- Explore more great deals on thousands of titles in our Deals in Books store.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Letting Loose Paperback – Bargain Price, August 1, 2007
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Special Offers and Product Promotions
About the Author
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
It's not that there's no drama in Boston: Amelia's high-school students are disrespectful and unruly, her brother's life is troubling and her alcoholic mother expects Amelia to bail her and Amelia's brother out their never-ending series of binds. To top it all off, her best-friend Whitney is battling a serious mental illness.
So when Amelia's roommates, Kelly and James, return from Dominica, a tiny island in the Caribbean and try to set her up with a guy they've met there, Amelia can't help but take a stab at a cross-cultural, long-distance relationship. A few emails and several phone calls later, Amelia's on a flight to the Caribbean. Why not? After all, Drew is rich, smart, handsome and altruistic. But Amelia's golden boy soon loses some of his shine.
Skerrett does an excellent job introducing Dominica, its mountainous coastal vistas, its blue-blue waters, green-green trees and a sometimes-rustic existence. (I'm sooo there.)
I agree with the previous posters that the story starts slow, but as the novel progresses, it's easy to get lost between its pages.
Readers may be tempted to compare Letting Loose to Terry McMillan's "Stella:" A black American woman finds love with a man outside of the mainland U.S., but the similarities stop there. Skerrett's protagonist does find love on an island but the journey is complex and the ending is an unexpected one.
Is it a fairytale? Hmmm, not so much. But maybe Amelia is on the road to her happily ever after.
Drew may have been a good catch and handsome, but some of his ideas were antiquated. He was a poor communicator and he seem more focused on building his political career than his relationship.
Amelia had a lot of baggage in her own life. She's starting over as a teacher in public school, after an embarrassing incident with a married man at the private school she taught at.
I didn't feel the romance between Drew and Amelia, it seem more like she fit a imagine of the wife he needed to further his aspirations. His mother was meddlesome and he was just a little too much of a Mama's boy for my taste. I felt Whitney (Amelia's best friend) was more interesting than the main characters.
It wasn't a boring read, but its not a book a would recommend purchasing new. You might be better off getting it from the library or a half priced book store. The cover was the most exciting part of this story, in my opinion. This is the first book I have read by Ms Skerrett and it will probably be my last.
Amelia's roommates return from Dominica and are ecstatic because they think they have found the perfect man for her. What starts as innocent emails, turns into wonderful and costly phone conversations. Eventually Amelia decides her spring break will be spent with Drew. Amelia is drawn to Drew's personality and his pride in his country. He wants to revitalize it so future Dominicans will return to their homeland, and it helps that from his pictures, he is fine too. So with a bit of coaxing, Amelia embarks on her first real vacation and a sizzling spring break with Drew. She finds life on the small Caribbean island of Dominica is vastly different from her home in Boston. She discovers she is not as fearful as she once thought and there can be true romance without the physical.
After her week in Dominica, Amelia returns home to the chaos that is her family and the unruliness of her students. She realizes her life is predictable, and she misses Drew immensely. When summer vacation arrives, Amelia returns to Dominica and starts to enjoy life again with Drew. Before long the lovers start contemplating a future together, however, Amelia discovers a secret about Drew, will trust enable them to ever have a future together?
LETTING LOOSE had a very slow start but as the story unraveled, Skerrett started to draw me in. The main character's growth was deliberate and almost crept up on me. The imagery to describe the small island was beautiful.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great writing and story telling. This book is believable and relatable. I reread it all the time. Love it!Published 14 months ago by A. Gaines
This book took a while to read. Honestly I lost track of how long but for some reason I was determined to finish. I was disappointed. Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by Dietta
I read this book about a year ago and found it to be quite good. I think the cover tries too hard to present it as just another book about "getting your groove back," and this... Read morePublished on September 27, 2010 by windanon