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Nine Years

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Crossroads, new beginnings and ghosts from the past all intertwine together, emotionally captivating the reader in a novel you won't forget.

“Nine Years” by Jessica Leed

★★★★☆


I like to think I'm a contemporary romance 'connoisseur' of sorts, having read many books in this genre. I started reading "Nine Years", not quite sure what to expect, but Jessica Leed knocked her debut novel out of the park.


A beautiful tale of romance, self-discovery and growth, "Nine Years" follows Sienna Henderson and her plight as she struggles to right the wrongs in her long-term but dysfunctional relationship while trying not to lose more of herself in the process. Things get even more complicated when a past she had let go of resurfaces, only to have her confronting parts of herself she had forgotten were still there.


I think what struck me the most about this novel is how relatable it is. Not all of us have been through the exact same struggles that Sienna faces in the novel but we can all relate, on some level, to the pain of holding onto something so dear to you, even when it starts to destroy you as an individual.


That being said, it is incredibly challenging to write a story of this nature and create people that the reader can emotionally connect to but the author does a wonderful job of crafting a well-rounded set of characters.


There is no concrete villain. There is no good or bad, right or wrong. Although we explore the story through Sienna's eyes, all the characters are well thought-out and portrayed in a multi-dimensional way, making them more human.


I do feel the pacing of the novel could have been a little faster. Although I am not willing to comment on the necessity of certain plot points (given they might be set up to tie in with the sequel), the novel could have been a little shorter in length to increase the impact and have the story resonate even more with the reader.


All in all, a beautiful story and written in an equally evocative manner, I highly recommend "Nine Years" to fans of the contemporary romance genre. The downside? You'll have to put in some waiting time for the sequel.


Jessica Leed does a wonderful job delivering with this book.


Relationships are challenging and through Sienna, we explore the many complexities and obstacles that can crop up in one. The question the novel poses is: how far are you willing to go to try and save your relationship? At what point do you stop and save yourself?

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My passion for writing culminated from childhood and grew leaps and bounds over years. I self-published my debut novel ‘A Midnight Reverie'. A keen poet, philosopher, and travelling soul among other things, I wish to share my writing and various musings with the world over the years to come.

About the author

Jessica is a school teacher, former fitness professional and dancer. She is originally from Bendigo, Victoria. NINE YEARS and HERE I STAND form the two-part series BENEATH THE CLOUDS. jessleed.com facebook.com/jessicaleedauthor @jessicaleedauthor (Instagram) view profile

Published on November 09, 2019

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80000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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