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September Ends

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Author: Hunter S. Jones

Published: October 1st 2013 by Ra Jones Publishing (first published 2013)

Format: Paperback , 274 pages

Isbn: 9781492817338

Language: English


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Overweight and dull. That’s how I felt. My grandfather and brother died. I hid inside a black cave deep in my soul, numbed for a decade on meds, booze, and bad love, married to my glorious career. My name is Liz Snow, from Atlanta, Georgia, and this is my story. One hot summer I fell hopelessly in love with successful attorney, Peter William Hendrix III, from Chattanooga, Ten Overweight and dull. That’s how I felt. My grandfather and brother died. I hid inside a black cave deep in my soul, numbed for a decade on meds, booze, and bad love, married to my glorious career. My name is Liz Snow, from Atlanta, Georgia, and this is my story. One hot summer I fell hopelessly in love with successful attorney, Peter William Hendrix III, from Chattanooga, Tennessee. We bonded because of Shelley and Keats. Pete introduced me to the works of modern English poet, Jack O. Savage, It was like The Poet was drawing us together through his blogs and poems, like he had a message for my life and my love with Pete Hendrix. I lived it in my heart and soul. It all went tragically wrong once I learned Pete’s secret. As September ends I jet to London, England with an unstable mind and a broken heart. Pete Hendrix betrayed me big time. There was no time for revenge. My life was a kaleidoscope of stabbing shards of pain. London ignored me. Maybe I didn't exist. I was lost and lonely in a flat in Kensington. I hear that Jack O. Savage will make a rare public appearance. I wrangle an invitation to the art gallery where he is reading. I was curious. Somehow, he was the cause of my trouble. The rock-star-with-words was even more damaged than I. Jack O.Savage, The Poet became my friend. Then, an unexpected kiss at a county fair on a perfect English summer's day changed everything forever. Jack the man became my lover. Magic. My elusive dream of a lifelong love began. If Pete was what I'd always wanted, Jack was what I always needed. The mystery unraveled as the kaleidoscope of my broken life evolved and I found myself living a rainbow of perfect bliss. Sometimes when you believe it’s the end, it’s only the beginning. September Ends is contemporary fiction, blending romance, erotic and supernatural elements, bound together by poetry. It reveals the intricate web of passion and desire which entangles Liz Snow, Pete Hendrix and Jack O. Savage. The story is told through Liz Snow’s diary, Jack O. Savage’s poetry, and from letters sent across the Atlantic. Traveling throughout the lushness of a summertime in Tennessee and Georgia, September Ends journeys into the elegance of London’s West End and is finally settled in the countryside of Cornwall, England, a decade later. September Ends is a story of sin, redemption and salvation through love because love happens when we least expect it.

30 review for September Ends

  1. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Lenderi

    "September Ends", written by Hunter S. Jones and an anonymous English poet. This is an unpredictable book. It was nothing like what I had expected it to be when I started reading it. As a teacher and an avid reader, I am not only interested in finding a good plot, but I also tend to look for more literary aspects in a book. I was intrigued after a friend recommended this book to me to find out how a romance writer with a history of steamy-hot novels will blend her writing style with the voice of "September Ends", written by Hunter S. Jones and an anonymous English poet. This is an unpredictable book. It was nothing like what I had expected it to be when I started reading it. As a teacher and an avid reader, I am not only interested in finding a good plot, but I also tend to look for more literary aspects in a book. I was intrigued after a friend recommended this book to me to find out how a romance writer with a history of steamy-hot novels will blend her writing style with the voice of a metaphysical poet. Incongruous though it seems, they achieved a uniform style, each offering their readership a taste of their unique talents. Why I thought this was an unpredictable book? Let me tell you about my experience with it. I bought it a few days ago and I started reading it at once. I read up to chapter 14 that day and only made myself to stop because of the late hour and the fact that I had to go to work early in the morning. It is that fast a read and it has HOT-HOT scenes that all romance fans will love. Work got in the way and I couldn't read it for the next couple of days, but the story was imbued in my mind. I picked it up again last night expecting the second half of the book to be equally lustful and that's when the unexpected happened. Here I was then at 5.20 am. emailing my friend with a tear-streaked face and an overwhelmed heart. It took me at least twenty minutes to write a simple email. I could not find the words to express what this book made me feel. If I was to give a subheading to this book, it would be "Life in full circle". Love, heartbreak, hope, love, pain, hope again... Isn't that how real life works? That's the message of this book. Liz Snow, the main character, goes through a lot of hardships, as we see in the first half of the book, but life has a way to show her what she should be looking for....what really matters...what we should all be looking for or expecting out of life. I'm sure that each reader will discover something different in this book. It seems to have everything: lust, real love, pain, positivity...thrilling prose, thought-provoking poems, wittily-funny blogs... So, high stars from me. This is a book with a difference and I honestly hope it will find the place it deserves on the book market.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This is a wonderful collaboration of two very talented authors who compliment one another other very well. This book will appeal to many romance readers who appreciate a good love and life story, which is on a different level to many other romance novels out there and unique, at least from the books I’ve read, in terms of its presentation of the prose. The formatting is excellent, given the email-style writing which displayed perfectly on my Kindle. Some of the passages are very erotic, but some This is a wonderful collaboration of two very talented authors who compliment one another other very well. This book will appeal to many romance readers who appreciate a good love and life story, which is on a different level to many other romance novels out there and unique, at least from the books I’ve read, in terms of its presentation of the prose. The formatting is excellent, given the email-style writing which displayed perfectly on my Kindle. Some of the passages are very erotic, but some of the prose so beautifully written I found myself often rereading it. There should certainly be more writing from this pair and I eagerly look forward to it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cristina

