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"Swoon. Sigh. Beautiful, gorgeous love story. You renew my faith in true love, Katy Regnery. And a brilliant take off on the little mermaid. People are going to love this one." --Mia Sheridan, New York Times bestselling author of Archer's Voice
From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a new twist on a beloved fairytale.
In this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid, a fisherman's daughter from an Outer Banks island untouched by time, meets the son of the North Carolina governor at a fancy party where she is working. Laire, who wants more from life than her little island can offer, is swept away by wealthy, sophisticated Erik, who is, in turn, entranced by her naiveté and charm. The two spend a whirlwind summer together that ends on the knife-point of heartbreak and forces them to go their separate ways. Years later, when fate finds them together once again, they will discover the terrifying depth of the secrets they kept from each other, and learn that shattered hearts can only be healed by a love that willfully refuses to die. All novels Katy Regnery's ~a modern fairytale~ collection are written as fundraisers. 10% of the e-book sales for in March and April 2017 will be donated.
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Review by Anne Milne
There are a few authors giving fairy takes their own spin in books just now, but for me, no one does it better than Katy.
This is simply beautiful, the characters, the setting, the story, but mostly the writing. Katy writes in such a way that you feel like your there, you can smell the ocean, her words are evocative.
Laire is a fisherman's daughter who lives a sheltered life on the island of Corey. She's such a sweet girl, but very naive. Not just to the outside world, but she knows nothing about men. Erik is the sophisticated Governors son who sweeps her off her feet. I loved how gentle he was with Laire when explaining about the opposite sex. He took his time and didn't pressure her or rush her to explore their feelings for each other.
They spend a summer falling in love, but when the summer ends they are tragically torn part. When they meet up years later can they get past all the secrets, lies and past hurts to have a future - or is an HEA not in their future?
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Review by Becky Rendon
I'm a sucker for fairytales, romances, and well the combination of the two is just perfect. So it's no stretch of the imagination that I jumped on board to read Don't Speak. It doesn't hurt that I am a fan of several of the authors works. But I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
In general, re-tellings make me nervous. An author is taking a much loved tale and tweaking it, changing it, molding it to their story. It can go one of two ways- utter disaster or smile inducing joy. Clearly, Katy Regnery has mastered the smile inducing joy if my face splitting grin is any indication.
Laire, a clever and sweet nod to the fairytale being portrayed, was the perfect name. Don't Speak is a beautiful tale with enough of an emotional rollercoaster to leave you breathless. Is it hard to guess which direction the story will be going? No and even so, with the foreshadowing, the warning bells going off in your head, it still hurts.
But it's better to have loved and lost...right? Not sure myself, but that's what they say. They also say time heals all wounds. Sounds like more bull...
Regardless of what you believe, Laire and her Prince had a magical romance. Ursula, the sea witch, has a pivotal role in the turning point of said romance. King Triton was not forgotten. Sebastian and Flounder were present. The inclusion of characters/friends from the story were done so well and it was a joy to see them.
It's funny. I have previously purchased the whole series and yet this is the first one I've read. Obviously, I have great taste but lousy follow through! It's my goal to read the others now that I know I will not be disappointed. I can't wait to experience my childhood favorites in a new grown up way!
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Review by Sam Lewis
This review of Don't Speak by Katy Regnery is for The Sweet Spot Sisterhood Blog. This is the first book that I have read by this author. The blurb had me intrigued.
From New York Times bestseller Katy Regnery comes a new twist on a beloved fairytale.
A fisherman’s daughter.
The governor’s son.
Two very different worlds.
In this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid, a fisherman’s daughter from an Outer Banks island untouched by time, meets the son of North Carolina’s governor at a fancy party where she’s working.
Laire, who wants so much more from life than her little island can offer, is swept away by wealthy, sophisticated Erik, who is, in turn, entranced by her naiveté and charm. The two spend a whirlwind summer together that ends on the knife-point of heartbreak and forces them to go their separate ways.
Years later, when fate leads them back to one another, they will discover the terrifying depth of the secrets they kept from each other, and learn that shattered hearts can only be healed by a love that willfully refuses to die.
Don't Speak is a modern day retelling of my favorite children's classic, The Little Mermaid set in The Outer Banks of North Carolina. Regnery captures the authentic lingo and laid back atmosphere of coastal North Carolina. The main characters come from 2 totally different worlds and she highlights that perfectly.
Don't Speak is the story of Laire (yes that is Ariel's letters rearranged), a fisherman's daughter and Erik, the Governor of North Carolina's son. They meet when Laire makes a delivery for the family business, King Triton Seafood to Erik's parent's house for a party. Yes, there are other Little Mermaid references. Erik's mother's name is Ursula and Laire's boss at the restaurant is Mrs. Sebastian just to name a couple. Laire and Erik fall in love that summer, but are eventually ripped apart. What will happen when they find out? I'm not telling. I don't want to give anything away. You will have to read for yourself. Trust me, you will love it just as much as I did.
Reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood
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Review by AnessaRenee
I think most of us girls are suckers for the fairy tales we grew up with. But as we get older we still love those stories but also want them to be more realistic and to our taste. And let me tell you this version of the little mermaid definitely lived up to my expectations. I can't wait to see her take some of my other fairytales and favorites. I don't want to repeat anything or give anything away. This is a book you want to read.
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Don't Speak is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection, which includes six standalone, completely unrelated novels inspired by beloved fairy tales:
The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) - available now
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) - available now
Ginger's Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) - available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) - available now
Don't Speak (The Little Mermaid) - new release!
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) - available late-2017
About the Author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012.
One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013. Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.
Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.
In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.
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, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.
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