Title: Never Let Go
Author: Elizabeth Goddard
“I want justice. Do you hear me, Austin? I want this person found. Why don’t the police do something?” Willow pleads in Elizabeth Goddard’s novel, Never Let Go.
~ What ~
The first in the Uncommon Justice series, this three-hundred-and-sixty-five-page book targets those who enjoy contemporary Christian romantic suspense involving a missing person and family secrets. Using the word heck several times, topics of arson, kidnapping, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes author’s notes, acknowledgments, biography, and advertisements.
Set in Washington and Wyoming, Willow Anderson has made it her quest to solve her recently deceased grandfather’s final forensic genealogist project by searching for a baby that was stolen over twenty years ago. After Willow becomes the target, she works with her past love, even though he has always kept secrets from her. As the two track down leads in rural Wyoming, they try to find the girl while protecting their hearts from being hurt again.
With the theme of overcoming the past, this romantic story is filled with suspense as the duo search for a missing person while deciding to reignite a past relationship. I enjoyed how the two protagonists had to rely on God to get them through their disappointments and trials.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like Christian romances will pass on this story that promotes God’s protection while learning to forgive oneself and others. Although no eternal plan of salvation is discussed, it does have references to the Bible and sporadic prayers to God. I found some of the scenarios a bit far-fetched and the main relationship wishy-washy, with both characters tediously trying to decide what they want.
~ Wish ~
The scene where someone is pushed out the door seems flippant and unrealistic. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you like a mystery of a woman’s desire to be like her beloved grandfather and find someone’s daughter decades later while being forced to reconnect with an old flame, this may interest you, but I found my eyes sometimes rolling with the repetitiveness of emotions.
Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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