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 bought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.
*A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion*
I love when characters get a second chance at their one big love. There is something about seeing people who already know each other-the good, the bad, and the ugly-finding it within themselves to love again even when they were completely shattered by that very love before. It's incredibly brave and powerful and it was beautifully written here.
Wade and Elliot are forced into seeing each other again during a family crisis, which increases the already heightened emotions the two of them share. My heart ached for them. Part of me wanted to shake them until they saw reason but they had to come back together in their own time. This quote just gutted me. "I could heal him, but he would ruin me. I would make that sacrifice without question, simply because he needed me,..."
I loved the poetry of this book-both at the beginning of each chapter and in the book in general. The entire book felt like poetry to me with the way it flowed. The pacing of it all was just perfect.
This book had me on such a rollercoaster of emotion and I swear I went through an entire box of tissues while reading it. I would highly recommend this book.
About Staci Hart:
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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