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Little Big Love

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,177 ratings  ·  259 reviews
About a Boy meets Parenthood in this smart, big-hearted love story about a family for whom everything changed one night, a decade ago, and the young boy who unites them all.

Told through the eyes of Zac, Juliet, and grandfather Mick, Little Big Love is a layered, heartfelt, utterly satisfying story about family, love, and the secrets that can define who we are.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by BERKLEY
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Miranda Reads
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
I could ask my mom, I suppose, but detectives didn't work like that.

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Ten-year-old Zac knows he has a dad - everyone has to have a dad - but he's never met him.

His nan lashes out with fury and his grandad gets real quiet every time Zac tries to talk about his dad. Most importantly, his mom (Juliet) never speaks of his dad (Liam) other than to say Liam "did a runner" before Zac was even born.

And yet, how could that be true when (at the end of one very, very painful date), a slightly
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Meredith
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Super sweet and Heartwarming!

Little Big Love is about a 10-year-old boy’s mission to meet his father. Centered around unconditional love, family, friendship and long-buried secrets, this is enjoyable and emotional read that made me laugh and cry!


The narrative is told from the POV’s of 10-year-old Zac, his mother, Juliet, and his grandfather, Mick.
10-year-old Zac has never met his father. All that he knows is that his father “did a runner” before he was born. One night his mother comes home
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Angela M
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars

I’ve been reading so many heavy books lately, and I readily admit these are the types of stories I am drawn to. Once in a while I need a break and I read that this was a feel good story. However, I soon found that it was not a light read. There’s bullying, alcoholism, grief that causes some of the characters to make mistakes that will make them carry remorse and secrets for years.

Child narrators appeal to me, mostly for their capacity to many times see things as they are and tell it l
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Berit☀️✨
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
4.5 Big Little Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

This book surprised me... I was expecting a light fun adorable read and what I got was so much more! This was a book about family, secrets, forgiveness, and love.... this was absolutely a more emotional read than I was anticipating, but so worth it!

The book was told from three different points of view.... 10-year-old Zac, his mother Juliet, and his grandfather Mick...Zac’s father pulled a runner before he was born, or so he thinks.... what really happened that tragic
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JanB
3.5 stars

Sweet and heartwarming! I enjoyed this book very much.
This was a Traveling Sister read, and, as always, it made the experience even more enjoyable.

The story is told from the POV of 10-year-old Zac, his mother Juliet, and his grandfather Mick. I enjoyed all three perspectives. Zac has never met his father, who “did a runner” before he was born. Zac decides he will undertake a super-secret 'Find Dad Mission', and he recruits his best friend Teagan to help him. The plan, of course, is not
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Cheri
3.5 Stars

”And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make”

--The End, The Beatles, Songwriters: Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon-McCartney)

With his 11th birthday on the horizon, Zac Hutchinson wants nothing more than to find his father, who, he was told, left before he was even born. None of his family, not his mother, Juliet, or his grandfather, Mick, or his grandmother talk about his father, the only thing he was told when he was younger is that before he was born his father, Li
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Fabian
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
As endearing as it is entertaining. This is like a Nick Hornby novel (About a Boy, espesh) with much less "machismo" & an even higher tear-to-laugh ratio. I thoroughly enjoyed the Searching For Father story; even more, the finale which stays with you, especially if a child in your life is being bullied.

Thank you, Berkley Books, for the advanced copy.
Esil
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ew, netgalley
3.49 stars

I can’t quite bring myself to rate Little Big Love in a way that rounds up to 4 stars. I enjoyed parts of it but I found it took an awfully long time to get to what was a fairly predictable end. Zac is 10 years old and lives with his single mother Juliet. As far as Zac knows, his father did a runner before he was born, but he’s determined to find him. The story focuses on Zac’s quest to find his father and the backstory about why his father disappeared. The story is told from Zac, Juli
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Jonetta
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 t ...more
Sarah Joint
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Marialyce
3.5 wonderful summer read stars
My reviews can be found here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...

