A Thousand Letters

Posted July 7, 2017 by Books & Alochol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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A Thousand Letters
Staci Hart
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 brought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.

*A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion*

A Thousand Letters was such a moving tale. I love the lead characters Wade and Elliot. I found Elliot to be such a unique name for a female character. The journey of Wade and Elliot’s love story is so moving. How their relationship was lost and how each of them handled the fallout combined with the reason they were brought back together after seven years was so emotional for me. There were so many places where I simply had to put the book down and gather myself. It’d be a little embarrassing to ugly cry at work.  I love all the poetry that was sampled throughout the book. I especially enjoyed the twist that is revealed at the end of the story regarding all the poems that start the beginning of every chapter. You’ll just have to read to find out, I’m not giving that one away. Elliot and her family are reminiscent of character types often seen in the work of Jane Austen. Elliot is so kind and selfless. She sacrifices so much for those around her, always putting others before herself. Her family are cruel and selfish. They use her and abuse her, always taking and never giving. Elliot is not blind to their faults but she chooses to see past it all because she loves them. This quote really speaks to Elliot’s nature:

“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.”

I was also able to connect with Wades character.  As someone who has a brother who served in the Marine Corps for 16 years and a nephew who is serving currently I really related to the fact that Wade was in the Army. The descriptions of all the time spent away from family and the wars effect on a soldier’s life were very familiar. I thought how Wade allowed his assumptions of Elliot’s feelings to get in his way were so typical of human behavior. We often are the ones who keep ourselves from having exactly what we want in life. Always assuming and never taking the time to sit down and talk about what is really going on. Wades best friend Ben and his father Rick played a major role in getting him to stop and look at things differently. Wade will quickly become your new book boyfriend with words like this:

You asked me why I came to you that night — it’s because you have possessed my soul from the start. You were the only one… the only one who would understand, who could show me that there was love still in the world, in my heart.”

This book was my first foray into the writing of Staci Hart. I was blown away by this story and I am really looking forward to reading more of her work. She has earned a place as one of my go to authors. There was so much connection with the characters and their lives. I love feeling as if I know these characters and I am living in their world. Her writing style hit me like the writing of a classical author. It was refreshing after so many stories that just seem to follow the same plot lines and have the same rhythms.

I give 5 stars to A Thousand Letters and would pair it with Love Letter cocktail


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