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Never Let You Go: (inspired by "Hansel and Gretel") (A Modern Fairytale Book 2) Kindle Edition
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~ "I have no idea when this book will stop holding my heart hostage buteven though this book-hangover is fierce, I wouldn't have wanted it anyother way." -- Dottie D'Amour, Rave and Rant about Raunch
~ "It's a heartbreaking yet joyous and uplifting tale of unconditional and truly selfless love. And it's the kind of happily ever after that fairytales are made of." --Ruth, Blithely Bookish
~ "I feel this novel is a stunning achievement; so deep, intense andmoving. I was blown away by it, and the characters resonated for a long timeafter I finished!" -- Tessa Shapcott, former Mills & Boon editor
~ "Staying true to her tag line, this book is a little bit heat, a little bitsweet with a whole lot of HEA, but this time there is also a little bitof darkness and angst done well." -- Jaime, Fan Fiction Book Reviews
~ "These two are beautifully complex and superbly developed characters in thatyou experience their growth and transformation as the grapple with their fierce love for each other..." -- Suzanne, Slut Sistas Book Reviews
~ "I applaud Ms. Regnery for this outstanding and remarkable story. I wishshe could have seen me as I read the final words delivering to her astanding ovation for Never Let Me Go." --Tami Talbert, The Book Enthusiast
~ "I have so many feelings after reading this book and all of them amount to a fantastic 5 star read." -- Micky, Jo & Isa Love Books
From the Author
This book is a bit of a departure for me. It's dark. Not midnight blackdark, but there is some serious darkness in this book. There is also...
and True Love. ♥
This book is part of the same series of standalone modern fairytales that includes The Vixen and the Vet, and like The Vixen and the Vet (which dealt with the real-life issues of war, IED injuries and thetreatment of returning veterans) this story will be a good deal edgier than my Heart of Montana or Blueberry Lane books.
However - of course, as always - I guarantee a happy ending.
I hope you enjoy Holden and Griselda's story.
- ASIN : B00YOI1EW2
- Publisher : Katharine Gilliam Regnery; 1st edition (June 12, 2015)
- Publication date : June 12, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2407 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 426 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #389,652 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The second half of the book was just a mess though. I was pretty sad with where it went. Geez I hate to give spoilers, so I won't. But let's just say that the trope was one of my least favorite of all kinds. And it wasn't even just the awful, horrible trope... it's like the story just unraveled. Gone was the intimacy and sweetness and openness that the two shared (as children and adults) of the first half of the book. And in it's place was just the Big Misunderstanding. It was practically unreadable, but I forced myself through it. Boo. I should read the one star reviews more before plunging ahead.
First, there is a LOT of abuse throughout the story - both child abuse and domestic violence. While not extremely graphic, it is gut-wrenching and continues throughout the book. It also deals with kidnapping and violence against children (aside from the abuse to begin with.)
The overall feel of the story (understandably so) is very dark and depressing. There is really no bright spots at all throughout 75% of the book. Even when one believes things will FINALLY start looking up for our two main characters, something will be thrown in to ruin any hope of happiness. In this, I believe the story went a little overboard.
So, why the four star rating? Because, while it was very hard to read and a doomingly depressing experience for the most part, it was written extremely well and the subject matter was dealt with in a realistic and believable way. I can’t punish the author for tackling a horrific subject even if I thought the angst was a bit overkill. It was moving and hard to forget.
The upside that ultimately made it worth the misery was the wonderful and much-needed HEA that gave us enough time to finally smile and close the book happy.
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The love that H&G had is a love that most people only ever dream about, the things they went through both together and then after being separated were heartbreaking. The fact that their love for each other got them through such horrible time is so heart warming.
When Holden was first brought back into the book as Seth I gasped and I thought oh god he has turned into a nasty person, which would be understandable after everything he went through, but as soon as he seem Gris again he was the Holden we had heard about in the book before.
The toughest part of the book for me to read was when Holden gave up his parental rights to Hannah, as a parent you are always trying to do what is right for your child, I could never imagine ever making that decision especially after everything Holden had gone through in his life, his need to finally have his own family was over ridden by the need for his daughter to have a loving family surrounding her, Katy I think this was the moment that Holden became my new favourite book bf.
My favourite line from the book is " I jump you jump"
Thank you for a great book, emotional but definitely a great read and I will be recommending it to anyone and everyone
There's were others things like this but don't want to give spoilers away. The story's good if this sort of thing doesn't frustrate you .
What a beautiful, emotive and well-written novel!
Holden and Griselda are foster children and are abducted during an outing with their foster family. Caleb Foster is not quite right in the head and thinks they are his sinful twin brother and sister. They spend three years in captivity, mistreated and beaten, until, one day, they make an escape bid, running through the cornfield and across the Shenandoah River. However, only one of them makes it across safely.
Ten years later, Griselda is dragged to a bare-knuckle fight and her world tilts off its axis, again.
Holden and Griselda are fantastically drawn characters. Both survivors, they are alive but not really living. When they are reunited, the love they had for one another as children burns into something brighter, deeper, and intensely sexual. The belief and devotion they had for one another left me breathless. Holden is absolutely all in from the moment he realises that she’s truly alive. He wants to be a better man and live a better life for Griselda. Griselda, having lived all her adult life with a barrier between herself and the rest of world, is beyond thankful and happy to find Holden again, but their situation is not without complications. Living with guilt of having survived without Holden, she also has to learn to accept that people can love her unconditionally and truly.
So much happens in this novel – it really kept me on edge, and it really keeps you wondering if they’ll ever get their happy ending. Holden’s unwavering love for Griselda was a real anchor for me. There were so many heart-wrenching and beautifully-written passages – SO MUCH FEELING!!!
This book is an absolute must-read (especially if you’re a fan of Mia Sheridan).
If you like to feel a range of emotions, while also knowing that it will be worth while, this beautiful book is a sumptuous read. Invest in chocolate, wine and tissues and savor what is a gorgeous summer read about young love, friendship, indurance and eventual peace. Utterally tearworthy with sniffles and smiles . highly recommended.