Don't Let Go

Don't Let Go

by Sharla Lovelace


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Noah Ryan and Jules Doucette had spent every moment of their lives together, first as childhood best friends and later as young lovers. The two had their future all planned out—until one unspeakable decision tore them apart.

Twenty-six years later, Jules is living her life by someone else’s plan. She’s running her mother’s store, living in her mother’s house, following her mother’s rules, and keeping the secrets her mother made her bury.

Then Noah comes home, and any sense of order and structure flies out the window. Noah’s return does more than just stir up old memories—it also forces Jules to see her life in a whole new way and uncover secrets even she didn’t know were hidden. But can the power of first love triumph over years of pain and lies?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503944022
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sharla Lovelace is the bestselling, award-winning author of The Reason Is You, Before and Ever Since, Just One Day, Don’t Let Go, and Stay with Me. She writes stories about small-town love filled with warmth and humor. Being a Texas girl through and through, she’s proud to say she lives in southeast Texas with her retired husband, a souped-up golf cart, and two crazy mutts. She loves connecting with readers and is available by Skype for book club meetings and chats. For a list of her events and to sign up for her monthly newsletter, see her website at

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Don't Let Go 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites! I did laugh, cry, and wish it never ended! Also wish there was a part two or a little novella to see how there all doing! Such a wonderful story! I will definately be reading more by this author! Great writing and storytelling! If you do like Kristen Ashley, you'll enjoy this just as much if not more! 6+++ stars! Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great second chance novel with heart grabbing turns
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a good book to read and boy I found it! I absolutely loved this book! A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! First book I've read from this author, will read more. This book had me laughing and crying it was an emotional read. Would recommend to anyone that loves a great romance book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
WOW! I laughed, cried, screamed, pretty much got put through the ringer with this book but it was so worth the ride. Jules and Noah are everything to each other in high school, even each other's firsts in so many ways. Then the unexpected happens and big decisions need to be made (I don't want to spoil it) – do you do what your parents want? Or do you follow your heart? Jules goes against Noah's wishes and so he leaves. We meet them 26 years later when they see each other for the first time. As the puzzle unravels as to what happened you realize that these two people desperately love each other and should never have been apart but can they come back together with all of the hurt and anger still between them? I loved how Sharla Lovelace crafted this story and all the different elements were revealed to me as the reader. The emotion and power of the story grew and at the end, well, it all made sense. Grab this one and hold on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster for me but well worth it. I will definitely read more from this author.
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BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Jules assistant manager was Ruthie. Becca is Jules sister who is still in school. Ruthie has been Jules best friend since kindergarten. She also helped in the bookstore Jules now ran.Ruthie had been alongside Jules at the bookstore since they were eight. Noah and Jules had spent a lot of time together first as childhood best friends then young lovers. Noah was Jules first love. Then Noah left and broke Jules heart. Jules had married and divorced in the twenty six years since Noah had left. Then one day he was back. Noah had been in the Navy. twenty plus years. But then he retired and came back. Noah comes back home with a fiance . But there is an instant connection when he sees Jules again even though he tries to deny it. Noah cheats on his pregnant fiance but the baby isn’t Noahs. Jules and Noah still love each other. This story was really good and took you on an emotional roller coaster that was for sure. You actually feel the pain both Noah and Jules felt. The writing and plot was good. It was something to see all the hurt, lies and betrayal come forward twenty six years later. I didn’t however like how Noah cheated on his fiance. End that relationship before you sleep with someone else. Otherwise it was good and I loved the character of Jules and the ins and outs she went through. Noah also. I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review
CoffeeBreakandaGoodBook More than 1 year ago
There are books that entertain you and then books that make you feel. Don’t Let Go made me feel so deeply that I could not help but want the best for each and every character in this story – something that is not possible. So many things happened within this story that broke me and brought me to tears! I haven’t felt this emotional about a book in a long time. This is an emotional story about Jules. Her heartbreak, her loves (and loss), and the life she is living…for someone else. She gave up her baby boy for adoption 26 years ago, and has lived with that loss every day since then. The father of the baby, Noah, her teenage love, left her after that decision and never returned town until now. With his pregnant fiancé. To work in his father’s diner, that is next to Jules’ bookstore that she took over after her mother passed away. Jules has a teenage daughter, an ex-husband that she is on friendly terms with, and a boy toy named Patrick. Patrick is just a distraction because Jules does not want, or need, to give her heart to anyone else. As a woman in her mid-40s, with secrets and baggage galore, I found Jules to be such a realistic and loveable character. My heart broke for her throughout the story, with each unravel of the past that came at her. She has always loved Noah and could not give her whole heart to her ex-husband during their marriage because of it. Noah is off limits because of his fiancé and baby to be, but that doesn’t turn off the feelings they have towards on another every time they are in the same room. So much happens to, and between, these two characters that takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. This is the kind of story I HIGHLY recommend everyone read because there is nothing not to love about it. I can’t believe that I haven’t read anything by this author before, but you can bet I’ll be seeking out her books in the future! *A copy of this book was provided for review.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! I honestly don't know where to begin with this amazing book from "new to me" author Sharla Lovelace. Don't Let Go is a second chance romance with twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The two main characters, local book store owner Jules White, and former military man Noah Ryan, fell madly and deeply in love during high school. They were even going to get married. However, due to a unique set of circumstances, their relationship ended abruptly. Jules remained in Copper Falls and under her mother's thumb and tutelage, while Noah left and joined the Navy. Unfortunately, Jules has never been able to replace the love and affection Noah showered her with, and as a result, her life has always felt incomplete. Furthermore, Noah has lived with the same emptiness. Now twenty-six years later, Noah moves back into town and their former lives will never be the same. Ms. Lovelace packs a lot of excitement, as well as heartache, into this love story. I really liked the way she recounted the past, while moving the story along in real-time. I don't think I will ever forget how Jules felt when she was betrayed by the people who were supposed to care about her the most. Noah's feelings of utter loss and lack of control, yanked at my heartstrings. I really liked both Jules and Noah, and there was never a moment that I did not want them to work out their past and forge a future together. The secondary characters added personality and drama to this touching read. Overall, this is a well-written book with a happy ending that will leave a smile on your face. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Ebbie80 More than 1 year ago
