Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Blog Tour: A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart


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Synopsis:

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*

Review:

God this book. It tore me apart.  I...there were moments when I legitimately hated Wade. Hated him so much for how selfish and mean he could be to those he loves. How he expects everyone to put up with all the punches he threw and still be there. How he thinks he needs to keep people safe from himself. Oh Wade.

And Elliot? Oh my did I yell at her at times. She yells at someone when she thinks they are calling her a doormat and well...I agree with them. She makes excuses and lets people treat her like crap all the time. It is okay because she doesn't let it affect her. Fine, but just because someone treats you like shit doesn't mean you need to stick around and take it. Plus she is one of those girls who is so in love with the guy that when he leaves she is nothing. Even when they were together she was just going to do whatever he wanted and then try and figure out what she wanted afterward. Like he is more important than her and now that she doesn't have him she doesn't know what to do. So she sits and stays stagnant and doesn't do anything. She lets her sister snipe at her all the time and her dad throw insults and it is fine. They don't bother her, but come on!

Now it probably sounds like I didn't like this story, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. I didn't just like this story I loved it. I wrote the above while I was reading the book and I thought about deleting it or tweaking it a bit or something but decided to leave it. When I read it now it is like I was lashing out. Because this story hurts to read in the best of ways and sometimes you hurt those you love even when you don't mean to. Because Elliot and Wade were amazing together if they could only figure their stuff out. If they could finally talk and get it together it would be amazing. There is so much going on and it is not really the right time, but when is? When is a good time to try and see if you can get back to where you were when you have been hiding and running from it for the past seven years? I loved every minute of this story even those where I was angry with the characters. Where I hated them or loved them or both. It is really quite remarkable how much I loved this story with how the characters are ones I should have hated. As I said I did hate Wade at times, but I also loved him. Elliot annoyed me at times, but I still wanted only the best for her. I yelled at her in my head but also rooted for her so hard. The way the story is written I couldn't put it down. I was reading on a long train ride home from a weekend away and when we had to switch trains my husband was all happy smiley fun and I just couldn't. I was like no. This is not the smiley fun time. I need to keep reading. I am in this so deep I can't get out until I finish. I need to finish. It feels like there is not enough light shining in the darkness and I can't find my way out of this fog this story left me in. I needed to keep reading to try and find my way back to my normal happy self.

This story was a rough one, but I loved it so so much. It was wonderful. It really blew me away. It shredded me to pieces, but then put me back together again. I cannot recommend this book enough. Even if it sound eh to you go read it. I don't know how you couldn't be so involved with these characters, how you wouldn't hurt with them and hopefully heal with them. How you could not love this story as well. I already loved this author, but this is now my favorite story from her. I still can't move on and I finished it a few days ago. It is a how will anything else be as good after reading such a wonderful heart-wrenching tale? It won't. I don't give out a lot of five-star ratings, but this one deserves it. Man, I need to try and find something to help me move on. Or maybe I should just give it another read...


*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

About the Author:

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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