ARC Review: The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski

The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski

The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: August 11th 2015
Links: EbookPaperback • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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.

I really liked The Moment of Letting Go – I may not have loved it like I wanted to, but it’s still a sweet, meaningful book that I enjoyed. In this book, J.A. Redmerski writes a heartwarming tale about taking chances, facing your fears, and letting go.

“We’re all stronger than our weaknesses,” he says. “Sometimes we just need someone else to help us find that strength.”

Sienna Murphy lives life by the paycheck. She grew up poor, so she chose a job where she wouldn’t have to worry about money ever again. She’s well-off as a wedding planner, but lately it seems like work has become her life. Her latest assignment takes her to the gorgeous beaches of Oahu, Hawaii, where she hopes she’ll have downtime to relax and expand her photography skills. Sadly, the wedding doesn’t go off as planned and Sienna once again gets swept up in work. It isn’t until she meets Luke Everett, a cute local surfing instructor, that she begins to question what she really wants out of life.

…my life has, for the most part, stayed on one straight course, never risking unfamiliar roads, rarely contemplating change–but Luke makes me feel like I can, that it’s somehow safe to take a chance on something unknown. It’s frightening, yes, but it’s also exciting, and that’s just not something I think I can ignore.

Luke challenges Sienna to take more risks and to discover her true passion in life. Sienna is deathly afraid of heights, but with Luke’s help, she learns to step out of her comfort zone and face her fears. Luke himself is a daredevil and hiding some secrets of his own, so these two characters couldn’t be more different. But Luke and Sienna form a connection from the very moment they meet. There’s attraction, yes, but there’s so much more to their relationship that I really appreciated reading about. The Moment of Letting Go is not just a story of girl meets boy in Hawaii – it’s the kind of story that takes you on a discovery of self, passion, and life.

“Most people never let their feet leave the ground,” he goes on. ”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.”

I really enjoyed experiencing Sienna and Luke’s story – I loved being swept away by the gorgeous Hawaii setting and I adored how Luke took Sienna on an adventure, pushing her just enough to truly experience life. I didn’t really connect with their characters, but I appreciated their story nonetheless. I did get a little annoyed at the secrets Luke keeps from Sienna – we know what those secrets are, since the book is told in dual POV, but for the majority of the book, Luke keeps a huge secret from Sienna that I really didn’t understand why he hadn’t revealed sooner.

Still, The Moment of Letting Go is quite honestly a feel-good read. I enjoyed it for the most part, though it didn’t wring any intense emotions out of me. It was missing that spark for me that would normally make me love a book, but it’s not bad. I think fans of J.A. Redmerski would definitely enjoy this newest standalone of hers.

3.5 hearts

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.


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2 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski

  1. I scrolled through your impressively long list of reviews (sorted by author), and chose to read this one simply based on the title. It was a very strange thing, essentially choosing a book without first seeing its cover! I’ll note that once I did see the book’s cover, my first reaction was “Oh… Too young for me.” (For what it’s worth: I’m 34, but look [and occasionally act…] like a college student.)
    The first two lines of the description landed on me with a dull “eh.” (“Sienna Murphy never does anything without a plan. And so far her plans have been working.”) I thought, This person already sounds like a one-dimensional cliche. It is kind of interesting to note that the word “working” there is infused with at least two meanings: 1) Going according to plan, and/or 2) Working at a job and establishing a career / professional identity.
    But back to the book, and the review.
    This sounds a bit like it may have a Nicholas Sparks sort of feel, especially with the “Huh? Why wouldn’t he have told her sooner?” part. (Full disclosure: I’ve never read a book by Sparks; only seen a few movies based on his books.)
    You wrote, “I may not have loved it like I wanted to…” Yup. That “uuugghhh” feeling of disappointment, and a CRAVING for that missing, unidentifiable piece that would have made it all become What It Could [or Might or Should] Have Been. …And wouldn’t it be so incredible, to be able to discern whether a given book will provide and fulfill this for us PRIOR to digging in?
    …And so, in a way, [it seems to me that] the sensation you were left with upon finishing this book might mirror SO much about… romance, relationships, and love. The real-life kind.
    (Please accept my apologies for rambling off-topic-ish there. And, as I so uncoolly failed to mention, very nice review!)

    • Oh my goodness, Ann! This comment could be its own review – I love it! Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful comment. I definitely agree on what you said about being able to tell whether we’d love a book or not! That would be SO much more helpful 😉 I wish we both could’ve loved this book more! If you’d like to read books that I really loved, you could check out my reviews that I’ve sorted by rating here:

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