Jessica Ruddick is a 2014 Golden Heart finalist for her new adult novel, Letting Go, which was inspired by her own college experiences. She lives in Virginia and is married to her college sweetheart—their first date was a fraternity toga party (and nothing inspires love like a toga, right?). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her hands on a keyboard, she can be found wrangling her two rambunctious sons, taming two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs, and battling the herd of dust bunnies that has taken up residence in her home. To learn more about Jessica, please visit her website at www.jessicaruddick.com.
I tapped my fingers impatiently while I waited for the scheduling program to load, like I’d done every day this summer over my morning Cheerios. My schedule was nearly perfect, but there was one class that didn’t quite fit the way it wanted to. And I was nothing if not tenacious.
Sure, some people might think it was time wasted to check the schedule several times a day, but I knew that my semester would be so much better if my schedule was perfect.
That was me—Cori Elliott, control-freak extraordinaire. I’d learned the hard way this past year that I couldn’t control everything—I couldn’t stop my boyfriend from dying. So what was so wrong with taking control of the things I could?
Finally! The schedule had loaded. I scrolled down to the Sociology course section, then blinked. And blinked again. The mid-morning section of Criminology that I’d been trying to get into for months had one spot open. My fingers flew across the keyboard, clicking and unclicking boxes. I held my breath while the hour glass turned on the screen.
It was a sign, an omen. This year was going to be great. I would make it great. My clothes and all of my other school things—including a hideous zebra print comforter my best friend and roommate insisted we get to match—were packed and ready to go. Tomorrow, I would load up my car for the six-hour drive, and then I would move into the Alpha Beta house with the rest of my sisters.
Tomorrow started the next chapter in my life. Perfect.
How long do you hold on?Cori Elliott likes order. Her schedule, her social life...even her GPA is perfect. Then she finds out her high school boyfriend's death wasn't an accident—it was suicide. The devastating revelation is enough to fracture her perfectly structured life, sending Cori in a downward spiral of self-doubt and impulsive decisions.And right into the arms of Luke Evans.But Cori's life isn't perfect anymore. In fact, it's all coming apart. The only way she can save herself is to let go of everything—including the girl she used to be. Even if it means losing the one guy who might just be perfect for her in the process...
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