A Gift of Time by Beth Flynn
Nine Minutes #3
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?
Ok so the only way I can make this review spoiler free is to make it incredibly vague so apologies but it’s better than me ruining the plot lol.
I adored the first two books in this series and I was over the moon when I was gifted an ARC to read.
However I pride myself on the honestly of my reviews so here goes.
I found the first 50% of the book really hard going, there’s multiple POVs and at times I was left a little confused by whose voice was whose.
I had no idea how this book would end and I had readers anxiety that things wouldn’t end in the way I wanted.
This has a lot of religious content which wasn’t really my cup of tea but to each their own.
Grunt (sorry he will always be Grunt to me) and Ginny became incredibly middle aged. I found their voices incredibly conservative for people who had lived the lives they had. I didn’t enjoy Mimi’s POV’s she was too nice to be a teenage girl so she felt fake.
I would have been content with just Grizz and Ginny’s POVs the other voices were just noise to me.
I struggled to get swept away in this book and honestly I’m not sure why.
Considering this book is basically a love triangle there was zero angst. I have no idea how that even happened and I missed it. Angst is frustrating but it also brings the passion and intensity that was unfortunately missing from this story as well.
The second half of the book picks up the pace slightly and we do get a lot more resolution.
I’m starting to wonder if I missed the point of this book. I had anticipated this to be the final showdown between Grunt and Grizz and maybe that was never its intention.
This instalment was downright low key in comparison to its predecessors.
Apparently I’m a massive drama queen because I wanted a choice to be made; I wanted tears, fighting and recriminations.
But maybe it did exactly what it was intended to do. Because regardless of the lack of explosive passion and drama what this story did was gave me a sense of peace.
It provided me with a resolution that I’m happy with.
It ended happily with everyone with who they should have been with, it just didn’t do it in the way I expected.
This wasn’t my favourite book in this series but I’m ok with how it ended, I’m content.
A Gift of Time gets 4 stars from me.