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Don't Speak (a modern fairytale) by [Regnery, Katy]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1600 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Katharine Gilliam Regnery; 1 edition (27 Feb. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N0L71I4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #99,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was my first Katy Regnery book and it was a good place to start, it was a twist of the Little Mermaid tale.

I loved what the author did with the story, the twist with a modern theme and I love second chances.

Laire is a fisherman's daughter for a small town island when she meets the governor's son Erik, their life couldn't be more different, but opposite's attract.

Laire always wanted more in life than her sisters and father wanted, she wanted a life off the island and more than to marry an islander man, she wanted to follow her dreams.

So when she meets Erik he might and possibly be her Prince Charming, after spending the summer lost in each other, but with every fairytales there is evil, jealousy, hurt, betrayal and loss.

So will Erik and Laire be able to forgive and forget the past and have their own fairytale ending.

This was a sweet innocent love story with all the subtle hints of the Little Mermaid, but different with a more grown up feel.
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Well, what can I say… I’m pretty sure Katy gets better and better every single time she writes a book and this series of modern day fairytales is quite possibly one of my favourite series of books. And Don’t Speak is simply superb. It is simply a stunning and beautiful tale of life, loss, and love. It’s real, it’s emotional, it’s heartbreaking at times, but it’s so so, so good… I’m not sure a review is even needed. For any lovers of romance, this is an absolute 100% must read, no questions asked. Pure perfection!

“There are moments, she mused as the wind swept her hair back and the spray of salt water landed on her skin, when the whole world feels perfect.”

Laire, Laire, Laire… I’m pretty sure Laire Cornish is one of my absolute favourite heroine’s EVER (and not just in Katy’s books, I’m talking ALL books)!! I absolutely adored her. From her island background, her passion for life and wanting more, to her innocence, her willingness to push the boundaries, yet still maintaining respect for herself and her family. Just everything. She is funny, quirky, sassy, artistic, clever and so so kind.

“Glancing back at him, she scanned his face, and he got his first really good look at her… and quickly realized that his little mermaid wasn’t just pretty. She was a knockout.”

Erik Rexford, again, what can I say? He is brilliant. So he’s the Governors son, but he’s really not what you would expect at all. Right from the get go, you can tell he is something special, and you just know he’s going to be a good one. He’s hugely down to earth, kind, compassionate and thoughtful. I really liked how good he was with his sister and his friends, who are such important parts of his life. Yet he doesn’t appear to let the position his family is on overly go to his head.
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Don't Speak is utterly compelling, the contrast showcasing the social and economic divide between the two main characters provided a lot of food for thought as to the impact family values and nurture has on our identities pushing us into situations that could jeopardise our own happiness.

Laire is a fascinating character, naive and sheltered, she has grown-up on an island isolated from the modern world where women are still viewed in a narrow-minded fashion boxing them into traditional roles of homemaker/mother. Archaic ideals of purity are enforced on the young women of the island, even to the point whereby scandalous rumours can result in shotgun weddings. Laire has strived to maintain her purity, determined to escape the traditional island life that has been set out for her. Laire has big dreams of becoming a fashion designer and the talent to match, unfortunately, these dreams set her apart from the rest of her family who are happy to remain in the roles that have been laid out for them. It was quite mind-boggling to picture a community living in this manner alongside the modern world, especially as a mother of three girls myself, it was hard to identify with the limitations placed on Laire and her sisters.

Erik, on the other hand, comes from a very different world to the one Laire has been raised in. The son of a large political family, he has been surrounded by the trappings of wealth and privilege and very different values to Laire. Although he is subject to the expectations and pressures of his family and social position, his own happiness takes second place to fulfilling his families wishes. Especially as Erik is aware of just how vengeful his mother can be when her wishes are not fulfilled.
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LOVED this book!!!! Don’t Speak is one of the most beautiful, emotional love stories I have ever read! Laire is a fisherman’s daughter with big dreams. She doesn’t want to settle on the island like her two sisters have. Erik is the privileged son of the governor of North Carolina. These two are worlds apart, and on the surface, appear to have nothing in common. However, that doesn’t stop the two of them from falling in love. After a summer romance and losing their hearts to one another, they are torn apart. Neither one ever forgetting the other. Fate brings the two back together years later. Will it be different this time? Can they finally get their HEA?

Laire and Erik are one of those magical love stories in which the writer breaks your heart and then puts it back together. It’s truly a fairy tale with a hero who steals your heart, a heroine who is strong, and the evil one that makes your skin crawl! I loved both Laire and Erik. Even though they are from two very different worlds, they do have one thing in common besides their love for one another. They want to be their own person despite what their families want for them. Fate will eventually push them to pursue their own dreams. While it broke my heart that the two of them were separated, it also made them into the people they were supposed to be. It forced them to make decisions that would eventually make them strong, independent individuals and unstoppable as a couple.

have always loved fairy tales ever since I was a little girl myself, so when I can find a retelling of one, I’m super excited. There is just something still magical about them. I loved the references to The Little Mermaid….King Triton, Sebastian, Erik, but Regnery made it all her own kind of magic from the beginning until the end.
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