Never Let Go

Never Let Go

by Elizabeth Goddard (Preface by)

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800735654
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Series: Uncommon Justice , #1
Pages: 370
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling author of more than 40 books, including the Carol Award-winning The Camera Never Lies. Her Mountain Cove series books have been finalists in the Daphne du Maurier Awards and the Carol Awards. Goddard is a seventh generation Texan and can be found online at www.elizabethgoddard.com.

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Never Let Go 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just loved this story. Willow and Austin were such a great team. Their feelings for each other come rushing back after two years apart. With threats and danger abounding on their quest to find a woman's daughter who was kidnapped 21 years ago they tip toe around their past relationship. As Austin shares some things from his past he has hope that maybe they can have a future. A future if they are able to find out who is trying to stop their quest and threatening their lives. I received a complimentary copy and I am voluntarily reviewing.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This book keeps you on your toes to figure out who is who, and who did it! A delightful and satisfying read!
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Anonymous 4 months ago
great story and suspensful
train_lady More than 1 year ago
What a great start to a new series (Uncommon Justice)! This is a first class mystery combined with a very interesting, if not predictable romance. But honestly, aren't all these romances predictable? Still they're fun to read, and this one is no exception. Willow has just lost her grandfather and partner in their genealogical research business. He had taken on a cold case baby abduction that occurred twenty some years ago. But, someone or ones do not want this case solved, and will even resort to murder to see that it doesn't. Enter Austin, a former FBI agent from the missing child division, and former boyfriend of Willow; a man with many issues. How he works through these issues with the help of Willow as they try to unravel the cold case and solve the murder of Willow's grandfather, and attempts on Willow's life makes this book a very good read. And, of course their romance is rekindled in the process. Ms Goddard has only gotten better at her craft over the years. I'm very impressed with her writing.
Nicole_C More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Goddard's latest contemporary suspense novel Never Let Go is a thrilling mystery about the kidnapping of a newborn baby from the mother's hospital room 21 years earlier. The case quickly expands into a murder mystery and a hint of romance as forensic genealogist Willow Andersen takes the case with help from her former boyfriend ex-FBI agent Austin McKade. Soon both Willow and Austin find themselves in danger and receive threats to their lives as they search for answers to what happened to the kidnapped baby and some recent deaths that seem related to the case. It was a thrilling fast-paced story, and author Elizabeth Goddard included many incredible twists and turns to the plot that I did not see coming. This novel was amazing, and I could not put it down. It was that good! It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, and I was shocked to find out who was the culprit. At the end, all the clues dropped throughout the story came together for a satisfying ending. I can't wait to read the next book in the series in which Austin McKade's brother Heath gets his own story. Fans of contemporary suspense will love this latest novel by Elizabeth Goddard. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Revell Publishing and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
Sprinkle23 More than 1 year ago
Never Let Go is the first novel in Elizabeth Goddard's Uncommon Justice series. As expected, this book is built around a mystery that kept me guessing until the end. I love it when I don't know who the villian is until the moment he or she is revealed! The mystery aspect carried the weight of the story from beginning to end. The romance between Austin and Willow started out brilliantly. The tension and questions about their past relationship were intriguing at first. Unfortunately, the romantic tension started to fizzle out less than halfway through. Sure, there were still unresolved feelings and things to be communicated, but it lost some of its zap. I think if there had been deeper character development, maybe that would have made their relationship more enticing, but as it was, their thoughts and desires felt a bit repetitive. The strength of Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard lies in its mystery narrative and ability to keep the reader guessing. If you have enjoyed previous books by this author, you might enjoy Never Let Go. Disclosure of Material Connection: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary arc copy of this book which I received from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Freddikjb More than 1 year ago
