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Never Let You Go

A Modern Fairytale
Narrated by: Becca Ballenger
Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (224 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Regret, betrayal, kidnapping, loss, madness, abuse, passion, love.

In this modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel, 13-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 listeners under the age of 18. (Note: Children are not sexually abused in this book.)

©2015 Katharine Gilliam Regnery (P)2016 Katharine Gilliam Regnery

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  • Misty
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  • 02-12-16

Good story line

I will say that I loved the concept of this book. I was so hopeful when I started it. Then the redundancy kicked in. This book could be half length if the author didn't reiterate every detail 10 times. I got frustrated and ended up skipping ahead. Even with skipping chapters, I still could probably tell you every detail in the book.

The narrator was a great choice. She made an awesome country bumpkin.

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fantastic

definitely a modern fairy tale, couldn't stop listening! solid story line and believable events. a new favorite!

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H+G -- are your broken or are you whole?

So many emotions...such a good book! I love Katy Regnery's books and have waited patiently for this book to be release on audio. It was so worth the wait! Holden and Gris take you through their lives from chidlhood to adults. You are transported into their childhood, foster family, abduction, separation and reunion. Becca Ballenger narrates this book. You can't help but picture Holden and hear him exactly as Becca portrays...a little twang, but not too much. He is surprisingly normal for all that he has lived through. Becca gives Gris a thoughtful, yet strong voice, perfect for her. Gris and Holden separate at 13 when Griselda is able to escape their captor. Holden, believes she is dead and is finally free upon the death of his captor. He never gets over Gris. When visiting West Virginia, Gris happens to attend a fight that Holden is participating in. Now the story really gets moving. So many feelings...the reliving of so many bad memories, the love and bond of two people, how they cope with their past, getting to know each other again and knowing they are each other's souls. You will fall in love with this story.

The best is that when Katy Regnery first released this book, a portion of the proceeds went to the Elizabeth Smart foundation. It makes you want to purchase this series of books to help great causes and have amazing reads.

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Great concept but too many flashbacks

I love the story line here. It has a great concept and would have been an excellent book if it didnt have so many flash backs. I would have perferred if it just started out with the kidnapping instead of flashing back and forth between it and the now days. There were several spots in the book where it flashed back to the same exact thing so it was like reading the same thing twice. Kinda annoying for me. But if you took out like half the flash backs this book would have been excellent.

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So great!!

This is such a great story. It is filled with love and heartache. A must read.

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Sobbing

So lovely. Well written and beautifully read. Gut wrenching at times and sweet at others.

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Amazing love story.

The story of Griselda and Holden was a tear jerker. Both of them finding love in the midst of hard times made my heart swell and the tears run like a river. Isn't it just like life to throw so many obstacles your way and make you want to give up, but for Griselda and Holden giving up was no option and they fought like hell for their love and won. The performance of the book was ok, I just wish the reader didn't sound so much like a kid for an adult book. Also, the recording of the book in some parts are loud and low and a lot of background noise. But overall the book was amazing and I would recommend this.

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Good,but.....

First, let me start by saying Ballenger is a great narrator. I enjoyed her many voices in this book. Now, the book, this was a good effort and I loved what Regnery tried to do. However; the redundancy was too much at times. She spent too much time on the same day in this story, too much time on e very minute detail of their captivity. When Gris and Holden see each other for the first time we listened to it as it was happening and then the author told us again from each persons point of view and she did that SEVERAL times throughout this book. The main characters did not get time to know each other as adults, because the author told us TOO much about their kidnapping and escape... Some behaviors the two developed cannot be solved with their reconciliation, too complicated. She should have scrapped the redundancy and focused more on the healing of their souls and really getting to know each other. This is the second audio book I've listened to by this author and I really enjoy her talent and I would recommend you read the book because you can choose to skip about 75 pages of unnecessary redundancy. However; if you like punishment, like me, this audio book is good...

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Great book<br />The Narrator was good .

Love the story , very good book will listen again.
will recommend too friends.
good job.

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An absolutely beautiful love story. Artfully, giftedly written.

Kary Regnery is a master of her writing craft. This is the first book of hers that I have read/listened to. I'm stunned and so incredibly grateful to her for having crafted something this starkly beautiful. This is a story that is equally sad and hopeful and honors the ability of love to create resilience and restore an embattled spirit. It is one of those rare books that is unlikley to be forgotten once read. The narrator was perfect. Few could have done justice to such a great work.