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Larkin's Letters by [Jillian, Jax]
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About the Author

Jax Jillian was born in Albuquerque, NM but before she turned a year old, her parents moved east to Harrisburg, PA where she was raised. After graduating high school in 1995, Jax attended La Salle University (1999, B.A., Communication), Temple University (2001, M.Ed, Sport & Recreation Administration), and Central Pennsylvania College (2005, A.A.S, Physical Therapist Assistant). She settled in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and son before she became a writer. Jax found a passion for motion pictures at a young age when she remembers "getting lost" in films, and that passion ultimately led her down the path to writing. she loves "getting lost" in her writing and particularly loves writing heartfelt love stories with a touch of tragedy which she believes is the key to truly reaching readers. Jax is the author of Larkin's Letters and Ryan's Letters, two contemporary romance novels that have seen early success from reviewers, with both averaging 4.8/5 stars on Amazon and Goodreads. She is currently writing her third novel and aspires to write a screenplay one day. When not writing, she works full time as a physical therapist assistant and as a mom to her three-year-old son.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5010 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 069258031X
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017MR4DLK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #785,861 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
"I received a free copy of this book to read and review from the author."

Eight hours after finishing it, my eyes still ache and the tissue box is empty. Admittedly I am a bit of a tearful person, but this story soaked the pillow. Luckily I was reading alone, or it could have been a bit embarrassing!

As we know from the very beginning the major tragedy of the story, it is definitely the talent of the author that ensures it is a hugely emotional journey. I can't imagine it was an easy book to write, but it is done sensitively and eloquently. The switch from letter to memory to current time blurred into one and added to the ethereal feeling of the story.

As an aside, I think that in this time of celebrity, this book does a good job of reminding us that they are also people's friends and family and can suffer the same pain as anyone else.

I would highly recommend this book, with the advice that you also invest in a box of tissues and read it in private.
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By read-along-with-sue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 July 2014
Format: Paperback
I read this book in one sitting.

As I got past the story and onto letter 2, I had to take myself away to my bedroom to continue to read.

Most of the time I couldn't read out of blurred vision and a need to keep blowing my nose and wiping my tears as they were falling thick and fast down my cheeks.

Its left me a sniveling wreck.

That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it, I did.

Jax Jillian has written this book so true to life, this could be a real life drama that anyone can experience or know of.

Its taken me several hours to think about what to write for a review.

Is it well written? Yes
Would I recommend it? Yes, especially if you like a tear jerker.

I was sat in Ryan's heart as he read those letters, as he lived his memories, as he looked forward to his future.
Gutting, heart wrenching? Oh yes.
Just be ready with the tissues.
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What a beautifully written, deep and emotionally charged love story that focuses on the emotional connection in love, the power of friendship and ultimately the beauty of life.

I was initially warned prior to starting Larkin and Ryan’s journey that I would need and I quote “hard liquor, tissues and plenty of them and chocolate to get me through” and they weren’t wrong although I settled for a cup of tea (it’s a Brit thing) instead of something strong…and as if the premise of the story wasn’t enough to send me over the edge I was even more surprised to find out that this is the authors debut novel as the writing was exceptional.

As we already know from the beginning of the book Larkin after a long and treacherous battle with cancer sadly loses her life, never giving up hope and fighting until the very end with Ryan supporting her every step of the way. We’re initially introduced to Ryan as he is struggling to come to terms with Larkin’s death and is struggling with the all-consuming grief he feels. Unbeknown to him Larkin wrote him letters during her two year battle with Leukaemia in the hopes that when or if she should lose her battle they will help him move on from his grief and continue to go on and live his life.

“Larkin, all I ask is that you give me today so I can prove to you that I am your tomorrow.”

I have to say I really enjoyed this story well that’s when I could see the words as not gonna lie the majority of the time I had a blurred vision from the tears. It’s was a heart-breaking love story told in dual POV’s, Larkin’s is set in the past and Ryan’s is set in the present which made their journey all the more raw it really does pull at your heartstrings especially the ending but for me personally the ending was my favourite part…I had happy tears.

Would highly recommend and I am eager to start Ryan’s letters.

** ARC Copy received in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Words Turn Me On Book Blog **
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Format: Paperback
A beautiful moving story about friendship, loss, grief and regrets. Ryan struggles to deal with his grief and guilt after the death of his wife and best friend. He is handed a collection of letters his wife secretly wrote to him during the last two years of her life. Reading the letters and reliving the memories he starts the process of coming to terms with his grief and his broken promise.
Some fantastic visual descriptions and great character development along with raw emotions. Even my cynical cold heart was touched at times.
If you love tear jerkers you will love this book. I did feel at times parts were over sentimental and I did have an issue with some of the liberties taken with verb tense to aid the transitions between the letters, Ryan's memories and the present time.
Overall an enjoyable read which romantics will adore.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x93b94f3c) out of 5 stars 50 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93ad1ad4) out of 5 stars A Must Read Love Story 12 Aug. 2015
By Lindsay Detwiler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
“Love is home. Love is laughter. Love is an embrace. Love is the foundation of our soul. Love is the engine that keeps us motoring through life’s journey. You’re my love, and you have given me reason to motor on through life as long as I have been able to this past year.”

