“…she just looks at me, I look at her, and I never imagined that so much could be said between two people without a single word.” -J.A. Redmerski, The Moment of Letting Go
Rating: 3 out of 5
Goodreads’ Book Description:
You can follow the rules or you can follow your heart…
THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO
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 . . .
Valeria’s Book Review:
A story about finding peace and letting go…
I absolutely loved The Edge of Never and The Edge of Always, so when I found out that J.A. was releasing this book I knew that I would love it…and let me tell you that it did not disappoint!
Since the very beginning of the book I felt such a strong connection with Sienna. So much that I felt like I was reading a story about myself.
Sienna is a smart, responsible, independent woman that hasn’t fully lived her life.
An extreme planner that has to have everything running smoothly when it comes to work and her life, with no room for mess-ups is exactly how she lives it…until she meets Luke.
“We’re all stronger than our weaknesses,” he says. “Sometimes we just need someone to help us find that strength.”
And Luke, the complete opposite of Sienna, is a carefree man who isn’t afraid of living life.
“Luke Everett is dangerous. He’s more dangerous than flying in a plane or jumping from a cliff into water or from a bridge attached by a giant rubber band or getting lost in the forest. Everything about him screams change and the unknown and if you let him in, your meticulously planned life will never be the same again.”
With a passion and love for extreme sports, he has learned how to live life to the fullest and appreciate what life has to offer.
So when Sienna goes against her own rules when she decides to stay in Hawaii for two weeks, Luke shows her just how much she has been missing out on.
“I drank the sky and brought an angel down with me.”
Two weeks might not seem like a lot, but it was a perfect enough time for both of them to grow and build a connection, which later turns into a relationship. Even though they are two complete opposites, they find a missing piece in each other that changes their perspective on life.
“Do you miss home yet?” Luke asks.
I shake my head. “I am home.”
The whole story is both motivating and inspiring and J.A. makes it very clear throughout the whole book what the theme is.
I did wish for a much stronger connection when it came to Luke and Sienna though. I wanted to fall in love with them, and I know I can’t compare to what Andrew and Camryn had in The Edge of Never; but it was just missing a little more spark when it came to their love story.
Towards the end the book it all wrapped up too quickly and I just wasn’t a huge fan of how the book ended, which is why I gave it a 3 out of 5, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it.
The story overall is well written, a little slow paced but very detailed with relatable characters.
“Most people never let their feet leave the ground. Whether they’re afraid of heights, or afraid of hospitals, or they stay in the same place all their life because they’re afraid of change—so many people go through life on the ground and die without ever knowing that they can fly.”
With the story taking place in Hawaii, this is the perfect book for summer! I definitely recommend you to read it and see yourself how eye opening this story really is.
And just like the title of the book…this is all about letting go.
Take a moment to let go of your crazy chaotic life. Take a step back to breathe and not worry about every single little detail. And learn to live your life to the fullest.
“Fear is just the part of you that wants you to fail. It’s all of your regrets and your pain and your failures wrapped up into one emotion. It’s a weakness, nothing more.”