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A best friends-to-lovers, stand-alone romance from New York Times Bestselling Author, A.L. Jackson . . .

Evan Bryant wasn't your typical hero.
But he was mine.
Broken by the worlds’ standards, he was still the strongest boy I would ever know.
My best friend. The boy I’d given everything to. My heart, my body, and the promise of forever.
The day I’d needed him most, he
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Expected publication: October 28th 2019
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    A.L. Jackson
    Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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    Jemima jamir aka Sentranced Jem
    A friends to lovers love story? HELL YA!
    AJ
    4.5 “you are my favourite” stars

    Oh, the feels! The epic, heartwrenching feels! I’ve been so eagerly awaiting this story, and I absolutely devoured it. Evan and Frankie Leigh’s beautiful second-chance, friends-to-lovers romance captured my heart, and I loved their story so much.

    This book is a standalone, but it’s a spin off from the Fight For Me series. Frankie Leigh and Evan were introduced as children in that series (Frankie is the daughter of Rex from Show Me the Way and Evan is the son of Hope from Follow Me Back), both
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    Sarah N
    Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    OMG, MY HEART!!! A.L. Jackson seriously gets me every time! This book has heart and soul, with a deep, undying, UNFATHOMABLE connection. All the stars, all the feels, all the amazingness!

    Hold on to Hope has the perfect ratio of angst, heat, emotion, and a touch of suspense. I absolutely devoured the friends to lovers/second chance vibe, and hung on to every word, and loved every chapter. Author A.L. Jackson has an undeniable talent for injecting so much heart, and tying the reader to the charac
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    Chaos Book Reviews.
    Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Oh my god. This review took a minute.
    I knew this story wasn't going to be one for the faint hearted. You see we've already met Frankie Leigh (Show Me The Way) and Evan (Follow Me Back) when they were Five and Seven.

    We already witnessed and experienced the devastation and uncertainty of Evan's diagnosis. As well as the horrors Frankie endured. Because of this, what I didn't know was how this story was going to play out.

    Fast forward, I wanna say 15 years, but I could be wr
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    ~Dawn~TUG
    Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I really enjoyed this story. Heartfelt, worthy, emotional, mystery, first live and second chances. A family that loves beyond all measure. A.L Jackson’s words were powerfully packed one moment and a soothing balm the next. She played with every emotion all while keeping the story intriguing, painting a picture with her words that you felt to your soul. I totally connected with the characters and wanted for them completely. Another emotionally charged love story that will keep you on your toes an ...more
    Melissa B
    I don't even know where to begin, except to say that Hold on to Hope was EVERYTHING!! This book was all the freaking STARS, all the freaking FEELS.... it made me laugh, made me cry and left me breathless! This was AL Jackson at her best..... with every page playing like a movie, vivid images and raw emotion that will leave you absolutely speechess! BEST FREAKING BOOK, TOP READ OF 2019 AND ONE I'LL RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE!!!!
    Betül
    **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**
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    "Did you really think I loved you so little? That my love was so superficial that you could leave and I'd forget you? Did you really think you could erase the spot where you are carved inside of me?."

    I love friends-to-lovers and second-chance romances, and when the lead characters are the kids from previous books (Fclass="gr-hostedUserImg">
    "Did
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    Kim
    Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This features children from the Fight for Me series. We fell in love with Frankie Leigh and Evan in their parent's stories and now they are all grown up and dealing with their own heartbreak.

    Frankie Leigh and Evan were best friends since childhood and had become more, until one day Evan walked out and left them all behind and heartbroken. Frankie Leigh and his parents have suffered from his loss and missed him every day.

    But three years later, they are unprepared to see him arrive back in town. A
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    Wendy LeGrand
    Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arcs
    From the time we first met Hope Masterson and her adorable son Evan in Follow Me Back, I have held a very special place in my heart for the little boy who would become best friends with little Frankie Leigh who we met in Show Me the Way. I just knew that these two kids were going to have that magical, one of a kind friendship that would last a lifetime. And that was before my mind started traveling through the years and hoping and praying that they would grow into more than just best friends, th ...more
    Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
    "I don't know how to be in your space and not want you, Evan. I don't remember how not to be yours."

    Might as well just lay my heart on the ground at the author's feet. Hold on to Hope made me feel every emotion a time or twenty. I probably looked like a theater arts student practicing pantomime as I read this heartbreaking story. One moment giggling at the banter between awesome support characters and the next giving a good gasping guppy impression as the rug was pulled out from beneath me.

