Book Review: Never Let You Go

Never Let You Go (A Modern Fairytale)
by Katy Regnery

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.)

TeriLyn's thoughts: Another absolutely amazing Katy Regnery story. This author's penchant for writing love stories fully focused on the main characters with plots that surround their relationship astounds me. The writing engages you from the beginning to the very end making you fall in love with these characters and feel that powerful connection throughout the whole book. To feel their pains and their triumphs, their hurts and their joys feels like an intimate gift this author shares with her readers - one we should feel honored to read. Regnery wraps you up in this story telling blanket to the point a whole day has gone by before you unravel from it's warmth.

Holden and Griselda, both products of the foster care system, live in the present day without each other. Through melancholy voices and melodic writing in tones that you can viscerally feel the emotion all in the third person POV, this author juxtaposes the present with series of heart breaking flash backs where the reader has no choice but to become entangled in their connection. Love has got them through years of despair and loneliness hoping for the memory of each other to serve as each of their only comforts. There are so many beautiful moments in this book even in the depths of despair.

The plot of this deserves the allowance to unfold without spoilers. Know the characters are ones you'll fall in love with because their souls are forever entwined. Know there are secondary characters that enhance the story whether they be good or bad. It's a well-rounded book with much to love. Know that the writing is exquisite and perfect.

Never Let You Go is a coming of age story wrapped in a contemporary re-telling of fairy tale. It's angsty with many twists and turns that surround the beauty of finding your lifetime love in the midst of great tragedy in your youth. It's a journey of self-discovery, love and truth, holding on while simultaneously letting go. Finally reading this author has put her in a group of my favorites and I look forward to reading everything she publishes. Her fairy tales show both the beauty and the ugly of living but they all give way to hope, trust, and redemption. I absolutely adored Gris and Holden and definitely highly recommend this book.

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