Saturday, March 25, 2017

Review: Letting Go


Author: Maria Thompson Corley
Started reading: March 18th 2017
Finished the book: March 25th 2017
Pages: 500
Genres: Romance
Published: July 4th 2016
Source: Got a digital copy from the author
Goodreads score: Not enough reviews
My score:


Synopsis
Even though she lives hundreds of miles away, when Langston, who dreams of being a chef, meets Cecile, a Juilliard-trained pianist, he is sure that his history of being a sidekick, instead of a love interest, is finally over. Their connection is real and full of potential for a deeper bond, but the obstacles between them turn out to be greater than distance. Can these busy, complicated people be ready for each other at the same time? Does it even matter? Before they can answer these questions, each must do battle with the ultimate demon-fear.




My thoughts
I've been skipping between 3 apples and 4 apples for a while, maybe I'll give this one 3 and a half. I usually don't do halves but I can't choose right now!
I'm not even sure yet while I post this, but maybe my choice gets clearer while I write this!

Pros
  • Believable story: This story felt like it could have been based on a true story (which it maybe is in some parts). Langston and Cecile felt so real to me. Their lives felt real, the way they struggle with people around them and themselves felt real, their ups and downs in life felt real. It wasn't too much of anything, it just really felt like I was reading a story based on true events. At some point those 2 people really existed for me and that's a great compliment!
  • I needed more in the end: When I read the last few sentences I was like: "Noooo!! I need more.. I want to KNOW. I want to be part of the journey". It's always a great feeling when you need more and want more from a book. At this point I didn't want the book to end and I wished it had 2 or 3 chapters more.
Cons
  • Felt long: At some point I was struggling to get through the book. That wouldn't take long and I was always able to pick up the book and keep reading. I was also craving for a part where Langston and Cecile would be together so maybe that's why I didn't like the parts where they weren't in a conversation together or when they were with other people. I also felt like this story didn't need 500 pages to be told.
  • I needed more in the end: So, this story is about Langston and Cecile and I really feel like I don't have closure. To need more from a book in the end is also a strong part, but it's also aching somewhere inside me to know more, to read more and I have so many questions! I felt like I needed an ending with more answers. I was kinda sad it ended where it did and not maybe a month later...
Overall
This is a beautiful story that feels so real. I like that it's zooming in on the lives of two people who both struggle with love (and life). I also enjoyed to be on a journey through the lives of Langston and Cecile from young adulthood to their late 30's. I feel really blessed for everything I have right now and the relationship I'm in. At the end of the book I felt happy but I would've liked more, so I felt a bit like this...

Other opinions about this book
"A smart and sexy story that captures the raw essence of love. Heartfelt, haunting, tender, tough and true."
- Louise Caiola USA Today Bestseller Author

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6 comments:

  1. Great review! It is hard when a book leaves you wanting a bit more at the end. It is good that it was a believable story though.

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    1. The believable story and characters was the strongest point!

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  2. Brilliant review! I must look out for this one - I do love believable stories :)

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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  3. I definitely see what you mean about it feeling long! 400 pages is a lot for a romance novel. Especially when the ending felt like it still needed more. I'm glad it was realistic though!

    Ashtyn @ Wonderland’s Reader!

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