    September Ends had the promise of being an amazing book, moving and thought-provoking but it’s quite the opposite. The first few chapters, I was hooked and the writing was beautiful but then after the first 15% into it, the writing was choppy, the dialogue felt forced and the characters felt one-dimensional. A few issues I had with the book was the insta-love and sexual conversations over email, I didn’t buy it. Is it possible to fall in love over emails? It's improbable but definitely possible, September Ends had the promise of being an amazing book, moving and thought-provoking but it’s quite the opposite. The first few chapters, I was hooked and the writing was beautiful but then after the first 15% into it, the writing was choppy, the dialogue felt forced and the characters felt one-dimensional. A few issues I had with the book was the insta-love and sexual conversations over email, I didn’t buy it. Is it possible to fall in love over emails? It's improbable but definitely possible, but still, I didn't buy it. The black and white photos in the book were a complete distraction. And I’m not one for looking at pinched nipples, women in lingerie or boob shots in general and I’m not a prude by any means but it was just silly because it felt like a picture book. You'll make me a lazy reader if you show me versus telling me. Liz is on a journey to find healing after she suffers the loss of her brother. The way she copes is by writing and and over time she meets Peter through an email, which then moves into a chat-room of sorts, it’s a bit weird because I’m not sure that chat rooms exist anymore but who knows, I could totally be wrong or maybe I am a prude and I just don't know it. The reviews out there are glowing, so clearly readers have received it well. While the book has an interesting concept, I couldn’t connect to the story or the characters for the various reasons I’ve listed and there’s really not much more I can say.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amalie Jahn

    Sometimes you have to get it all wrong before you can get it right. I'm not typically a fan of erotic fiction and to say September Ends falls into that category is not untrue, however, this book is far more than that. It's a coming of age story about a woman who learns about the truths of love and love lost. Masterfully written, Ms Jones takes the reader on a journey of discovery through Liz's own words, allowing you to fully connect to her character and all the emotions associated with the compl Sometimes you have to get it all wrong before you can get it right. I'm not typically a fan of erotic fiction and to say September Ends falls into that category is not untrue, however, this book is far more than that. It's a coming of age story about a woman who learns about the truths of love and love lost. Masterfully written, Ms Jones takes the reader on a journey of discovery through Liz's own words, allowing you to fully connect to her character and all the emotions associated with the complexities of the heart. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a deeply moving love story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karl Wiggins

    The Rock ‘n’ Roll Poet A clever mix of two stories which dovetail together well. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Poet - or rather the poet with the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle – Jack O. Savage, who seems to me to be the hybrid child of Charles Bukowski and Ian Anderson, the flute playing lead singer from Jethro Tull, who temporarily gave up the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle to become a salmon farmer, and the chat room romance which begins innocently enough and cultivates into full blown erotica. I’m no spoiler, so you’ll The Rock ‘n’ Roll Poet A clever mix of two stories which dovetail together well. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Poet - or rather the poet with the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle – Jack O. Savage, who seems to me to be the hybrid child of Charles Bukowski and Ian Anderson, the flute playing lead singer from Jethro Tull, who temporarily gave up the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle to become a salmon farmer, and the chat room romance which begins innocently enough and cultivates into full blown erotica. I’m no spoiler, so you’ll have to buy the book to find out what happens next.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Books On Fire Tours

    Even though I gave this book a 5 star rating in my personal capacity, it has received the following Guild Review rating: Guild Reviewer: Natasha Johnstone September Ends Hunter S. Jones Self Published 1492817333 Price: Print: $7.10; eBook: $0.00 http://www.amazon.com/Hunter-S.-Jones... RATED 3.2 GUILD STARS It is very rare that a book has such a profound effect on me. I was blown away by the clever use of multi-genre writing techniques. The author managed a seamless transition from diary entries to cha Even though I gave this book a 5 star rating in my personal capacity, it has received the following Guild Review rating: Guild Reviewer: Natasha Johnstone September Ends Hunter S. Jones Self Published 1492817333 Price: Print: $7.10; eBook: $0.00 http://www.amazon.com/Hunter-S.-Jones... RATED 3.2 GUILD STARS It is very rare that a book has such a profound effect on me. I was blown away by the clever use of multi-genre writing techniques. The author managed a seamless transition from diary entries to chat room posts and poetry. The poetry in itself is unlike anything I have read before. O CRUTCH OF CHOICE My little loves I cast away To live pill free's my firm intent To feel life's fullness my hot bent And so sick clutch, away! away! I flush you from my life this day The choice was never mine to take To make my life this shallow fake They neutered me without my say I'd rather die than live this way A slavish pharma-ceutic clone A clone! a clone! all answers known Constrained forever cast in clay Come versing life in all your hues! Prose tramelled content I re fuse . by Jack O Savage ---------------------------------- There is no way I can possibly do this book justice with meagre words. The flow in this book is remarkable considering the multiple aspects of writing incorporated. This is by far one of the most intelligently written books I have ever read. The book itself is clever! As a reader I was completely drawn in and unable to put the book down. As an Author myself, I could have kicked myself for not EVER thinking of doing what you did in this. Bravo!! As for the story? WOW! I knew what was coming at every turn, but when it did happen as I predicted, the way it was written it had me surprised regardless and it was as if I had forgotten I knew what was going to happen? I know, I sound crazy. It's Insane!! One does not have to love poetry to understand the meanings in the poems. The portrayal of characters was done with an authenticity rarely found these days. This book is beautifully written and overall this story was easy to relate to and very enjoyable. I don't think there is anything that I don't love about this book!!! READ MORE HERE: http://fit4amom.blogspot.com/p/guild-...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jesamine James

