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9 Letters by [Austin, Blake]
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About the Author

Blake Austin is a guitar playing family man, whose life-long love of music propels his every waking minute. He loves composing, hanging with other musicians, Nashville, spending his weekends on a tour bus with his guitar and laptop. But when he’s not touring he gets to take his baby girl to school each day and watch her play in the yard and help her across the monkey bars.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 733 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blake Austin Books (22 Feb. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01C4FP47M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I was dying to read it. A debut novel by Blake Austin, I really enjoyed the story, I feel it flowed well and was really well written. This is one of those stories that is true and heartfelt and warms your heart.
Luke fell in love at 17 with Emily his college sweetheart, they loved each other totally. Emily was his world and they married in their 20's. Life was good until Emily fell ill - then Luke fell apart. Emily passed away and Luke drank and slept around devastated from his loss, his guilt and pain from her death crippling him. On the first year anniversary of her passing Luke finds a parcel on his doorstep and inside are 9 letters, all from Emily, each one giving him instructions on how to pull his life back together. The first one tells him to go get himself a dog. This is where he meets Rae -she volunteers at the dog pound and he finds himself slowly falling in love, but to be honest he doesn't even realise it at first, guilt eating away at him, pushing her away. With 8 letters left can Emily pull Luke back from the brink and help him find love and himself once again ?
This is't an ugly cry book, and it certainly isn't soppy or over the top romantic, but what this book does is make you feel, make you assess your life- take a good look at it.
The only thing I struggled with in the book was the characters. For some reason I didn't connect with Luke like I wanted to and I didn't feel the connection between him and Rae as much as I wanted to either. The second half of the book held me much more than the first half. I think if the author concentrates on the "connection" between the characters in his future books then he will do no wrong because for a debut novel it is excellent.
One more thing, I felt that there was some unanswered questions at the end of the book that I would have like resolved BUT this is only my opinion and I shall not hesitate to read future books by this author.
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I haven't done a review for a book in a long, long time not because I haven't read some fantastic books I just haven't took the time, but I just needed to express my thoughts about this book. It is a beautiful love story, it's not mushy or sentimental, true love for the main characters shines through the book, and then the pain and anger of loss and then slow but sure there is hope that is not rushed like some books ...he/she gets over it meets someone new and all is well again....no this book is as honest as it can be and ends with hope and love to come. You will love Luke down but not beaten, lots of different characters make it like real life including the dogs...there are also some lovely described sex scenes that are not gratuitous and the book wouldn't have been quite right without them. All in all a wonderful debut novel by this author who k will be seeking out again.
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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.
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Well blow me, this is an amazing debut! Welcome to the party Blake Austin!!!!
This is a story that was screaming to be told, it refused to blend into the background and boy, am I glad to be able to say that.
This is the ultimate story about taking a good hard look at what you have in your life, looking both back and forward and taking stock.
He might be only 24 years old but Luke has been through more than most should ever experience and although much of it has been harder than I could possibly imagine, he has one highlight and that was the love he discovered when his was just a mere kid aged 17 because his life became complete when he found Emily.
She was his light, the reason he drew breath each morning, and when she died, life as he knew it stopped. He shut the world out and allowed himself to slipped into an alcohol infused darkness, that I was certain that he would struggle to ever emerge from.
Drowning in self-induced guilt. He makes it to the first anniversary of her death and is stunned when he receives letters from his beloved Emily.
This is her reaching out from beyond the grave to hold the hand of the man that she loved completely and to help bring him back to life.
I was thrilled watching him discover the joys that Emily had planned for him, the tasks that she had taken time to work out, to guide him step by step back to the land of the living.
But when it brought Rae to him, he had no idea that the life he had descended into was now over, she was the breath of fresh air that he needed and that Emily wanted for him, she was a joy and I was so pleased that she was in his life, no matter how much he thought he didn’t need her or wasn’t ready to accept that he did.
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