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*
Rating : 4 out of 5 Stars
I love modern day retellings of Jane Austen’s novels, so reading A Thousand Letters was a no-brainer! I was not disappointed. This story deals with the melancholic and bittersweet aspects of homecoming, miscommunication and regrets. Staci Hart’s writing is lyrical, her dialogue are witty and subtle. Both characters are haunted by the past and their story gave me all the feels.
“My regret is infinite. And that regret made me lonely. Angry. It had changed me, twisted me into the man I was now. And now… now it was impossible to see a way back.”
Elliott and Wade were high school sweethearts, but they have been separated by circumstances and miscommunication. Wade had enlisted in the Army and had been living abroad for seven years. He wanted Elliott to choose him, but she didn’t have the courage to walk away from her family. Wade is back to spend time with his dying father. Wade and Elliott try to keep their distance, but their feelings of loss and longing are overwhelming. Their love is still inevitable.
Wade has done well for himself in the army, but he is a man hardened by life. Elliott is in limbo, helping her sister with her children gives her a sense of purpose. But in reality, she doesn’t have a plan for the rest of her life. She may appear meek and weak, but she has been emotionally abused by her father, a selfish, inconsiderate and condescending man. Elliott’s story is sad, she has had her dreams dashed, and yet she is still willing to make sacrifices for the sake of her thankless family, even if it means she will never find happiness and fulfilment.
I didn’t always understand Wade’s resentment towards Elliott, it seemed partly undeserved. But this character slowly realizes that running away from his past would not save him from a lifetime of regret. Even if they are both scared, the time has come for hope and second chance.
“I have been unfair and unjust. I’ve been resentful and angry. I’ve been so many things I’m ashamed of, but the one constant is that I’ve always been in love with you.”
A Thousand Letters is the story of a true love that has endured separation and misunderstanding. It was beautifully written and emotionally charged. This is a story that hooks you fast and keeps you turning the pages until the very end. So sit back and enjoy the ride! A Thousand Letters is a standalone, told in dual POV.
I received an advanced copy of this book from the author and Give Me Books.
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.