The Secret to Letting Go was told in two different point of views, Daniel Hudson and Clover Scott. Haunted with guilt after the death of his girlfriend, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. By the end of the summer he will be leaving Florida for a fresh and new start in college. Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Daniel starts asking questions about her past and when the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets - even if they might destroy her chance at happily-ever-after.
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I can not say that I liked the novel but I can not say that I disliked it. The Secret to Letting Go seemed at times unbelievable. I mean how many times does Clover face death...seriously. It also seemed that every time she was in danger Daniel was there to save her. However, I do have to admit that Clover and Daniel were well written characters. Though I did wish that Clover ended up growing after everything was unveiled.
“Because even if you buried yourself in guilt, you can't go back and change what happened.”
Clover Scott was honest, naive, and ultimately left me feeling sorry for her. With no family, no place to live, having to face the circumstances she was facing, left me truly feeling for this character. Daniel Hudson was kind, sweet, and seemed to take on the responsibility of caring for and looking after Clover after saving her from drowning. The novel did contain romance but it did not seem to draw me in or make me feel captivated in anyway. It just seemed to me that these two characters met and fell in love rather fast.
I also enjoyed the twists and turns that this novel had. It also did end on a rather happy note. However, I just would have liked to bit more romance between the two characters and I would have liked to have seen a built up towards their relationship instead of simultaneously falling for one another.
Summary from Goodreads:
One summer can change everything...
Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble.
Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.
ARC was kindly provided by publisher, Entangled Publishing, LLC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
Publication Date: February 1st 2016
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