- Series: Study Abroad
- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Peterson Paperbacks, LLC (December 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0997161353
- ISBN-13: 978-0997161359
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,939,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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 mobile phone number.
Lessons in Letting Go (Study Abroad) (Volume 3) Paperback – December 5, 2016
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
About the Author
Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Mr. Darcy, Jamie Fraser (OMG love the gingers!), and Edward Cullen, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark and handsome heroes of her own. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Peterson, and her smelly Goldendoodle Martha Bean.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle Edition for FREE. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features:
Showing 1-6 of 18 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I just love the whole concept of this series and adore it even more because the author is writing from her experience from her semester abroad. I loved the connection that she put into the first two novels, but it's even more apparent in Lessons in Letting Go. This book is different than the first two, and by far my favorite. Not only do I see how this series is changing and evolving, but I'm witnessing first hand Peterson grow as an author.
We first met Laura as one of the Madrilenas in both Spanish Lessons and Lessons in Gravity. We learn mostly in Lessons In Gravity that Laura becomes involved with a very well know sexy Welsh football player that plays for Madrid. When we get to see a glimpse of them in LIG I just had this gut feeling that Laura and Rhys' story was going to get me.
Laura and Rhys have a lot of things in common. They both have a lot on their shoulders, expect more from themselves than what they would ever expect of anyone else, and feel like everyone is watching their every move just waiting for them to make a mistake. I feel like every woman will be able to identify with Laura. We are our own worst critics and often our own downfall.
"I always felt less than. Less than pretty. Less than smart. And because I wasn't pretty and perfect and bubbling with intelligent things to share with the world, I thought I didn't deserve a place at the table. I didn't deserve anything. I was nobody."
Peterson is pretty much a genius when it comes to meet-cutes. In Lessons in Letting Go we get a first-hand experience of Rhys's awful attempts of pick-up lines.
"Hey Girl. Do you work at Starbucks? Because I like you a-latte." He leans in. "Get it? A-latte?"
"I do," I manage. "Keep going. The 'hey girl' part is amazing."
It's completely adorable. Another thing Peterson is a genius at…well, you'll have to check out chapter 18 on that!
Just as we start to see this incredible connection form between Laura and Rhys we also start to unveil a lot of their flaws and self-destructive behaviors. Laura and Rhys were so carefully crafted to have us fall in love with them, accepting them for who they are and what they become through this journey. There's points in this novel that I thought to myself that this wouldn't work in other books that I've read, but with Laura and Rhys, it's perfection.
Rhys' drive to drown himself in his success, playing against the ghost of his father's tainted reputation, starts to become incredibly overwhelming for Laura. She finds herself reverting back into her past, putting her in a dark place.
"I'm starting to get the feeling that Rhys is a man of many faces. One he wears for his fans. One he wears for me. And one he keeps for himself. Maybe the faces he shows to the world are just masks he hides behind. I don't know why I want to dig deeper, and uncover what it is those masks hide."
Rhys slowly sees her slipping away. This is my favorite part in the book, watching Laura reform herself into this confident woman that strives to reach her goals.
"The Laura who lives in the moment. I admire her. I want to be more like her."
When the downfall starts to spiral, I became furious with Rhys. I wanted Laura to scream at him, stand up to him, pound on his chest to make him see clearly. At one point I questioned how this could resolve. What grand gesture could Rhys provide that would flip my emotions from one end of the spectrum to the other?? The last 10% was a perfect volley of perspectives. I mean, honestly, it was perfection. Rhys starts to recognize that you can't buy happiness, and when you are lucky enough to stumble upon it, you latch on to it, guarding it close to your heart. Rhys' gesture was a-dork-able and incredibly genuine. I smiled, I laughed, I teared up a bit.
I'm beyond happy that I was granted the ability to read this book early and I'm just as ecstatic that Lessons in Letting Go was beyond my expectations!!! Like I mentioned before, this book is different but still fits so well in the series. It's deeper, it's stronger, it's the game changer!!!
Romance isn't my go-to genre - half the time I find the plots far-fetched or the characters stupid. So for me to race through a series like this it has to have an interesting plot, and believable things that keep them apart. The fact that the hero reminded me of David Beckham is probably worth mentioning too ;-)
Laura always tried to be “perfect”. The perfect girlfriend, with the perfect looks, and the perfect body. When she realized how unhappy she was with herself she tried to make a change when she got to Madrid, but old habits die hard, and when she starts to fall in love with Rhys, she starts to fall back into old patterns.
Rhys is a star player on Madrid’s soccer team. He has to make sure he is the best and always has to make sure he’s seen in a good light. Keeping up with his Instagram, and making sure he stays Mr. Popular is a top priority for him, especially because his family is counting on him.
When Rhys and Laura meet, it all seems great, but eventually their need to be perfect starts a toxic spiral downward. Before they can be happy with each other, they must be happy with themselves.
The first 1/3 of this book was a little slow for me, especially because during that time we see the characters trying to be”perfect” and it kind of annoyed me, I really didn’t like either of these characters at the beginning. Laura couldn’t stand up for herself, and Rhys was just a jerk, always taking and he was so materialistic. The book really turned for me during the one party scene when Laura finally realizes she can’t live like that anymore. After that I connected better to them, and it’s because they were finally starting to be true to themselves.
This book was excellent, and I loved seeing the journey of Rhys and Laura’s relationship play out. I think my favorite scene was at the airport🙂 It was absolutely adorable! I highly recommend this book!
I can’t wait for more books from this series. Jessica Peterson’s writing style totally draws you in, and I love how she describes all the settings throughout the series.