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 am sitting here, the next day after completing this beautiful wondrous book, and yet I still can’t find words to describe how I am feeling.
The blurb warns you enough, that this will be one hell of an angsty rollercoaster ride; and it isn’t wrong, but it is also so much more; more than just angst, more than just romance, more than just words, what it is, is a journey; journey of two people in worlds similar to ours yet so enchantingly different.
“The boy who I walked away from lived on in the wreckage of my heart, and I never stopped wishing things had been different.”
Staci Hart is an enigma, I am honestly in awe of her skills, her talent, and how she surpasses my expectations with every word she ever writes!
Yes, the blurb is self – explanatory; but the story is so much more – she takes every emotion you could ever feel in face of love, remorse, pain, beauty, angst, heartbreak, every emotion magnified and gives you something that is not only REAL but oh so worth the pain it caused me!
“I could heal him, but he would ruin me. I would make that sacrifice without question, simply because he needed me, and I loved him.”
Two high school sweethearts, who loved each other; really soul deep loved each other, made so many mistakes, had so many regrets are now coming face to face with each other – how do they handle it? Will there be drama? Or will it be quiet acceptance for the things already past? Or will there be fiery passion that engulfs not only them, but everyone around them?
What I got were not answers but a jumble of emotions wrapped up in friendship, family and oh soul worthy gauging grief that doesn’t let go even if you tried the hardest. This was not an easy book to read, but then again, it could not have been an easy book to write; and Ms. Hart has my empathies, and all my admiration for this work.
I have never felt the way I did when I read this book, hence my inability to describe the wondrous feeling of jumping off a cliff into an abyss, not knowing if I would ever survive, yet realising as I reached the ground, that there was someone to catch my fall, in the gentlest way possible.
Did I even make any sense?
No? I am okay with that, for I deliberately didn’t exactly talk about the plot, or the characters or even the writing, for this is an experience you NEED to have, for no review, however eloquently written will ever justify the beauty of this book!
Just do one thing for me? Make a split second decision and pick this book up! ❤
“There is no length to love; it’s infinite. It lives in you always. Hold on to it.”
“But it hurts,” she sobbed.
“That’s how you know it was real.”
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