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Don't Let Go

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  7,418 ratings  ·  818 reviews
Noah Ryan and Jules Doucette spent every moment together, first as best friends and later as young lovers. The two had planned a life together—until one unspeakable decision tore them apart for good.

Twenty-six years later, Jules is still carefully living the life her mother planned out for her. She’s running her mother’s store, living in her mother’s house, following her m
Kindle Edition, 301 pages
Published April 10th 2014 by Beyond the Page
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Aestas Book Blog
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I LOVE LOVE LOVED this book!!! Books like this are the reason I love to read. I absolutely adored it!!

If you love books with intensely strong emotions, that make you feel every word of the story with all your heart, make you go through every range of emotion from laughing out loud to full-on crying, and that have a gorgeous love at the heart of it all that never lets go, then this is the book for you!!

I honestly could not put it down. I literally j
1 nerve-racking star. DNF @42%. Full review posted August 13, 2015

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Hi, everyone! *Jules waves madly at audience* Shit. Shit. Shit. I shouldn't be too excited. *chuckles*

I have some great news for you. I am so darn proud and thrilled to announce that I'm among the very extensive group of fictional female characters who compete in the election of Dumbest Twat of the Year Award. By the way, Baba told me that despite our "mature" age of 43, our story reads like a drama-filled YA book, featuri
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of second chance romances
Recommended to Christy by: Aimz
5 Stars!!!

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Don’t Let Go is an emotionally charged story of first loves. One of second chances, about making mistakes and moving on with your life. About falling in love all over again. Yet another book that tugged on my heart. Another book where my eyes were wet most of the story. I love a good second chance romance and I love a good cry, so you know this one will be making my favorites list!

Jules has had one love of her life. And it wasn’t the man she married and later divorced. It wasn’t a
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Full Review Posted 7-31-14

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I know we can't all love the same books but I highly recommend that you give this one a try! I read it in one day!

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Twenty six years ago Jules Doucette made a decision that knocked her world off it’s axis. This unfortunately sends Jules in to a downward spiral of darkness and in turn she loses the boy who loved her since they were kids in the process. Since then she has be
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
2 stars

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Separated for 26 years, will Noah and Jules get a second chance at love?

Apart from it ending early I couldn't think of a single thing I liked. My dislikes? Where do I start? I felt no spark with Jules and Noah. Noah hardly said much in the book. Jules was a doormat. Also I couldn't forgive Noah for (view spoiler)

This story was more family focused. There was a few twists but I can't
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***2.75 I'm in the Minority Stars***

January 29th. That's the day that 17 year-old Jules lost everything. Her love. Her life. Her dreams.

Now, 26 years later, her life is turned upside down when her childhood love, Noah, walks back in and lances open old wounds. Wounds that never closed, never healed.

It's so hard to review this book without giving anything away. So many secrets and lies are buried within intertwined stories and layers of betrayal and poor choices. In order to explain my feelings
Annie Brewer
5 broke-my-heart-then-pieced-me-back-together stars!

This book was fantastic, from the first chapter all the way to the end. I was captivated by this story. My heart felt every emotion and went through the heartache along with Jules and Noah. I honestly didn't think I'd like this book too much, knowing that it's adult. I mean, I've read adult before. But my preference is YA/NA for the most part. However, this story took me through Jules and Noah's teens as an engaged parents-to-be couple.

Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Noah and Jules grew up together, best friends and then lovers. They were inseparable until something happened and Noah left town. Now it's twenty-six years later and Noah's back.

Attention: If you loved, or even just enjoyed, The Sweet Gum Tree, you must read this book. It is that good and will warm your heart.

Jules has just been living her life...barely. She gets by most of the time until the end of January and that's when she falls apart...every year. Still she manages to run the bookstor
OMG, the feeeeeeels!!! 4.5 stars

“I love you, Noah”
“Always, baby,” he said, hugging me back. “I’ll always love you.”
“Don’t let go,” I whispered.

God, I love this book! A beautiful and emotional second chance romance that sucked me in from the very beginning, and held me transfixed right through to the very end. I sat down to read this last night, and was so consumed by the story that before I knew it, it was 2am and I had finished it. Just gorgeous!

26 years ago, Jules and Noah were each ot
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I've been thinking on this one for a few days and I'm still unsure...


It was an okay read. Somethings worked for me and some didn't. I'm gonna say it was a 3.5 star read for me.
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars....Wow just Wow!!!

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There’s a time of year that Jules hates, a time of carnivals, a town coming together, a time that memories take over, a time when she was Seventeen, in love with a boy named Noah.

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Then events happened and everything changed.

Twenty six years later, divorced and bringing up her teenage daughter and trying to carry on with her mother’s dream..

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Noah returns...

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This is a beautiful emotional story.
Its a story of second chances a story of love and heartache, sec
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Don't Let Go is a heartfelt story about second chances so I had to pick this one up right away. This is Jules and Noah's story. They were teenage sweethearts, but when faced with a really tough decision their happy ever after quickly crumbles. Noah left town and became a Navy Seal. Jules stayed in their small hometown. Twenty-six years later she's now divorced, raising her daughter, and running her mothers book store that was left to her. While she's tried to move on, there's only ever been one
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I need to give this more than 5 stars... :))
I've read some really good books this year but this one will definitely be one of my TOP favorites without a doubt.
I'll start with some words of wisdom from the grannies!

