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Take This Regret (Take This Regret, #1) - A.L. Jackson,  Amy Lichtenhan Christian and Elizabeth were college sweethearts in New York with a promising future and dreams of going to law school. One day their lives are rocked with the news of Elizabeth's pregnancy and upon revealing this to Christian, he immediately told her to "get rid of it" seeing that this unexpected turn of events is going to be in the way of their studies and their careers. Elizabeth, however, has decided to keep the baby, even if it means losing Christian. She is pregnant and heartbroken and had to withdraw from classes due to her delicate condition. Meanwhile, he graduates and moves on with his life.

Fast forward to 5 years later, Christian moves to San Diego to work for his father in his new West Coast law firm. He goes to the grocery to pick up food and finds himself staring at this beautiful dark-haired, blue-eyed little girl who stares back at him. He gets the feeling that he knows this girl somehow and the thought that this kid might be his enters his mind. This is later confirmed when he and Elizabeth cross paths again.

I thought this was a beautifully written, realistic, heartbreaking and heart-fluttering contemporary romance. Even though their reconciliation was realized only at the last few pages of the book, I never felt the story was slow-moving. The author does a wonderful job of taking us into the minds of both Christian and Elizabeth and made us feel ALL their feelings, their hurt, their regrets, their fears and their hope. Even though Christian acted like a jerk in the beginning, you can't help but root for him and for Elizabeth to give him another chance. I loved how he pursued his family patiently, only taking what was given to him, and taking those opportunities graciously. He admits his faults and matures into a responsible father to their daughter. He didn't rush Elizabeth with a reconciliation even though he wanted nothing more than to be together with her again. Overall, I found this book to be a great story of second chances, forgiveness and healing.