This book encompasses raw emotion and a second chance at love for Noah Ryan and Jules Doucette.  26 years later after a teenage  relationship breaks due to the pressures of parental influence Noah Ryan returns home to the family he left behind when his teenage relationship ended and with a new fiance in tow.  Jules Doucette is charting new territory with a divorce under her belt and a rebellious teenage daughter to boot.  With an undeniable attraction filled with angst and raw emotion this book takes you through the trials of Noah and Jules relationships with each other, their families, and even with friends.  I cannot say enough good things about this book.  It's a mature romance that will simply knock your socks off and have your heart racing to read more!
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Blendyreadit More than 1 year ago
I need to start this off with saying that for the last six months or so, I have been completely immersed in the Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal World, so coming back down to "the Real World" is often a challenge for me and I will either really like or really dislike the book that I choose to read and in this case, I really liked it. If I had been immersed in the New Adult cloud for the last six months, would I still really have liked this book? Who knows? Maybe. Maybe Not. Either way, I read it at a good time for me and walked away with a smile on my face. One of the things that took me a minute to get used to was the age of our female mc. She was in her mid-forties and I am NOT saying there is anything wrong with that, but coming from books where the female MC's might or might not have hit puberty yet, it was kinda refreshing. (GASP! Perhaps this is a sign of me getting older!) I usually try to steer away from MC's that already have teenage kids, because it's hard for me to relate (not having any of my own), but in this case, I wasn't bothered by it and it wasn't shoved down my throat either. Our female MC, Jules, wasn't a perfect mother and I loved that, because it allowed for me to relate with her on a different level and stay in tune with her throughout the book. This book was an easy read for me, nothing too dark or angst filled, but not all bunnies and butterflies either. There were parts that had me laughing out loud, a few that brought a shimmering to my eyes and just enough drama to keep me turning the pages (or swiping in this case, because I FINALLY went electronic with my books). An age old debate with me...can someone ever truly get over their FIRST love?? I don't know. This story tackles that issue head on and I just buckled up for the ride. Overall, I would recommend to anyone looking for a good, light, uplifting read. This book reminded me a lot of the great Ms. Catherine Anderson and her books. If you like her books, you will love this book. Just a good ole' fashion love story. If you are one that likes angst and the non-traditional love stories, I would steer you away from this one and tell you to keep looking. Until next time! Happy reading
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My_Peace More than 1 year ago
In Don't Let Go by Sharla Lovelace, Jules has never truly been able to let go or forget Noah.  He was her "first everything".  At the age of 17, one mistake changed their lives irrevocably...leaving Jules feeling very much alone.  She has tried to move on - she's been married, had a daughter, and is now divorced.  Now, 26 years later she is still living the life her mother chose for her, and she's never truly happy. After that mistake, Noah left, finished high school else where, eventually becoming a Navy SEAL.  Suddenly Noah is home though, it seems like he's planning to stay, and he's brought someone with him.   Seeing Noah again stirs up not only more turmoil in Jules' life, but it brings to the surface all the feelings she's tried so hard to bury and move on from over the years.  It's not just her heart and body Noah is stirring up again, it's the past.  The regrets of the past and the secrets could change everything for Jules.   Jules is not the only one with feelings.  Noah still has them too, as much as he's tried to be in control and push them away, as soon as he and Jules see each other again everything surges to the surface again.  But with everything between them, the years gone by, and current happenings, is there any second chance for them?  Jules' heart has always belonged to Noah...can she risk it all again and follow her dreams this time? Don't Let Go is a powerful, riveting second chance romance.  With very realistic characters and life events, Sharla makes the plot and the people believable.  Full of emotional highs and lows, Jules and Noah's story is one I could not put down.  Both of the characters are mature with a lot of  life experience and I love this in Don't Let Go, because there is so much more at stake than just Jules and Noah's relationship.  Jules is very real.  She's struggling with a lot and getting through the best she can.  Don't Let Go is written from Jules' POV, and very quickly I was sucked into her life.  I love the way her interactions play out with various secondary characters, from her daughter ("This was why wild animals sometimes eat their young.") to Noah's father, who makes her life miserable.  I loved seeing Jules grow in so many ways...and Noah's arrival seemed to be the spark that ignited this.  Noah likes to be in control, and his love for Jules has never died.  A powerful combination for someone dealing with so much history...especially when neither of them had much control over it. I loved the flashbacks to their teenage years that Sharla inserts in just the right places in Don't Let Go.  They really show how much these two loved each other, and at the same time some of them will rip your heart out.  There are a lot of necessary secondary characters in Don't Let Go that help bring the story to life and add even more realism with life like situations.  The family dynamics explored in Don't Let Go are full of emotions also. Don't Let Go is fast paced, easy to read and hard to put down!  Sharla expertly weaves humor into the serious, making it an entertaining, heart string pulling read.  I'd highly recommend this to all romance readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stopped reading on page 13, there was so much negativity and despair. People with this much negativity are emotional vampires that suck the life out of you and I have no desire to associate with them or read about them. A very big UGH! I would rate this a zero if I could.