*Blog Tour* A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

 

cover-wrap-atl“Lyrical, heartbreaking, and emotionally intense, A THOUSAND LETTERS is a beautiful portrait of an undying love that deserves a second chance.”

Melanie Harlow, USA Today Bestselling Author

A Thousand Letters, an all-new emotional standalone by Staci Hart is LIVE!!!

 

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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I was worried I would feel like the authors handling of the subject of cancer and death would seem trite compared to the reality. However, with the focus being on the past & present relationship between Wade and Elliot, and the angst associated with them, Staci handled Rick’s passing with kid gloves. It did, however make an already angst laden book even more heartbreaking.

Wade and Elliot were probably the most frustrating pair I’ve read in a long time. While Wade has been hiding in the army for seven years, Elliot has been picking up the pieces of her own dysfunctional family for the same length of time. Their past relationship ended when he believes she chose her family over him. The truth on this is revealed slowly.

The Thousand Letters of the title are those letters that Elliot sent to Wade of which he answered none. The why’s of this become apparent quite late into the story but his actions are the catalyst for a lot of misconceptions between the pair. Probably the most frustrating thing is their failure to communicate. Their friends often tell them “you need to talk to her/him” but as you know in the world of fiction, they never do until it’s almost too late.

Of course you know going in they will resolve their issues but there are a few bumps along the way. In particular there’s the seemingly kind hearted Jack who turns out to be a wolf in sheeps clothing. Wades cousin by marriage Lou doesn’t help the pair by flirting with him constantly. And let’s not get started on Elliot’s atrocious family. I was almost convinced she was the product of a dalliance outside the marriage by her mother from the differences between her & her siblings.

Frustrations aside, I liked this story. The characters are three dimensional even the shallow ones. It’s a solid 4 star read.

 

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About the Author

 

img_8015Staci 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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