Series: Nine Minutes #3
Published by Self-Published on July 19th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
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RECOMMENDED FOR READERS 18 AND OLDER DUE TO STRONG LANGUAGE, SEXUAL SITUATIONS AND VIOLENCE.
Book 3 of 3 in the Nine Minutes Trilogy.
A Gift of Time is the third installment in the Nine Minutes Trilogy. It is not intended to be a stand-alone novel, but could be read as one. Still, I highly recommend that you read my first two novels, Nine Minutes and Out of Time, to be able to understand the background stories of the main characters. There are many twists and turns in both books that can best be connected if read consecutively.
Are some secrets meant to stay buried?
Three months have passed since Jason “Grizz” Talbot was put to death by lethal injection for crimes he committed. His former wife, Ginny, whom he had abducted from a convenience store when she was a teenager and became the love obsession of his life, has spent more than the last decade trying to carve out a life of normalcy in the bustling suburbs of Fort Lauderdale—including a thriving and happy marriage to Tommy "Grunt" Dillon, a former member of Grizz’s gang.
Tired of the secrets and the lies, Ginny and Tommy thought the final piece of their past could be left behind forever with Grizz’s execution. However, the past comes crashing around Ginny and Tommy when a newly discovered secret threatens to destroy their marriage.
When tragedy strikes, Ginny is forced to reach into her heart and decide, once and for all, what she really wants.
In this third book in the Nine Minutes trilogy, A Gift of Time takes readers from the busy tropical metropolis of South Florida into the serenity of the North Carolina Blue Ridge mountains as Ginny chases down the answers she needs.
Will she have the strength to confront the secrets of her past…and her heart?
Reviewed by Joanne
I recieved an unconditional E-ARC from the Author in a giveaway
Last month I picked up a book that had been on my kindle for over a year, and started reading. 36 hours later, I had finished that one and the second book. I was hooked. Those books were Nine Minutes and Out Of Time by Beth Flynn, and I’ve been counting down the days for A Gift of Time since then.
I knew before I started this book that my heart would be broken one way or another. It would be torn in two, and I would be left to pick up the pieces, because I loved both of the main men. Don’t get me wrong, I am completely Team Grizz, but I also love Tommy too. Tommy had been Ginny’s rock for the last 15 years, and although their marriage had been through a rocky patch due to secrets that had been revealed, they were firmly back on track. Grizz was finally gone and they were able to move on. With the revelation that Grizz had escaped the death penalty came a renewed conflict.
I wanted Grizz to come back and claim his woman, but I also couldn’t bear to see Ginny and Tommy’s marriage torn apart. And then there was the children. Mimi was Grizz’s daughter, but Jason was Tommy’s. How do you justify tearing a family apart? But Grizz, Grizz was all alone in the world, and had never known the love of a family, and I wanted that for him. So bad. I wanted him to get the chance to know his daughter, if nothing else.
The book is split in two halves – the first half fills in a lot of the blanks from the first two books. There are also more revelations and surprises, and it’s told from multiple viewpoints – Ginny, Tommy, Grizz, and Mimi.
The second half more or less starts after the events at the end of book two, right up to the scene in the prologue. I went through so many emotions in the second half. I was angry, I laughed, I cringed, and my heart broke, just as I predicted it would. It also healed too, as Ginny’s story came to an end.
It’s hard to say what I want without spoiling the story. I can’t use most of the highlights I made, because they give away spoilers. Beth Flynn has woven an intricate story full of twists and turns, love and hate, vengeance and forgiveness, and I am in awe of how she brought it all together. It was brutal, it was compelling, it was also beautiful. What started off as a nightmare for Ginny turned into a story of love, and happiness. I feel like I went on a journey of discovery with her, and I didn’t want it to end. I hope Beth revisits these characters, I certainly feel like there is huge potential for a story with a few of the secondary characters, especially after certain events towards the end. I guess I’m just not ready to say goodbye to them. Even though I’ve known these characters for a short time, I know they’re going to stay with me for a long time, and whenever I see a blue bandana, I’ll think of Grizz.
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