About A Thousand Letters
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.
You have books that can only manage to touch the surface of emotions, but Hart is beautifully capable of captivating us on a much deeper level. I felt like I could have cried, the entire book, I’m pretty sure I did. OK, so this review is WAY OVERDUE, I’ve had to do a re-read after finishing A Little Too Late and for some reason never made the connection between the two books. And even though it’s been a while since I’ve read it, of course, the tears were flowing once again. I’ve been super surprised with some of the low ratings … they know nothing, Jon Snow 😉
Man, this book is just heartbreaking from the very beginning. To be young and in love, making plans for the future and one decision to obliterate it all. But as you read further into the book, you learn more about them individually and what they went through after that heartbreak together. They haven’t seen each other in seven years, brought back into each other’s lives because of Wade’s father’s sickness. Wade may be the blood relative, but Elliot is just as much as family as anyone else since she was also the best friend of Wade’s sister, Sophie.
Every interaction between Wade and Elliot, even when words aren’t spoken between them, it still manages to take pieces of my heart away. There’s so much left unsolved between the both of them and both of their lives have drastically changed since that day seven years ago. Wade is just so angry and can’t bear to be around Elliot; he fights his true wants so hard, but when he tries to move forward on something, it doesn’t take much for his temper to rise and lash out. Leaving more marks after him.
One element that I loved the most was seeing Elliot’s growth and coming into herself through the book. I can’t say that I liked how she was a doormat for her family. She was essentially a shell of a person, giving into whatever her family needed. Even though she knew what they were doing, she was devoted to her niece, nephew, and brother-in-law (the only decent human being in her family). You couldn’t help, but pity and be somewhat annoyed by the fact that she let them walk over her. But we see another facet of Elliot when she’s with Wade’s father and sisters. She is so fiercely strong for them, being the anchor that they needed at that time. By the end, I grew to love Elliot the most, she bloomed into the perfect character I could have ever imagined. I was proud of her by the end!
Despite being mad at Wade most of the time for his behavior, he came through in the end and all was forgiven. These two have to get through so much to finally be at peace together. It’s an emotional and heartbreaking journey bringing up the past and learning to deal with their current reality of Wade’s dying father.
A Thousand Letters is a #RSFave and I recommend everyone to go into this second chance romance blind. I remember when I first read it, this was not what I was expecting for a second chance story, but I loved every moment of it. It’s a must-read, so everyone needs to get up on it.
The more author events I go to, I seem to do a better job about which books to get. I did a pre-order with Staci Hart, @quirkybird, and I seriously can’t get over the design work of not only her covers, but the photo books as well. I LOVE it! So, so glad I got to meet you today and see you in London! #rare17 #RARE17Berlin #bookedupinberlin