Review: The Moment of Letting Go – J.A. Redmerski

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Following with the activities of release week blitz for J. A. Redmerski’s THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO, today we have a special review. Check it out:

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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#FaceYourFears

**ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

“So many people go through life on the ground and die without ever knowing that they can fly.”

I love a NA book… I truly love a GOOD NA book… However, I confess that, even though being an avid reader of this genre, lately I find myself rolling my eyes more times than I wish while reading one of these books. Yes yes yes… Unfortunately, I confess I’ve been unable to prevent this movement. However, if you catch me grinning like a fool, or sighing, or blushing hard (yeah yeah yeah… You heard me right), or laughing out loud, or sobbing while reading a NA book, you can be SURE I have one written by JA Redmerski in my hands. (The things that come out of her characters mouth… *blushing*)

Moreover, if you catch me running and screaming or dancing the happy dance around the house, you can be sure I just got a notification informing me that I received an ARC of one of the most anticipated books of 2015. That’s right! I was so thrilled when I found out I had received an ARC of THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO that I did all those things and maybe a little bit more.
But shall we get to point?
So, THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO was by far one of the most anticipated books for me this year. I was super excited for it since its announcement, and even more after its blurb release, because I immediately related with Sienna’s passion for photography, and because, different from “Song of The Fireflies” which brought a different subject (and I must say I cannot recommend this book enough <3), THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO indicated it would be more related to “The Edge of Never”, widely known as my favorite book of all time.
And once again, J. A. Redmerski doesn’t let us down.
In THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO we meet Sienna Murphy, a 22 year old young woman who grew up witnessing the financial struggle and sacrifices faced by her parents, and which they are still going through. A stressful struggle and sacrifices that were sometimes too high. In an attempt to not follow her parents steps, Sienna outlines a plan for her life, focusing primarily in a stable financial life that could ensure her being as far away from that reality once known. And for now, her plans are working perfectly, putting her in a comfortable financial position and promising career, and even though with the ups and downs and some tough days at work, Sienna is, as long as she is aware of, happy with her life as it is… But sometimes life surprises us and teaches us that perhaps our ways and plans aren’t as certain as we imagine they were and our happiness is not as real as we think.

“Why work for a living if you kill yourself working?”

We also meet Luke Everett, in his 24 years old, living life intensely with his free-spirit and carefree way; with his simple way of looking at life that make us question from where do we get so many problems and difficulties if everything is so simple; with his breathtaking courage, which makes us question why we are so afraid of a, insignificant and small bug; and of course, with his beauty that makes our hearts speed up a few beats… But sometimes life surprises us and shows us that no matter how free we think we are perhaps our feet are still firmly planted on solid ground, preventing us from truly flying.

“And if I died trying, then at least I died trying. I was tired of merely existing in a life I was supposed to be living.”

With a delightful, beautiful, inspiring and exciting narrative, and with an impeccable development, Redmerski delivers a story that once again touches us deeply, making us question our choices, our ways, our plans, our priorities, and in this case, our fears and the power they exert over our lives. And do you remember the eye rolling thing? So… no eye rolling here! There is nothing unrealistic in this book, or those unnecessary tragedies or antics. The author brings a simple and plausible story, which holds our attention, and emotions, from the beginning until the end, proving that the NA gender is not saturated as many may claim. We still have competent authors who are able to write stories that make me remember why I still like this genre so much and why I refuse to abandon it.

With sensitivity, J. A. Redmerski brought the meeting and journey of two people, apparently taking opposite directions in life, but whom in fact complement each other and teach one another that sometimes the plans we have may not be exactly what we need and that sometimes our fears aren’t as visible as we think they might be; because sometimes our fear is in a flying bug, or in the height of a skyscraper, or in a flight turbulence, or in the confinement of an elevator… But sometimes our fears rest in facing feelings often hidden so deep that we don’t even realize they exist, or they rest in pain and regret that prevents us from really living life in its fullness. In addition, we are reminded that we are not alone… We all have fears, but we also have the strength to face them and overcome them…

“We’re all stronger than our weakness… Sometimes we just need someone else to help us find that strength.”

Or sometimes we just need the pen of an author with an amazing sensibility to write inspiring stories and special characters that make us question our own lives, and that give us the strength to choose our hearts over rules!
Once again it was from the pen, the mind, the words and the characters by J. A. Redmerski that I found the strength I needed to take a first step, to rethink a choice, a way, to face many of my fears. I’ve never been able to write a review for “The Edge of Never” (a debt I still have to pay and promise I’ll one day) because I was never able to make justice to those words and to what they provoked in me. As much as I say how much I love that book, as much as I try to explain why TEON is so special to me, as much as I say how much the Andrew Parrish means to me, I think no one has ever understood the impact of those words and characters in my life. Two years after reading that book, I can honestly say that because of it I am a completely different person, a person of which I’m most proud of. “The Edge of Never” marked a turning point in my life… It marked a first step for me. And today I can honestly say too that THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO marks another step, a step further towards the person I want to be.
THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO leaves a beautiful message about how we must face our fears and overcome them… But, above all, it teaches us that we must let go… We must leave everything that binds us and prevents us from living our lives in its fullness behind, being it the most irrational fear that may exist, or the most visible one, or that fear hidden in the depths of our emotions, our hearts, our souls… Being it a pain… Being it a regret.

Face your fears… Overcome them… Let them go…

I’m ready for this… What about you?

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Personal Playlist:

Almos Lover – A Fine Frenzy (Author’s suggestion)

Photograph – Boyce Avenue feat. Beatrice Miller

Latch – Boyce Avenue feat. Lia Marie Johnson

See You Again – Boyce Avenue feat. Beatrice Miller

How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris feat. Disciples

my rating 5 stars

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