on Feburary 9, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military
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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*
A Thousand Letters will take you on an emotional roller coaster. Brimming with excerpts from classic poetry, this angst-filled tale spoke to my heart on so many levels. Although a bit melancholy at times, there is a thread of hope and redemption that weaves together throughout. I have been a longtime fan of Staci Hart, and this is just another reason why I continue to adore her books.
“He saw me, and I stopped, and he stopped, and time stopped.”
Elliot is a selfless heroine. She quietly offers her strength and support to those around her all while fading into the background. Mistreated by her own family, she is lost in the world, not sure where her true purpose lies once her dreams are derailed. I loved seeing her come into her own, and grow into the person she was always meant to be.
“He’d been my end game, and when things ended, the path of my life had been erased, left smudged and blurry. I hadn’t found my way since.”
Wade is a truly damaged hero. Changed first by Elliot’s absence, and then by the war, he returns home broken and alone. He is unable to handle the emotions that are brought to life seeing his lost love. Wade’s actions really take a toll on those around him, but his feelings of unworthiness keep him from those that love and need him.
“He’d finally consumed all of me, fueling his fire with my soul’s tinder.”
Wade and Elliot broke my heart. Their journey back to one another is not an easy one. There is no instant gratification, they have to work past all the years that lie between them. Their struggles pulled at my heart strings, and at times I wanted to shake my kindle to get these two to see what was right there in front of them.
A Thousand Letters is ultimately a story of second chances and redemption in its truest form. Two souls who have lost each other, but have never let go. I loved every emotionally charged moment from start to finish. The writing was beautiful and the story heart-breaking. Put through the ringer, the end made the journey worthwhile.