Sunday, March 27, 2016

Book Review: Ginger's Heart by Katy Regnery


Once upon a time there were two cousins:
one golden like the sun,
one dark like midnight,
one a protector,
one a predator,
one a Woodsman
one a Wolf…
both owning equal,
but different,
parts of a little girl’s heart.

In this modern retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood," the woodsman and the wolf are cousins, and Little Red is the girl with whom they both fall in love.

Beautiful Ginger McHuid, daughter of Kentucky's premiere horse breeder, grows up on her family farm, best friends with Cain Wolfram, the son of her father's Stallion Manager, and Cain's cousin, Josiah Woodman, son of a local banker. Throughout their happy childhood, the three are inseparable friends, but as they mature into adults, complicated feelings threaten to destroy their long history of friendship and love.

Ginger’s Heart

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Loving Ginger was as effortless as breathing, and no less fundamental. Had been since he was a kid, would be until he died.

What a journey....and when I say journey, I mean one that encompassed YEARS, starting when they were young kids up until they were adults. This was a beautifully painful, yet endearing journey. It wasn't the typical roller coaster we see with triangles, but more of a steady journey through time as we watched a young woman go through deeply emotional times to end up with her soul mate. This started out as young love....without a name; it was precious innocence and curiosity. But, what started out as an innocent fairytale transformed into the sexiness of a modern day romance. 

The fact that Ginger had so much hanging over her heart at all times was a true testament to her strength. She was a strong girl, but she was in a serious situation! She was stuck in between her heart and her mind. She had two men that loved her deeply. One that could give her stability and deep love while the other would be able to give her excitement and honest emotions. I love the fact that we got to explore these two different feelings she felt with Cain and Josiah, because we got to see every single POV. I think the best part about this book is that Katy captured the innocence of the fairytale behind the story and the grittiness of life and what it can offer in a triangle of epic proportions. 

The one thing that I still struggle with is the fact that we had all THREE points of view, but from the same scenes. While I LOVE multiple points of view, sometimes it felt redundant when we went over the exact same thing we did in the other two. But then, I sit back and take in the fact that writing the story this way allowed me to see what everyone was thinking and what they were going through as it was happening. On one hand, executed perfectly....on the other, it made the book that much longer. Either way, I became engrossed in the story by being able to get into each character's head and heart. 

Katy's fairytales are my favorite of hers; her words captivate me and she really knows how to bring out the beauty in them. She always provides such an escape for my heart with the worlds she creates. I love her words. They are simply beautiful. This book was heartfelt and the love that Ginger found in the end was the love that I had picked from the get-go, so it made me smile. The love that she ends up with is the love that is magnetic and energizing and toe curling. The very definition of true love.

Two cousins. One girl. Someone wins. And someone loses. 

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Katy Regnery, award-winning and Amazon bestselling author, started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract for a winter romance entitled By Proxy. 

Now exclusively self-published, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled Blueberry Lane Series which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story and Ambler families of Philadelphia, the four-book, bestselling a modern fairytale series, the standalone novel, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and a standalone novella, Frosted. 

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015, and four of her books: The Vixen and the Vet (a modern fairytale), Never Let You Go (a modern fairytale), Falling for Fitz(The English Brothers #2) and By Proxy (Heart of Montana #1) have been #1 genre bestsellers on Amazon. 

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.



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