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.
When I signed up to read 9 Letters I didn’t really know what to expect. I think that this, while is a romance, isn’t at one. I have lost family and some very close friends, but I have never luckily lost my spouse so I can’t begin to understand or describe what emotions or mourning process one should go through. This book is told fully in a male POV, which for this was the right choice because it is his pain we are reading about.
9 Letters is about 9 letters that Luke’s deceased wife wrote him. These letters are her way to help Luke move forward with his life. Luke may be alive but he isn’t living. It has only been a year since he lost his wife but what he is doing isn’t healing or even mourning, it’s destructive to not only him but the other people in his life as well. In one of Emily’s letters she tells Luke to go get a dog, even though he isn’t too sure about it he goes to at least look. He meets Rae while he is there and ends up finding a dog that while may at times drive him crazy is the perfect dog for him.
Rae has a past of her own, one that isn’t easy and she doesn’t trust easily anymore but there is something about Luke that she sees below the surface. But she can only take so much and even she can’t handle when Luke gets angry and for good reason. Rae will never be Emily, but could she possibly be able to have a piece of Luke’s heart as well?
This must be said and it is this that took a potential 5 star read down to a 3 star. Emily’s sister Natalie. I am an only child but my mother lost her brother, my uncle who will always hold a piece of my heart, and she didn’t blame others for his death. So the way that Natalie not only is a complete and total bitch to Luke, but feels that she was more entitled to letters than Luke was just really took away from Luke’s journey to healing. While he finally says something to her I would have gone off way before he had. I love my husband and if his brother or sister or hell even parents ever acted like that towards me I would have gone off a hell of a lot sooner than Luke did. She and the way she was just really made a story about mourning, and learning to live and love again something dark and just plain nasty.
I think the letter idea is something that was not only done out of love but as her way of saying it is okay to live and love again. Luke needed those letters and the opportunities that they presented to not only start living again but also to make himself a better person.
While 9 Letters fell short for the reason I stated above, it was a beautiful, emotional journey that helps remind us all that life is fragile and the future isn’t guaranteed but if you are alive you need to live. This isn’t a romance in the traditional sense but it is still about love, relationships and the pain that they can bring.