Little Big Love

Little Big Love

by Katy Regan

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Little Big Love 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was an adorable story of ten year old Zac who is overweight and bullied and just wants to know why his dad left him. Juliet, his single mother, tries to do her best for her very intelligent and imaginative son. However, the family has secrets that involve Zac's dad and only one person can get to the bottom of that secret. Mick is the grandfather who sees a whole new world through his grandson's eyes and also holds a terrible secret. Absolutely delightful read that I thoroughly enjoyed!! Thanks to Berkley Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
SarahJoint More than 1 year ago
A charming and emotional story about love and family. The story is complex, much more so than it seems from the blurb. This isn't simply a story about a little boy trying to reunite with his father, it's so much more. It deals with secrets, forgiveness, and a lot of issues people face in their every day lives. Main character Zac is bullied fairly mercilessly at school, and it's hard to stomach sometimes... especially because he is just the sweetest thing. We also get perspectives from his mother, and some from his grandfather. I enjoyed getting everyone's version of the story. It made their motivations easy to understand. Though I haven't been through what any of them have really, they were still easy to relate to because of that. This is a lovely and sweet read with a lot of humor mixed in, and I'm so glad I got the opportunity to review it. There aren't a lot of surprises here, but there doesn't need to be. Ten year old Zac and his best friend Teagan like to play a little game: assigning different men they know a certain amount of points, deciding who would make the best possible father. Teagan's father left fairly recently and doesn't seem to want anything to do with her anymore, but Zac has never known his own father. He has no memories of the man, but he wishes he'd return just as strongly as Teagan wishes her own father would come back. Their sweet desperation leaps off the page, and it's more than a little heartbreaking. When Zac's mom Juliet has a rare evening out and has too much too drink, she actually talks to Zac about his father, confessing drunkenly that she still loves him. If there's one thing Zac wants just as much as seeing his father, it's his mother's happiness. This is all the motivation he needs to embark on a crazy journey to find his dad. Unfortunately, he knows very little about the man... and absolutely nothing about why he left, and it's more complicated than he could ever imagine. I received a copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
Xkoqueen More than 1 year ago
Zac has always wondered why his dad left, and on one fateful night when his mother says his dad was the love of her life, he decides to find his father and bring his family back together. Set in a fishing town on the coast of England, Little Big Love is the story of a broken but loving family. There are deep family secrets and complicated fibs to cover those secrets. Zac’s mother and grandparents are filled with rage, grief, and guilt. The complex situation makes Zac’s find-dad mission even more difficult. Zac, his mother, Juliet, and his maternal grandfather, Mick are the narrators of Little Big Love. Author Katy Regan superbly intertwines these three voices. While not all of her characters are completely likable, they are quite believable. I did love the innocence of ten-year-old Zac and his best friend, Teagan. Ms. Regan tackles some hard topics (i.e., childhood obesity, bullying, addiction, shoplifting, poor living conditions and childhood illness), but she does so with a dash of humor and a dollop of panache. Her last-minute twist was quite shocking! I was not enamored with most of the adults and their behavior, but overall, Little Big Love is a sweet, hopeful-yet-sad tale of love within an imperfect family. Pushing through the somewhat slow start, will be rewarded with a big finish.
Ejaygirl More than 1 year ago
Zac Hutchinson is a 10-year old boy growing up in a small town in England with single mom Juliet and his nearby grandparents, Lynda and Mick. He’s a lovely young boy who is fascinated with facts. After a particularly troublesome night where he hears his mother admit she still loves his father who disappeared when he was born, Zac embarks on a mission to find his “dad” with the help of his best friend Teagan. Unfortunately, he’s facing some serious challenges as his family is just as determined to keep secret the reasons behind his disappearance. First of all, Zac is just a lovely, wonderful little boy. He has a big heart and is kind to a fault. He’s the center of mom Juliet’s world but not always in a good way, especially when it comes to their eating habits. The story is told from Zac, Juliet and Mick’s perspectives, which often sheds much needed light on the others’ points of view. The quest to find Liam Jones, Zac’s father, unraveled so many issues within each of them and the family, making this a layered and emotional journey. This family broke almost eleven years ago and never really recovered. Zac is the key to them finding their way to recovery, no matter how painful. This book was a slow burn for me. I struggled through the first half, taking days to get there. But something miraculous happened at the halfway point. It all began to gel and I literally could not let the story go and finished it in one day. You absolutely must push through the initial malaise because the payoff is extraordinary. The scene in the restaurant? I’ll never, ever get over that. Cried like a baby. This story will stick with me forever. It’s not all sweetness and light but what is makes it a must read. (I received an advance copy from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review)
teachlz More than 1 year ago
Linda Zagon's review Jun 08, 2018 · edit really liked it MY REVIEW OF "LITTLE BIG LOVE" BY KATY REGAN, BERKLEY, JUNE 2018 Katy Regan, Author of "Little Big Love" has written a charming, delightful, heartwarming novel. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, and Women's Fiction. The author describes the characters complicated and mostly likable. The story is told through the eyes of ten year old Zac, Juliet and Mick, the grandfather. This is a novel about family, betrayal, love, forgiveness and hope. Zac was too young to be aware of what happened ten years earlier, but is obsessed and fixated on the fact that he wants to know about his biological father. There are deep secrets if revealed can provide the information, but can destroy the family. My favorite character is Zac. I love his innocence, his determination, his persistence, and his loyalty to his friend. In some ways Zac seems more mature than the rest of his family. I would recommend this enjoyable and intriguing novel for those readers who enjoy fiction. 3 likes