Larkin’s Letters starts out feeling like a typical, emotional romance but morphs into so much more. It follows the story of Ryan, a famous actor, and his love and loss of Larkin. Ryan and Larkin were best friends their entire lives. Once Larkin is diagnosed with Leukemia, however, their relationship changes. This story really makes you think about how much you take for granted in your life and how strong love can be.

I loved that both Larkin’s and Ryan’s voices shine through in this novel. Larkin’s letters give us insight into her deepest feelings, while the book also focuses on Ryan’s memories of their time together. The transition between the two is seamless, contributing to a deep understanding of the relationship.

I also liked that the relationship was very realistic. It wasn’t a perfect relationship, and there were many problems that Ryan and Larkin faced. I liked that Jillian didn’t focus only on the beautiful moments. I liked that it felt real.

This book is truly an emotional roller coaster. Jillian does a great job at showing a tragic story in a beautiful way, verging on an almost poetic style at times. There are some really nice moments that are strengthened by Jillian’s emotional descriptions.

The only thing that bothered me was that Larkin chose to ignore her family at the end in favor of Ryan. I felt like this was a bit harsh and out of character. Nonetheless, the strength of the story overall and the excellent writing allowed me to overlook this.

If you enjoy a deep, emotional romance, this is the book for you. It focuses on the emotional connection in love, the power of friendship, and the beauty of life. This book will make you think about your loved ones differently and make you appreciate the time you have left. I would describe Jillian as Nicholas Sparks meets Mitch Albom but with a unique flair that it all her own.

Lindsay Detwiler, author of Voice of Innocence
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93c8796c) out of 5 stars 5 Stars is not enough! 17 Dec. 2015
By Sunshine_80 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Oh my Gosh! This book was great. I can't even really tell you how much I loved it. It is so incredibly moving to read. Normally I don't like this type of book but I would recommend this to anyone and everyone. From the very beginning I was pulled in and I read this book in a night. Granted I was up at 2AM bawling my eyes out but totally worth it. I fell in love with Larkin and Ryan so quickly. I love that you get to see everything that she was thinking and feeling. I almost want to tell everyone that is getting married to read this book. I don't want to give anything away but I will say that I am not a huge crier and it usually takes a lot for me. This book had me crying through the majority of it. I very rarely gives books 5 stars but this one is definitely a 5 star book. I wish I could give it 6!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93d33918) out of 5 stars 3 hankie book 24 Mar. 2016
By AMK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Keep your Kleenex handy with this one. A short novel about Ryan and Larkin's love for one another and a promise he tried to keep. When Larkin finds out she is dying of Leukemia she writes him letters but he's afraid to read them because of his broken promise. When her ghost visits him he realizes it's time to let her go. A wonderful read that tells a true love story. There will be a sequel called Ryan's letters and I'm hoping it will be just as awesome and he returns to a productive life . Maybe we'll get a glimpse of her book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93ad1f0c) out of 5 stars I never experienced a book like this and I am glad it was my first ... 5 Dec. 2015
By Book Loving Fairy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Larkins Letters
Star Rating:
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Way too many feels in this book..hell the first couple chapters had me ugly crying. I never experienced a book like this and I am glad it was my first one, job well done Jax Jillian. There is only one author that can seriously make me ugly cry and have to take a break from a book but I have found a new one. This book is remarkable in the sense that we are taken on Larkins journey thru her cancer days. It is unbelievably hard to read without the tissues. Please please give this one a chance and really immerse yourself in this book.

Michele Y
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93ad30d8) out of 5 stars A sniveling wreck 31 July 2014
By read-along-with-sue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book in one sitting.

As I got past the story and onto letter 2, I had to take myself away to my bedroom to continue to read.

Most of the time I couldn't read out of blurred vision and a need to keep blowing my nose and wiping my tears as they were falling thick and fast down my cheeks.

Its left me a sniveling wreck.

That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it, I did.

Jax Jillian has written this book so true to life, this could be a real life drama that anyone can experience or know of.

Its taken me several hours to think about what to write for a review.

Is it well written? Yes
Would I recommend it? Yes, especially if you like a tear jerker.

I was sat in Ryan's heart as he read those letters, as he lived his memories, as he looked forward to his future.
Gutting, heart wrenching? Oh yes.
Just be ready with the tissues.
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