#KFF are thrilled to share Katy Regnery writing as Callie Henry’s all-new YA Romance, A DATE FOR HANNAH
The first instalment in Love is for Everyone series.
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Early reviewers are LOVING A Date for Hannah!
“A beautiful story that’s universally relatable as well as irresistible.”
“A Date for Hannah is the sweetest, most unique and bravest thing I’ve ever read.”
“Don’t hesitate to read this sweet story, you will love it too!!”
Fans of Hallmark movies and sweet stories of first love will adore Callie Henry’s new series!
High-schooler, Hannah, has always been self-conscious about her weight, so when hottie swimmer, Liam, pays her extra attention at her sister’s wedding, she has a hard time trusting his interest. Throughout the evening, Liam’s charm wins her over, until they’re falling hard for each other. But the next day, Hannah learns something that may ruin it all.
All stories in the LIFE (Love is for Everyone) series portray true-to-life, teen-aged characters, with real personalities and common issues, who experience the lightning bolt of first love in their own, individual ways!
Emma-Louise’s 4 Review on behalf of KFF
Okay, so I’ll be honest with you; I don’t normally read YA books. Usually they just don’t keep me interested. A Date for Hannah though caught me totally by surprise. The issues raised in this book are relatable to anyone, not just teenagers. Perception of body image and feelings of inferiority can be relevant to anyone from any walk of life or from any age range.
The author of this book is known to me by another name (Katy Regnery) anyone who has ever read a book by this fabulously humble author will know she can run with any idea or scenario and turn it into a crazed page turner of a read.
I couldn’t help but identify with Hannah. At her age I was exactly the same as she is. Awkward, body-conscious, and not at all good with dealing with compliments from boys. Family is important to her and she’ll do anything for them, and vice versa. This leads me to the wrong thing done for the right reasons and of course, this has implications for our young lovers.
Liam was the perfect person for Hannah, right from the beginning they hit it off so sweetly. Like a lot of people, he’d made mistakes in his past, mistakes he’d to live with day in and day out. One can only realise who they really are when they see themselves straight on through a mirror, or even through someone else’s eyes.
People who interfere do so more often and not out of love. So many times, interfering irrevocably damaged something far more than anyone realises. Does interference destroy Liam and Hannah before they even have a chance? Will Hannah stop crying herself down and see herself for what she really is?
The love in this book was sweet and delicate. First love is very often the only love we remember 50 years on.
‘And as she pulled his head down to hers for a kiss, Liam Callahan realised that while he was originally cast as a date for Hannah, he’d somehow ended up in the part he wanted most of all.’
A short read at no more than 120 or so pages, it can definitely be read in one sitting. So many people forget their first love once their lives move passed their teenage years. This book reminds us how sweet, innocent and exciting that first time can be. Firsts are for celebrating and this author has penned another gloriously enjoyable book. Well done and congratulations.
Excerpt from A DATE FOR HANNAH (Love Is For Everyone, #1) by Callie Henry. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.
“Hey, you know what? You didn’t let me finish my pitch before, when I asked you to go on a date with me.”
She sighed, her eyes losing a little brightness and her smile dimming as she turned away to look at the reception guests on the dance floor. He tilted his head to see her better, and though he didn’t know her well enough to read her expression with accuracy, he saw wariness as her eyebrows knitted together. But when she sucked her lower lip into her mouth, he perceived a little bit of longing too, which made him press his advantage.
“Didn’t you wonder how I knew all that Shakespeare stuff?” he asked.
“Yes, actually,” she said, looking surprised by his question. “Come to think of it, I did wonder, but then you distracted me.”
He grinned. “Good distraction, right?”
She rolled her eyes, but her lips tilted up a little, which made him happy. “You were saying?”
“The OSF is twenty minutes from my house. I worked there taking tickets over spring break last year. So, if you’d like to go with me sometime—as a date—I might even be able to take you backstage. I’m sure Julia would give us a tour of the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.”
“Julia?” said Hannah, raising an eyebrow.
He saw it in her eyes, the way she was mentally backing away from him at the mere mention of another woman. Is that how she saw all men?
As players? As someone who’d hurt her and cheat on her if she let her guard down? He couldn’t help the way his feelings for her surged as he watched her—how much he wanted to be the person to prove to her that she could give her heart to someone who would keep it safe.
“Julia is my Mom’s friend who works in group sales, is married, and has two kids.” He pulled Hannah’s hand behind his back, holding it hostage and drawing her closer until her chest pressed against his.
“And to be clear? I wouldn’t ask you out if I was seeing someone else. I don’t do that. I’m not with anyone right now, Hannah … except you.”
She flinched, and her face went utterly blank, except for her eyes, which looked worried and uncomfortable.
“You’re not with me,” she said softly, loosening her hand from his grasp and stepping away from him.
“I didn’t mean—”
“I have to use the ladies’ room. I’ll find you in a little bit, okay?
She turned and started walking away, while he babbled incoherently at her back:
“Wait. Hannah! No. I didn’t…I just—I just meant…Crap!”
He stopped talking when she was out of sight.
Dang it, Liam! Why do you have to be so freaking intense?
Probably because it bothered him that she kept trying to friend-zone him when he didn’t feel friendly toward her and pretty much hadn’t from the moment he’d laid eyes on her.
There were some girls he met—especially the shallow, self-absorbed ones—who turned him off the moment he met them. Most of the popular girls at his high school thought he was trouble, and even after he’d straightened himself out, they didn’t give him a chance. Not really. They’d fool around with him at a party—there was never a shortage of popular girls who wanted to make out with a bad boy—but on Monday morning, they’d act like they were too drunk to remember kissing him. And it sort of sucked, because Liam Callahan was one of those guys who quietly longed for a girlfriend, even though his reputation had pegged him inaccurately as a player.
He wanted to date someone. He wanted to leave a party with her on Saturday night, and hold her hand when he walked into school on Monday morning. He wanted to be the first person she texted when she was happy or upset about something. He wanted to invite her over for dinner with his mom. He wanted to introduce her to his friends:
You guys, this is my girlfriend.
He’d imagined saying those words about a thousand times, but he’d never had the chance to say them, and it bothered him. A lot.
But tonight? Meeting Hannah? Somehow it felt like maybe what he wanted was actually, finally, possible.
When Hannah looked up at him with those huge, vulnerable, dark brown eyes, he felt hopeful.
“Damn it,” he growled softly, frustrated that he’d pushed her too hard.
Maybe he was being pushy, but he liked her, and for all he knew, she was driving back up to Brookings in the morning. He wanted her to say yes to a date—his heart needed to know that he’d see her again.
About the Author:
Callie Henry is the YA pen name of New York Times bestselling contemporary romance author, Katy Regnery
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.