on February 9th, 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.
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 brought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.
*A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen's 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