Ginger’s Heart by Katy Regnery. A Must Read!

“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.”

*** Warning – The prerequisite for starting this book ~ a large box of tissue!!!! ***

So by reading the blurb you know that there are two guys and one girl in this scenario. They both fell in love with the princess. Not everyone will win this little game call love … so who will she choose? Sound simple right? NOT SO MUCH!!! Secure your seat belt and get ready for an emotional roller-coaster ride…
I normally don’t go for the love triangle plot – it is not my favorite type of book. But Ginger’s Heart is not a typical love triangle like you would expect. Emotionally, yes! I promise there is no cheating, physical, sexual, threesome, “bed hopping”, or otherwise. So, those of you who don’t like love triangle romance please give this book a try with an open heart and mind. You will not be disappointed.

“You gave your heart to me. I want to give my whole life to you.”

Ginger grew up with Cain and Woodman. They were all childhood friends. Ginger’s is the princess and they were her princes. The boys adore her and she loves them both equally. Everything changed though at her 12th birthday party. Cain, even though has been bedding his way through town, felt his heart flutter for the first time kissing Ginger’s cheek on her birthday. At the same time, Woodman took claim of Ginger – he gave her the cutest bracelet with his heart attached – he loves her with all his might, always have been, and always will be. At 15 years old, Cain kissed Ginger and broke her heart for the first time; Woodman swoops in, saved the day and took her to the homecoming dance. At 18 years old, Ginger’s poured her heart to one man she always longed for – he stomped on it and threw it away like yesterday trash. She ran into Woodman’s open arms and she made her choice. Fast forward 3 years, one week before what supposed to be the happiest day of her life – strategy strikes. She lost her best friends. Ginger found herself alone without the man who loves her fiercely and without the man she always loved. Ginger’s life is now reduced to nothing but loneliness, longing, guilt, regret, lost, and sorrow. Where does she go from here?

“I love you.”
“I love you so much that I’ll let you go because I can’t make you happy, baby.”
“And I’m sorry.”

I always love Katy’s writing – captivating and simply stunning. There were no short of tension, angst, passion, and heartbreak in this book. But there is also love – lots of love between family, friends, lovers. Ginger’s Heart is emotionally taxing, thought-provoking, and heart-wrenching read. It’s one of those storyline that you will not forget years to come.  I laughed, bawled my eyes out, frustrated, angry, sad, and happy but it’s all so worth it at the end. I thought it was genius that Katy has all three point of view because I love to see all three of the main characters’ thoughts and feelings. If I have to be picky, there were occasional repeats of scenes in each person point of view so a couple of times I thought I already read that page but eventually I caught on. The characters are deeply complex. I love Woodman – he is so kind, caring, loving, a good friend, a perfect southern gentleman, and a town hero. He deserves so much more. Cain – I just absolutely adores him. Cain is a little troubled, broken, and misunderstood but underneath all that roughness he is a good guy at heart. He is loyal to a fault even if it costs him his own happiness. Ginger is young and innocent. She tries to make good decisions but she frustrates me at times because I felt she was giving mix signals to both Cain and Woodman. Ginger loves both of her best friends differently – it’s just a complicated kind of love. I don’t know if it’s because Ginger has a deeper connection with Cain, but she is the only one that sees Cain for who he really is before anyone could. She always did bet on the right horse :). Unexpectedly, life threw a curved ball and everyone have to change and accept the responsibility of being a grown up. Woodman – he is just away for a while. Cain became a man he feels is worthy of Ginger’s love and to finally deserves to be happy. Ginger became a strong, independent woman who accepted her mistakes and learned to forgive herself. It’s true they say you can’t choose who you love, and we learn to accept the love we think we deserve.

“I’ve been in love with you for most of my life, princess. And I promise you, here and now, there’s only you for me.”

This book is no way a light read. Two parts gutted me the most – the fire and the letter. I almost could not breathe. Katy took me on an emotional, heart wrenching life journey of three friends who endure love, lost, sacrifice, healing, redemption, and acceptance. Quite the journey, I feel every bit of their emotional roller coast but it’s so worth it. Then the epilogue – God, I LOVE it – read it twice. This bitter-sweet happy ever after ending put all the broken pieces of my heart back together again. Thank you for that! I adore you Katy! I highly recommend this heartbreakingly beautiful modern fairly tail book. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this story.  Give it one-click guys!!!!

“Thank you for lovin’ me.”
“Thank you for lettin’ me love you.”

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