Title: A Thousand Letters
Author: Staci Hart
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 9 Feb 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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*
A Thousand Letters is highly emotional, thank goodness it’s a dual narrative otherwise I don’t think I would have survived being engulfed in the emotions and memories Elliot and Wade share.
Elliot is a wonderful character, although she does have doormat tendencies; selflessly putting other people’s needs before her own. Unfortunately/fortunately, this makes her an anomaly in her own family which consists of a bitter, homosexual father and two self-centred sisters. All of whom are more than happy to take advantage of Elliot’s giving, caring nature with no consideration to her happiness.
Wade is Elliot’s best friends older brother; Wade and Elliot have an intense connection from their first meeting, they embody the soul mate principle. Wade had always planned on joining the army and all of his dreams for the future include making a life with Elliot. Sadly, their dreams are squashed by the interference of Elliot’s toxic family, especially her father who uses the situation to project his own regrets onto Elliot making her pay for his decisions. Immaturity and intense emotions implode the relationship between Wade and Elliot leaving them both broken-hearted. Wade has created distance between his family while serving in war-torn countries, rarely visiting and only staying for short periods when he does.
Elliot hasn’t really recovered from losing her first love, never being able to find the peace and contentment she desperately craves. Elliot is adrift in her own life and still putting everyone elses happiness before her own. Even if it means facing her biggest regret when Wade returns due to his fathers terminal illness. Dealing with the past and creating more memories provide Elliot with the clarity she needs in which to take control of her life. There is a lot going on within the narrative, not only with the main characters but the peripheral characters and their actions create additional sub-plots that severely impact the main characters.
Extreme emotions can lead to rash decisions which in turn lead to extreme actions, more often than not causing pain, hurt and further regret. Wade and Elliot have to take control of their own continuing spiral before they are able to move on with or without each other. I adored the letters ♥
A Thousand Letters also deals with the impact the loss of a parent has on the remaining members of the family. The narrative has a soul-searing yet poetic feel to it enhanced by the inclusion of some of the most beautiful poetry.