A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

Goodreads|Amazon This beautiful book broke me. The palpable emotion as you read truly does hurt you. I mean that in a physical sense. My heart hurt reading. I felt both Wade and Elliot's pain as my own. At some points it was as unbearable as it was healing. It takes true talent to writ a book that deals with such sadness, while leaving your reader floating at the end and this book does exactly that. It beaks you and then while healing you teaches you the most valuable of lessons. Elliot and Wade not only are having to confront their past, but they are also dealing with the death of a man that is a father to both of them. Wade's father is dying and he has come home to be with him. This is the man that never turned away from Elliot, even when her and Wade break it off. He is the man that inspired and nurtured her to become who she is and her world is breaking with his impeding loss. Top that off with 7 years of pent up broken hearts and unsaid words, and this novel is a myriad of emotions. I cherished each page as I read. The lessons upon lesson that we learned unknowingly while silently cheering for the silver of hope that these two would find their voices and finally speak the words that had been left unsaid. The book pulls and pushes you page after page. I will need to own this in paperback and it will find a forever home on my shelf. A book that moved me like no other has in a long time. A book that heals. A book that didn't promise that happily ever after. It was real and it was a fight.


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*