Willow Anderson, a forensic genealogist, is taking over her grandfather’s business after his death. Her first client asks her to find the daughter who was abducted from the hospital over twenty years ago. With the hep from her ex-boyfriend Austin McKade, who is an ex-FBI Agent, they follow the clues and soon discover there is more to this abduction than just a missing person. Lives are at risk. Can they find the truth, and the child, before more harm is done? I am, as you know, a fan of mysteries, and I am a big fan of cold cases. So, I was pretty excited about this story. I fee that it was written well, the characters each had their own personalities, the plot kept me interested. This is also my first book by Elizabeth Goddard and I was pleased with it. I will be on the lookout for her other books. This particular one is the first in a series and I want to read the rest when they come out. *I received this book from from Revell in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts. I was not compensated in any monetary way.*
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Is it too late to find the girl? Is it too late for them? I've really been looking forward to Elizabeth Goddard's first foray into full-length romantic suspense novels since I first heard several months ago that it would be releasing. Some authors have difficulty switching from either short to long stories or long to short stories, Elizabeth Goddard had no such trouble with Never Let Go. Exciting, spine-tingling, and definitely action-packed, from the very start, this book was a great start to the Uncommon Justice series. As a person fascinated by family history from a very young age, I found the heroine's profession to be unusual and perfectly intriguing. I had heard of genealogists before but the term 'forensic genealogist' was a new one to me. I sincerely enjoyed Never Let Go, from the dramatic cover to the very last paragraph. The characters are engaging, the mystery is engrossing, the settings are striking, and the back-and-forth tug of romance between Willow and Austin is just right. Not to mention the elements of faith woven throughout the story are a perfect complement to the backdrop intrigue fraught with danger. Whether you love the Elizabeth Goddard's shorter books or just romantic suspense in general, Never Let Go is a MUST read. Don't miss a single page! (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Faye_reviews More than 1 year ago
Following the sudden death of her grandfather, forensic genealogist Willow Anderson continues his work on a cold case kidnapping that happened over 20 years ago. But when someone makes an attempt on her life, she knows that she is on the right track. Former FBI agent, and Willow's Ex-Boyfriend Austin McKade offers his help. Austin must confront his past, if he's going to fight to win back the one who got away. A fast paced read, with fantastic tension, strong characters lead this explosive read. I liked the intriguing and taunt plot, as well as the well done emotional element to this story. Willow is determined to see this to the end, as this is the last case her grandfather was working on before his death. Her grandfather was a big part of her life, with a strong faith that inspired her daily. She isn't sure if she has the strength to follow in his footsteps as a forensic genealogist, and she tries to do what he would do and make him proud. She must use all of her wits to solve this case and make it out alive. I admired her perseverance and strong family and faith values. Austin had a troubled childhood, and has always struggled to lay the past to rest. He is a loyal friend and is determined to help Willow, and be there for her this time. He's always kept a close guard on his heart with walls a mile high, he wants that to change and be someone that she can rely on. A thrilling read, with compelling characters and a whirling plot, you don't know who to trust or where Willow and Austin can turn. It's pretty much non-stop action, but the strong character development is not neglected. There is strong faith, and a terrific plot that kept me guessing the whole way through and before I knew it--and way too soon I might add--the book was over. I was hanging on tight the whole time! There was a full cast of characters, and I couldn't help but love how the mystery brought them to Wyoming. This is the first book I've read by Elizabeth Goddard, and it won't be the last, I'm definitely won over as a new fan and can't wait for the rest of the series. Highly recommend this suspenseful adventure, with a compelling storyline and fantastic heroes! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
This was a hold your breath, look over your shoulder and who will you trust story! When a forensic genealogist is given a baby abduction case it starts this action packed, fast-paced and emotional page-turner! If these are the kind of stories you like... get this one! I requested a copy through NetGalley, my review is voluntary.