    A stunningly poetic and beautiful story. Exceptionally well written. I'm not usually patient with books that contain emails or messages, but the parts of this book that do are written properly, so it's like reading script and didn't put me off at all. The main character Liz was not to my liking. I believe the author meant it to be this way, as all the other characters were very likeable. It could have been a clash of personality between myself and Liz, and other readers may not feel the same. I th A stunningly poetic and beautiful story. Exceptionally well written. I'm not usually patient with books that contain emails or messages, but the parts of this book that do are written properly, so it's like reading script and didn't put me off at all. The main character Liz was not to my liking. I believe the author meant it to be this way, as all the other characters were very likeable. It could have been a clash of personality between myself and Liz, and other readers may not feel the same. I thought she craved sympathy, yet I could not empathise with the woman at all. Although I sound negative about Liz, there was something intriguing about her and the irritation I felt towards her meant I couldn't turn my back on her and she kept me reading. Not once did I drift off or get bored. I'm not sure of the genre, but this story would make a very plausible biographical work if it wasn't for the candles. I wondered at the beginning if it was biographical – it is so real. The storyline is brilliant and the splashes of poetry are a clever touch. Very enjoyable and flawless.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda Watkins

    If you are prepared for a tale of a life story, this is the book for you. September Ends is a novel told in a Epistolary format; it's unlike anything your have ever read. Emails and chatrooms, a Wiki page, diary entries, poetry are all here, yet in an easy to read format. The way Liz Snow and Pete Hendirx meet and fall in love is very believable in our world. The Poet is introduced as a periphery character, yet soon takes stage front and center. Hunter S. Jones and the anonymous poet reveal the If you are prepared for a tale of a life story, this is the book for you. September Ends is a novel told in a Epistolary format; it's unlike anything your have ever read. Emails and chatrooms, a Wiki page, diary entries, poetry are all here, yet in an easy to read format. The way Liz Snow and Pete Hendirx meet and fall in love is very believable in our world. The Poet is introduced as a periphery character, yet soon takes stage front and center. Hunter S. Jones and the anonymous poet reveal the story of September Ends to us, peeling back layer after layer to reveal a true five star ending that will stay with you long after you read this novel. My favorite part of the novel was where Jack O. Savage told his part of the story, followed quickly by Liz Snow coming in and setting the record straight. The mixture of a contemporary romance novel told through letters with glimpses of the erotic, the paranormal, the humorous, and tragic elements may not be enjoyed by everyone, but I loved it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susan Tarr

    This is one of the most intriguing books I’ve read in quite some time. The beautiful cover art is what first drew me in. And the first chapter hooked me. I found the emails a bit tedious at first, but appreciate how they set up the epistolary format for the novel. I identified with Liz, Pete and Jack because all the characters are very well developed. SEPTEMBER ENDS has a unique plot line and the ending was a complete surprise. This work weaves poetry into the prose as well as a sprinkling of par This is one of the most intriguing books I’ve read in quite some time. The beautiful cover art is what first drew me in. And the first chapter hooked me. I found the emails a bit tedious at first, but appreciate how they set up the epistolary format for the novel. I identified with Liz, Pete and Jack because all the characters are very well developed. SEPTEMBER ENDS has a unique plot line and the ending was a complete surprise. This work weaves poetry into the prose as well as a sprinkling of paranormal, and more. It is certainly well written. If you are looking for something unique and a story as contemporary as today, I recommend you read this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Margitte

