with Regret (Rain #3) by Lisa De Jong

Book Description:

I had my whole life mapped out. Perfect guy. Perfect friends. Everything was exactly the way I wanted it.

That was until that night--the one I can’t remember. It’s all my fault, and now the memories are all I have left of him. Of us.

My guilt drowns me until Sam Shea steps back into my life and helps me to the surface. He slowly opens my heart and crawls deep inside before I even realize what’s happening. I know I don’t deserve him.

While I’m trying to get used to my new life, pieces of that night slowly start to come back to me. Lies and secrets shatter everything I thought I knew.

Maybe I’m not the only one living with regret.

Our Review:

**ARC received for honest review**

Reviewed by Donna ~3.5 Stars

“Choices. We make them every day, but this one…this one is one I’ll live to regret forever.”

This book lives up to its title; it is about a girl that has to learn to live with her regrets, even if they are not her regrets to have. Life throws its curveballs and it is up to the person to either dodge or get hit. Sometimes if you get hit, it hurts, but you get over it and move on, but sometimes moving on is the hardest thing to do. This is a book about moving on.

This is Rachel’s story, she has been with her boyfriend Cory for four years, she has her life mapped out, and he is the one, her forever. Sometimes life has other ideas and one day, everything she thinks she has and knows changes, now it is up to her to deal and remember. We have met Rachel and Cory in the previous books in this series and they did seem to be the perfect couple, the couple that everyone wanted to be, but sometimes looks can be deceiving.

Sam Shea has been friends with Rachel since they were little, they were neighbours. Sam has always been a rock in Rachel’s life and when the worst happens a friend is all you need. Sam was a beautiful character inside and out. He wore his heart on his sleeve even if Rachel was a bit blind to notice. It was obvious that Sam has loved her for an eternity. He always believed deep down in his soul that they were destined to be together, now fate has brought them together once again and he was determined to make the most of his chance.

“He turns my heart into a vibrant rainbow when the last few months it’s been a raging thunderstorm.”

Sam knew just what to do when it came to Rachel; they really were soul mates, even if life had separated them for a while. He knew when to get on her case and he knew when to give her space. I must admit, I did find Rachel infuriating at times and this meant that I found it hard to connect with her on the same level as I did with Sam.

“Life is like a sealed cardboard box. Some are full of wanted treasures, but others are just empty. That’s mine.”

I will say that I did find the plot predictable, I knew what had happened even before it was revealed, there was only one slight twist that I didn’t see coming. None the less, this was still a cute read with that element of suspense.

“Everyone deserves happiness, no matter what they’ve done or what’s been done to them. A great person once told me every day should be worth at least one smile. It’s not always easy but it’s true.”

We all have regrets, some are easier to forget and move on from, but you have to learn to let go and move on. The past is exactly that, the past, don’t dwell on it, you can’t change it just deal with it. Sometimes this is easier said than done and you have to go through the whole process of coming to terms with it and this book takes you on that journey with Rachel. Yes, it is difficult and mind blowing at times, guilt is such an intense and over bearing feeling but with friends, family and a lot of hard work you can make it happen.

“When you’re lost, the only thing left is to be found.
You can be lost in sadness and found in happiness.
Lost in regret but found in forgiveness.
The key to being found comes from within.
No one is going to hand it to you.
…Life isn’t meant to be that easy.”

I will say, I high-lighted a lot of this book. Lisa De Jong has a way with words that just had me sighing, beautiful, thought provoking lines that screamed “highlight” me. This whole series has been a really good read; the first book is still one of my all-time favourites.

“I think God created the stars to make believers out of all of us. But how brightly they shine…that’s up to us.”

Lisa De Jong is a wife, mother and full-time number cruncher who lives in the Midwest. Her writing journey involved insane amounts of coffee and many nights of very little sleep but she wouldn't change a thing. She also enjoys reading, football and music. She is the author of When It Rains, After the Rain, Plastic Hearts and Glass Hearts.

Contact:, @LisaDeJongBooks


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