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Series: Nine Minutes #3
Genres: Romance, Fiction, Second Chance, MC, Suspense
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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?
A Gift of Time is the third book in the Nine Minute trilogy by Beth Flynn and absolutely, positively cannot be read as a stand-alone. Flynn killed her readers, me included, with the ending of book two, Out of Time. I was ready to know what happened and I wanted to know on page one, but Flynn is a sadist and true to form she left us with more questions than answers.
This entire series is one never-ending emotional rollercoaster and is written from so many different point of views, you get an all encompassing journey. Each character played an integral part and in seeing things from their point of view gave the story a whole different dynamic. I honestly don’t know how Flynn managed to keep the massive timeline, over twenty-five years, straight, but she did. No matter if you were reading something from 1975 or from 1990 or 2001 you can feel the difference in the characters as they had developed over time.
Grizz from 1975 was not the Grizz of 2001 and as a reader you could easily feel his growth no matter how many times Flynn took us back in time and then forward again she never lost the momentum. This is the same for all of the characters. An impressive feat. I didn’t know how in the world Flynn could possibly answer all of my questions in this one book, especially after the first several chapters and all the new questions that popped up, she somehow managed it.
The Nine Minutes trilogy stands out amongst all of the cookie cutter romances out there. Love is messy and unpredictable. Lives are complicated and things aren’t always as they seem. Secrets can destroy everything, even if they are meant to protect. A Gift of Time is a phenomenal ending to Grizz, Kit, and Grunt…though I don’t feel that their story will ever truly end, it will stick with me for a long time to come.
“Time is the real gift, Ginny, because it’s the one thing you can never get back.”