The Truth About Letting Go

The Truth About Letting Go

by Leigh Talbert Moore


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Ashley wants to smash everything in her once-perfect life.
Charlotte wants to walk in Ashley's seemingly charmed shoes.
Colt wants to turn Smalltown USA on its ear--with Ashley at his side.
Jordan wants to follow his heart... but Ashley is the one sacrifice he never expected to make.

Up until now, Ashley Lockett has always followed the rules. She's always done the right thing, played it safe, and then her ideal life is shattered when her dad dies suddenly.

Fueled by anger and grief, she vows to do everything opposite of how she lived before. She rejects safety, the rules, faith, and then she meets Jordan.

Jordan has big dreams, he's had a crush on Ashley for years, he's a great kisser... but he's also safe.

Enter Colt. He is not safe, and he's more than willing to help Ashley fulfill her vow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482660395
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: 03/02/2013
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, a former freelance editor, a former freelance journalist, a chocoholic, a caffeine addict, a Southern expat, a lover of any great love story, a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps.

Leigh's debut YA romantic comedy, THE TRUTH ABOUT FAKING, is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.

Her second book, ROUGE, a mature YA/new adult romantic suspense novel set in New Orleans, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.

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The Truth About Letting Go 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
This book tore my heart apart!  I was literally crying like a baby at one point that I had to put the book down and walk away…I just couldn’t take it anymore!  Me and father/daughter books man…I’m telling ya!  They get me every time… Ashley Lockett has lost her father to cancer and she’s having an extremely difficult time with it.  Her mother is never home anymore, her brother is off at college, which pretty much leaves Ashley alone to wallow in her pain.  Because of this pain, Ashley has decided to change things in her life…and it’s not always for the better. At first, Ashley befriends people that she never would have dreamed of associating with pre-the death of her father.  But Ashley finds some solace in her new found friendship with Charlotte; an overweight classmate who was a huge fan of Ashley’s father.  Ashley also finds herself inexplicably attracted to one that she formerly thought of as a geek, Jordan.  She finds that she can speak easily with Jordan and talk about anything.  But Jordan’s future plans conflict with Ashley’s beliefs and so she turns to the dark side. Enter sexy, bad boy Colt.  He’s is so wrong for Ashley, and brings out the worst in her…and Ashley can’t seem to stay away.  The adrenaline she feels when she’s with Colt has a way of making her forget the pain that she is experiencing, but Ashley is dangerously spiraling to a life that her father would never have wanted for her…and Jordan seems to be the key to helping her find her way out of the dark. I am such a huge fan of author, Leigh Talbert Moore’s writing, and The Truth About Letting Go just solidified the fact that she has become one of my favorite authors.  The story behind this book went straight to my soul.  It had me yearning to speak with my father, and hold my kids a little longer, and lover my husband a little harder.  The Truth About Letting Go had me going through so many different emotions, and I absolutely loved riding this emotional rollercoaster ride. The characters, whether they be main or co-star, were easily believable, and easily relatable.  They are all given their own distinct personalities that you can’t help but become totally engrossed in the drama that unfolds in these pages.  And can you say hot!  There were moments in the book that seriously made me blush…and crush on the bad boy himself (obviously!)  And Jordan is such a sweetheart with so much patience and such a kind heart.  How could I not help crushing on him too! Leigh Talbert Moore does and amazing job at successfully showing the pain that a child goes through after losing a parent.  Not only that, but she also does a believable job in how that loss affects the whole family.  She does a fantastic job in convincing the reader just how much pain Ashley is, and how devastating a loss it is. I would recommend this read to fans of emotional contemporary reads.  If you’re looking for a read that may very well leave you misty eyed and fumbling around for a tissue, don’t hesitate in grabbing a copy of The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore.
JessicaCoffee More than 1 year ago
There are two things that stand out for me most in The Truth About Letting Go. 1) Loss and the reaction to that loss and how it changes and bends and becomes a different experience to every person who goes through it and 2) The lengths people go to when trying not to feel. I liked TTABLG a lot. Leigh has a way with words; they flow well and you don't want that flow to stop until the entire story has completed. It is a quick read, but an enjoyable one at the same time. I read this *before* The Truth About Faking (whoops) so now I need to read that (in the not too distant future). Regarding the MC, Ashley makes a lot of mistakes and chases after things terribly not "good" for her while dealing with the loss of her father (or, *not* dealing with it at all). Ultimately she has to choose between two guys: The "good" one, or the one who just wants to have a really "good" time. Without ruining the ending, I will say that I was happy with Ashley's decision. Growth is a big deal after loss (part of that growth being learning who you are after such an experience) and I think Leigh handled that very well with Ashley. Also, one of my favorite things about TTALG is the dialogue... Leigh is good and quick-witted with her characters. I loved it and laughed out loud quite a few times. Can't wait to read more books by Leigh! **Note: this is definitely high-end YA
KellyP123 More than 1 year ago