“What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.” — Nicholas Sparks

Juliet loves her son Zac. She wants, as all moms do, the very best for her child. However, unfortunately, Zac who has a super big heart, is going through some tough times. He is overweight making him the target for bullies, but he and hi
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Bam
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set in the "fishing capital of Europe," Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England, Little Big Love is the story of Zac, a ten-year-old boy with so much love and longing in his heart that he won't give up his mission to find his dad, no matter what the odds. For Zac has always been told that his dad did a runner before he was born, that the man was just a waste of space. But at 10, Zac now has questions: Why did dad leave? Doesn't he love me? Doesn't he care enough to get to know me?

This is a story of deepl
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Suzanne Leopold
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Zac Hutchinson is a ten-year-old boy living with his single mother, Juliet, in England. He doesn't remember his father since he left the family when he was a baby. He starts to question his roots and finds his family is evasive with their answers. The details surrounding his father's disappearance has been secreted by his mother and grandparents for a decade. As the facts unwind he learns that his mom still carries feelings for his father and makes it his goal to locate him.

Juliet is a hard work
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Sweet and sad..
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I do have mixed feelings about the story. The premise of the story is amazing. I’m sure so many children feel the same way as this young boy. Launching a campaign to find his dad is exactly something children of that age will do. I know I would.

But what I didn’t agree with, nor did I care for, was how the adults handled the entire situation. Without giving any spoilers, let’s just say that I understand hurt feelings and not seeing both sides of the story can do
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Donna Hines
Love is blind. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is forgiving.
Sure is and oh by the way ten year old Zac is going to steal your heart in this one. Trust me!
Zac Hutchinson is a young detective (in his own right) and has an accomplice Teagan to help in solving the mystery of his DAD Liam . Of course he has a colorful M.O. (modus operandi) or a way of doing things to get the job done.
Using plenty of good ol fashioned grease work he uncovers the truth and unravels the mystery piece by piece start
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Sherri Thacker
I received this book Little Big Love from the publisher some time ago and I feel bad that I’m just now getting around to reading it. When it’s a hard copy I get of a book, I put it on my bookshelf and i tend to forget about it. I need to keep them out with the others I have to read. Anyhow, this book pulled at one’s heartstrings for sure. Some of the topics covered was bullying and alcoholism and the story is told through 3 P.O.V.’s. The little boy, Zac was in search for his father. His mom Juli ...more
Richelle Robinson
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Zac is a ten year old who is on a mission to find his father but nothing is as it seems. There were so many lies that had been uncovered and it really blew me away while reading. This was my first time reading this author and I enjoyed this book very much! It was written in three points of view and you could tell who was who which I sometimes have an issue while reading. So the fact that all the characters didn’t sound the same was a plus in my book. I would have liked a point of view from Liam’ ...more
Theresa
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
I usually like heartwarming novels, but I think "Little Big Love" by Katy Regan came off more cutesy than anything else. I couldn't connect to the writing style or the vast of characters (three different points of view/alternating chapters). I ended up skimming huge chunks. There were some funny, touching scenes, but overall, nothing about the plot felt memorable or wholly original. I had the ending pretty much figured out early on. I'm not a fan of predictable endings. The best part of the book ...more
Catherine ♡
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
*Thanks to NetGalley for a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review*

