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*
Review by Lorena
I am completely blown away by this story. It was flawless, it was beautiful, it was heartbreaking and sad.
You will seriously go through an emotional roller coaster with this book.
We get Wade and Elliot who dated when they were in their late teens and when Wade enlisted to go to the service he wanted Elliot to marry him so he can take her with, but Elliot felt like she needed to finish school first and then meet him at his destination. But Wade wasn't accepting her decision and they ended up breaking up.
Elliot was torn and decided to revert her decision and wanted to marry Wade so she started writing him letters and asking him to come back for her and she would marry him. But her letters went unanswered for a long time until she gave up and stopped.
When a family emergency brings Wade back to the States, the last person he wants to see is Elliot. It has been seven years now and he wants to think that he's moved on but in all reality he is still as much in love with her now as he was seven years ago. Elliot has never stopped loving Wade, but she did give up on ever having anything to do with him.
They have to spend a lot of time together as Elliot is Sophie's best friend (Wade's sister) and the circumstances that have brought them back together are painful and sad. They not only have to face their problems, but also what's going on around them.
I felt so much emotion with this story, I cried and my heart ached so bad while reading this book.
Wade sometimes got on my nerves for his behavior and not wanting to sit down and actually talk to Elliot to try and straighten their problems. Elliot was also avoiding him as much as she could because he constantly gave her the cold shoulder, but she was beyond hurt that he would just forget her so soon after they broke up.
Elliot had a heart of gold. She always put everyone else's needs before hers and regardless of how people treated her, she would just shrug it off and do what she was told to do. Her family were the worse and I really was glad when Elliot finally stood up to them. But the ending really made me happy and I had happy tears in the end.
But seriously, this heart wrenching book will leave you an emotional mess and would require tissues.
I am beyond happy to have read this magnificent book that took me to a whole new level of Romance (sad romance).
5 MAJOR STARS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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, 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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