    I am not sure how I can approach this book and write a review without giving away anything! But let me start by saying that it was a complete surprise. I did not know what to expect when the book kicked of with Liz October Snow, smoking a joint and being present in the gruesome accident that killed her brother Charles. He was everything in her life. Apart from him, she had only one other friend and that was loneliness. As part of her therapy she is encouraged to write a diary to sort herself, he I am not sure how I can approach this book and write a review without giving away anything! But let me start by saying that it was a complete surprise. I did not know what to expect when the book kicked of with Liz October Snow, smoking a joint and being present in the gruesome accident that killed her brother Charles. He was everything in her life. Apart from him, she had only one other friend and that was loneliness. As part of her therapy she is encouraged to write a diary to sort herself, her memories, and her feelings out and this is what this book becomes. It is mostly an epistolary memoir of a young woman's struggles with loss, relationships and true love. Liz had to make peace with herself; learn to stand on her own feet; free herself from neediness; and really be the strong American woman from Atlanta she always wanted to be. The prose is catching, beautiful, poetic. In fact, poems becomes a huge part of the story line and so does the poet behind it - Jack O. Savage, who eventually becomes the hero and the healer in more than his own life. Liz falls in love, as in passionately in love, with Pete Hendrix, a lawyer in a firm who buys computer software from her company. One thing lead to another, so much so, that many kindles of the readers could have self-combusted along with Pete's ! I was annoyed with the erotica creeping into the narrative. It did not fit in with the beginning of the book. At page 66 I was ready to put this book aside. There was, according to my personal taste, way too much show in the detailed cyber sex, endless chatroom dialogues, and predictable consequences. To me it almost destroyed the tale. I felt conned into reading something I did not want to read. The book blurb did not indicate that it was a glorification of erotica and mainstream romance. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against it, I am just not the right reviewer for that kind of book at all. It is simply not something I want to spend valuable time pursuing. I mean, how many millions of romances are there with the same worn-out theme, same perfect, gorgeous characters, same plot: lovers meet - wham! Lovers can't control themselves - Bam! Lovers lose it - thank you ma'm, and then an astronomical miracle - they find each other again and live happily ever after. I read this kind of book when I was eighteen. Then permanently got over it. If this book was a printed copy, and not on my computer, I would have thrown it against the wall and start a fire with it afterwards! Some readers thrive on hot sex, beautiful, blond Tennessee women with long, tanned, and toned legs, steaming up boardrooms and car windows in illicit affairs with hot, attractive, insecure guys who married for the wrong reasons, the wrong girl, and was a sex-deprived egotistical super hero. That was how I felt on page 66. So I skipped to page hundred-or-something and hoped for the best. Low and behold: Liz had a light-bulb moment: " Stupid live, stupid me for believing in romance with the hunk, the dream, the wim team god, the lawyer with a feel for literature." Everything changed when Liz arrived in London. From then on, nothing followed an expected, predictable story line anymore. The one surprise after the other splashed itself all over the story. A deeper dimension enfolded the events. The ending concluded almost a totally different story! It was only then that the real meaning of the book hit me. In reflection I realized what the role of all the elements in the book were, even those that almost had me destroy my computer! If it wasn't for the fast-flowing high voltage tale, the book would have imploded on itself. There would have been no drama or energy behind the poetry, philosophies, dreams and aspirations of the characters. Inverted, the book would have been just another hot erotic romance with no multifaceted depth. This story worked. Five stars for originality. The prose was really brilliant. Three stars for tedious detail that could have been avoided. So, four stars it will be. And well-deserved as well.

  11. 5 out of 5

    The Good Fairy Nicci

    SO, this wasn't my typical sort of read when it comes to a romance, and I was a bit thrown off by the varying writing styles. I read, and I bore through it, and I read, then I sat back a spell to think about how I felt. PRETTY DAMN GOOD! I do not regret taking the time to read this novel. It begins with a heartbreaking journal entry, it continues into a series of emails and chat room sessions that tell a story. Poetry and first person narrative round out the rest of the telling to give a complet SO, this wasn't my typical sort of read when it comes to a romance, and I was a bit thrown off by the varying writing styles. I read, and I bore through it, and I read, then I sat back a spell to think about how I felt. PRETTY DAMN GOOD! I do not regret taking the time to read this novel. It begins with a heartbreaking journal entry, it continues into a series of emails and chat room sessions that tell a story. Poetry and first person narrative round out the rest of the telling to give a complete picture of the events in Liz's life. From one heartbreak to the next, this strong woman carries on and survives. A lot of times, when I reach a sex scene in a romance novel, I'm either terribly let down or incrediblby pleased. This girl was pleased. The author weaves together words that are beautiful and blends them with well-written poetry that I greedily devoured page by page. I must admit that I set my kindle to text-to-speech while out running errands so that the tale could continue. I simply had to know how it would end. I felt for Liv, I felt for her situations, and I cheered her happiness when it came. I wanted her to be happy and felt sad the novel ended so soon -- alas, all good things must end some time. If the rest of this author's novels are like this, then I have only one thing to say. I WILL BE READING THEM.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christoph Fischer

    "September Ends" by Hunter S. Jones is a wonderful bittersweet love story, told in various writing styles and narratives. Diary entries, emails, chat transcribes and poems tell the story of Liz / Elizabeth and her love life. This patchwork of impressions and plot segments worked surprisingly well for me, even the poetry which is a genre I don't often enjoy. The initial diary entry and opening of the novel records the death of Liz's brother in a traffic accident and her subsequent depression. The "September Ends" by Hunter S. Jones is a wonderful bittersweet love story, told in various writing styles and narratives. Diary entries, emails, chat transcribes and poems tell the story of Liz / Elizabeth and her love life. This patchwork of impressions and plot segments worked surprisingly well for me, even the poetry which is a genre I don't often enjoy. The initial diary entry and opening of the novel records the death of Liz's brother in a traffic accident and her subsequent depression. The scene was very emotional and moving and I found it hard to jump ten years ahead and let go of this powerful first strand of the plot. What follows is the email exchange between Liz and some business executive, interspersed with poems from a poets blog. There are also some erotic chat room transcribes but they are important for the character development and fit well into the novel. It took me a while to settle into this dual telling but I am glad I persevered for it all comes together beautifully. A stroy of love, loss and survival. The story ends another ten years later with a last diary entry and a last segment of spectator's narrative. September Ends is cleverly plotted and well written, it has a strong story, real emotions and excellent characters. The book is an emotional journey well worth your while.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Thornton

