August 13, 2015

Review - The Moment of Letting Go by JA Redmerski

THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO by J.A. Redmerski (August 11, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback)
You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart...Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working. Right after college, she got a prestigious job and gained the stability she'd always craved-until work takes her to the sun-drenched shores of Oahu and places her in the path of sexy surfer Luke Everett. For the first time, she lets her heart take control. Drawn to his carefree charm, she makes a spontaneous and very un-Sienna-like decision to drop everything and stay in Hawaii for two more weeks.

Luke lives fast and wild. When he meets Sienna, he's convinced that some no-strings-attached fun is just what she needs. As their nights quickly turn from playful to passionate, Luke can't deny the deep connection he feels. But there's a reason Luke doesn't do long-term. He can't promise Sienna forever, when the enormity of his past has shown him just how fragile the future can be . . .

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About the Author:

J. A. Redmerski, New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children, two cats and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries. 

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J.A. Redmerski Q&A

What’s the last book you read?
EVERYBODY LOVES OUR TOWN: An Oral History of Grunge by Mark Yarm

What do you want fans to take away from THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO?
I think I’d feel really good about myself if just one person could say I helped them overcome at least one of their fears after reading the book. Or if maybe a reader who might not have much money and struggles financially, could feel better about their position, realizing that they don’t really need a lot of money and materialistic things to be happy.

What can you tell us about Sienna and Luke that we won’t find in the book?
One of the things I planned to do with this story was to have Sienna go to China to photograph some jumpers. I like to think that they did actually do this even though it’s not in the story.

What’s next for you?
That’s a good question. Hopefully the Grand Canyon. :)


Then he gets up and grabs my hands from the tops of my bare knees, pulling me to my feet.
“We’re going swimming,” he says. “And we’ll talk more about this later…like on the day your vacation is over and you’re standing at the gate in the airport about to kiss me goodbye.”
“Wow, you really think highly of yourself, don’t you?” I can’t keep the laughter from my voice.
“Damn straight!” he says and pulls me along beside him. “Before these two weeks are over, I can guarantee you three things.” He holds up three fingers as we continue onward toward the water. “One”—he holds up one finger—“you’ll never want to go back to San Diego once Hawaii is done with you.” He holds up two fingers. “Two—that photography love of yours will start to take the place of everything else in your life. And three”—he wiggles three fingers and we stop on the beach where the water can pool around our feet—“you’ll kiss me at least once before you go home.”
I blush hard and it feels like my eyes are bugging out of my head. “I might peck you on the cheek or something, but—”
“No,” he says, smiling and quite serious, “it’ll be a full-on, tongue-dancing kind of kiss.”
I smack him playfully on the arm—something is fluttering around inside my belly.
Luke grabs my hand and pulls me out to the water with him, where we swim and hang out on the cliffs until late in the afternoon. People come and go throughout the hours, sometimes leaving us with Alicia, Braedon, and a few of their close friends to have the area to ourselves for a while before more people show up in intervals.
“Backflip!” someone says just before Luke jumps into the water for probably the twentieth time.
And every time he does it, it ties my stomach up in knots. But there’s something about him that I can’t quite figure out when I watch him leap off the edge of that cliff; it’s not overconfidence or showing off or recklessness, but something deeper, more profound. Maybe it’s a sense of freedom, or a natural high that consumes him while he’s in the air, as if he had been born with a pair of wings that only he can see. But the more time I spend with him, the more intrigued I become. Sure, he’s gorgeous and funny and polite and all the kinds of things—so far—that would make my mom love him to death. But what intrigues and excites me more is how he
kind of makes me want to jump off that stupid cliff regardless of how scared I am of it.

My 4 Star Review

The Moment of Letting Go is more than a love story, it’s a story about finding peace and letting go. I know that sounds cliché due to the title, but it also accurately describes this story.

Sienna is in Hawaii for work, she is an event planner. She is only supposed to stay for a few days when she meets Luke. They have this immediate connection and he evokes a change in her. She decides to take a two week vacation and stay in Hawaii. At first their connection is flirtatious, but he is also showing her a different way of life and thinking.

Luke has had success and money, but he is very aware of what chasing money can lead to. Sienna grew up poor and the thought of going back is not even fathomable to her. She isn’t looking to get rich, but enjoys the security she has with her job. When she meets Luke she realizes she isn’t even really living life anymore.

I loved Luke and Sienna, I loved seeing them find this missing piece in each other. My only complaint is I wanted to connect to them more. I am not sure why, but I never really fell in love with them together or their story. However, I truly loved the message of this book.

This story definitely focuses on extremes and I am not one for extremes, I am a control freak and planner. But, Redmerski has a way of telling a story that makes you think you need to make big changes. I remember reading The Edge of Never and being ready to quit my job and travel from place to place. Again, I felt this need to make big changes in my life and really live. I love a story that can truly move you and this one did.

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 

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