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Never Let You Go

A Modern Fairytale
Narrated by: Becca Ballenger
Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (284 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
  • Washington
  • 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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good story

I loved the book, however the narration was a little lacking. The narrator was too passi ve, for lack of a better word. I needed a little more acting I guess. Loved the characters, the growth throughout the story and the trials they wnet through. It was emotional at times, but if you can't not feel for these kids,.

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Intense damaged love story!

This story is not for the faint of heart as you journey with Gris and Holden on this difficult, emotionally challenging experience. What I appreciate about this story is the reminder that love is for everyone, even and maybe especially those who life has started behind the finish line. I will say however that while I understood and appreciated the detail given to the journey, at times the story felt like it was being dragged out unnecessarily. At a certain point, the sex scenes could’ve been short handed for me since we’d been given blow by blow in terms of the physical and emotional. I didn’t need it every time they made love. I appreciated the twist with Jemma and Clint since I initially thought this was going to be the typical problematic baby mama trope. I also liked the Seth/Ruth twist as well. I think the story would’ve benefited from dual narrators as I didn’t love the narrator’s delivery but really felt like Holden’s perspective lost some of its richness in not having a man deliver his POV.

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Oh well.

It was kind of plodding but still sweet and heartfelt... till we got to the big “conflict”. Really hated how this author portrayed the complexity of abortion care and reproductive choice as trashy and selfish. It’s this kind of uninformed, sensationalist story-telling that makes people think of “babies in trash cans” and vindictive, manipulative women when they think of abortion. After seemingly deft handling of child abuse and trauma, I expected way more from this author. Oh well.

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Awe Inspiring Love Story Not To Be Missed!

I just discovered this wonderful writer. I never write reviews, but was so touched and moved by Never Let You Go by Katy Regnery, I felt compelled to share my thoughts and give praise when praise is due. Bravo! 5 Stars for your amazing ability to give your characters such in-depth backstories. One cannot help but become invested in them! The amount of character development Ms. Regnery dedicates to her book subjects makes other authors stories pale in comparison. Yes, this particular book deals with a number of tough subject lines, but Regnery is ‘spot on’ in conveying the emotional distress one experiences when confronted with unpredictable abusive environments.

Thank you for allowing the main character to maintain a strong mental outlook and sense of belief. Children are naturally resilient and can overcome much with even one random act of kindness to sustain them.

I look forward to reading and listening to more from this dynamic story teller.

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  • Retta
  • Yucaipa, CA, United States
  • 03-06-19

Very good

This was a very emotional book. Very well written. Great characters . In the first minute of listening to this narrator, I did not think I