A Thousand Letters, an all-new emotional standalone by Staci Hart is LIVE!!!
5 HEARTFELT CROWNS
Art! A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart is pure art. Each word, each line from the story is a stroke on the canvas, depicting a tale so filled with sadness and hurt that readers’ hearts will break, but also hope and strength that will heal their souls. Making this story so much more than just about a love between two people, but about a love for life.
The characters pain from the regret and the choices they have made is palpable, and the readers feel every single emotion from the words composed by Ms. Hart. Each memory between Wade and Elliot creates a tiny crack in readers’ hearts until it collapses in on itself, just as they did for the two main characters. The pain only augments when they are forced to reconnect. The regret and hurt that radiates from each character’s soul adds to the layer of heartache in this novel. Staci Hart, however, does not weave this tale to focus on pain and regret, but on redemption and hope. Watching these two characters move through their feelings towards their past heals readers’s hearts just as it heals Wade and Elliot’s, and by the end of this story, the evolution of these characters is phenomenal. Watching Elliot stand up for herself and demand what she deserves as she shrugs off the dead weight in her life makes readers cheer for her, and watching Wade work through his own self-loathing for choices and thaw out his emotions makes readers yearn for these two to get their second chance. The development of these two characters was simply amazing to watch and is the main reason readers will be enthralled with this story.
More than just the romance though, A Thousand Letters has so many themes that will resonate with any reader. The idea of truly living life, of dealing with death, and of forgiveness and second chances are universal, allowing readers to connect to Wade and Elliot’s story on a secondary level. The way in which Staci Hart conveys these ideas, through the use of excerpts from poems only serves to hit home the themes that she expresses with her plot and character development, plus it made my English heart flutter with the beauty of the words she selected to highlight the message of her novel.
This novel is so much more than a romance, but a commentary on life. On letting go, of living, of forgiveness, and of the importance of second chances. This story of redemption, although painful at times, ultimately leaves the reader inspired not only to live, but also to take a second chance and to forgive themselves as well as others.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
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*
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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, 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.
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 reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.
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