Don’t Let Go by Sharla Lovelace

Don't Let Go

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? addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16 Kim Talks TomesTAG

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!

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