LoriP123 More than 1 year ago
Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard is the first book in her Uncommon Justice series and a wonderful start to a new series. I will most definitely be looking forward to reading more books in this series. Willow Anderson is still reeling from her grandfather's death when she becomes plagued by near death accidents. She soon realizes they are all related to the last job her grandfather was working on, a twenty year old cold case involving a kidnapped baby that the FBI and local law enforcement hadn't been able to solve. Austin McKade is willing to take on the job of finding this missing young woman only because he realizes that Willow's life is in danger and he had walked away from her once, he's not going to do it again. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
devonrexlover More than 1 year ago
Never Let Go was a very pleasant surprise for me. The synopsis grabbed my attention and the book did not disappoint me. It was well written and kept my attention on every page. Willows grandfather dies and she decides to take the last case he was working on. A cold case over 20 years old. A baby abducted from the hospital and the birth mother is still looking for her. Willow's ex boyfriend steps in to help. Of course they still care deeply for each other. He's ex FBI and has issues from his childhood and his job that he has to overcome. It wasn't that they had the "hots" for each other, they loved each other. It was a nice clean romance mixed in with all the mystery and action. I highly recommend this book. I'll even say I enjoyed it as much as any Irene Hannon or Dani Pettrey book that I've read. I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley for my honest opinion.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars This is a great, suspenseful, exciting read. I would love for it to be a movie. It is book one in the Uncommon Justice series, so what a great place to get started and hooked on this series. There are many twist and turns, some heartache, healing, surprise, romance and so much more all packed into an amazing story. I look forward to reading more in this series. Willow Anderson is following in her grandfathers footsteps, not really understanding why he took on this cold case, when usually they search for the genealogy of deceased people. Now she must see if she has what it takes to find a missing person, who does not know they are missing. All while in the company of her handsome ex-boyfriend and former FBI agent Austin McKade. Both will uncover things about themselves and try to solve a mystery all while trying to keep Willow from the danger that seems to lurk around every corner.
tiggeruoSO More than 1 year ago
So, this is the first book I have ever read from this author. I was impressed, the story did not slow down much, and when it did those time were still pretty intense just wondering what was going to happen next. The story line was well written and keeps read wondering who did what. Early on I thought "oh this book is so predictable and I know who done it" in the end I was completely wrong. In the end I wanted a little more about Willow,Austin, Charlie, and Heath and what is next for them, then I realized this was a series so I sure I haven't heard the last of them. I hope to also hear more of Charile's story as well. Over all this book was a clean read and suitable for all. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. I was under no obligation to post a review and have given my honest opinion
KimPotter More than 1 year ago
Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard is the first book in her Uncommon Justice series. Willow Anderson is a Forensic Genealogist following in her grandfather’s footsteps. Trying to solve a twenty-year-old cold case puts her life in jeopardy. Ex-FBI agent, Austin McKade offers to protect and help Willow in her search for answers. From the heart-wrenching open scene to the climatic last page the author kept you turning the page for more. I didn’t want the story to end; even though I stayed up way too late finishing it! I can’t wait for the next installment. I loved how Willow wanted/needed answers from Austin but she didn’t push him. She gave him space to talk when he was ready. I would highly recommend this book. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Erin_Slocum More than 1 year ago
My Review: I received a physical copy of this book and literally could not put it down. Lucky for me baby decided to go to sleep early and was super content staying asleep as long as I kept rocking her. So while rocking I kept reading. As a girl who has suffered the loss of her parents and more recently the tragic loss of her grandfather, Willow has a heart for people missing their family and people who are willingly away from their family. That's why this case is so close to her heart. A mother who had her infant abducted out of her hospital room never to find her again. She has only a few months to live and wants to find her daughter. Other investigators have been tried but no one has succeeded. She's positive her daughter is still alive though. Why was she targeted? Was it personal to her or just a random baby snatched? Did the kidnapper love her child? So many unresolved questions. On another hand we have former FBI Austin who still has feelings for Willow. She still has feelings for him too but can't trust her heart to someone she can't trust. Austin has two brothers he hasn't talked to since his father died. So why is one contacting him now? And why is Willow's latest case taking them right back to his home town. But more importantly why is someone trying to stop them? Why has Willow's life been threatened not once but twice? And what lengths will this kidnapper go to to protect the person behind the kidnapping as well as the girl kidnapped? Or is she truly safe? I did receive a copy of this book to facilitate my review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.
