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Title :

Nine Letters

Author :

Blake Austin

Series :

N/A

Release date : February 24th 2016
Rating : 3 Stars
Blurb :

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

Review :

I am not sure what I really expected when I picked up Nine Letters by Blake Austin. It is a well written and well developed debut novel.

And I am pretty sure I will pick up the next book by this author too.
But something in the focus of this novel is not well balanced. If it is meant as a story of healing than it will work, as it is very focused on that subject if you ask my opinion.
It is not a love story by all means. The focus is on Luke and his loss which is fine for a story about healing.
Rae is not an equal partner in this story this is not a romance – it feels more like Rae is a supporting act in Luke’s healing.
I noticed quite early that the focus was off, when I thought that my favorite female in the book was Luke’s dead wife – go figure. She was so strong throughout the whole book that there was really no air left for any romance with Rae.
Therefore – my vote would be 3 healing stars for this NOT Romance and the knowledge that there is a new interesting author out there …
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