My wise old Cajun Maw Maw used to say, "Hide your crazy, girl. Ain't nobody wanna see that shit."
Maw Maw died of a heart attack at the age of sixty-two. My other grandmother, Nana Mae, who is neither Cajun nor known for being exceptionally wise, is still kicking at eighty-five and say
Jul 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
This was bad, like really, really bad.
Sorry to all the people here on goodreads (and there seems to be many) who loved this, but for me it was pretty horrible and there really was just the one single thing I liked about it. And that was the hero Noah. He was so sweet and to die for but even he could not make up for a novel filled with crap. Let's start with the storyline.

It didn't hold my attention one little bit. It really just seemed to be filled by a whole lot of teenage drama and other uni
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 "I'm Yours" Stars!
(BR with Sharon)

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Jules Doucette grew up in Copper Falls, Texas to strict parents, and a very controlling mother. She meets a boy named Noah Ryan when she's little. They have been best friends since they were 7 & in 2nd grade. Noah & Jules are inseparable, and fall in love as they become teenagers. They plan their life together & even plan to marry. One decision destroys them both, & Noah is hurt and decides to join the Navy & leave the country to never return.

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Dilek VT
Feb 25, 2020 marked it as blurb-not-appealing
A HEA after 26 years???!!! No, thanks but no!
4.5 Stars

Jules is a 43 year old divorcee with a 17 year old daughter. For 26 years she has been living with a big regret that has stopped her from realizing her dreams and held her back from being who she truly is.

When Noah comes back home with a fiancee in tow, all the pain and secrets are brought to the forefront. As teenagers, they loved each other hard and passionately but betrayals and secrets ruined their chance.

It was very emotional and you just have to read it to experience this wonderfu
Natasha is a Book Junkie
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Never settle, baby. Never, ever settle.”

Second chance at love stories are my personal weakness. I love when characters are given a chance to re-do their lives, mend their broken hearts, correct the mistakes of their youth by choosing a different path in life, a better one, a happier one, and embrace a happy ending that should have been theirs in the first place. These stories literally make my skin tingle and while many have moved me and kept me enthralled, very few have truly left
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️

4.5 Second Chances Stars!

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Wow! What an emotional journey this book took me on! Loved it.

Jules and Noah have a history dating back to their teens. A history that included Jules making some pretty tough decisions, Noah fleeing, and Jules being left at age 17 to pick up the pieces. Fast forward twenty-six years, a daughter born, a marriage failed, Jules is still putting one step in front of the other, running her late mother's bookstore and just staying sane. A single mom, a mother that, even f
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
*** 3,5 stars
Anne OK
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-reads
READ THIS BOOK NOW! DON'T WAIT! IT'S ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING! It is as good as The Sweet Gum Tree and that surprised me -- in a very very good way.

Philomena Callan Cheekypee
This is my second read by this author and definitely my favourite. I absolutely loved it.

I found this to be a brilliant read. The storyline is brilliant and the writing is beautiful. If your looking for a story that will give you lots of feels then this could be the book for you. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from this author.
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
The last thing I expected when looking at the cover of this book was a story of love, loss and longing spanning 26 years. It looked to be more of a New Adult read. What I found in the pages of Don’t Let Go has and will stick with me for awhile to come.

Noah and Jules loved each other with all the passion of first love. They loved hard and fierce. It was when life took a turn for the unexpected that all things came to a screeching halt. Decisions were made for them that will affect them for the re
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars..

I'm not a "Feels" reader --------but this book gave me goose bumps... It was heartbreaking, exhausting, and oh so good!!
If you want angst, soul mate love , and lots of feels -- go get this book now!!!

Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars
I'm still staring at all the 5 stars reviews and thinking "What is wrong with me? What possessed me to read this?" Then I remember it's all Ami's fault and I feel better. :)))
They say if you have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all. Those people were smart, let me tell ya.

Thank you for the BR, Ami and Jeanne.
P.S. Ami, you're lucky I love you.
Vilma Iris
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-faves
A beautiful story about second chances brimming with all the feels you can imagine. One of my absolute favorites this year!

“Sometimes it’s the harder relationships, the complicated ones you have to fight and claw for that have staying power.”

There are some books that grab you because the writing is phenomenal or distinctive. There are some books that draw you in with heart-pounding suspense and mystery. Some that grab you with an addictive, unidentifiable quality. And some have a particular
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 beautiful snow flake stars, ugly cry and all!

A poignant, heartfelt story about love, loss and later finding happy miracles that will leave you with a huge smile on your face. But first it will choke you up, tear you up and may be even make you feel like a walking waterfall like its protagonist. Skillfully told by an author with a kickass last name (Lovelace, how cool is that?) and whom I have now added to my ‘make sure to check out her previous and next books’ list.

Noah and Jules grew up toget
FIVE "I'm still in love with you" STARS!!

Fans of The Sweet Gum Tree and The Best of Me will love it!
Second chance romance are one of my favorite theme, I don't know why.. Maybe I believe that love is so powerful like that and what destiny decide it will happen eventually.
Chris- Bookaddict
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW, When you least expect it a book can truly kick your ass. This one pulled at my heart strings so bad today. I am glad I read it while no one was home to see me ball like a baby more than once while reading it.

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Sharla Lovelace is the Bestselling and Award Winning Author of five standalone novels, the exciting Heart of the Storm series, and the fun and sexy Charmed in Texas series, all featuring sexy small town love stories with heat and humor. Being a Texas girl through and through, she's proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, a souped up golf cart, and two crazy mutts.

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