Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond

The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Grace Bond
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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?  - Goodreads.com

This was such a cute, relaxing read.  I picked it up at Barnes and Noble and read half of it while sitting in the store before I finally took it home.  It was a bit different from what I was expecting.  With the "is he a celebrity in hiding" aspect, I thought I was going to get a cute little story about a girl dating a Hollywood hunk, but I got more than that.  There was some surprising depth to the story, and some lessons to be learned.

Brigitta's family and their belief system is pretty wide-open with a father who has recently took on a love of native american tradition that I just loved to see.  The encounter with the cougar and the babies was so cute, and I love how Brigitta and Luke bonded over their mutual care of the cubs.  This took the story in a serious direction and I loved what the author did with that.

By the time it's revealed whether or not Luke is the celebrity young actor Trent Yves, the answer almost doesn't matter, but I was happy and satisfied with the revelation.  I thought it turned out exactly right.

This was definitely an awesome summer read.  Just the thing!



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