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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.
Discover Blake Austin’s debut novel of loss, redemption, and ever-enduring love.
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This story is about Grief and all its raw emotions. All the stages that you go through to come out the other side.
Luke isn't living, he is just existing, each day and getting through it by whatever means that help on that day. Be it sex or booze.
Most of the book is Luke's thoughts and they are mainly about Emily. The 1 year anniversary of her death is a major turning point, he has to decide to either finish it to get away from the pain and guilt. Or work it through each day with help from Emily beyond the grave, letters! 9 in total hence the title.
For those of us that have never suffered the loss of a loved one, let alone watched them suffer and die slowly. Its hard to understand the affect it has on you, not just the near the surface stuff. But the deep seated, raw honest emotions.
This book portrays all of this giving the reader an understanding of how grief works, and how long it can take to even begin to work it through to a point where you start to live your life again. Its quite an easy book to read flowing through each chapter. The overwhelming sadness and loss, the power that has to completely pull you down so deep its hard to find a way back. Well that's not quite so easy ,if you have ever been in this position it can bring that back and make it harder to read. I could empathise and understand all of it ,I actually found it comforting in a strange calming sort of way. Blake Austin has done a fantastic job writing this book keeping an even balance between the sadness and the lighter moments that stop it from being morbid, or to depressing. This isn't a romance ,it's not sex in every chapter but it is about love. Both losing it and getting to a point that maybe you can find it again.
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