Nom de Plume Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Reading Time: 3 minute
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*
First line: “I’ve never understood why the heart always reacts. A shot of adrenaline is all it takes, triggered by a thought. A word. A memory. And every time the reaction is singular, a fingerprint of a moment.”
A Thousand Letters… what a great title! I had a fever just reading the cover page! (Swoon)
This is a story about second chances. A young couple, Elliot and Wade, are separated by family differences and Wade enlisting in the Army. Wade begs Elliot to go with him stating they’ll figure it out (the perfect thing to say BTW), but Elliot chooses her rotten family. And when I say rotten, I mean they are downright SCUM.
I would have given him the world. But in the end, it hadn’t been up to me. He left the next day for the Army.
(You should have done it, sister!)
Years later, Wade’s father (Rick) falls ill and he returns home from war only to find Elliot and all her beauty. Elliot has always viewed Rick as a father figure, so while his health is deteriorating, Wade and Elliot find themselves in a web of inconvenience as they both care for him.
Friends, I didn’t like this book. I wanted to, but the characters were so incredibly fickle. The only character that seemed to have his act together was Rick until he passed away. Speaking of which, he was sick nearly the entire book and it dragged me bareback through the mud.
As for the lead characters, Elliot is constantly bullied by her family and stands up for herself only when convenient (at the end); this is not an attractive trait for any adult. She practically raises her sister’s children, and sacrifices her own happiness in hopes that her family will return her unconditional love. Talk about unrequited emotions! Her family needs to be hung.
Wade should also be hung for being a coward. In the Wild West, his actions (or lack thereof) would be a crime. Yes. No. Yes. No? Come on, Wade, make up your mind. Go fight for the woman you love!
I hated her, and for a reason I could never utter: I still loved her. I would love her forever.
Then there are a slew of characters that don’t seem to add any substance… they are… blobs. I know too many blobs in real life, so I am not too keen on reading about them, too.
Staci Hart’s books are so beautiful, but unfortunately A Thousand Letters is not my favorite. There is an awkward mix of too much dialogue, flashbacks, and the theme of death and living that doesn’t tickle my toes like her other works.
A Thousand Letters gave me high hopes, but in the end, it is just another book about second chances.
On to the next!