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*
Grab a box of tissues (or two probably. Yeah, definitely two) and settle in with this emotional read from Staci Hart!
A Thousand Letters is a standalone, but skirts on the edges of the Wasted Words world. This is the story of Elliott, a part-timer at Wasted Words. She has been living in a world of heartache and regret for the past seven years. Seven years since her choice changed her life and Wade’s. Now, seven years later, they are back in each other’s lives and under some sad circumstances.
I have to tell you, this is one of the most emotional books I have read in the last year. I cried multiple times. No joke. I know some people don’t care for overly-emotional books, but the emotion is the beauty of this story. Two people, misunderstandings, heartbreak and now death. I mean, can it get more complicated and deep than that?
You may find yourself conflicted on how to feel about Elliott and Wade. I know I did. Elliot is so much more than her character portrays for nearly ninety percent of the book, but when she finally hits her stride, she becomes this whole new entity of herself and it makes all of the before worth it. Wade is not likable at all. I’m telling you, if you find him to be this romantic hero, than I might have to tell you that you’re crazy. (not really, of course) Wade is complicated and emotionally broken and he skirts with redemption but never quite reaches the pinnacle of that redemption until it is nearly too late. But, it was these two flawed people and their turmoil that kept me turning pages knowing that eventually, I would get the happy ending I was so desperately waiting for.
I would also like to point out that Hart’s use of poetry is clever and it added a nice depth to the book. A lovely touch!
I highly recommend you at the very least put this on your TBR, but you must read this book and experience the beautiful, emotional journey for yourself.