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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Regret is a contemporary fiction novel written by Timothy Allen Smith. Julie Gallagher fast-tracked through an Ivy League education and law school, and became a partner in a law firm in record time. She lost it all, however, including her marriage, and now works two jobs to pay the bills and keep her daughter Ashley in private school. Her husband was able to extract some fairly large concessions as part of their divorce, and if she’s unable to support her daughter, he will gain custody. When the IRS garnishees her salary, it seems like all is lost. Her daughter’s school is demanding past due tuition payments which she pays, knowing the checks will not clear, and then she borrows the money from her friend and boss’s cash deposit. It all seems to be going down the tubes when Julie suddenly gets the impulse to kiss the young hip-hop choreographer standing at the entrance of her office.
Timothy Allen Smith’s contemporary fiction novel, Regret, is the fast-paced and entertaining story of a forty-something woman’s desperate gamble to regain her life and keep her child. I really enjoyed reading it -- it’s fresh and funny, and Julie and Preston are marvelous characters. Regret fits into a number of different genre categories including women's and contemporary fiction, but there’s also definitely a legal thriller aspect to it that runs throughout the story as Julie gets into the money laundering business and then must find a way out of the legal morass she finds herself in as a result. Smith's writing is smooth, and his plot is tight and well-constructed. Regret is an excellent read and is highly recommended.