Never Let You Go
#2, A Modern Fairytale
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"Their love scenes are steamy and deliciously intense, and they are tethered to each other in a way that springs off the pages, ensnaring you in their bond." –RT Book Reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a tale of regret, betrayal, kidnapping, loss, madness, abuse, passion, love.
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.
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Never Let You Go is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection, which includes six standalone, completely unrelated novels inspired by beloved fairy tales.
The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast)
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel)
Ginger's Heart (Little Red Riding Hood)
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot)
Don't Speak (The Little Mermaid)
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) - Coming 2018
Where do I start with this story? There was so much of it to love and I did love this story. It was an emotionally wrenching one. I couldn’t have held back tears if I tried. Never has Katy written with such emotion. I was fully invested in these two characters from the start. I couldn’t help but be swept away in their story. I shed a lot of tears while reading this story. But felt myself smile and sigh with relief by the end. This is a modern day Hansel and Gretel, VERY modern. It follows the lives of Holden and Griselda, two thirteen year olds who were abducted and terrorized by a madman. Desperate to get out of the situation, they plan an escape to cross the Shenandoah. Sadly only one gets away while the other is left behind.
They spend ten years apart not quite dead but not alive either. Each day is spent missing each other. Until one fateful night when Gris’s new boyfriend convinces her to go to an underground fight. Their reunion is full of discoveries. It is sweet with them discovering their feelings for each other but bitter when they discover their happiness lies with them staying together until other circumstances pull them apart. Their relationship is chalk full of these type of situations leaving you to wonder when they get their happily ever after. They found love in a hopeless situation, lost it without hope and found it again in redemption through hard work and a commitment to never let each other go that helps them succeed.
Deeply touching and full of passion
Never Let You Go is a modern day fairytale, the newest from one of my favorite authors Katy Regnery. Although this story is edgier than Katy’s other novels, I can still feel her presence through the writing never doubting that this is definitely one of her stories. The emotions she makes me feel while reading her books is indescribable always giving me the experience of such an intense connection to her characters as their lives leap off of the pages of my Kindle and touch my heart.
Griselda and Holden spent their lives at a young age in the foster system after the loss of their parents/family, ultimately living together in the same home. But when they are suddenly abducted, they end up spending three years being held captive together and both being abused. As they begin to fear for their lives, they finally make the decision to attempt an escape never anticipating that one of them will ultimately be unable to get away.
Having spent the last ten years never giving up hope of seeing Holden again, Griselda unexpectedly finds him in a situation she never anticipated. From the moment they reconnect, the chemistry and deep connection they shared as children which had intertwined their hearts once more awakens their souls as adults never having been broken despite their separation and the passage of years. When they decide to disappear from the lives they have been living to get to know each other again, their mutual physical craving skyrockets out of control finally leading them to the relationship they had never shared in their youth. Now as they begin to rediscover each other and learn how they have each spent their lives while separated, they both struggle to understand the individual decisions they ultimately made. Will Griselda and Holden be able to overcome those choices and learn to let go of the past to finally find their happily ever after and build the life together they had always dreamed of?
Through this story, my emotions ran the gamut from laughter to heartbreak. The unfaltering and never-ending love shared between Griselda and Holden despite some of the obstacles they must face is deeply touching, and their intense passion for one another practically shot sparks off of the pages. As I now sit here writing this review reliving their story in my mind, it brings tears to my eyes and a soreness and lump in my throat while simultaneously leaving me with a smile on my face as I recall the tender moments and overwhelming love Gris and Holden shared. This is an absolutely incredible story proving that despite the hurt and pain suffered in the past, the strength that can grow from within (both individually as well as together) can lead down a path towards the undying love that developed from an early age which becomes even stronger and guides them towards an everlasting connection unable to be broken.
I applaud Ms. Regnery for this outstanding and remarkable story. I wish she could have seen me as I read the final words delivering to her a standing ovation for Never Let Me Go. Such a spectacular novel this is, and I have again fallen in love with Katy’s characters and was sad to have to say goodbye. There were definitely countless times that I found myself wanting to read faster just so I could know how the story ends, while at the same time wanting it to go on forever as I didn’t want to let them go.
Love this book
Really enjoy reading this book.
- Category: New Adult
- Published: Jun 12, 2015
- Publisher: Katharine Gilliam Regnery
- Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC
- Print Length: 595 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: #2, A Modern Fairytale