Published by Europa Editions ISBN 978-1-60945-247-6
Trade paperback, $16, 252 pages
Seth Greenland was a writer-producer on one of my favorite TV shows, Big Love, so when I heard that he had a recently published novel, I Regret Everything- A Love Story, I had to read it.
Jeremy Best is a 33 year-old trust and wills attorney in Manhattan. If that sounds like a boring job, he also writes poems under the name Jinx Bell, which doesn't sound like a poet's name to me, but it works for him.
He has minor success as a poet, and he is very good at his day job. So good that that the managing partner wants to offer him an early partnership, if he can settle a pesky matter with one of their biggest clients.
Spaulding Simonson is the nineteen-year-old daughter of said managing partner. She wanders into Jeremy's office and begins a conversation. The two have an immediate spark, and their banter is endearing. Spaulding is an intriguing young woman, and she is impressed that Jeremy is a poet.
Spaulding had a serious nervous breakdown and she has problems with her divorced parents. Neither of them really want her around, and after a fighter with her mother, she ends up living with her father's new family in suburban Connecticut.
I Regret Everything starts off strong right away with a great first paragraph, and doesn't let go from there. The language is poetic, as befits a novel about a part-time poet. And as befits a screenwriter and playwright, the writing is also compact. There are no wasted words here, no long-winded descriptions of people or place.
And yet, the characters and storyline are well-drawn. We understand fully who Jeremy and Spaulding are, and watching their relationship develop is enjoyable. After dreaming that he killed a Minotaur, Jeremy describes himself:
"The dream made no literal sense because I was a coward, incapable of attacking anyone with a cutting remark, much less a blunt object."Spaulding loved poems that rhymed because "it was a representation of order in the universe and that was something (she) craved." So Spaulding was attracted to Jeremy's poetry and Jeremy was intrigued by Spaulding's daring.
As circumstances throw them together, they are faced with obstacles (or else this wouldn't be a love story). The obstacles are serious enough to force them to really evaluate what they want in life.
I Regret Everything is a modern-day love story that feels like a classic romantic novel. I loved both Jeremy and Spaulding, and if you are a fan of classic novels like Jane Eyre, you will love I Regret Everything. And contrary to Jeremy's motto "never give in", I urge you to give in to this lovely story.
rating 5 of 5
Thanks to TLC Tours for putting me on Jeremy's tour. The rest of Jeremy's stops are here:
Seth Greenland’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, February 23rd: BookNAround
Thursday, February 26th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Friday, February 27th: Bookchickdi
Tuesday, March 3rd: Bell, Book & Candle
Friday, March 6th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Monday, March 9th: Broken Teepee
Wednesday, March 11th: 50 Books Project
Thursday, March 12th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Friday, March 13th: Storeybook Reviews – spotlight
Monday, March 16th: Unabridged Chick
Thursday, March 19th: Bibliotica
Thursday, March 19th: Book Dilettante
Monday, March 23rd: Peeking Between the Pages
Wednesday, March 25th: Bibliophiliac
Wednesday, March 25th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Date TBD: Life is Story