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.
3.75 out of 5 stars
So, based on what I read in the blurb on goodreads, I was expecting an entirely different book. What I read didn’t really match what I read above.
A Thousand Letters is the story of Elliott (a girl), who met her soulmate when she was 15 in Wade Winters. After 9/11, Wade decided he needed to be in the Army, and he asked Elliott to marry him and go overseas with him. She was only 17 at the time, and she asked Wade for more time. Wade didn’t take kindly to that, and he left, ending their relationship.
Fast forward seven years – Wade’s father is sick, and he comes back home. It turns out that Elliott is best friends with Wade’s sister, Sophie, and she’s very close to his father, Rick. Neither Wade nor Elliott have moved on.
I have to say this – one of the reasons I’m not giving this book a higher review is because of Elliott’s family. They totally sucked. She lived with her sister, Mary, and took care of Mary’s children. Mary’s husband, Charlie, was a really nice guy. Elliott’s father was a real dick, and he and Mary both treated Elliott like shit. It was pretty infuriating.
There was also a side story with Elliott’s sister Mary that was so stupid and far fetched that it made no sense. I will give Elliott credit though; she grew a back bone as the book went on. She was kind of a doormat for a good portion of the book.
There is a lot of poetry in the book, so if you like poetry, you’ll probably like that. I skipped over it. The book was kind of long and overly detailed, but it was overall a good read. Wade’s family was really cook, which made up for Elliott’s family being such assholes.
I would recommend this book.