    Liz Snow believed she had found true love in Peter Hendrix. It was their love of poets and their poetry that brought them together in an internet chat room. They both adored the work of Shelly, Keats and a modern English poet called Jack O Savage. It was the works of Jack O Savage that bonded these two lovers together. He seemed to be speaking directly to them both. But when Liz learns that Peter has betrayed her, she decides she wants nothing more to do with him and moves from America to London Liz Snow believed she had found true love in Peter Hendrix. It was their love of poets and their poetry that brought them together in an internet chat room. They both adored the work of Shelly, Keats and a modern English poet called Jack O Savage. It was the works of Jack O Savage that bonded these two lovers together. He seemed to be speaking directly to them both. But when Liz learns that Peter has betrayed her, she decides she wants nothing more to do with him and moves from America to London. But London can be an incredibly lonely place and she feels miserable and totally cut off from the world. When she discovers that Jack O Savage will be giving a reading in London, she decides to go to see the man who she believes was responsible for messing up her life. This well written story is told through the words of Liz Snow. She pours out her emotions every day through her diary giving the reader a chance to get to know and understand the feelings of this character. There are a few erotic moments in the story, but it does nothing to take away the full impact of this wonderful romance. A very enjoyable read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Betsy (Bookcrastinators in Wonderland)

    See my review directly on the blog here . WHY!? I'm such a hot mess right now. I think I started crying on page 7? I have a feeling this is going to be a short review but in NO way does it reflect on the book. I'm so overwhelmed right now. This is not like the books I usually read. And, to be honest, I didn't think it would be so intense. From the very beginning this book is charged with emotion and raw feelings. As you get deeper into the book, it's like you crawl deeper into this web of constan See my review directly on the blog here . WHY!? I'm such a hot mess right now. I think I started crying on page 7? I have a feeling this is going to be a short review but in NO way does it reflect on the book. I'm so overwhelmed right now. This is not like the books I usually read. And, to be honest, I didn't think it would be so intense. From the very beginning this book is charged with emotion and raw feelings. As you get deeper into the book, it's like you crawl deeper into this web of constant emotions. I may be having an "emotional day" but I have laughed, cried, cursed, and cringed. I even had to fan myself a few times. The way the book was written made the pacing pretty fast. I read this in under 3 hours and it really felt like 30 minutes to me. OMG and holy plot twists. I cannot deal. This book was so powerful to me. If you're looking for a witty and wordy read make sure to check this one out! You will not be disappointed.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jana Petken

    This book had a huge effect on me emotionally and I felt exhausted when I'd finished reading - emotionally exhausted. Liz, our girl goes through hell after a car accident, which leaves her scarred, battered, and suffering loss and pain. She wakes up to life with the help of a well known English poet and her on-line friendship with a like minded man. These two combined bring her great joy but the author, Hunter s Jones, begins twists and turns, leaving a roller coaster of emotions and surprises, This book had a huge effect on me emotionally and I felt exhausted when I'd finished reading - emotionally exhausted. Liz, our girl goes through hell after a car accident, which leaves her scarred, battered, and suffering loss and pain. She wakes up to life with the help of a well known English poet and her on-line friendship with a like minded man. These two combined bring her great joy but the author, Hunter s Jones, begins twists and turns, leaving a roller coaster of emotions and surprises, in her wake. The brilliant, poignant writing, combined with the erotic on and off line relationship kept me glued. This book had everything. Great writing, wonderful, sublime poetry, at times, and a story that made me tear up on more than one occasion. A great book, a great story and well deserving of 5 stars or more

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dermot Davis

    The events that happened in Liz Snow's life would be enough to paralyze most people into emotional numbness. What I really liked about her is not just her determination to keep moving forward in her life but to commit fully and still continue to surrender herself to love despite her many disappointments and heartaches. She rides such an intense emotional roller-coaster with all the men in her life - her brother and her two lovers - that it is hard not to like her and equally hard not to suffer w The events that happened in Liz Snow's life would be enough to paralyze most people into emotional numbness. What I really liked about her is not just her determination to keep moving forward in her life but to commit fully and still continue to surrender herself to love despite her many disappointments and heartaches. She rides such an intense emotional roller-coaster with all the men in her life - her brother and her two lovers - that it is hard not to like her and equally hard not to suffer with her when tragedy strikes, time and again. Showing clearly how life is unpredictable and never stays still but is always changing like the seasons. When September ends, October begins and October also happens to be her middle name.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    SEPTEMBER ENDS is a different sort of contemporary romance with a genre twist of "traditional" English poetry. The heroine of the story is Liz Snow, a career woman with a sad past. She meets up with Pete via email, and a romance blooms. However, the fates intervene, with The Poet Jack O. Savage in the wings, his poetry providing the background music for the two lovers. I recommend SEPTEMBER ENDS for its highly creative appeal (the blend of email, letters, poetry, narrative, and other methods is SEPTEMBER ENDS is a different sort of contemporary romance with a genre twist of "traditional" English poetry. The heroine of the story is Liz Snow, a career woman with a sad past. She meets up with Pete via email, and a romance blooms. However, the fates intervene, with The Poet Jack O. Savage in the wings, his poetry providing the background music for the two lovers. I recommend SEPTEMBER ENDS for its highly creative appeal (the blend of email, letters, poetry, narrative, and other methods is intriguing and skillfully managed by the author team of Hunter S. Jones and "An Anonymous English Poet.") and tear-inducing darkly romantic tone. Available October 1!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Loiske

