When We Let Go
By Rochelle Weinstein
A Delightfully Moving Story of Grief and Hopefulness.
When Jude proposes to Avery Beckett in Miami’s Vizcaya Gardens, Avery doesn’t respond. She didn’t say no, but she certainly didn’t say yes either. She’s scare to commit when she knows she is carrying secrets on her heart. Avery know before she can commit to Jude, she must come clean about her past.
Avery is called to return to her childhood farm in the North Carolina mountains to help with her father who has taken a fall. She’s surprised to be saddled with a companion along the way. Jude’s angst-ridden teenage daughter, Elle, who’s grappling with the loss of her mother was hiding in the backseat. Avery and Elle unexpectedly form a bond along the way giving them the courage to confront the past and move forward.
When We Let Go is a delightfully moving novel about family, forgiveness, and is full of feelings of healing and hopefulness. Avery’s secrets started with Jude the day she dropped her purse in the hallway outside the grief counseling class. One lie led to another. Her truth was just to hard for her to admit, because admitting it would make it real.
The story is heartbreaking and emotionally driven. It’s relatable for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. Weinstein’s emotive writing makes you feel the various layers of grief portrayed in the story. The three main female characters, Avery, Elle, and Willow, Avery’s sister are the strength of the story. All three characters are well developed but Willow’s spunk in handing Elle’s rebelliousness was very much applauded.
Rochelle Weinstein Is a bestselling author of several novels including This is Not How it Ends (2020), What We Leave Behind (2020) and Somebody’s Daughter (2018).
Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher Lake Union Publishing
Published May 17, 2022