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A Gift of Time (Nine Minutes, #3) by Beth Flynn

A Gift of Time Book Cover A Gift of Time
Nine Minutes Series #3
Beth Flynn
Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Motorcycle Romance, Romantic Suspense
July 19th 2016


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?

ARIANNA’s review

‘A Gift of Time’, the conclusion of Grizz, Ginny and Grunt’s story was pure and simple epic. It was unique, captivating and honest to God I was on an emotional roller-coaster the entire time reading it. This third installment kept me at the edge of my seat, made me feel and blew me away with so many twists and turns enough to make my head spin.

“Two rings. One of ink and one of gold.”

The story is wonderfully written, complex and so very addictive. Written in two parts, ‘A Gift of Time’ from multiple POVs, it will answer all your questions, because I’m sure after reading the second installment, like me, you have plenty of them. While the timeline in the first part of the story was all over the place, the timeline in the second part was “more normal” and conventional which I liked. Reading these characters’ story was equally heartwarming and heartbreaking. I smiled, cried and even laughed with them and while I thought the story was a little too much at times…in some ways, just a little, I wouldn’t change (almost) anything about it.

The previous installment in the series ended with a huge revelation that made me wonder how the author will manage to give these characters a happy ending; a revelation that personally pleased me very much even if overall I didn’t fully love the second installment. The plot here was well done even if it was so complex. There are many sub-plots and characters, but don’t be scared because every single one of them was a role and a purpose. It was great to see in this installment Ginny and Tommy/Grunt as a couple, as a family and how strong their relationship still was after all these years. I liked their relationship between them and also the relationship they had with their children. Ginny’s character development was fantastically done. I liked her before, but I have to say I loved her in this final installment. She was a great wife and also a great mother to her children. I liked how she handled everything and I really sympathize with her at some point into the story, so overall I think she was a terrific heroine.

“I can’t see myself ever saying no to you. I love you, Ginny. I never stopped loving for one single second. Ever.”

Personally I enjoyed more the second part of the story for reasons I can’t mention since I don’t want to reveal anything about the plot. Firstly because of the timeline I mentioned above and secondly because of some twists and revelations and not only. And speaking about twists and revelations (mostly about revelations) …prepare yourself to be blown away. There’s a lot of drama in this second installment in the series and lots of heartbreaking and heartwarming moments that I’m sure will keep you glued to the pages, so be prepared.

I have only one complain. I would have liked Ginny to be “forced” to choose between Grizz and Grunt in other circumstances. I’m sure those who already read this final installment know what I mean.

All in all, ‘A Gift of Time’ was a great conclusion to these characters’ story, filled with drama, angst, suspense, action, steam and everything in between that I enjoyed very much. Needless to say I highly recommend this series!