Title: A Thousand Letters
Author: Staci Hart
Daniela’s rating: 5 stars
This was such an incredible story. I lover EVERY SINGLE PAGE.
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’d never read anything by Staci Hart before, but this year I’ve read two, and both have been such a pleasant surprise. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy them so much, but I did and let me tell you something, I’ll probably go back and finish her Bad Habits series and read some of her other books soon.
So, what if you’d let the one get away? Like, you had the chance to have it all and lost it in a blink of an eye? This story is about second chances. Sometimes, they happen just after a little while, sometimes it takes years to happen. But it’ll always happen, if it’s meant to be. In this particular story we have Elliot, a girl who’s so used to being mistreated all the time by her own family, she’s lost all faith in them. Like, she accepts them as a reality and knows there’s absolutely nothing she can do about it, so she’s become the kind of girl who always puts everyone’s needs first, second and third. Then we have Wade and his family. Wade met Elliot through his sister, who’s Elliot’s best friend. They fell in love almost immediately and everything was completely perfect. They had a plan, they knew what they were going to do with the rest of their lives. They knew they would be together, forever. But life is messy, decisions are made and forevers tend to change.
“There is no length to love; it’s infinite. It lives in you always. Hold on to it.”
I really, really loved this story. Besides the clear romance that we have going on here, we also have another kind of love, the one that comes through family, one that is often given for granted and reminded when we think we’ve lost it all. And I loved seeing how one group of people can save another human being, without the need to be related, just because they’re good.
I’ve always thought that every family has a favorite kid. Parents are always denying it, but we kids know, like they could fool anyone. In this case, we can experience two different kinds of reality: one has this incredible way to make you feel like the smallest person in the world, thanks to a father that only sees the bad in everything, even the brightest day, and two sisters that are just pure shit. There’s an extreme case of favoritism and negligence here. And then, we have a whole different world, one in which love is so pure and beautiful, you can’t help but wonder: “how can you go back to that shit hole, when you’ve experience such kind of love? No family is worth that”. But then again, people are bound to feel the need to have a family, to have someone we can call our own and we have this link to the one we’re given, and sometimes they’re not the best, sometimes they’re not even acceptable, but they’re all we have, right? We have to accept them the way they are, no matter how mean they are.
Well no. And even though Elliot has spent her entire life living through it, there was something in her, a spark that told me she was strong enough to push through it. Not just endure it, but learn from it. I’ve always been the kind of person that tends to avoid fights at all cost. I hate confrontations, even more if it’s with my family. Sometimes I tend to agree to some stuff to keep everyone happy, even if I’m not. It’s easier, to keep the peace. But sometimes, we have to take care of ourselves, right? We can’t always let them “be right” just to avoid a fight. So it was so, SO good to see Elliot fight for herself with everyone that wasn’t appreciating her the way they should.
“Home is not a place, Not a smell, Not a face, But a space In your heart.”
Then we have Wade. GAH. I loved him through the entire thing. Like, yes, the guy could be such a prick sometimes, but nothing a good reprimand can’t fix. He only needs to open up. He knows what’s right, he knows he’s messed up. He’s good, his heart is in the right place and I just loved him through the pain. Yes, I would’ve smacked him a couple of times just to make him understand how wrong he was sometimes or how stubborn he was being. But I loved him, from the very start.
“The pain on his face mirroring the pain in my heart.”
We all know that every story has two sides and sometimes they match, sometimes they don’t. Some fights are easy to solve, but some take longer than they should, only because people are usually too stubborn to give in. In this case, both sides are just so full of guilt, of time passing and insecurities they can’t see what’s in front of them.
This book was everything I wanted. It had characters that made you hate everything that’s wrong with families and people, but it also had characters that made you believe in the good that’s still around the world, sometimes even closer than we think. I wasn’t expecting to love this book so much, but I did.
Definitely something worth trying, if only to fall in love.