ARC Review: A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

Release Date: February 9, 2017
Rating: 5/5
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC.
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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*

I must admit I didn’t read the blurb before I signed up for an ARC of A Thousand Letters. I really enjoyed Staci Hart’s Tonic so I was sure it was good to go. All I know was it’s a love story about second chances. That’s it. My head was literally spinning as I said to myself, back up back up girl, why is her name Elliot? Is this MM? The hilarity of it all stopped right there and as I read along my heart quickly flipped from funny to fragile. And really I should have known. Books entitled “A Thousand…” or “…letters…” should have given me enough warning right?  I wasn’t fully equipped and I regretted not bingeing on some good old wine while reading it. I was caught unaware and my heart was hijacked. I liked Staci’s feel good stories but after reading ATL I am utterly convinced that this is her new found niche – sharing heart breaking stories that linger and creating characters that will stay with you indefinitely.

For me, Elliot is a woman of self-preservation and strength. I loved her empathetic and compassionate heart. She’d unconditionally lend a helping hand even to those who don’t deserve them. Her silent courage and quiet strength will just blow up in your face even when you least expect it. A doormat? In my opinion no. She has fire in her alright?  She just knows when and how to use it. Wade was the king of defenselessness and angst. The author showed his anxieties with so much authenticity. Wade was stubborn and assuming but you will understand his temperament as you continue on with the story.

I loved the major characters and their undeniable earth shattering kind of love but what struck a chord were the beautifully threaded words that became whispers to my dormant soul. Staci Hart’s writing was effortlessly lyrical. My e-book copy became a parade of pinks and blues for the sole reason that I can’t simply put those heart piercing quotes to waste.  It was stop and go from the beginning and couldn’t control myself from going back and re reading lines.

Life is fluid – sometimes with cresting, white-capped waves, other times with an eerie stillness, a quiet surface. But it was never the same, day to day. And as sure as one day was up, the next may be down. Letter yourself ride the surface instead of kicking and fighting or sinking to the bottom like a stone was the only way to survive intact.

Let me tell you though that this book isn’t heavy on dialogues. Instead, you will be bombarded with purposeful narratives and passionate inner monologues. They weren’t the cheesy dramatic kind but just the unpretentious kind. Love scenes were very little, how many I will not say. They were not desperately sexy but more in touched with what’s beneath the surface. Every move was accounted for and brought to life through bold emotions. And wow, I couldn’t have asked for more with how this story was realistically paced. Surely, the long wait was worth it and that moment of definite resolution was bittersweet.

A Thousand Letters is that one story filled with delicate themes that were handled with caution yet held so much rawness. If you are looking for all hearts and flowers then maybe keep this in mind for another time. I assure you this one’s a keeper if you are looking for something more profound and true to life. This is about love and second chances amidst grief, disputes, and heavy pasts. It revolves around conflicts such as the burning cycle of pushing and pulling, the inevitable choices and mistakes that shakes every relationship – even those that were destined from the beginning. A story about forgiveness, living and loving. Staci Hart broke my heart but restored it wholly with a dash of hope. A Thousand Letters will bring you to your knees and say it’s so good it hurts. But don’t be scared, I promise there is deliverance in this beautiful love story.

Cheers to rains, rainbows and pots of gold! This one is golden for sure!

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