    Ye
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    Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
    Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Once upon a time Evan Bryant was her everything, her best friend and the man that held every bit of her heart, then he walked away without so much as a goodbye and completely shattered her world. The last three years have been a struggle to survive without him, the constant wondering if he is okay, where he is at, and what drove him to walk away... it's all been pure torture for Frankie.

    She has found someone new to spend time with, but she wouldn't exactly call it a relationship base
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    Claire Cronin
    Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Another beautifully written and emotionally charged read from A.L. Jackson, my heart has been stomped on and left in tatters before being carefully stitched back together again with this book!!

    Evan and Frankie Leigh are characters we met in her previous books as kids, fast forward a good few years and they are the adults in their own story. Evan is the son of Hope from Follow Me Back, who was born deaf and needed a heart transplant. Frankie Leigh is the daughter of Rex from Show Me T
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    Ann  Goubert (Driven by Books)
    *5 amazing hopeful stars*
    “I’m finished living my life without you in it".
    If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. And as I sit here trying to write my review, I'm struggling to find the words, especially to not spoil the story for anyone who will read it. There's one book by another author that is my alltime favorite book and damn, this one comes so very close to it. I loved Evan and Frankie Leigh's story so much and in one way, without revealing too much, the protective
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    Sarah
    Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019-arc-reads
    Oh my heart!!! AL Jackson did it again and took me on an all-consuming and addictive ride. Just when I think I can't possibly love these characters any more from this series, Evan & Hope STOLE.THE.SHOW. Their chemistry, their connection - which starts at such a young age - their passion and loyalty to one another!!! GAHHHHH I couldn't love them more if I tried.

    This book is a perfect balance of friends-to-lovers, flashbacks to when they were younger, passion, and a bit of suspense
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    Johnaka
    Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Hold on to Hope by A.L. Jackson
    “all the feels, 5 stars”

    Since the day they met it’s always been Frankie Leigh and Evan. Where there is one there is the other, or there used to be. Before Evan took off without notice. He didn’t know it then but he broken Frankie’s heart. And now that he’s back he sees the error of his ways. Only this time he’s not alone. He has a little boy with him, the only other personal besides Frankie that makes him feel needed. Will he be able to repair his
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    Susan Staudinger
    Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    MY HEART! EVAN BRYANT IS MY FAVORITE, FAVORITE!!

    In “Follow Me Back,” I fell in love with the boy. Now, in “Hold on to Hope,” I’ve fallen in love with the man. At 8 years old, Evan Bryant captured my heart. 16 years later, he irrevocably owns it!

    Evan and Frankie Leigh had always been so much more than friends--soulmates that connected during childhood and starry-eyed lovers, as young adults. But when the reality of Evan’s health ultimately broke through their dreamy bubble
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    Dana
    Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    📚Reviewed for A Book Nerd, a Bookseller and a Bibliophile📚

    Do you know that feeling when you walk into a room and you are among friends? That no matter now much time has passed, you pick up right where you left off?

    That is exactly how I felt when I “walked” into Hold On To Hope. “Seeing” old friends is something I love about a series of books. When I started reading, I was on such a high when I saw Frankie Leigh and Evan’s names. I adored these two as little kids in Show M
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    Marybeth
    Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    All the stars in the sky!!!! Absolute perfection! I could not put this book down.
    I was not sure exactly what I was expecting going in to a grown up Frankie Leigh and Evan’s story but words cannot accurately express the range of emotions I felt while reading their heartbreakingly beautiful, forever love story. It was so nice to revisit with Hope & Kale and Rynna & Rex too!
    A.L. Jackson’s style is like no other and she clearly put her heart and soul into this book like she always does. He
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    A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog
    Do you know that feeling when you walk into a room and you are among friends? That no matter now much time has passed, you pick up right where you left off?

    That is exactly how I felt when I “walked” into Hold On To Hope. “Seeing” old friends is something I love about a series of books. When I started reading, I was on such a high when I saw Frankie Leigh and Evan’s names. I adored these two as little kids in Show Me The Way and Follow Me Back; to “see” them all grown up was just pure
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    Amie M
    Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    #EvanisEPIC ❤

    Many times as a Reader, your unsure of what it is your truely looking for when it comes to the words from an Author....

