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Hold On to Hope

Written by: A.L. Jackson
Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Zachary Webber
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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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 walked away. He left me shattered and questioning the love I'd thought we'd shared.

Three years later, I wasn't prepared for him to return to Gingham Lakes. It wouldn't have mattered if he wasn't the most beautiful man I'd ever seen. My fingers still would have ached to caress his skin. My body still would have begged to get lost in his touch. And my heart...it would have always sung his name. But time changes things. With it, secrets that could ruin everything. 

Can we find a way to love again, or have the fears of our past stolen the hope of our forever?

A best friends-to-lovers, stand-alone romance from The New York Times best-selling author A.L. Jackson.

©2019 Amy Lichtenhan (P)2019 Amy Lichtenhan

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 2019-12-05

ALL THE STARS, ALL THE FEELS & ALL THE LOVE

Oh.. my.. God this book! This book rips your heart out with its damaged tortured feels.. it tells of heartache, hope, forgiveness, redemption, possibilities and love between two soul-mates who’d lost their way for a while because of a selfless act. It’s a beautiful, sweet, touching and emotionally raw love story.. and nobody (IMO) writes heartache, chemistry and the emotionally deep bottomless feelings of soul-sharing love like ALJ. But in this love story she coupled it with a life-threatening disease, a disability, a secret, a sweet little boy and a suspenseful chilling threat that loomed and hovered.. striking again and again - then waiting in the shadows to strike their final blow. The heart-and-soul connection and magnetic chemistry between these two lovers could be felt from every chapter.. the heartache screamed from every scene.. the hope blazed bright from every paragraph.. and the passion and pain was breathed from everyone’s lips.

Worth a credit? For me, definitely yes - its third person past and dual PoV present chapters were odes to love. Innocent, happy, caring love between two small children who just clicked the moment they met not knowing they'd each found the missing piece of themselves. Best-friends love who looked out for each other, shared everything and were never apart. Teenage love that awakened new feelings.. and the promises and hopes that bloomed were beautiful. Sacrificial love as one walked away from the other.. both losing so much when they parted. Forgiving love three years later when the emotional walls between them had been scaled, the regrets and apologies given and the secret had finally been spoken. And it ends with forever love when the life-threatening drama of the who, what and why was blissfully over.. leaving hopes, plans and dreams for a happy future together filled with love. The vastness of feels were all expertly performed by two well-loved narrators who brought the characters and their emotions to life making this a very touching and enjoyable story.

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  • Jessica Bowen
  • 2019-12-05

Amazing

This was absolutely amazing! loved this book. Hoping for a book with Carly. Can't wait for more!

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  • Amy Halter- The Obsessive Book Whore
  • 2019-12-04

All The Feels

This epic book gave me all the feels. ALL OF THEM!! Evan and Frankie Leigh were perfect and while their story was heartbreaking, it was perfect as well. I can't recommend this book enough. please read/listen to it. you won't regret it.

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  • Gay Franks
  • 2019-12-16

Loved it

Loved, loved, loved it!!! This book will make you cry, laugh, love, and have hope. I love Frankie Lee and Evan!!! I read the book and listened to it, and both were the absolute best. Love A L Jackson.❤❤❤

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  • Amy K
  • 2020-02-07

Meh

Wasn’t good. The story was weird and throughout the whole book, it seemed important pieces were missing.

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  • L. Ruble
  • 2020-01-04

Beautiful Story

Just like all other reviews it’s a beautiful story! A.L. is one of my favorite authors.

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  • Candace Richard (Sassy)
  • 2020-01-04

This is my new favorite AL Jackson book

This book was perfection, from the narrators to the first page to the last, the story was heart gripping and full of angst and such a great coming of age story of two young people who grow into young lovers. With a mystery and lots of hurt that needs healing this book captivated me from the first chapter. It’s just one of those books that will definitely stick with me.

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  • Lynn Cassel
  • 2019-12-14

Best Audiobook Ever

Well listen to this one again! Andi is a wonderful narrator. Not a surprise a book she produced would be a must read!

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  • *****Will I AM! (M.R.S.)******
  • 2019-12-05

♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️Fantastic book & perfect performances!

I love Amy Jackson’s writing style- it’s as though you can feel the wind blow and hairs rise on necks just as the characters feel- it’s such a lyrical dance of expression that grabs you and keeps you floating through the story...captivating and heartfelt this one is another superb offering from one of my favorites and narration by my all time top duo! Don’t miss this one as it has all the feels, great angst and a beautiful love story that will leave you smiling in the end. Love that it’s set in Alabama as well! RTR! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  • Jennifer Hinson
  • 2020-02-18

Such an INCREDIBLE Story & Performance

This was my first read by Jackson (I switched from reading & listening) but it won’t be my last. My full review is on GR so I will be short here BUT this book was one beautiful sometimes painful journey. My heart broke, healed, broke again (many times), and it was finally stitched back together with one phenomenal HEA. If you love books you can emotionally connect to, that make you feel something instead of just generically liking the story told..... this is one for you. It was an EASY 5 star for me.

As for the Audible, I know everyone fawns over Sebastian York with his sexy, deep voice that shatters hearts & ovaries simultaneously.....but Zachary Webber will forever be my favorite narrator. I love his voice but even more than that, NO OTHER MALE NARRATOR brings characters to life like he does. He doesn’t just read lines from a book, he becomes the character..... it feels like the character is allowing you to witness their life. It’s phenomenal. He takes it up a notch, committing to every single character (not just the main) by giving them a different “voice” with the same passion and emotion as he gives the lead. Heck even his female voices are different yet sound spot on. That’s what makes him a master of narration. Truly it’s remarkable.
As for Andi, she’s popular and everyone loves her (well most do). I’ve never been a huge fan but have yet to really dislike her. I personally think this was her best yet (for me). She was able to authentically narrate in an accent that felt natural not forced like so many others. She really shined, which is hard to do with someone like Webber as your narrating partner.

All in all, there is NO WAY you should skip this. Even if you have read the book, these narrators create an entirely knew experience you have to take part in.