A Gift of Time by Beth Flynn

August 8, 2016 Book Review 0 ★★★½

A Gift of Time by Beth Flynn three-half-stars
A Gift of Time by Beth Flynn
Series: Nine Minutes #3
Also in this series: Nine Minutes, Out of Time, Tethered Souls
Published by Self-published on July 19, 2016
Pages: 446
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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?

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
EDGy Review

 

Reviewed LilyThe Nine Minute Series has from the beginning offered a unique story based on a dark and harsh start. A Gift of Time, the final book in the series follows Ginny and her family’s survival. The writing has a slow pace, told in past and present chapters as well as alternating POVs. This did impact the story, making it feel long and drawn out. Details as to how and why Grizz did what he did took a back seat to the present situation. As with most series, you need to read the books in order, beginning with Nine Minutes.

A Gift of Time is a different book from the first two in this series and not what I anticipated. Except for Ginny, a lot of the character were portrayed in a starkly different way then they were previously. The origin of the story is dark, but A Gift of Time is more upbeat with the focus being about getting on with life. As the story progressed, it was evident this was going to be a long slow wind-up. An impressive start but it soon became the gift that kept on giving, causing me to wonder where the story was heading, and it had the tendency to drag in sections. I was grateful to Ginny’s daughter, Mimi who through her inquisitive mind maintained a degree of suspense but nowhere near the level it had been previously.

I liked Ginny right from the time we met her in Nine Minutes, so spending time with her as a mature woman enjoying life was why I continued to read. She always exuded hope no matter what life threw at her. Her strengths were evident in Mimi who also garnered my respect and admiration. Mimi was a gutsy character with the potential of being a worthy heroine for a great spin-off story. My biggest problem with a number of the characters was how a lot of them managed to lead such different lives from what they had done previously.

There is a beautiful thread in the plot relating to Sister Mary Katherine who helped Ginny during her early years. I enjoyed catching up with her and the nun she introduces Ginny to, Sister Agnes. I loved how they looked upon their memories and mementos as a focal point for caring and praying for others. Their strength emotionally and intellectually was a positive message about the importance elderly people have to share in life.

A heavier religious angle struck me as relevant but at times over the top for books I would usually read in this genre. It supported the opportunity for a lot of divine intervention, praying and referencing biblical passages. At one stage, Ginny reached a point of desperation/uncertainty where she did something I thought was not what most people would do View Spoiler ») for guidance. Other explanations caused me to raise my eyebrows, gobsmacked as to the details of why and how situations and circumstances were played out.

Usually, I would have stopped reading a book with the number of faith references this story contained. I put that down to being invested in the overall story and wanting to know the answers I have held been looking for since starting this series. Was I happy with the ending? I am leaning towards a yes. The way the explanations as well as the amount of time it took to reveal them is what put me off. At the same time, as I enjoyed the good times, it is hard to knock how they got there.

What I struggled with:

  • The aliases used for all the characters
  • The religious angle seeping in more than I expected (it was there in the first book, but it became more centric to the plot from multiple prospectives)
  • Character traits flipping from their portrayal in previous books
  • Lengthy explanations and situations that were glossed over
  • Their past not catching up with them more than it did

What I loved: 

  • The nuns
  • Filing of Photos
  • Mimi
  • The Bandanna
  • The unconventional love story

Lily’s Rating: 3.5 Stars

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