Title: A Thousand Letters
Author: Staci Hart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 9, 2017
Sometimes your life is split by a single decision.
I’ve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.
But now he’s back.
I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.
Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.
One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey bought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.
*A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion*
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This was my first book by this author and definitely not my last. I finished in a puddle of emotions. This was one of the most beautiful and romantic love stories I’ve read in such a long time.
“I thought I could forget you. I even convinced myself I had, for a time. But it was impossible. You left a mark on my soul I couldn’t erase.”
Elliot and Wade fall irrevocably in love at a young age. At the point where most young adults are just beginning their future. Ellie and Wade have it all planned. Until one decision derails everything. The total trajectory of their lives changed. A decision that makes them part ways. Eight years later, Wade returns under the most tragic circumstances. Eight. Years. Later. His heart still beats for Elliot. She is all he sees. But the pain still remains. He is dealing with so much and his love for Elliot is overwhelming. Elliot no longer sees the boy she loved. She sees the man who broke her heart. The man who never came back to her.
“I could heal him, but he would ruin me. I would make that sacrifice without question, simply because he needed me, and I loved him.”
The love between Elliot and Wade is powerful. Their story is deep and heartbreaking. The author places a love story in the midst of sadness. The emotions are raw. Years later, the consequences of their choices still haunt them. There’s an intensity to this book that I felt the entire reading experience. The author allows you to feel their pain, their sorrows, and even their joy. I laughed. I cried. This book holds nothing back. It reminds you of the resilience of the human spirit, the human heart, and most of all forgiveness. Every character played an integral role. The author is definitely talented in character development while executing a story on love, loss and the power in choosing love over fear.
“There is no length to love; its infinite. It lives in you always. Hold on to it.”
I am going to be completely honest here. This book is slow. The pacing is slow. And as I read, I became a little worried on how the book was progressing. But as it continued, I was in absolute awe. How dare I question the brilliant execution of this poignant and beautiful story. The writing? Poetic. Meaningful. The lyrical prose overwhelmed me. The words consumed me. You are supposed to be completely engulfed in the storyline. The pacing of the story allows you to not only fall in love with her words, but also her characters.
“You believe in those us who didn’t love you the way you’ve deserved. Why?”
“Because, I knew all that you could be, and I wished for it with all of me.”
A Thousand Letters was a touching and heartfelt read. Every word. Every moment. I will remember for a long time to come. The author imprints her words on your heart with this powerful and magnetic story.
Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.
From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.
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