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*
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“For of all sad words of tongue or pen, / The saddest are these: It might have been!”
My love affair with Staci Hart began two years ago, when she caught my attention with some stunning covers, not normally a cover whore, her Hardcore series called to me and she pulled me in hook, line & sinker. A Thousand Letters is now my tenth read by this author and once again she has delivered.
“My heart has been yours as long as it’s been beating. It’ll be yours until it beats its last.”
A Thousand Letters is far from Staci Harts norm, yet she still nailed it. This is a second chance love story chock full of emotion, but this is more than just a romance, it was a story of families on opposite ends of the spectrum, the good and the downright ugly. This was a story whereby a true family are those you choose, the ones that are always there for you no matter what irrespective of whether you share the same DNA. This is a story of where sometimes you find love too soon, where life isn’t ready, but if it was meant to be, it will always find you again. A story of hope and the all-consuming love of a couple that were destined to be together, yet circumstance and stubbornness kept them apart…until it didn’t.
“…don’t break or bend. Don’t crumble and fall. Stand up tall and face the sun.”
A Thousand Letters is the kind of read I crave and read for. One of those gut wrenching, powerful, emotional reads that pull you in by the heart strings and never lets you go until its message is well and truly delivered. It takes incredible skill by the author to keep you entranced for that length of time, to have you totally consumed by the written word that you feel totally immersed in the lives of the characters coming to life page by page, but that is what Staci Hart did with a flourish.
Sometimes life is not always rainbows and unicorns and life chucks its challenges at you to make you stronger, to make you grow, to make you re-evaluate. We have to take the rough with the smooth, but sometimes it is when you are at your lowest that you finally find that strength that you have been desperately craving and that was definitely the case with Wade. When life gives you lemons, make sure make the darn lemonade.
“She was my curse, the wound that never healed, the truth-bringer.”
Wade was a stubborn idiot at times, and a little self-centred, but this was born from rejection and fear, it was an emotion born in the moment but an emotion none the less that would have long lasting results. He knew he had made a mistake but as time wears on, he feels as if he missed his chance, apologies would be futile and life still did not give him the comfort that he could be what Elliott needed.
“All that stuff you don’t want to say, you’ve just got to say it, and then you’ve got to listen to her say all that stuff you don’t want to hear.”
Elliott had the hugest of hearts, it was pure gold, but one that her family forever took advantage of. Even though she constantly states she is not a doormat, she definitely was as far as her family were concerned, anything for an easy life, to keep the peace and to keep the roof over her head. I adored her though, Elliott was one with words, a literary graduate and a person where words had seen her through the darkest of times. Times where most would have crumbled yet she was the stronger one, the one that held it together. Her growth in this story was evident and the stronger she became the more I admired her, but everyone has a limit though and would Wade be the one straw that broke the camel’s back?
“Braveness isn’t always loud. Sometimes it’s silent. There’s braveness in sacrifice and kindness. It’s in doing a thing that needs to be done, even though it’s hard, and even though it hurts.”
Sometimes I wanted to bang their heads together and other times I wanted to give them a huge hug, such was the emotional connection that Staci Hart brought to the pages. Wade’s Dad was simply amazing, Rick is a character that I took straight into my heart and he has never left. Families can either make you or break you and Rick’s family were one to be treasured. Yes, they made their mistakes but never did they waiver their support and love for one and other.
“Futility. That was the thing I felt the most.”
This was a fantastic read, yes it was emotional, yes it made my eyes leak a lot, yes it made my heart hurt a lot, but it also gave me so much more. This was about love in all its guises, friendships, grief, second chances and new beginnings. My favourite read by Staci Hart and one book that will stay with me for quite a while.
“The only concession I gave myself, the only allowance to feel anything, was when I sat down to write you a thousand letters I never sent.”
About the Author:
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.