Thursday, 25 February 2016

Review: 9 Letters by Blake Austin

****4 Stars****
This book was a great, emotionally heart wrenching read! I can't believe this was the author's debut novel. Blake Austin sure knows how to pull on your heart strings and make you fall in love with the characters. The blurb was what initially drew me in and then the cover made me even more excited about reading this.
9 Letters is an emotional read about the struggles one man goes through after losing the love of his life. We meet Luke Cawley almost exactly a year after he loses his wife and best friend, to cancer. He is completely broken still, trying to drown himself in alcohol but nothing works until he receives a set of letters in the mail from his late wife, Emily. I loved learning the backstory between Luke and Emily. They had the once in a lifetime kind of love that you can only dream about having one day. Even in death she is still putting him before herself.
Rae Goode is just getting out of a bad relationship, and looking for the real deal, when she meets Luke. They have an instant connection but Luke is still dealing with the pain of losing his wife. They are both looking to heal and just maybe they can help one another in the process. We really don't learn too much about Rae and there isn't that much of a relationship development between her and Luke. This book mainly deals with Luke and his journey to finally reaching the final stage of grief: acceptance. I feel like this could have really been a 5 star read if there was more character development for Rae and her relationship with Luke. That being said I look forward to seeing what the author has in store for us next.
Reviewed by Ashley Ziegler
Luke Cawley is a broken man. After his wife's tragic death, he lost everything that mattered in the world. Now, his life is filled with hard days, harder nights, and a steady stream of alcohol and the wrong kind of women. Nothing helps.

Until the letters arrive on Luke's doorstep.

Nine envelopes. Nine messages. Nine chances to find his way back.

Rae Goode is looking for the real thing. After fighting her way out of a string of bad relationships, she's ready for something different--something true.
She meets Luke while piecing her life together, and right away she can tell that he's different. Drawn together by fate and the desire to heal, Rae and Luke discover new ways to mend their broken hearts--one letter at a time.

Discover Blake Austin's debut novel of loss, redemption, and ever-enduring love.

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