Book Of The Day – The Ninth Step

by Greg on August 31, 2012

Today’s Book of the Day is a highly rated Women’s Fiction/Suspense novel by Barbara Taylor Sissel. The Ninth Step has a great 4.4 star rating and is only $2.99.

“Barbara Taylor Sissel weaves a gut-wrenching, emotion-drenched tale about a woman to whom you’ll probably feel a certain kinship. You’ll find the story sticks in your mind long after the book ends. Well done, Ms. Sissel!” Joan R. – Amazon Reviewer

The Ninth Step
by Barbara Taylor Sissel
Rating: 4.4 Stars
Genre: Suspense/Women’s Fiction
Price: $2.99


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Livie Saunders is fluent in the language of flowers; she taught the meanings to her fiancé, Cotton O’Dell, but then Cotton vanishes without explanation on their wedding day forcing Livie to learn the language of desolation. Heartbroken, she buries her wedding gown beneath a garden pond and resolves to move on, but there are nights when she slips . . . into a sequined red dress and a pair of stiletto heels, a stranger’s bed, a little anonymous oblivion that is not without consequence. Still, she recovers a semblance of ordinary life and imagines she is content. But then, six years later, Cotton returns and her carefully constructed world shatters. The old questions bite like flies. Questions that Cotton O’Dell prays he can answer. He prays that Livie, whom he has never stopped loving, will be moved to forgive him. But there is more than Livie to be concerned about. There is Cotton’s act of cowardice that caused him to become a fugitive in the first place . . . that crime he committed for which the legal clock is still ticking. That thing he did that will shock Livie to her core once she learns of it. Livie is desperate to trust Cotton, but then he goes missing again. Time telescopes, avenues of escape close, and as lives hang in the balance, choice dithers between mercy and revenge. And a decision that will take only a moment will carry the consequences of a lifetime.

THE NINTH STEP is a story of redemption, of being brought to your knees in the sober light of day to face a monstrous error and yet somehow finding the strength to stand up, to try and make it right. Even if that decision breaks your heart, endangers your freedom and ultimately threatens your life.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

The Ninth Step is an unforgettable story of loss, forgiveness, and the true cost of redemption, as beautifully-written as it is compelling. Barbara Taylor Sissel’s writing is worth savoring. Since reading the book, I’ve been recommending it like crazy to anyone who’ll listen.


Barbara’s writing is superb, throwing you into the suspense, heartbreak, tension, humility, friendship, and love of the characters as they struggle through life. A Great read and I highly recommend this book!


I recommend this as a fun book to all my 12-step friends. I loved the characters and the mystery. The story ended perfectly with just enough mystery and love to fulfilled my likes in a good read.I loved the book.


This was a very emotional and thought provoking read about forgiveness. How do you forgive yourself? How do you forgive others? Are there times when forgiveness should not be given? Overall, this is a great read that will have you thinking about it long after you are done reading.


If you are a reader that is disappointed when relationships are sickeningly sweet and feel you want to believe it when you read it, this is the book for you. This would be an outstanding book club read and would interest both men and women equally which is sometimes hard to find. I just picked up her other two booksThe Last Innocent Hour and The Volunteer for my kindle and look forward to them both. Thanks Ms. Sissel. Please keep writing.

Get The Ninth Step here: The Ninth Step

About The Author

At the heart of every crime, there’s a family…. That fact is what drives Barbara’s fiction. It’s issue oriented, threaded with elements of suspense and defined by its particular emphasis on how crime effects families, the victim’s family, the perpetrator’s family. She indie published her first novel, The Ninth Step, in August of 2011 and she hasn’t looked back since. The Volunteer came out in October of 2011 and in November 2011, The Last Innocent Hour, originally published by Panther Creek Press in trade paper was digitized for release as an indie e-book.

Currently Barbara is represented by the fabulous Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency and under contract with MIRA/Harlequin for Evidence of Life, which will make its print debut in April 2013, and a second novel that will appear in 2014.

Although she once lived on the grounds of a prison facility in Kentucky with her then prison warden husband, (A fact that might explain the nature of her writing.) she now resides near Houston, Texas. An avid gardener and reader, Barbara is the mother of two wonderful sons, who are an endless source of learning, laughter and joy.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Barbara Taylor Sissel and ENT appreciate it.

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