If you are looking for a romance novel to read this summer, with real characters that are relatable, three dimensional and timeless, then Letting Go by Maria Thompson Corley is a book that you are not going to want to miss. Cecile is the girl we all have been, Langston tries hard to be the man he desires to be, and the relationship between them is so good and so real that I swear this story is not made up.
Long distance love rarely works, but Langston is bound to overcome that with the woman of his dreams, Cecile. Even though they live far apart, they are meant to be. While keeping their love alive through letters, and emails, we also catch glimpses into Cecile’s mind as we read her diary entries. This book gives many aspects to the relationship between these characters, and if you read this you are bound to fall in love with them as well.
At first, I had a hard time getting into this book, because it started off in a different direction, but once the story came around I started to really enjoy the characters. Cecile is so real to me, she has flaws and she knows it, but best of all she is willing to try and work on them. As a pianist she knows that perfection is what everyone strives for, but sometime it isn’t attainable. When she meets Langston, she feels that she’s found the man she is meant to be with, but struggles with other relationships and family really push the two to their brink.
Another great aspect of this book is the diverse characters. Langston is Jamaican, which creates racial issues between him and his family. There are quite a few different dimensions to this story. This is a long book, but it feels short with how quickly you will be able to read it. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, and I received it from the author.