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FIVE STAR REVIEW + $50 AMAZON CARD GIVEAWAY: A THOUSAND LETTERS BY STACI HART!

AHHHHHHHHHH! You guys, I absolutely LOVED this book. Everything about it is angsty and heartfelt and just wonderful. A book that gives you all the feels! A DEFINITE must read.

Title: A Thousand Letters
Series: Stand-alone
Author: Staci Hart
Release Date: February 9, 2017
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SYNOPSIS:
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*
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Staci Hart is one of those authors I want to read forever. I am literally obsessed with her writing, her characters, her stories. She is an author I only discovered a little over a year ago and I have already read several of her titles. I can't get enough. She writes books I want to read. A Thousand Letters was actually a new adventure for not only her as the author, but also us as her readers. Staci typically writes Romantic Comedy, and ATL is NOT that. Not even a little. SO BE WARNED. No RomCom here, folks. What we have is a story about loss and life, love and forgiveness, second chances and beautiful new beginnings. And while I love light and sassy reads, I also ADORE a story full of heavy emotion and second chances, and that is EXACTLY what Hart delivered.

A Thousand Letters was downright AMAZING. An addictive story that stole my breath. This has it all! All those deep feels and achy moments that left me dying. Once I started reading, I had an absolute raging desire to know what was going to happen. This book is heavy. It touches on some really heart-wrenching things, but it's also so beautiful in it's hopefulness.

A second chance romance where both these characters are broken and can't be healed until they come together. I JUST LOVED IT. The dynamic of it all, but especially the tight-knit group of family that they were. No matter what was going on, these people supported each other. Even amidst their own inner turmoil and pain, these characters stuck together. Sure, they weren't always perfect, and they did stupid things, reacted poorly here and there, but ultimately they were a team. And God! I loved them!

Elliot and Wade were childhood sweethearts, and ended up splitting up when they were still very young. Elliot was only seventeen when Wade left for the Army. Their break up broke them in so many ways. For years they both carried an immense amount of pain and regret for their choices. And the wounds that they left each other with festered. Unfortunately for Elliot and Wade, after years of being apart, they come back together under horrible circumstances. Wade's father is dying of cancer and Elliot (who is best friends with Wade's sister, Sophie) is there, a ghost from Wade's past, who haunts him everyday.

These two have so much baggage it is absolutely heart wrenching when they're together. The feelings of helplessness, anger, longing and need consume you. On top of Elliot and Wade's own history as a couple, they're also slugging through the devastating event of losing someone they love and admire.

This book is hard to read, but at the same time the pain is so worth it by the time you get to the end.

And also, I can't say enough good things about our female lead in ATL. Elliot is one of those girls who's soft and vulnerable, but also so unimaginably strong. I found it so refreshing to see a female lead be the pillar of strength for those around her. I ADORED watching her bloom, set boundaries, stand up for herself, and be an amazing person at the same time. Her growth in this story is amazing.

Overall, I really feel as though Staci Hart delivered an addictive, heartfelt, well written, second chance romance. It's heavy on feels. You can't help but fall for these characters. I absolutely DEVOURED A Thousand Letters and I know that once you start reading, you'll be as completely immersed in this world as I was. I highly recommend this to everyone looking for a "FEELS" type of book. This is one that'll take you on a hell of a ride.

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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, even 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. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

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 sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.

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