Title: A Thousand Letters
Author: Staci Hart
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 9 February 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*
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Once I read the blurb on this I just knew I had to read it and I was glad that I did. It touched me deeply and left me on a book hangover when I had finished it. I love second chance romances but this was a lot more than just that but I loved that this couple did get their time again.
Elliot came from a cold and uncaring family which got worse when her beloved mother died. She found solace with her sweetheart Wade. Theirs was a forever love and although only seventeen, they had promised each other to be together forever. When Wade signs up for the military he asks Elliot to marry him and leave with him. However the venom from her father puts paid to their union and Elliot lets Wade go without her.
Fast forward and Wade is back home to support his sisters after his father is taken ill and tragedy awaits this close loving family. Wade is not looking forward to coming face to face with Elliot again, he still loves her but he can never forgive her for what she did to them. Elliot is also dreading seeing Wade again and wanting to beg his forgiveness. She has always been close to his father who encouraged her with her passion for reading and poetry. In fact this man was more like her father to her than her own and she often sought solace in their home since she was young. Elliot is still best friends with Wade’s sister Sophie, although she doesn’t know the full truth of why the young lovers separated all those years ago.
But now Wade is back and he is a strong and determined man but his determination to keep Elliot at arm’s length, leaves him struggling to survive her close proximity.
Oh this was such a flawless and heart wrenchingly deep read. My emotions were all over the place from the depth of deep heart wrenching loss to the highs of heart pounding passion. It was amazing and I loved every single second of it. When Wade and Elliot come back together there is so much for them to work though. All that resentment, misunderstanding and hurt that brings all the wrong things being spoken in anger. Plus dealing with the family loss and despair it was so emotively good.
At first Elliot comes across as a bit of a pushover but this girl has a centre full of steel that she finally lets rip of the ones who have repressed her. Now older and wiser she knows what she wants and what she needs to do but can Wade work though his emotions too.
A brilliantly deep, emotive read but there were some light elements just to give that balance that lead to a beautiful and heart felt romance of love, strength and redemption. Unforgettably good. Five stars.
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.