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Series: A Modern Fairytale #2
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Second Chance, Military
In this modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel, thirteen-year-old foster children Griselda and Holden escape from their abductor after three years of brutal captivity, and try to cross the Shenandoah River on foot. Tragically, one of them makes it to safety, but the other is left behind.
Ten years later, Griselda's boyfriend drags her to a fight club grudge match, and her world is turned upside down when she watches Holden step into the ring.
Though the connection between them is fierce, bitter regret, simmering rage, and a tangle of physical and emotional scars lie between them, just as dangerous as the white water of the Shenandoah.
Never Let You Go is a story of fear and hope, defeat and survival, and two people--once profoundly broken--who discover that love is the only thing that can make them whole again.
**Due to profanity, scenes of physical abuse and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. (Note: Children are not sexually abused in this book.)**
All novels in the ~a modern fairytale~ collection are written as fundraisers.
Miranda’s Confession and Review
What you are about to read is not just a review, but a confession, you see, for the last several months I’ve been completely disinterested in blogging. Of course, I have a few reasons and about a million excuses as to why, but the long and short of it is that I haven’t wanted to. I’ve been uninspired. Jaded to a community that switches from supportive, kind, and caring to vicious, malicious, and just plain ugly at the drop of a hat. When I started Mommy’s a Book Whore nearly four years ago, things weren’t like this. I’m sure there was drama, but it wasn’t in your face like it is now. There was this quiet kind of respect between authors, bloggers, readers, and everything in between. That’s long since been lost and I don’t think it will ever be recovered. (See, jaded.) I am still very active in the community, I’ve made some life-long friends and met so many amazing people, but blogging switched from being a fun outlet for me to a chore that I did out of some kind of obligation. So I stepped away. Am I back? I don’t know… I’d like to think that maybe at some point, but I just don’t know. This could be a fluke brought on by an amazing book or it could be a spark of that old passion, only time will tell. For now, I’m inspired…
Never Let You Go by Katy Regnery is far and away the best book I’ve read in nearly a year… normally when I read a book that I love I can’t bear to put it down, but I found myself setting my Kindle down on more than one occasion because of a profound scene or passage. I devoured the words, no doubt about that, but I also needed to savor… I needed to reflect. To truly, totally, and wholly feel the words.
Holden and Griselda’s story isn’t one that you simply read, it’s one that you live. You live every heartbreaking, tearjerking, smile making, panty melting, uplifting, tragic moment. The journey is tumultuous, but worth every second.
Regnery is a master storyteller. She puts so much detail into every aspect of the story, but never once bogs it down with filler. Each scene is purposeful. Every interaction, every thought, every everything is precise and crafted for maximum impact. I desperately wanted Holden and Griselda to have their happily ever after, Lord knows they deserved a lifetime of happy after what they endured, but at the same time, I never wanted their story to end.
I’ve read more books than I can count and can list only a handful that have burrowed so deeply into me that I will never, ever be able to let them go and true to its title; I will never let this book go. Gris and Holden have claimed a piece of my soul and I will forever carry their endless, all-consuming love with me.
“I jump, you jump.”
Five stars, ten stars, twenty, one hundred, one thousand, one million, one billion… there aren’t enough stars in the sky to rate this book.