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 not sexually abused in this book.)
For June and July 2015, 25% of all gross royalties will be donated to the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.
It's hard to put my feelings about this book into words. Honestly, this is the best thing I've read in a while. It is emotional, difficult, beautiful. Full of tears of all kinds: sadness, hope, frustration, joy. Puts you through the ringer. Holden and Griselda both suffered a horrible childhood. Separated, they later find each other by accident. Tempted to just jump right in as if they were never apart, they need to get past what happened to them and start new. Each have come a long way, but they still have a long way to go. I was captivated from the first page and could not put it down. So. Good. If you're looking for something filled with angsty goodness and all the feels, this is perfect.
My Rating: *****
Steam Factor: !!!!
*Notes: Language, heavy topics like abuse.
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