Thursday, 9 February 2017


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*

A Thousand LettersA Thousand Letters by Staci Hart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Be warned this is not an easy read. I have shelved it under dark although this doesn't touch on themes that would normally be considered dark. It is, however, a heart-rending book with two main characters who are both in a very dark place. Just as I thought it couldn't get any sadder or more difficult to read, it did. I don't know how the author not only came up with this story but also managed to make such an, at times, despondent book so captivating. I think it is that she cleverly wove a tiny strand of hope throughout every part of this book.

Elliott and Wade made some foolish decisions, as immature teenagers (particularly Wade), that leave them still broken 7 years later. The book is written from both POV's and you can see how each main character feel's about the other. Countless times I raged at them to 'just tell each other' but neither is truly in the right place for their love to blossom and survive.

Elliott had a truly dreadful and selfish family who have treated her badly and, in her search for their love/acceptance, she has allowed this. Wade is coping with a family tragedy and also his experiences as a soldier at war. These form part of the plot and also of sub-plots to make what is an amazing love story. The whole thing is enhanced with some amazing literary quotes in the main text as well as a meaningful quote at the start of each chapter.

Despite an alarm set for 6a.m. I was still reading this at well past midnight. Only the fact that my kindle said I still had over an hour left in the book made me put it down.

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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.

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