Tuesday, 17 April 2018

*BLOG TOUR STOP* Nineteen Letters by Jodi Perry

Author: Jodi Perry


Nineteen. There’s something about that number; it not only brought us together, bonding us forever, it also played a hand in tearing us apart.

The nineteenth of January 1996. I’ll never forget it. It was the day we met. I was seven and she was six. It was the day she moved in next door, and the day I developed my first crush on a girl.

Exactly nineteen years later, all my dreams came true when she became my wife. She was the love of my life. My soul mate. My everything. The reason I looked forward to waking up every morning.

Then tragedy struck. Nineteen days after we married, she was in an accident that would change our lives forever. When she woke from her coma, she had no memory of me, of us, of the love we shared.

I was crushed. She was my air, and without her I couldn’t breathe.

The sparkle that once glistened her eyes when she looked at me was gone. To her, now, I was a stranger. I had not only lost my wife, I had lost my best friend.

But I refused to let this tragedy be the end of us. That’s when I started to write her letters, stories of our life. Of when we met. About the happier times, and everything we had experienced together.

What we had was far too beautiful to be forgotten.

*I Hereby Award This Book 5 Wings!*

My Review:

Nineteen Letters hit me square in the feels from the start. It’s poignant, eloquently written and it’s really easy to connect with both lead characters; Jemma and Braxton. 
Told from alternating points of view, we find out about the after effects of the accident on the couple, and the family on the whole. 

Jemma can’t remember things in the short-term, and they wonder whether it’s a permanent side effect of the accident. It’s frustrating as hell when you have a life you can’t remember, a family you don’t know and a husband who you have no memory of. 

But Braxton knows his life with Jemma is far too precious to ever be forgotten. He decides to write her letters, really beautiful letters that he hopes might jog her memory. 

To have something horrible happen might well tear some families apart. It might be too much for one partner or the other to handle. Some people may give up on their relationship because they can’t get over the obstacles in their way. But Braxton is deeply in love with his wife and he would stop at nothing to get her to remember their life together. He doesn’t want to give up on her, on their life, on their love. 

This poignant story is heartbreaking, yet beautiful. It’s a painstaking labour of love for the pair and you feel it deeply within. 
I really connected with Jemma and Braxton. It was hard to imagine myself in that position, but easy to fall into the story. I empathised with Jemma for all that she had lost, but Braxton and Jemma’s parents lost something too; the Jemma they know and love. They might never get her back, it’s a very real prospect. But they have to do all they can to overcome the things that are out there to test them. 
Braxton is a great guy. Easy to love and easy to empathise with. He’s not lost Jemma in a physical sense, but he’s lost her emotionally, he’s lost her love and affection...it must be so hard for a person to still be there, but not to be the person they once were. 

This is the first book I have read by Jodi Perry, but it won’t be the last. Her writing style is easy to fall into. It sucks you in, churns you up, but doesn’t spit you out easily. It keeps you there until she’s done with you. Her storytelling is compelling and truly emotional. She makes you laugh, but she also makes you cry, so have a box of tissues handy. 

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