February 9, 2017

A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart | Get Ready For All The Tears

A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart | Get Ready For All The TearsA Thousand Letters by Staci Hart
Series: Standalone
Published by Self-Published on February 9, 2017
Format: e-ARC
Source: Author
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 282
4 Stars

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*

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart was nothing like I expected. From the very first chapter I knew that I was in for a very, very, very emotional read. I tend not to be aware of when I pick up emotional reads until I’m already committed to the book but, right away, I knew I would need tissues for this book. Staci Hard ups her writing tenfold in this book. From the emotions, the characters, and the writing, I was blown away.

There are certain books that I believe are best going into blind and this book is one of them, so I’m going to try and not give anything away. I went in knowing it was a second chance romance and that it was inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion (confession: I’ve never actually read Jane Austen’s book so I know nothing about it) but what you get in this book is so much more than that. You get vulnerability, heartbreak, family connection. You get on a roller coaster ride that you never want to get off of.

This book follows Elliot and Wade who were in love, so in love, growing up. They were in high school and had their life plans all figured out. Elliot was confident in her future with Wade, with their plan, but then one day Wade changes the plan and throws her mind into a whirlwind. What happened to all their talks and planning? Why is he doing this now?  Wade is scared of not knowing how the future will play out and while his actions might have been impulsive at the time, it’s what he’s always wanted. It’s who he has always wanted. Elliot.

But just like in life, things don’t always go as planned and something big happens to result in Wade and Elliot’s plan burning to the ground in fire and ash. Wade leaves and Elliot stays and neither one are happy with their decisions to be without the other. But they were young, they really hadn’t experienced life yet.

Now it’s seven years later and Wade’s back and like it or not him and Elliot will be spending a lot of time together. There is so much hurt and longing and anger between these characters that when they were in the same room I didn’t know if I wanted to cry or smash their faces together. Well, it was a combination of both. Their issues aren’t easily resolved. Wade has been through hell and back and hell again in the last seven years. He’s seen a lot and experienced a lot of loss. He doesn’t open up easily anymore and he doesn’t deal with his feelings, instead he shuts down, letting them fester.

This book is deals with a lot of loss, forgiveness, and willingness to try and open your heart up again. Staci Hart shows that she can craft an emotional story just as well as she can write a RomCom. A Thousand Letters will leave tears in your eyes and happiness in your heart, but not before ripping it out a time or two first.

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