    ~TRUE LOVE
    ~GREAT STORY TELLING
    ~HAPPY ENDING
    ~SENSE OF BELONGING
    ~ALL THE FEELS
    ~SEXY BOOK BOYFRIEND
    ~SWOON WORTHY LOVE SCENES

    ........ AND THESE ARE JUST TO NAME A FEW.......

    Well Hold on to Hope gives you ALL that and more. It gives you a reason to believe in LOVE.... Believe in the truth of it, what makes the hea
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    Brigid Brown
    Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I just finished Hold on to Hope and I am so beyond emotional right now. Evan and Frankie Leigh have an epic love story and A. L. Jackson reminds us that "a life without love is the most tragic thing "

    We first met Evan and Frankie Leigh as children in Show Me the Way (if you haven't read it, one-click now because it's amazing!). They were fast friends, best friends really. They were absolutely adorable. They don't have an easy road. They each had a sucky parent and Evan, poor sweet Ev
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    Erin
    Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A.L. Jackson is giving me all the feels with this one! It gets all my hearts!!!

    We are taken back to Gingham Lakes where all of our favorite hero’s and their amazing ladies reside. Only this time the next generation is all grown up!

    This friends to lovers was a lifetime in the making. Frankie Leigh and Evan were meant to be from the start. Their journey to forever was an incredible one paved down a bumpy path.

    This story was utterly addictive and I couldn’t get enough. I felt all the things! My
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    Frances
    Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc-s
    A.L. Jackson is an author I can read again and again. I can read the same story and still find things I love about the story and characters.

    Evan returns home after leaving very abruptly, breaking the hearts of his family and friends.
    Evan isn't a regular guy, some call him freak, some call him broken, but one girl called him his favorite. Frankie Leigh and Evan have been friends forever and sometimes more. He might have a bad heart, but when he left town he tore Frankie Leigh's
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    Elle's Book Blog
    Release Date: October 28, 2019
    Actual Rating: 4.25 stars

    Best Friends to Lovers | Standalone Romance

    A.L. Jackson has a way with words and every time I open one of her books I quickly become immersed in her characters lives. Hold on to Hope is a gorgeous story, one that I wouldn't help but devour in one sitting. It's a bit of a longer novel but being so invested in the story made the pages fly. I loved the emotion, the way our hero isn't perfect in every form, and the coming tog/>/>
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    Lynn
    Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book was like going home. I loved Frankie Leigh and Evan as kids in the Fight for Me series and as young adults- they are amazing. They were best friends growing up. Evan left to not burden his family, yet the core of this family is LOVE and everyone felt his absence until his return, including himself.

    AL Jackson does not disappoint in Hold on to Hope. The book gives everything you want in a book: incredible characters you love and who love each other, drama, angst, history that
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    Cheaper Than Therapy Book Blog
    Loved loved loved this book! Beautifully written with a heartfelt storyline. Frankie and Evan are everything you could ask for in a first love/young love story. Frankies unwavering love for the boy who thinks he’s broken is uplifting and inspirational. I loved the sign language aspect and the southern talk was a charming plus. This book really has it all, love, loss, heartbreak, inspiration, courage just everything you could ever want in a book. Omg AL Jackson YOU ARE MY FAVORITE
    I give the
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    Alisa
    Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Hold on to Hope was simply perfect! The writing style, the plot, all the emotions; everything sheer perfection! Frankie Leigh and Evan’s story has become my favorite! I devoured this book and I didn’t want it to end!!! I absolutely love Frankie Leigh’s personality. You can tell she wears her heart on her sleeve. Evan has grown up to be quite a man and he knows what he wants, or rather who, and he isn’t afraid to go after her. Throw Everett in the mix and my heart was melting! I highly recommend ...more
    Carrie
    Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This was one of my highly anticipated books of this year and it did not disappoint. A.L. Jackson can write second chances like no other. This one grabs your heart and holds on to it until the very end. The connection Evan and Frankie Leigh has is palpable.

    “I WAS MADE FOR YOU, FRANKIE LEIGH. JUST LIKE YOU WERE MADE FOR ME.”

    It’s a unique love story that starts when they are very young and continue as they grow. Grab your Kleenex and enjoy this incredible story that will stay with you
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    Shay
    Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    As always, I’m thrusted into a world where I don’t want to let go!
    Frankie and Evan’s story pulled me in from the get go. The heartache, and the second chances always puts me through the ringer.


    “You find your purpose when your love for someone else becomes bigger than your fears.”

    Boy, just gave me all the feels!

    Can’t wait for more from this author!

    Reviewed by Shay from Mommys a Book Whore
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