In the beginning of any relationship, there is a certain sense of magic and wonder that takes hold at first. The feeling of butterflies in the stomach or the excitement one gets anytime the person you become infatuated with sends you a message all come from a place of bliss in which new love can often bring. Yet as relationships go on with time, there comes a point in which everyone realizes these bonds we form require hard work to maintain. For even in love, there is a need to nurture or grow these relationships before they go stale or succumb to deeper problems, or in the worst of cases, the need to move on and find something new can become a greater priority.
In author Reginald D. Smith's Love, Relationships, and Sometimes, Just Letting Go, the author explores the highs and lows of relationships. Utilizing a blend of advice, storytelling (both personal and professional), and wisdom he has acquired in his life, the author seeks to strengthen the bonds of a relationship or help those in possibly toxic relationships move on and find the means of creating healthier bonds. Approaching the subject with an almost universal appeal to readers, the book seeks to help readers define their relationship goals and move in the right direction.
The way the author was able to convey such meaningful and impactful advice and knowledge of relationships to the reader in a personable and honest way was quite moving to read. The open way the author conveyed the goals of the book and the multitude of different types of readers the author appealed to in this book allowed for a more participatory and emotional reading experience. The element which will appeal to more readers is the way that this book distinguishes itself from other relationship books, as it hones in on less of a "do-it yourself" manual and more of a nuanced, conversational journey through the highs and lows of the reader's relationship.
This is the perfect read for those who enjoy non-fiction books, especially those dealing with relationships, education, coaching, and self-help style writing. The goals of each chapter are outlined in great detail, and do a wonderful job of guiding the reader in understanding their relationships and where they are going, what they are in need of, and whether they are worth sustaining. The author deals with everything from good communication skills within the relationship, the goals each partner has in the relationship, determining one's emotional intelligence within the scope of love and relationships, and the steps a person can take when their relationship is in trouble. The atmosphere the author creates of acceptance and guidance allows the reader to feel more attuned to these topics and goals as the book goes on.
Emotionally-driven, rich in detail, and succinctly written, author Reginald D. Smith's Love, Relationships, and Sometimes, Just Letting Go is a must-read self-help and relationship book that readers won't be able to step away from. The balance of information and relatability the author is able to convey, along with the ways in which the reader is able to connect with the author's message and the thought-provoking journey the reader is taken on along the way makes this one book you won't be able to put down.
Pacific Book Review