Leigh T. Moore knows how to write realistic characters. I loved the Truth About Faking, and I love how this one is in same familiar town as that one, but about new teens. The reader's heart breaks for main character Ashley as she deals with a family tragedy. Ashley makes positive and negative decisions regarding her friendships and relationships with two boys, and Leigh T. Moore writes the story to make sure you care about her and care to see how she figures out how to deal with the good and the bad.
micharch More than 1 year ago
This is a book about dealing with grief and deciding what path in life you want to take. Ashley has a hard time coming to grips with her father's death and it makes her reexamine her life and her goals. She makes some mistakes but, in the end, she chooses the path that she feels is right and decides to see where life takes her one day at a time. Overall good read.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Once I picked up the book, I wasn't able to put it back down until I was finished. It simply wouldn't let me. I'm impressed by this author. Everything I've read by Leigh Talbert Moore brings me right into the worlds she creates.  The ARC of The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Lost_in_Literature More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! This story was not what I expected.  I thought it would be more of a sappy love story type of romance, but this was nothing like that.  It was more of a gritty and emotional contemporary romance.  I'm definitely into that kind of story lately, and this hit the nail on the head.  It was so enjoyable and entertaining to read. After fighting a losing battle with cancer, Ashley's father passes away.  Ashley's previously perfect life is instantly changed.  The good girl that always got good grades and never got into trouble decides to rebel against everything and everyone after the loss of her father.  She can't stand the sadness in her heart, so she decides to cover it up with instant gratification... at whatever the cost.  Jordan, who has always been a classmate of Ashley's though she's never noticed him before, all of a sudden shows up on her radar.  Though he's dorky and not her type, she begins to feel drawn to him.  Then comes the new guy in school, Colt.  The bad boy who's full of fun and always down for a good time.  Ashley starts to think that Colt is exactly what she needs right now. The Truth About Faking is a raw look at a teenager's rebelling to deal with overtaking emotions.  The characters are realistic and definitely relateable. I loved how Moore developed these characters, each so different but yet so alike.  It was a deep book, though fun at the same time. One I really enjoyed. The Truth About Faking was right up my alley, and I'm so happy I was given the chance of reviewing it. Other than a few spelling/grammatical errors, it was awesome. I would definitely recommend this book to contemporary lovers, such as myself. It's a must-read!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Leigh Talbert Moore.) 17-year-old Ashley has just buried her father, and it seems like she’s never going to stop hurting, never going to get over it, and never going to feel normal again. Starting back at school seems like both a good and bad idea, but she’s not the same Ashley she was before, gone are the pretty spring dresses she would normally wear, and she no longer wants to be a cheerleader. Her best friend Mandy’s constant gossiping and nattering is starting to annoy her too. It seems that Ashley has made (in Mandy’s eyes) some strange new friends though. Charlotte, the fat girl who seems to have idolised Ashley’s dad and his keep fit tips, and Jordan, the geeky boy who has the locker next to hers. Ashley doesn’t care though, charlotte seems easy to talk to, which is what she needs, and Jordan makes her feel different – raw and on fire, and not so sad any more. When Jordan tells her that he’s thinking about becoming a pastor, and that he’s saving himself for marriage, Ashley is annoyed. She may not have ‘broken the seal’ herself yet, but she desperately wants to do it with Jordan. Taking this anger and trying to get over it, Ashley begins playing pranks with the new school bad-boy Colt instead, but it’s still Jordan she’s thinking about really. How long will it be before Ashley feels better over the loss of her father? Can Colt ever be a replacement for Jordan? And how many other people will let Ashley down? This was a great story about love, loss, friendship, and grief. I enjoyed it, and if you like contemporary YA, you’ll probably enjoy it too. I really liked Ashley. She was struggling with so much after the loss of her father, and I really felt for her. The way that even small things became a challenge at times, and how magnified her feelings were about things that may otherwise have not been a big deal, was real testament to her grief, and I thought the author portrayed this realistically and with great feeling. Jordan was a sweetheart, and I liked the part he played in helping Ashley work through her grief. I thought that the mini makeover was a nice touch, and showed us a little glimpse of Ashley before her grief, as well as how much Jordan was willing to sacrifice to make her feel better. I thought the romance between the two was really sweet, but also something that Ashley needed, and I could understand her frustration over Jordan wanting to be a pastor, and not wanting to have sex until he was married. It was actually nice to come across a teen girl who wasn’t shy about suddenly feeling ready to have sex, or ‘break the seal’ as she referred to it, even if it was maybe in part due to her grief. She wasn’t unselective about it though, she knew that it was Jordan that she wanted, and she was sure about it. Charlotte was a little more difficult to get a feel for. It was difficult to really put a finger on her intentions towards Ashley, and why she behaved so differently towards her in different situations. I also wasn’t that big of a fan of Colt either, and I was glad that Ashley managed to keep her head around him most of the time. I liked the storyline in this book, and I thought the subject of grief was handled well. I liked the romance storyline between Ashley and Jordan, and I liked the progress that Ashley made in coming to terms with her dad’s death. I also liked the way that Ashley came to realise that her actions had consequence, and was ready to accept that. I sometimes find that books like this can have a very open ending, as there is often no end to grief, but this book did have a well-defined beginning, middle, and end which was good! Overall; a great YA story dealing with love, loss, and grief. 7.5 out of 10.
