Love is Never Lost; A Modern Fairytale #8
(A standalone within a series)
Publication Date: March 14, 2021
Genre/Tropes: New Adult/Modern Fairytale/Second Chance Romance
Author: Katy Regnery
Sleep – who needs sleep? Well, Rip did, but me? I couldn’t put this book down!! I loved every moment and didn’t regret staying up until all hours of the night!
The journey of Rip and Trina, and I’m talking the total journey from childhood to adulthood, was touching, devastating, emotional, and full of so much heart, Katy poured her entire soul into this book.
Every aspect that involves growing pains, whether you are navigating the popular side of social status or living in the world of social siberia just making it to graduation, Rip and Trina’s lives cross over and over leading up to graduation day. Their choices in young adulthood lead to major ramifications that forever change their path and their destiny.
Twenty years later Rip and Katrina’s lives are still entwined, but their social factors are much different, along with their family status’ and professional stations. Rip and Katrina have a lot of water under the bridge to wade through now that Rip is awake, but can things ever really be the same when the world has basically been on pause for twenty years?
I don’t normally stay up as late as I did reading, but I was completely transfixed by their journey. I couldn’t put it down until I finished every last word. Don’t miss Van Tassel and Van Winkle as they discover how to love in their new normal.
Sometimes, the journey is the love story.
On the night of his high school graduation, Ripley Van Winkle—local quarterback, prom king and all-around big man on campus—swan dives off the top of the Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse. . . and lands on jagged pile of rocks. Suffering massive brain trauma, Rip isn’t expected to live, but he somehow manages to beat the odds: most of his physical injuries heal, though he remains in a deep coma for the next twenty years.
When Rip awakens two decades later, he will need to relearn his body’s most basic functions, in addition to catching up on twenty years’ worth of history, progress and change.
Something called the “internet” has the answer to every question you could ever dream of asking, and people are reliant on mobile telephones smaller than a Walkman. His high school girlfriend is married with children, and he has an eighteen-year-old sister who was born while he was “sleeping.”
As Rip struggles to find his place in this strange, new world, one presence in his life will become both a beacon and guide: his childhood friend, Katrina Van Tassel. But Trina has a challenging adult life of her own, and there’s no guarantee she has space in her life or her heart from her one-time high school crush . . . Rip Van Winkle.
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