    I am still stunned by the beauty of this book! September Ends is so full of strong emotions that it took me completely by surprise. When I started to read it, I didn’t expect to be so swept away, so emotionally vulnerable. Sure, I read some reviews about it but skeptical as I am, I had to experience this story before believing what others said. It gave me everything. This is the kind of love story you probably have not read before. Yet, it is also a story about life, loss and finding yourself. A I am still stunned by the beauty of this book! September Ends is so full of strong emotions that it took me completely by surprise. When I started to read it, I didn’t expect to be so swept away, so emotionally vulnerable. Sure, I read some reviews about it but skeptical as I am, I had to experience this story before believing what others said. It gave me everything. This is the kind of love story you probably have not read before. Yet, it is also a story about life, loss and finding yourself. A must read for sure!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jen from Quebec :0)

    For one of my challenges here on GoodReads, I had to select a book, any book from the list: "Books you Wish More ppl Knew About". I chose this one because I could get it for free with Kindle Unlimited, and it SOUNDED like a good story. However, it was mostly semi-erotic, romantic tripe. Liz falls for a married man over their shared love of the poetry of a man named Jack. Upon realizing he is married, she flees to London and winds up marrying that very same poet! That's....about it. Really, this For one of my challenges here on GoodReads, I had to select a book, any book from the list: "Books you Wish More ppl Knew About". I chose this one because I could get it for free with Kindle Unlimited, and it SOUNDED like a good story. However, it was mostly semi-erotic, romantic tripe. Liz falls for a married man over their shared love of the poetry of a man named Jack. Upon realizing he is married, she flees to London and winds up marrying that very same poet! That's....about it. Really, this story could have been told in a paragraph, but I slogged through the entire thing, all for the sake of a Challenge. It had a FEW decent poems in it though, so it gets 2 stars instead of 1. --Jen from Quebec

  20. 4 out of 5

    LipSmackin' GoodBooks Bloggin' Bitches

    Review by Kimmi: I am in complete and utter awe of the sheer rarity and substantial style of storytelling that Hunter S. Jones bestows upon me everytime I am gifted the chance to fall in love not only with the story her beautiful, rich and colorful words create, but the deep and complex characters she brings to life with her written word, characters that leave you to scream at their injustices, weep while their souls fall into absolute despair, and cheer with a full fluttering heart when happines Review by Kimmi: I am in complete and utter awe of the sheer rarity and substantial style of storytelling that Hunter S. Jones bestows upon me everytime I am gifted the chance to fall in love not only with the story her beautiful, rich and colorful words create, but the deep and complex characters she brings to life with her written word, characters that leave you to scream at their injustices, weep while their souls fall into absolute despair, and cheer with a full fluttering heart when happiness takes away all the dark blackness that was once seeping from their pores. This was on a literary level a story that truly is what legends are made of, a story that is so out of its fellow genre novels realm, it is both before it's time yet historic all in the same breath, word, sentence. It is so unlike any book I have read, that at first glance my inner smut whore that reads the same formula of the same book over and over winced at the beginning. I thought "Dear lord Hunter, what have you done. This will never work love. It is impossible." By page fifty Ms. Jones had me eating my own thoughts, swallowing whole my words of disbelief. This ART, this form of story telling, goes against everything we know. We've only seen it in history books, that tell us it's great because it's great. However because history has told us it is great and it is known to us by pop culture retelling it in a more main stream manner, we never really understand what history means by greatness. However after I finished the last chapter of September Ends I FINALLY grasped what the teachers wanted me to see....in Dickinson, Wilde, Frost, Bronte and Shakespeare. Where thiers were words I've heard all my life Hunter S. Jones words in September Ends are not, her words are new, words unread and unheard by the masses but the immensity, intensity of them make them just as infinite. To say my smut whore shut her trap is an understatement. Her eyes widened in astonishment and she hung on to every word from page fifty on. I've never seen her like that, she shut the fuck up and sat back, immersing herself into the story, ladies and gentlemen, my smut whore who hasn't ever known love, fell head over hills in love with Liz, Charles, Pete, Jack, Malachy, Spider and even Mrs. T. She, my smut whore, and my conscious self, Kim, we just sat and cried after the last word on the last page was read, we watched as it blurred, then the kindle went dark and we just wept together. We wept not only because September Ends was over, but also was the feeling of witnessing history and future unfold together in a story making it so grandeur that it is with out beginning and with out end, also a story that we both winced at and called impossible. Hunter I would say thank you, I really want to say it, but I cannot at this moment. I know later when I am not fresh into the heartache and book hangover I've just fallen into that I will be able to Thank you. As for now all I have for you is DAMN you woman, you not only took away my sleep last night, and this day, but you have left me royally fucked up, yet humbled in awe of the art form you passed off as a story. Kudos woman, you've left me on my knees.September Ends gets a goddamn Kimmi Oscar nod of 10, yep read 'em and weep TEN (never done that before, check the record books) 10-This isn't a book, isn't a story, it's fucking history in the making- Kimmi Stars **********

