Regret, betrayal, kidnapping, loss, madness, abuse, passion, love.
In this modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel, thirteen-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.
This is a standalone novel inspired by Hansel and 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.)
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About the Author:
Katy Regnery, award-winning and Amazon bestselling author, started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract for a winter romance entitled By Proxy.
Now a hybrid author who publishes both independently and traditionally, Katy claims authorship of the six-book Heart of Montana series, the six-book English Brothers series, and a Kindle Worlds novella entitled “Four Weddings and a Fiasco: The Wedding Date,” in addition to the standalone novels, Playing for Love at Deep Haven and Amazon bestseller, The Vixen and the Vet.
The Vixen and the Vet is included in the charity anthology Hometown Heroes: Hotter Ever After, and Katy’s novella “Frosted” will appear in the upcoming (Jan ’15) anthology, Snowy Days Steamy Nights. Additionally, Katy’s short story, “The Long Way Home” will appear in the first RWA anthology (Feb ’15), Premiere.
Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, and two dogs create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.
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Review by Michelle:
I love modern renditions of old school fairytales so of course once I read the blurb for Never Let You Go by Katy Regnery I just had to read it. Not only did the blurb draw me in, but the intense, suspenseful, heart racing prologue absolutely hooked me. This modern version of Hansel and Gretel has a bit of everything; anguish, heartache, tons of angst, sweet romance, plenty of steam, and a powerful message.
Griselda and Holden's back story is heartbreaking, chilling, and had me on the edge of my seat. Unfortunately, shortly after their reconnection was established things started leaving me feeling less impressed and a bit unenthused. While there were many things I loved about this story, there were also a few I didn't enjoy as much.
First and foremost, Never Let You Go is filled with valuable life lessons about being independent, becoming your own person, and not relying on others in order to find your own happiness. This story is a wonderful example of when life gives you lemons, no matter how moldy, rotten, and disgusting, you make lemonade. A story of coming to terms with your past, not letting it affect your future, and better yet, using it to fuel your future and to accomplish dreams and goals you never before thought attainable because of your past. I also really loved the evolution of Holden's character over the course of the story. From scared, vulnerable little boy, to staunch protector, to aimless and unambitious, to finally finding the perfect path and purpose for him in life.
On the other hand, there were more than a few plot twists that I found predictable or even a little superfluous. Many of the events with Holden's ex seemed to only add extra drama to an already emotional and troubling story with more than enough drama in the past. Discovering the truth about Seth and Ruth was a bit too coincidental and frankly pretty unbelievable lending a bit of an over-the-top feeling to the entirety of the story. While I really enjoyed the first half or so of the book, the majority of the second half had too much going on, too much extra drama, and too many unrealistic elements for me. I feel like I could have done without Jonah, Gemma, Seth and Ruth and would have really loved the book.
Overall, I loved the moral of this modern fairytale and it definitely put me through the emotional wringer. If you are an angst lover like I am, Never Let You Go has just what you need and then some along with a beautiful and touching story of everlasting, unbreakable love.
Rating: 3.5 Stars