Naj More than 1 year ago
Leigh Talbert Moore always manages to write with a hidden message. This book is no different than her other work. The Truth About Letting Go gives you a sense of hope, tells you never to hide, numb or run away from the pain. But to accept it and let it go. Because that's the only way, you'll ever be able to move on. Ashley Lockett is a popular, beautiful cheerleader, who went through a life changing tragedy. Her life went from perfect to horrid in the span of 6 months. Now, all she wants to do is numb out the pain with just about anyone. But then a rule-breaking athlete, Colt, rolls into town and he does everything in his power to make her his partner in crime. And together, Ashley does stupid things she never saw herself doing. Stupid things, she knows she'll regret. Ashley is a likeable protagonist, and by default, the protagonists always annoys me one way or another. After her fathers death, Ashley becomes very self-destructive, irrational and all together stupid. She made bad choices in the worst time of her life and I can't blame her for making them. I just can't help but feel irritated by her when she cluelessly vandalizes things around her with a horndog like Colt. They may have steamy intimate moments but honestly, if I was her bestie, I'd knock her out of her stupidity and save her from the regret she'll surely be feeling when her head clears out. Jordan and Charlotte are the new people in Ashley's life, that actually makes her face reality about her dad, her family and well, life. They're obviously the two people that she's better off with than Colt. But she doesn't want to be "safe", she wants adrenaline and a whole lot of rule breaking. And again, I'm annoyed at her stupid choices. Ashley, eventually snaps out of her self-destructive phase and the journey of how she went from perfect to horrid then to acceptance is full of heartwarming, thrilling, and even swoon-worthy scenes. To sum it all up, This book, tells you The Truth About Letting Go. The journey it takes you starting with the tears, the pain, the anger, the regret, the despair, the acceptance, and ending with letting go. Leigh portrayed the message loud and clear with appropriate characters, the friendship and the love story that helps Ashley recover from the heartbreak of losing a parent. An unputdownable contemporary romance filled with heart-wrenching moments, and a beautiful message that will make you cry as you go through the book with the protagonist.
Steph3 More than 1 year ago
Wow. This book was powerful, beautiful, and real, addressing several issues within a great story in a very smooth, uncluttered way. Rarely have I read a book like this one, that felt so real it could be true. I felt a kinship with the teens, especially Ashley as she used self-destructive behavior and distractions to cover up her pain. Her spiritual struggle was also very true to life and understandable in those circumstances. I admire Ms. Moore's inclusion of church, religion, and faith in this book. Too often such discussion or mention is excluded from books because it is considered to not be politically correct or is seen as offensive or too sensitive a subject. I think the near constant exclusion of the subject in realistic fiction is unrealistic. Faith, or lack thereof, often plays a large part in one's life, especially during the years and time of self-discovery. Though this book is not at all preachy, I'm glad that the subject of God/faith was broached. The pace, tone, and voice of this book were great. The ending is perfect for the story. Not too much, not too little, but just right for what the story is. General thoughts: The Truth About Letting Go is real, and so beautiful, even in the pain, despair, harsh realities, and confusions. I just loved it. 5 stars. I definitely recommend it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This books was good in the beging an then towards the end it lost me. Ashley was a ok character in the beging then claose to the end she turned into a reckless sex driven whore. If i wrote the book i would have made her the same through out the book.
FaraHanani More than 1 year ago
While I LOVED the first book, The Truth About Faking, The Truth About Letting Go just didn’t blew me away, unfortunately. I feel kind of mixed about this book. So Ashley’s dad died and she had a hard time keeping up with life. I mean, who wouldn’t right? So she went all good girl gone bad and depended on the adrenaline rush that she gets from it. Or as I call it, self-destruct. It was pretty cliché of course, but I never have trouble with cliché, in fact I love it. But for this one… I think the pace of it went a little too fast. For the characters… I think the others are okay except for Colt. Colt and I need a one to one time and talk. Is his character supposed to be hot in the book? If yes, I’m so sorry to say this but Leigh Talbert just didn’t nailed it. I’m all for the hot bad guys in books but Colt is just an outright jerk for me. It just feels like he doesn’t have enough characters. Despite all my complains, The Truth About Letting Go was still worth the read and enjoyable. It took on the topic of people trying to move on with life after their love one’s death and I guess she kind of made her point there.
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It was so boring it was hard for me to even get through the whole book and the characters werent likeable at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the whole thing until the end. Just leaves u hanging. I hate these kind of books...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt like this one as much as the other book. I wasnt a fan of colts character whatsoever either. Wouldnt recommend it.
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