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Beth is truly an amazing story teller! I am simply in awe of her writing; the way the story unfolded and just everything was wow! I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next :)
You must read Nine Minutes (book one) and Out of Time (book two) before reading A Gift of Time (book three)!
I felt like I waited forever (it was one year :p) for this book. We get a lot of questions answered and just when you think you know something or already have an idea of who did or said what, Beth proves us wrong!
You won't believe the twists and turns we get in this final ride with Ginny, Grizz, and Grunt. I ain't telling you nothing! No spoilers! You'll thank me later ;)
It's bittersweet to see this amazing and unique series end but I can't wait until we get Mimi's book and the rest of the spin-offs ;P
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.
Grizz's trial, but never talked about as part of the gang).
There were a lot of questions answered. A lot of emotion and crying, especially when Tommy died(I don't consider this a spoiler). I do feel that Sarah Jo got what was coming to her. I even laughed a little at her expense.
I have to admit, I have read the reviews. I like to read the 1 and 2 star reviews. I think those are a little harsh. People were saying there were too many Bible references. I don't think so. First, it was always acknowledged that Ginny was a Christian and definitely right from the beginning had a strong Spiritual relationship with God. She always tried to encourage and steer Grizz and Tommy in the right direction. She always prayed, talked about God and went to Church. She showed her Christianity by helping other people and always showing forgiveness for others. With all the things that happened to her, she had really learned how to have real faith in God. I loved the use of the Bible verse to help her remember the safe combination number. I thought that was brilliant! People complained about the change in Grizz and Ginny. Well, Ginny had to change, grow up and mature. She had children and was really Trying to figure out how she felt about Grizz and Grunt/Tommy. I liked Grizz. I liked him before he went to jail, but really only the tender, sweet, caring, protective guy that he was with Ginny. I did not like the mean bully criminal and all his illegal activities. All that power really went to his head and it wasn't pretty. I liked how he was able to gain control of all the inmates and be in charge. He was in prison for 15 years, and was 'executed', that has to change a person, kind of like a second chance at life. But you can also see that he struggles with this change, trying to stay out of trouble and not be so impatient.
What really drove me crazy was all the ambiguity about his age. It wasn't until halfway through this last book that we finally find out how old he is. I don't know why but it just drove me crazy. And I was starting to think he didn't even know what his real name was. I thought maybe he was 14 when Grunt was born, then find out he was 12. I just felt like I was constantly trying to calculate his age. There are lots of answers about his younger years. Lots of surprises, good, bad and odd. I really felt like it ended on a good note and it made me feel good.
There is a lot time given to Grizz and Ginny's daughter, Mimi. I feel like there could be a spin off about her. It was a little ambiguous about her at the end. She is 22, finishing College and there were a few possibilities for her future. I hope to read more soon, with hopefully updates or guest appearances by Grizz and Ginny.
I think you did a great job, Beth Flynn putting it all together, wrapping it up and answering all the questions. Thank you for this great trilogy.
You should not read this book until you have read Nine Minutes and Out of Time.