  21. 4 out of 5

    Clarissa Simmens

    This is a multi-media delight that read as smoothly and suspensefully as I imagine “Beowulf” once sounded to the enthralled pub denizens listening to the bard recite it the first time. Instantly bonding with the characters, I could hardly bear to put the book down. Writing in different types of media (blog, poetry, business and personal email, chat room transcripts, phone conversations and the use of photos) showcase both the author's versatility and the different facets of each character. Jack This is a multi-media delight that read as smoothly and suspensefully as I imagine “Beowulf” once sounded to the enthralled pub denizens listening to the bard recite it the first time. Instantly bonding with the characters, I could hardly bear to put the book down. Writing in different types of media (blog, poetry, business and personal email, chat room transcripts, phone conversations and the use of photos) showcase both the author's versatility and the different facets of each character. Jack O. Savage's poetry was so powerful that by the third one he had overshadowed the two main characters—Liz and Pete—becoming more real as they ebbed. That did not last long because there is a surprising erotic encounter after the foreplay of the chat room and then the action really begins. Despite the tragedies surrounding the three main characters, they never appear neurotic or weak. Their present successes have overlaid their past with a strong veneer of confidence, beauty, intelligence and even fame. As one who owns several pairs of floral combat boots (they are so cute, you should see them!) and many pairs of black boots and clogs, my absolute favorite part of the book is the ultimate expression of love of a man for a woman. I was touched by Liz's husband sending for her abandoned 200 plus pairs of shoes from Atlanta to their new home. What a man! And what a story! Did I tell you how much I loved it? I loved it!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kath Middleton

    I really enjoyed this story which documents the relationships of Liz Snow, who felt lost and adrift since she and her brother were in a car crash in which he died. She entered a brief unsuccessful marriage then, while concentrating on her career, became involved with Pete who shared her love of poetry. She eventually met and married Jack, the poet whose blog they both followed. The story is told from different points of view and in the form of emails, letters, diary entries and narrative. There I really enjoyed this story which documents the relationships of Liz Snow, who felt lost and adrift since she and her brother were in a car crash in which he died. She entered a brief unsuccessful marriage then, while concentrating on her career, became involved with Pete who shared her love of poetry. She eventually met and married Jack, the poet whose blog they both followed. The story is told from different points of view and in the form of emails, letters, diary entries and narrative. There is a fairly racy section in the first half of the book in which Liz and Pete share their fantasies in a private chatroom, and later in the flesh. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t class this as Erotica, nor would I say it’s Romance. It charts the evolution of a number of interwoven relationships and it’s fascinating. The whole story is beautifully told and the poet Jack is brought to life by means of his poems. We are brought up against personal loss and the characters' reactions to those experiences. I was especially impressed that Jack's poems are different in style from Pete's although written by the same (anonymous) member of the authorship collaboration. I'd love to see more from this pair. It's a seamless collaboration and there's scope for more.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Perlin

    September Ends is a poetic story of a life or an ending of one life and maybe a beginning of another. It is an sentimental story with added poems, diary entries and emails. I love that. Brings you more in touch with the characters. This is a heartwarming tale that goes through lives disappointments and loses. There is so much life force in this story and I read with vigor wanting to know where this little slice of life would lead. Well written and intoxicating! This is a beautiful story that touc September Ends is a poetic story of a life or an ending of one life and maybe a beginning of another. It is an sentimental story with added poems, diary entries and emails. I love that. Brings you more in touch with the characters. This is a heartwarming tale that goes through lives disappointments and loses. There is so much life force in this story and I read with vigor wanting to know where this little slice of life would lead. Well written and intoxicating! This is a beautiful story that touched me deep from within. More than anything this is a survivors story. Rich with feeling and raw gut wrenching emotion. "Then you are there with me. I can see you, but you wave me back. You won't let me follow. You insist. The look on your face. The Cherokee warrior, or is that our grandfather?Crossing a log bridge over a ravine and you follow. I want to follow too, but you lift the log up and tip it into the abyss. You look at me. Our eyes meet. You wave to me. I'm weeping for you, Charles. And then you're gone from me forever. I breathe in the inviting darkness surrounding me. It welcomes me with its soft caress."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Penelope Syn

