This book. This beautiful, heart breaking book.
9 Letters tells the story of Luke. A man who has been completely and totally emotionally broken after the sudden death of his wife Emily a year earlier. On the one year anniversary of her death, a box that contains 9 letters from Emily shows up at Luke’s house. Each letter contains a task that Emily asks Luke to complete in order to help him move on from her passing.
I truly believe it’s rare to find books in this world that can affect you mind and soul. I can probably count on one hand how many I have found like this. The kind of books that change the way you see the world and the way you perceive things to be. 9 Letters was absolutely one of those books.
We the reader were immediately immersed in Luke’s pain. And it was hard not to be when Austin so vividly yet so simply painted the picture of this broken man with his stunning words. I never once felt pity for Luke, or annoyed that he couldn’t just get over it already. That’s because I was too busy feeling with Luke. When he wept, I wept. When he laughed, I laughed too. I was so invested in this character. And that’s another amazing thing Austin did. He developed a complex yet simple character that I deeply care about the instant I met him. Was Luke perfect? Absolutely not. But it was his flaws that made him all the more rich to me as a character.
Along the way, we also meet Rae. A young woman who plays a roll in Luke’s journey. Honestly, I loved the relationship between the two but for me this book was about Luke’s grief and the metamorphosis of his character. To whittle this book down to just a mere romance is a disservice to the stunning writing and storyline because it’s SO much more than that.
The other thing I loved about this book was Austin’s writing style. It didn’t read like anything I’d read before and it certainly didn’t read like a first time author. His cadence is all his own and keeps you glued to the page the moment you start reading. This book felt like nothing I had ever read before and will never find again. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt this author will be one I will return to again and again.
This is easily going to be one of my favorite reads this year. I whole heartedly recommend you do yourself a favor and grab this book. 5 huge stars.
***I was provided a complementary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***
Available now on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/9-Letters-Blake-Austin