Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard: Book Review

About the book:          neverletgo

Title: Never Let Go

Author: Elizabeth Goddard

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: February 5, 2019

Blurb:

As a forensic genealogist, Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather’s footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from the hospital more than twenty years ago. The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up when someone makes an attempt on her life to keep her from discovering the truth.

Ex-FBI agent–and Willow’s ex-flame–Austin McKade readily offers his help to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they’ll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he’s spent much of his life trying to forget. And even if it puts Willow’s tender heart at risk.

In this fast-paced and emotional page-turner, bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard keeps the stakes high, the romantic tension sparking, and the outcome uncertain until the very end.

Book Review:

First off, I enjoyed entering the world of forensic genealogy. It was an interesting perspective that managed to wrap the entire story into one steady theme: Ignoring your past will not make it go away. While some secrets might be best to stay buried, they never do. I could throw metaphors around all day about the value of honesty, but the main thing that I took away from Never Let Go is that your past is part of who you are. What you have gone through helped to mold you into who you are today. Whether the past was something you want to remember – or something you wish you could forget – it has shaped and molded you. I know these are fictional characters, but the lessons to be learned here are real.

I wish I could erase my past and knock down the walls that I built. - Austin.png

I think we all wish there were things we could change about our pasts. But we can’t. All we can do is move forward. Tear down the walls you’ve built and learn to trust again.

Poor Willow always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. No matter what decision she makes, she ends up in danger. Austin does all he can to protect her, but he’s just a man. Albeit a very good man who is good at protecting people. Willow’s way of following threads was unusual and gave a different spin on the typical mystery. Reading their prayers during times of trial was a blessing.

Both Austin and Willow had lessons to learn, which always adds to the depth of the story. Add in the constant terror of being chased and you have a fast-paced, action-filled romance perfect for keeping you up all night because you cannot wait till morning to find out who done it. I hazarded a guess on that part and was correct.

There were a few times where I shook my head with a “That’s not logical” sigh, but they were minor things that I can’t say without spoilers. Plus, it’s fiction, which means characters can do whatever they feel led to do. Overall, I was very happy with this book and will happily recommend it to anyone and everyone who will listen to me.

Favorite Quote: “Death doesn’t wait for us to reconcile our regrets.”

I received a copy of this book from the Revell Reads team through the publisher. I was not required to leave a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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