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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Let Go of Your Heart is a contemporary fiction novel written by Dawn Felton. Cassie Williams is quite pleased with her move from Bronx, New York to Tampa, Florida. Her transfer to the bank's Tampa location was accompanied by both a promotion and an increase in wages, and the area's lower costs of living allowed her to buy herself a condo and a Honda Accord. When her boss told her about Holton Bank's plans for having its employees participate in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 5K and 10K Run and Walk and his plan that she would be in charge of employee participation, Cassie was excited by the new project and committed herself to running the 10K. While she was relatively fit, she had not run competitively before and signed up for a gym membership at a club that offered training classes for the event. A spur of the moment decision to join a spinning class led to her meeting Michael, who helped her adjust her bike and was also training for the run. She had no idea that he was actually Mikey Mike, the hip hop deejay she enjoyed listening to so much and who had a well-earned reputation for being a player.
Dawn Felton's contemporary fiction novel, Let Go of Your Heart, is a well-written and powerful tale of two people who seem destined for each other despite the obstacles thrown in their way. The characters of Michael and Cassie are finely drawn, and, while the reader is at first tempted to see nothing more of Michael than the player image he is known for, seeing how the two of them seem to complete each other makes this novel work incredibly well. Felton's handling of the racial issues she brings up is deft and sure, and I found the conversations the women had at the pleasure party to be compelling and thought-provoking. Add to the mix, a marvelous musical theme and the two's newly found dedication to racing, and you end up with a story that works on so many levels. Let Go of Your Heart is a most impressive work and is highly recommended.