Spotlight Review – 9 Letters by Blake Austin

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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.ALP GoodreadsOwl

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9 Letters is a heartbreaking tale about life, love and learning to let go. While the synopsis told me what to expect, I was unprepared for how the letters would affect me or how the grief of a widower would tug on my heart. My emotions were on a roller coaster throughout this story and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey.

The story was simple and melancholy but I embraced the emotion that came with watching Luke move through the grieving process. I cannot fathom the loss of a spouse let alone trying to move on after their death, but this story made me think about that very real and frightening possibility. Afterall, you just never know what your future holds.

The characters were flawed and imperfect which gave the story a very organic feel. The writing was raw at times but I found it fitting for the story. The spiritual undertones felt appropriate for the topic of loss, although some may disagree.Overall I enjoyed this debut book and would definitely consider reading something else from this author.

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