on February 7th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Sometimes your life is split by a single decision.
IÔÇÖve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didnÔÇÖt follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.
But now heÔÇÖs back.
I barely recognize the man heÔÇÖs 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 heÔÇÖd come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if IÔÇÖd said yes all those years ago, heÔÇÖd 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 brought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.
*A contemporary romance inspired by Jane AustenÔÇÖs Persuasion*
WOW, WOW, WOW!! I knew, I knew that this story was emotional, and yet I didn’t prepare myself. Not fully. How can one know? I didn’t harden my heart, I didn’t shield my soul. In hindsight, I don’t think it would have mattered. This story hit me on so many levels -any walls I might have put up would have been shattered.
From the very opening pages, I felt the connection to Elliott and the strain on her heart. Simply put, I felt heavy, weighed down by my own experiences and thoughts about the choices we make and regrets. That “heaviness of heart” feeling was visceral and persisted through a great deal of this read. A Thousand Letters is one of those rare stories that simply changes you.
Staci Hart executed on this story line to utter perfection. There are times this is an incredibly hard read and the story goes where you know it’s going to go, but that doesn’t soften the impact when it hits. She does service to her characters by taking them through the paces, not giving them an easy way out. There are no instant fixes and thus her characters evolve with forethought and reflection, nothing is rushed. Elliott’s dug herself in deep. Her situation made me feel helpless for her and I read with what can only be called anticipatory anxiety. I worried for her and the path she seemed to be on. As for Wade. In ways he’s exasperating but I also totally got how he felt cemented in the past. How one bull headed decision changed the course of both his and Elliot’s life.
The message is reiterated throughout the story; how a single decision can create an impasse between two people, tear love a part, and go on to affect their lives and that of their loved ones. I just can’t express how moving this story is. While I still have a back log of a few of Staci Hart’s books to read, she is solidly of my favorite authors and she continually gains my admiration. Her writing is profound and poetic. I.love.all.her.words! As the story is inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion I will use a regency era inspired phrase to describe Staci Hart: Incomparable
A Thousand Letters is a rare 6 star story with my #MustRead recommendation!
~Review by Cyndi
I was completely blown away by this story of life, death, love, and brokenness. ┬áIt’s a tale which faces all of the difficulties of life head on and with an abundance of grace. ┬áI have to admit that I didn’t even read the synopsis before requesting this book; there was no doubt in my mind that my soul would be touched and my heart imprinted upon. ┬áWhy? Because that’s Staci Hart. ┬áThe way she chooses to string words together and her unique perspective is always nothing short of amazing.
So why was this story so powerful? ┬áIt certainly was pretty and nice in the traditional sense, but the beauty of Hart’s words in how she managed to demonstrate the various ways love, kindness, forgiveness, and grace can appear in your life. ┬áYou can be┬ábroken without knowing it, yet find forgiveness and healing in not only others, but yourself. ┬áThis is how I saw Elliot and Wade. ┬áTheir complexity in navigating some of the most trying circumstances in life show that you’re never really completely right or completely wrong.
Moments in time which can seem insignificant are often those which will later define you, altering your trajectory as you journey through life. ┬áIn this book, we watch many of the characters have such moments, some more subtle than others.
There are several relevant and beautiful ties to literature throughout, and all I could think was how astounding and insightful this author is toso perfectly meld revered words of the past with her own. ┬áHer characters are not only developed, but complex, poetic, broken, and loving. ┬áThe ability of Hart to imprint her words upon your heart is what makes this a 6-star, must read.
Bring tissues, a deep breath, and an appreciation for the moments which can change your life.
~ Review by Loredana