Actual Rating: 2.5

This was not exactly what I had expected, but it was an interesting read anyways! Little Big Love is written in three changing perspectives - Zac, a young boy who is overweight and searching for his father; Juliet, Zac's mother; and Mick, Zac's grandfather who is hiding a few secrets of his own. That one night, years ago, everything changed, and the family only agrees on one thing: Don't tell Zac. But as he
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Kathryn in FL
Zac and his bestfriend like to discuss who is an ideal father candidate around their little community on the English Coast. Zac's dad, Liam pulled "a runner" before his birth according to Juliet, his mother, because in her opinion the truth is just to painful to explain to a little boy. When she is contacted by his school about being bullied for being obese, she is not sure how to motivate him to exercise and seek healthier eating options and greater self-control. Eventually, Juliet realizes and ...more
Jamie
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I love this story - it was both heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time and a unique view of a family who is stuck from moving on from a terrible loss 10 years earlier. I did feel it was a bit long and parts could have been edited down, hence the 4 over 5!
Toni
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ten-year-old Zac is about to launch his “Find Dad Mission.” Although they’ve never met, Zac just knows his Dad will want to meet him; and come to his 11th birthday party in May. That’s the plan anyway.
He’s had very few clues about his Dad from his Mom, Juliet and his Grandpa and Nan (Mick & Lynda). He knows his Uncle Jamie died very soon after he was born, and at young age. His Dad, Liam left them right after that. After ten years his Mom still cries about it and his Grandparents don’t seem
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Paula Sealey
A captivating family drama with the most appealing characters that draw you fully into the touching story.

Young Zac has reached a point in his life where he wants to know more about the dad who abandoned him as a baby. He has always been told by his mother Juliet that Liam, his father, just took off, never to be heard from again. His grandparents have always reinforced the message, his Nan reserving a special kind of scorn anytime Liam's name is mentioned. Zac refuses to believe that his dad wou
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Linda Zagon
Jun 08, 2018 rated it 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
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Christine
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-wins
I really enjoyed Little Big Lies, I would give it 4.5 stars. There wasn’t one character that I didn’t like or love. Katy Regan told the story from three alternating perspectives, Zac, the 10 year old son, Juliet, the mother of Zac, and Zac’s grandfather, Mick. Zac is determined to find his father who ran off when he was three weeks old and invite him to his 11th birthday party. This was such a well written novel.

Regan did a superb job at making each voice sound unique. Zac felt like a REALLY swe
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❤Marie Gentilcore
This was a sweet story of ten-year-old Zac who desperately wants to know his father. The story starts off with Zac writing a letter to his father inviting him to his eleventh birthday party in six months. Zac has no siblings and is raised by his single mom Juliet. He is close with his grandparents but talking about his father is taboo. He also admires his Uncle Jamie who passed away when Zac was just a baby. The story is told by Zac and Juliet and also Grandpa Mick. Zac is an awesome character a ...more
Marieke
Dit boek is prachtig, maar aan de andere kant ergerde ik me er ook aan. De eerste helft is namelijk super traag. Het duurde dan ook 2 maanden voordat ik dit boek uit had gelezen. Maar nu? Dit boek heeft een speciaal plekje in mijn hart en dat komt vooral door Zac. Zac is zo'n lieverd! Alleen al voor hem zou je dit boek moeten lezen.
Laura Hill
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for an early review copy of Little Big Love by Katy Regan, which will publish June 12, 2018.  All thoughts are my own.
Writing: 4 Plot: 4 Characters: 4.5

A big story — simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming — about a family that fell apart after a tragedy that occurred ten years in the past and the young boy who now desperately wants to know his missing father. Part coming-of-age for 10-year old Zac and part coming-to-terms-with-the-past f
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Patti
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved seeing the world through Zak’s eyes. What an insightful and loving little man! This book was a book about so many life issues (family secrets, alcoholism, binge eating, single parenting, bullying, mental illness, grief) but is told in a way that you are learning without being “preached at”. I only hope I can be as positive and ambitious as Zak!
Stephanie
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Little Big Love is a beautiful book that had me laughing and crying throughout because it is just such a heartfelt, endearing, and captivating family drama. Ten-year-old Zac just stole my heart in his quest to find his dad, Liam, who he knows absolutely nothing about except that no one in his family really talks about him (and if they do, his grandma gets very upset), and his mom told him that his dad ran away before he was ever born. Yet, one night after a date that went very wrong, his mom Jul ...more
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