sesquius More than 1 year ago
I started off totally into the book. It captured my interest and kept me intrigued. Initially Everyone in my mind was a suspect, except for the two main characters. Plus, the twist at the end was... wow. Willow and Austin once dated and join back together after Willow's grandfather's death to solve a mystery that her grandfather had just started. Quite a few traumatic events occur while Willow is investigating the mystery of a baby girl who was abducted from the hospital 21 years prior. They travel to Wyoming to unravel a potential thread that had not been accounted for in the previous investigations. As I said, I loved the first part of the book. It kept me interested and I was able to keep, for the most part, all the characters in line. That is, until the end of the book. Elizabeth did a great job in developing the characters and growing to the point of the book where there was the discovery. However, my main complaint is that the end of the book just felt so rushed. There was so much pertinent information being given, that I wish that there had been more time to spend on developing it in a better reading format.  While I enjoyed the outcome of the book, I just wish that it had approached the end, writing wise, in a better manner. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars NEVER LET GO is the start of a new romantic suspense series that offers plenty of romance and suspenseful action. There is a strong inspirational element woven through the story as well as plenty of mysteries and friendships. An entertaining read. What I liked about the story: - I really liked these characters! Willow and Austin are definitely leading characters readers can cheer on and connect with. They both have weaknesses and strengths, but I like how they were single-minded in finding the truth and trying to protect those who were in danger. - The inspirational element was woven through the entire story and felt genuine to these characters. - There were plenty of twists and suspense. - The romance was super sweet. - I liked that this story focused on a forensic genealogist, which is something I haven't seen before in literature and seems prevalent for today with all the DNA texts and genealogy lines that people search for. What I didn't like about the story: - I would have liked the romance to not be so immediate. The two main characters had all this backstory, but as a reader, I was never involved in that story. It's alluded too, but it didn't quite feel genuine and I just didn't feel the chemistry between these two. There were also lots of moments where the characters were thinking about each other and about their emotions when it felt weird that it would be the first thing on their minds as they were in the middle of these crazy situations. The romance aspect just felt heavy to me and overdone. - Quite a few of the suspenseful elements didn't work for me. I felt like the bad guys had it much too easy and the good guys who were properly trained allowed things to happen that shouldn't have - at least not in the way they did. It just rubbed me wrong. In the end, was it what I wished for? This was an overall enjoyable story. I would have liked more development in some areas, but other aspects of the story I did enjoy. Content: Some violence, but clean. Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through JustReadTours, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.
JoAnnS More than 1 year ago
Never Let Go is a terrific book. I couldn't put this book down. Great plot and writing. I highly recommend this book. I received an ARC from the publisher and this is my unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So surprised there weren't more five star reviews. Loved this story! Action, suspense and romance. This one was a fairly quick read for me as I had a hard time putting it down. Willow Anderson is a forensic genealogist who works with her grandfather, JT. They help find both the living and the dead for the living. An interesting occupation, for certain. After JT's death, Willow isn't sure if she has what it takes to keep the firm open. She doesn't feel she has the skills her grandfather had. She discovers there is only one case her grandfather was working on at the time of his death. A woman, Katelyn had hired the firm to find her daughter, her precious baby girl who was abducted from her hospital room only hours after giving birth. She would now be twenty-one years old. Katelyn has never given up hope of finding her child. Willow makes the decision to continue the case when she learns Katelyn, who has leukemia, has been given only two months to live and some of that time has already passed. Then, attempts are being made on Willow's life. First, her home burns, with her barely making it out alive. While in the ER, she sees Austin McCade in her room. Austin, is her ex-boyfriend and a friend of her grandfather's. Willow never got over loving Austin, but he had too many secrets. Austin tells her that JT had hired him to help work with him on finding Katelyn's child. Then, there is an attempt on Willow and Dana's (assistant) lives, Willow begins to think it may all be connected to the infant kidnapping case and realizes that she needs Austin's help. Austin was formerly FBI. Following a lead, Willow and Austin travel to Wyoming, which is where Austin grew up. Nothing like a road trip between two old flames to add to the tension of the case. Attempts were made on Willow's life in Wyoming. Can they even trust the local sheriff? Why doesn't someone want them to solve the case? Do the attempts on her life mean she and Austin are getting closer to the truth? To finding Katelyn's now grown child? Wonderful, wonderful story! