Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Review ~ Nineteen Letters by Jodi Perry

Nineteen Letters
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 29th 2017

Publisher: Hachette


Nineteen. There’s something about that number; it not only brought us together, bonding us forever, it also played a hand in tearing us apart.

The nineteenth of January 1996. I’ll never forget it. It was the day we met. I was seven and she was six. It was the day she moved in next door, and the day I developed my first crush on a girl.

Exactly nineteen years later, all my dreams came true when she became my wife. She was the love of my life. My soul mate. My everything. The reason I looked forward to waking up every morning.

Then tragedy struck. Nineteen days after we married, she was in an accident that would change our lives forever. When she woke from her coma, she had no memory of me, of us, of the love we shared.

I was crushed. She was my air, and without her I couldn’t breathe.

The sparkle that once glistened her eyes when she looked at me was gone. To her, now, I was a stranger. I had not only lost my wife, I had lost my best friend.

But I refused to let this tragedy be the end of us. That’s when I started to write her letters, stories of our life. Of when we met. About the happier times, and everything we had experienced together.

What we had was far too beautiful to be forgotten.

My Opinion

If I'm completely honest, I wouldn't have looked twice at this book had I come across it and not read this author before. The cover doesn't appeal to me, and it doesn't look like a romance I'd normally read. I know that's bad to judge a book by its cover, but it happens. Either way, I have read this author before so I looked at the blurb and I wanted to read it immediately.

I'm glad I had read this author before so I looked twice. This was a beautiful story and one that kept me hooked from start to finish. It took me on an emotional journey, and I was surprised by how much more contemporary romance than women's fiction it felt, which was good for me.

I thought the characters were created brilliantly and the author dealt with the trauma and sensitive subjects well. She created a book about two characters who go through a lot and have to rediscover themselves, but they don't give up. I got to watch them fall for each other twice and the bond between them was easily felt.

I also felt for Braxton. I felt his pain and uncertainty. His emotions were believable but I loved his fight. He refused to give up. He loved Jemma and that's all there was too it. Everything about his emotions were raw and well developed.

My only small issue was the ending. While Jemma and Braxton got the ending I wanted, I felt the book had been leading up to a spin off with Lucas. I wanted it to happen, but I was just thrown into the epilogue instead. That element of the book felt a bit rushed and I wanted another book.

Overall, this was a beautifully written book. I'm glad I'd heard of this author and read her previous work so I could take a chance on this. It kept me engaged and I fell in love with the characters.


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