A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart
To infinity & beyond. That’s where A Thousand Letters took me. It built me up, broke me down, crushed my heart and soul then breathed the warmest of love right back into those broken pieces.
“The words I had weren’t enough. They’d never been enough. They’d never be enough.”
A Thousand Letters has literally stole all of my words, my breath, my heart. Everything. Like the quote, words are not enough. They never will be, because there are no words to fully tell you what this book means. What it represents. What it delivers. What STACI delivers.
“Down to their deepest source, / Admiring you shall find / Their roots are intertwined”
I cannot begin to tell you how raw and intense and downright beautiful the connection between Wade and Elliot is and how perfect they truly are, as individuals and together. I have had goosebumps the majority of the time I spent reading. My heart has gone from pounding, quick beats to slow, steady thuds. My breath came in either quick bursts or long, shuddering blasts of pain and anguish. I have cried, so many tears, tears of intense sadness, tears of beauty, tears of joy. My emotions are strung out, pulled and stretched to the thinnest degree.
“Inch by inch,
Second by second,
Pulling yourself from the wreckage,
Leaving it behind you
I was wrecked. Wrecked by the power of words. Formed so simply, so seamlessly, because that what we have here. A flawless, stunning mixture of words and sentences that captivate and consume and make you FEEL! The layout of this novel couldn’t have been more perfect. The deliverance couldn’t have been any more perfect. All of it, is perfection of the highest degree. And when it all felt too much, too intense, that perfection is what pulled me through, to reach the end.
“Love is a line
Spanning the distance
Between two hearts.”
Staci held all the power over me; my heart, my soul, my entire being, was in her hands. She had a direct line to my heart, and she used that line to deliver pain, heartache, anger, fear and sorrow. But she also delivered breathtaking beauty. Heartwarming reality and intense truths. Staci delivers second chances and love. Such a strong, undeniable love.
Is to feel
So you know
You are real.”
In reality, A Thousand Letters has it all. It’s more than just a contemporary romance. It more than just a novel. It’s everything and more. It covers life, reality. It showcases the hardness of war and the realness of how it affects loved ones left behind. It’s a journey. A truth. It’s also Staci. Stripped bare. A Thousand Letters is her most real novel yet. I see her, in the words. In the story. In the pain. In the love. I see it all. I felt it all.
“At the edge
Of no more
Is where we find
MY truth? My truth is that A Thousand Letters now sits at the very edge of everything I am. It obliterates all Staci’s previous works and settles itself as my favourite Staci Hart novel.
“The sun will rise;
Your lungs will breathe;
Your heart will love.”
In the end, love is all you can do. It’s all you will feel. It’s a joyous, beautiful love that lights you up from the inside out and sears your soul so deeply and so intensely. A star rating of any number isn’t enough. Nothing is enough. This novel sits on its own, ahead of the rest. The best of the best.
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*