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After binge reading the first three books in the series, I have to say I didn't care for this one as much. It's written more like a typical romance story. The first three books were all about Katie, her relationship with her bio mom and foster family, and her ability to turn her life around after being put in the foster care system at sixteen. Although Katie is back home in this book, her foster parents, now adopted parents, are not. Sam, is mentioned, but not in this book. The youth pastor that was so important in the previous books, isn't there. Maybe these characters got dumped on the editor's floor? They were certainly missed by this reader!
This book is 90% about Katie and Charlie, will they or won't they get back together. Not really my type of story. The Christianity thread from the first 3 books was almost lost, although the author still kept the story clean. Also, I felt like I was missing MANY stories between Book 3 and Book 4. I actually checked to see if I ordered the wrong book. References were often made to events that occurred after Book 3, but before Book 4. Where were those tales, besides rolling around inside the author's head? I would have liked to have read them. And unlike the previous 3 books, not a single tear was shed in this reading. Nor were there any memorable giggles. This book had NONE of the heart wrenching elements of the first three books. No highs or lows. It was relatively flat and mediocre by comparison.
The bottom line is this:
The first 3 books were coming of age stories written for a YA audience. Book 4 is a romance story for New Adults, recycling some favorite characters from a pervious storyline. It's a, "Hey, whatever happened to good old Katie Parker..." novel. It's as if the author was writing her own fan fiction. Which is fine...but also disappointing for this reader. It's like signing up for the chicken dinner, but getting ham instead. I like ham, but I was really hoping for chicken. I was hoping for a story like I'd read before, like the previous 3 books. The writing was fine, better than most romance stories, but maybe this tale shouldn't have bothered recycling characters from Katie Parker's universe. If it was written merely for the sake of getting Charlie and Katie back together, and had I known this, I probably wouldn't have bothered reading this book. I was satisfied with the way things were left in Book 3, but that's just me.
I would like to give this book more stars. The first three Books were worth at LEAST five stars. But this book's message felt like it got lost on the traditional romance formula. I would recommend the first three books, wholeheartedly. Not this one.
Katie just wasn't the heroine I wanted her to be. I can understand being emotionally beat up, but the entire book just felt so heavy. All the time. Every chapter. And maybe I'm all wrong. Maybe that was how the author wanted her story to end. Maybe this is just the beginning of a new chapter in Katie's life and development. I suppose the author is the only one who knows.
While I'm thankful for her happy ending, I was kind of disappointed in the rather shallow road she took to get there.
I'm going to insert here my love of the cover. It is gorgeous and perfect for this story! Really, really love it! They got her hair that strawberry blondish and his dark and the airplane in the background... An airplane and flying was quite significant in this story. The cover also continues the newer covers' more vintage look. I love the sunny-ness of it as well.
Okay. So the story...
Katie was in really deep this time in so many ways! So much was going on and she had a lot of concerns for herself, for her best friend who was rushing to the altar, for Charlie, for Ian, and for her beloved Valiant Theater. Some of her choices were upsetting. Emotions were high and intense, both in very sweet as well as in some ugly ways. The author always has this great wit that comes across in her stories and it's no different here. There were a lot of zingers, humor, and sarcasm. I especially enjoyed a lot of Katie's grandma Maxine's lines. Her and those other home town folks always add so much to this series.
I loved that the story was messy. Not in the way it was written or the characterization. The author let her character's make choices, both good and bad, or not make them sometimes. She let them cry and hurt, be angry, fall in love, be unkind, and be the best friends. It made me really cheer on and connect with these characters. And really, Charlie is the best sort of man in so many ways and Katie has so many insecurities and lashes out sometimes, but Charlie tries to be there for her regardless. The biggest question was if Katie would figure things out and let Charlie in, or if someone or something else would feel that roll.
Can't Let You Go inspired and sucked me in with these fabulously familiar characters, sweet and intense romance, lots of humor, and Katie's struggle to face her fears, to accept love, and to learn to let go. It was a beautiful, heartfelt story. A story I loved. I'll definitely be visiting these characters and the town of In Between again when I reread this series in the future. If you enjoy YA, NA, or Adult contemporary romance (Christian or not) then I'd definitely recommend Can't Let You Go.
Content: A little innuendo, but otherwise clean.
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