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Willow and Austin’s complex relationship made my heart accelerate and sent my matchmaking hopes into overdrive! Willow’s story is heartbreaking yet the fact that she simply keeps putting one foot in front of the other (despite the fog of her often overwhelming grief) is truly inspiring. Willow is obviously intelligent and I admire her quick and analytical thinking. Austin is a tough guy hero with baggage, regrets, and a vulnerable core (which makes him and frankly most men super uncomfortable and usually cranky). His protective instincts are locked into hyperdrive from beginning to end and who can resist that level of intense sustained focus?! Woo, that man is swoony! You can bet your tree branches I’ll be checking out Elizabeth Goddard’s backlist while I eagerly anticipate the next installment of the Uncommon Justice series! Consider me wowed! I highly recommend this title for readers who enjoy action-packed romantic suspense, this story delivers! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
What a great start to a new romantic suspense series by Elizabeth Goddard. This story started off with every parent’s worst nightmare and does not let up even though some time has passed. The action and danger ramp up as Willow Anderson, a forensic genealogist (what a cool job) and her bodyguard/ex-boyfriend, Austin McKade team up to honor her late grandfather’s legacy and help a dying woman get her dying wish. This is full of many twists and turns with a few of the minor characters viewpoints given as well to make things a bit more interesting. So many secrets and so much danger is uncovered till Willow and Austin don’t know who to trust. Throw in some family drama with Austin and his brothers and you have a book that is really hard to put down. These characters haunted my dreams! Looking forward to more in this adrenaline pumped series. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
The book starts off with a bang! Possible murder, attempted murder, arson, and having two ex-lovers meeting again! This is not a book you want to read at night to fall asleep (as is my custom) because you won’t! The plot moves along at a break neck speed. As if all of this is not enough for one person to bear, Willow does not have time to sit back and contemplate. She must join forces with her former boyfriend, Austin, whom she never wanted to see again. She has no choice to be able to stay alive and get to the bottom of a 21 year old cold case file of a baby stolen from a hospital. The birth mother only has 2 months to live. All the violence seems to link back to this one incident. While she wants nothing to do with, Austin, a former FBI agent now private investigator, she finds his help is essential. The author does a brilliant job of sharing Willow and Austin’s complicated thoughts and feelings toward one another as the story unfolds. Their old wounds and heartaches surface again, forcing the couple to face them. Austin’s personal, hidden past of an abusive childhood and an estranged family resurfaces, requiring him to deal with it. There is so much pain; the pain of loss of life, a child, shattered relationships, and self-doubt. Mysteries only God can reveal and pain only He can heal. I appreciate wholesomeness of the book in the area of romance. I admired Willow’s resilience and persistence to do what was right in spite of her present situation. Austin won my respect with his courage to step back into Willow’s life not only to aid her but also protect her. This is a riveting and exciting story with all its layers of suspense and kaleidoscope of emotions. An added bonus was I learned something new! I had never heard of a forensic genealogist! Fascinating! If I had heard about it growing up I think of might have become one! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
ReadingwithErin More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars Thank you to Revell for a free copy. Never Let Go is told in several different perspectives with Willow and Austin being the main ones. Willow's Uncle who she works with has recently passed away leaving her to take over the case he was working on. Willow must find a woman's missing daughter who was taken at birth. In order to do this though Willow is going to need some help from Austin who is a former FBI-agent and her ex. As the two get closer to finding the missing baby (now adult), someone is doing everything they can to try and stop them. Overall I really liked this story. Willow and Austin were both likable characters who worked well together. Austin had the FBI know how still and Willow wouldn't stop at anything and had been taught how to trace the little clues by her Uncle. These little clues ended up being big ones and lead them straight to where they hoped to get more answers. The big clue also lead to far more danger for everyone involved including the adult who had been taken as a baby. The danger kept getting scarier the closer to the end of the book and it all ended with a surprising twist that I didn't see coming. While this book is mainly focused on the mystery and case we also get to see Austin and Willow really talk about why they had broken up in the first place and stopped talking. I don't normally care for this, but it ended up playing into other parts of the story so it was necessary to have. They work good together when they aren't keeping secrets from one another. I'm interested now to see what happens in Uncommon Justice as this book ended nicely with no lose case strings to figure out in the next one.