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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dafina (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758214235
  • ASIN: B005Q6288K
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,932,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanne Skerrett was born in Roseau, Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean. She moved with her family to the United States as a teenager. She has worked on various news desks for several newspapers, including the Boston Globe and Chicago Tribune. She is the author of She Who Shops, Sugar vs. Spice and Letting Loose, published by Kensington Publishing Corp. She is also the author of My Best White Friend and Abraham's Treasure, recently released as eBooks on Kindle. She lives in Boston.

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You might be better off getting it from the library or a half priced book store.
D. Lee
Unlike her previous novels, which were written in third-person, Skerrett tells this story through Amelia's first-person narration.
Johnny Diaz
LETTING LOOSE had a very slow start but as the story unraveled, Skerrett started to draw me in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monica L. Williams on October 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
...I'm on my way to Dominica, one of the settings for Joanne Skerrett's third and most ambitious novel. The other setting is Boston, of course, where Skerrett's latest protagonist, schoolteacher Amelia Wilson, finds life a little on the dull site.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina S. on February 3, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this author's style of writing. What I liked most about this story was the fact that despite the dysfunctionality (is that a word?) of most of the characters, it was still an entertaining read. I only had a couple of things that I didn't care for. I wasn't wild about Drew and I didn't too much care for the end of the story. Even with those "issues" it was a fast paced enjoyable read.
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Amelia Wilson is a schoolteacher whose life is missing the right components to give her true happiness. In LETTING LOOSE, readers journey beside Amelia as she discovers who she is, what she truly wants out of life, and starts living for Amelia.

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.
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By D. Lee on February 23, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Letting Loose was a okay story, but it was definitely slow in spots and I found myself speed reading and scanning several of the chapters.
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.
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