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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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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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  • 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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So great!!

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

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A good story!

Narrator was easy to follow. I would read or listen to this author again. 😁

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  • Justine
  • Ontario, California, US
  • 03-12-18

Awesome version of a classic

Loved that this plot was based off of a classic fairytale! This story took it to a whole new level though and I loved it! I couldn’t stop listening and I fell in love with the characters. There were a couple spots where the audio quality wasn’t as good, but didn’t last too long. Other than that, the narration was great and the different voices for each character were completely believable. Definitely worth a credit! Becoming a fan of the modern fairytale series

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Started strong but fizzled our

The story started off strong, but for me halfway though I started to lose interest. I feel like soon after Gris and Holden found each other again the story became a bit boring. There were a few surprises along the way, but they did not keep my attention like the beginning of the story did. I will say though that I am not used to reading modern day fairy tales. I read mostly suspense and thriller novels, so my opinion may not be the same as others.

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it kept my attention.

I loved the story it was very spell binding and it holds your attention all the way through the story and I loved how it ended .

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Beautiful!!!

I wasn't sure what to expect when I first started this story, I thought it would be cheesy. But this is a beautiful story, of ups and downs and the trials of trying to accept, trust and love another person. As well as the hope you hold for the future. It truly is a modern fairytale and is more than worth the credit!

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Great story and Performance

Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Brought me to tears a number of times.

One star reduced for overall because of the not so stella recording. My enjoyment was often marred by the sound of the moving of the microphone and towards the later part, the quality of the recording deteriorated significantly for about 10 mins.