♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Wow! I didn’t want to stop listening to this book! The feelings evoked from this story were awesome. Desperation, anger, fear, love, hurt, hope and happiness.. were all there. I am exhausted… partly from the crazy roller coaster of emotions in this book and partly because it kept me up WAY TOO LATE!!! Holden and Griselda had good growth throughout the book and I loved them together.
IMYLCILYF - awwwww!!! LOVE IT!!!!
At a few points I didn’t know how the story was going to proceed to my longed for happily ever after.. but it did. I have never read this author before, just saw its blurb in my Facebook news feed and it sounded really good… I am glad it did not disappoint! I will be sure to check out more of her books.
On the audio aspect of this book: Becca Ballenger narrated well, I would listen to her again. However, there was often muffled background noises(thumping, voices from another room and even sirens at one point.) Through the majority of the story, her voice was clear and easy to understand, though it did move away from the mic a few times and one chapter was very “tin-can” like, which, thankfully only lasted that one chapter.
I truly recommend this book, though, like the blurb says - there is child abuse (not sexual), violence and sex. So be warned if any of that is not your cup of tea.
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Here's the blurb:
In this modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel, 13-year-old foster children, Holden and Griselda, 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 where 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 cache of physical and emotional scars lie between them, just as dangerous as the whitewater 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.
This is a standalone novel inspired by Hansel & Gretel. New Adult Contemporary Romance: 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 notsexually abused in this book.)
In June and July 2015, 25% of all gross royalties were donated to Operation Underground Railroad (a partner of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation).(The next standalone a m o d e r n f a i r y t a l e novel, Ginger’s Heart, inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, will be released in March 2016.)