    September Ends is such an original story. This is a novel that could only be written in today's world. The story reveals itself to you via emails, chat rooms, poetry, even through a Skype conversation. We meet Liz Snow, a small town Southern girl from LaFayette, Georgia, on a day that changes her life forever. She isn't the most likable character, but I found myself cheering when her life went well and being sad when she had heart breaks occur. The men in her life are exceptional. I can imagine t September Ends is such an original story. This is a novel that could only be written in today's world. The story reveals itself to you via emails, chat rooms, poetry, even through a Skype conversation. We meet Liz Snow, a small town Southern girl from LaFayette, Georgia, on a day that changes her life forever. She isn't the most likable character, but I found myself cheering when her life went well and being sad when she had heart breaks occur. The men in her life are exceptional. I can imagine the soft drawl of Pete Hendrix and the clipped English accent of Jack O. Savage, The Poet. This is a book with a message. "Liz, do the right thing. You know what to do now." It is a story of love, loss, longing and ultimately...doing the right thing in a world where everything is too easily accessible. The author's has a way of blending the erotic, paranormal, and poetic elements so well it made me wonder if any of these experiences are based on her own life. I look forward to more from Hunter S. Jones.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anari

    Liz is broken. September ends opens on one of the worst moments of her life, so after a few years of just making it through each day, one at a time, Pete walks into her life. He's handsome, he's articulate, he's witty and he's fun. He's also married. Fleeting happiness is struck by devastating disaster. Can Liz reclaim her life back or will she sink into the abyss of misery? Loved this contemporary romance with its beautiful poetry, emails and text messages. It's every day life captured in a glo Liz is broken. September ends opens on one of the worst moments of her life, so after a few years of just making it through each day, one at a time, Pete walks into her life. He's handsome, he's articulate, he's witty and he's fun. He's also married. Fleeting happiness is struck by devastating disaster. Can Liz reclaim her life back or will she sink into the abyss of misery? Loved this contemporary romance with its beautiful poetry, emails and text messages. It's every day life captured in a glorious, heart-wrenching story and I dare anyone to try and forecast the ending! A delicious 5 star read. Loved it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Hulse

    I wasn't prepared for this book. September Ends is a contemporary epistolary novel. You'll find emails, chat rooms, Wiki, Skype diary entries, poetry yet it is easy to read. The structure of the novel is very well done. The characters are so believable, I wondered if Jack O Savage actually existed. Love wrong, love right. Liz Snow isn't the typical southern belle. She lives in a contemporary world-keeping all the nuances of the south we have all read about, but she introduces us to a new belle fo I wasn't prepared for this book. September Ends is a contemporary epistolary novel. You'll find emails, chat rooms, Wiki, Skype diary entries, poetry yet it is easy to read. The structure of the novel is very well done. The characters are so believable, I wondered if Jack O Savage actually existed. Love wrong, love right. Liz Snow isn't the typical southern belle. She lives in a contemporary world-keeping all the nuances of the south we have all read about, but she introduces us to a new belle for the new millennium. Contemporary romance with peeks into an erotic escapade, a guardian Cherokee spirit, humor and tragedy all add up to a book you will want to read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    P.J. Fiala

    "She goes out into the garden...There's a full moon. And another vision. She sinks to her knees on the lawn. Jack's words fill the sky, verse after verse. Only to crumble line by line until they are nothing more than a jumble of letters which then go their separate ways, back into the universe from whence they came." Love the phrasing used in this paragraph. September Ends is as well choreographed as it is well written. The characters of Liz, Pete and Jack are so real, you will feel that you know "She goes out into the garden...There's a full moon. And another vision. She sinks to her knees on the lawn. Jack's words fill the sky, verse after verse. Only to crumble line by line until they are nothing more than a jumble of letters which then go their separate ways, back into the universe from whence they came." Love the phrasing used in this paragraph. September Ends is as well choreographed as it is well written. The characters of Liz, Pete and Jack are so real, you will feel that you know them, or that you have had a similar experience of love and loss. You will want to add this to your TBR list.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl Seal

    September Ends by Hunter S. Jones is great read! However it took me no time at all to read due to the intriguing way it is written. Hunter S. Jones and the anonymous English poet show us this story of love, lust and heart break is a way that is fresh and original. The plot is well developed, as are the characters. The scenes are vivid and the ending is worthy of Hollywood. The book is well edited and cover is perfect for the story. All in all, this little jewel is a five star read!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Saadia

    What a beautiful, touching story it was! Told in such an unusual way, through diaries' entries, internet chats and emails, and plenty of delightful poetry, it kept me turning pages and left me wishing for more despite the unexpected and oh so very satisfactory ending. The switching points of view made this novel so rich, so much more poignant. I loved when Jack Savage was telling his part, his version of the happenings. Then of course it was back to Liz, my favorite of this story. I loved this b What a beautiful, touching story it was! Told in such an unusual way, through diaries' entries, internet chats and emails, and plenty of delightful poetry, it kept me turning pages and left me wishing for more despite the unexpected and oh so very satisfactory ending. The switching points of view made this novel so rich, so much more poignant. I loved when Jack Savage was telling his part, his version of the happenings. Then of course it was back to Liz, my favorite of this story. I loved this book and will read the next one soon!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Theriot

    September Ends....BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN!!! There are so many wonderful things to say about this novel. It's more a love story or a romance or a poetry book. September Ends reminds us that writing is an art form. The creative spirit of this book will blow you away. Kudos to the very talented Ms. Jones:)

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