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“No regrets. That was our oath. Our promise.”
As she has done time and time again, K.K. Allen has beautifully and carefully wrought a story that pulls deep from your soul. Spinning off from her book, Over the Moon, Weight of Regret situates us in the camp immortalized in that former story. In this book, its hero, Anderson Bexley has renamed Camp Dakota to Camp Bexley and worked to remake it in the image of his and his brothers’ youthful dreams for their family’s camp. His heroine, Hope, is madly in love with him, but he fails to accept it, sending her away from the camp for a better life. Broken-hearted and spurned, Hope leaves for Seattle, intent on remaking her life in the big city. A year later, Anderson is ready to relaunch Camp Bexley, but he needs help in doing this. He asks his sister, Silver, for help, and she arranges for a PR firm to handle the re-opening. When a car arrives for his meeting with the PR company, out walks Hope. In their year apart, Anderson has pined for Hope, spending a year regretting his decision to reject her. When he sees her again, it’s a second chance to love her. However, the Hope that exits her car is not the same woman. Unlike Anderson, she has spent a year trying to forget Anderson’s rejection and make herself into a less emotionally available woman. Weight of Regret follows Anderson and Hope as they rekindle their love for each other and fight to keep it alive.
As she does so deftly in her stories, Allen shows her capacity for writing stories that burrow deep into your heart. Anderson and Hope’s story of second chances isn’t new, but Allen makes it feel fresh. Her heartrending prose is the catalyst for the emotional connection of her reader to the page. Add to that two characters who have lost and lived with regret (hence the connection to the title) that it feels imperative for them to find their happy ending. Yet, Allen makes them work for it, creating electric chemistry between Anderson and Hope that portends good things. Unfortunately, she requires an almost uncomfortable patience from her readers as they find their way. Her timing is impeccable, however, in this story. She asks her readers to work for it, simply to allow Anderson and Hope’s undying love to blossom to its depths.
Beyond Hope and Anderson’s beautiful coupling is a promise. Weight of Regret foreshadows future stories, keeping us at Camp Bexley for an indeterminate period of time. You see, Anderson and Hope’s initial miss on a relationship isn’t the only regret of this book. Anderson’s relationships with his brothers are fodder for K.K. Allen’s imaginative fire. And this is the true promise of this newest offering from K.K. Allen.
In love and romance,