Author: Elizabeth Goddard
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.
Reviewer: Cortney Donelson
Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard is a twisting tale of romance, self-doubt, bravery, and mystery. Set in two different locations, the story is written in third person and follows multiple people on their harrowing journeys to truth and love. The two primary characters are a forensic genealogist, Willow, who struggles with loss and self-doubt and Austin, her old flame and a former FBI agent turned private investigator. Their relationship had ended on sour terms, but as the story begins, they are reunited during tumultuous circumstances.
The book begins with a kidnapping, a death, a fire, and quite a mystery as Willow moves into the top position of her grandfather's forensic genealogy business. He had left behind one last cold case before passing away, and she realizes pursuing the answers to this crime committed twenty-one years ago is the only way to honor her grandfather and prove to herself she is as intuitive and skilled as he always believed her to be. The cold case becomes hot again when it's apparent someone out there does not want Willow to discover the truth. As Willow and Austin team up to pursue a missing person, it's obvious they still care deeply for each other, but neither will admit it as they desperately try to avoid getting hurt or hurting one another again.
Priorities, family, love, and self-discovery are major themes in this suspense-filled mystery that introduces many interesting characters to keep the reader guessing as to "who done it." While the number of characters and their intricate connections made it–at times–difficult to follow, the storyline was compelling and the love story was believable and endearing. I certainly recommend it, particularly for the suspenseful and surprising ending.
This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing.
Reviewer: Rebecca Maney
"People tend to look for a needle in a haystack . . . . . . . When all they need is one good thread . . "
Forensic genealogist Willow Anderson is used to looking for "needles" and "threads"; knowing that the most obscure detail could morph into the missing piece of a client's puzzle. But following the tragic death of her grandfather, the founding member of Anderson Consulting, Willow isn't sure that she wants to continue the legacy of excellence that J.T. began. Her heart wasn't in it, . . . . until someone tried to kill her and the former love of her life unknowingly responds to her grandfather's final request for help.
"Willow and Austin McKade had already crashed and burned" . . . or had they? Austin was confusing himself over the overwhelming sense that he needed to protect Willow. Off to an understandably rocky start, they cautiously agree to work J. T.'s final case; solving a twenty-one year old cold case; a baby's abduction. Shouldn't they just let it go?
Filled with acceleration, "Never Let Go" forces its characters to pull back the layers of their past, forcefully and courageously face the present, and allow themselves to embrace the future. It's a good thing that this book is the first in a series; there are secondary characters who have earned a story of their own!
Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing.