This is not your typical love story. It’s not so black and white. Lines are crossed. Walls are smashed. Good becomes bad. Bad becomes very, very good.
Shayda Hijazi - the perfect wife, the perfect mother, the perfect daughter. For thirty-three years, she has played by the rules, swallowing secrets, burying dreams and doing whatever it takes to anchor her family. Shayda Hijazi is about to come face to face with the one thing that can rip it all apart, the one thing she has always been denied: love.
Troy Heathgate - untamed, exhilarating, dangerous; a man who does exactly as he pleases. Life bends to his will. Until he comes across the one thing he would give it all up for, but can never have.
Born on the same day in opposite corners of the world, their lives collide. And nothing is ever the same again.
Spanning three decades, 53 Letters for My Lover is a fiercely sensual, emotional ride to the heart of an epic love that defies it all - an intimate exploration of love, loyalty, passion, betrayal, and the human journey for hope, happiness and redemption.
CONTENT WARNING: This novel is a blend of women's fiction and romance. It involves infidelity and an attempted rape. If you are not comfortable with these subjects, this may not be the book for you.
I’m starting this off by letting you know what kind of reader I am. I’m one who doesn’t read the book blurbs. I instead look at the covers, titles and what my friends star ratings are for a particular book before I decide if I’ll read it or not. For this particular book I followed my normal suit which meant I came up with a preconceived notion that this book was going to be told through letters to a lover. Look my ‘pre-review’ picture below->I was wrong though and it took me a couple minutes to re-adjust my thought process before continuing on with this book. To help me reset my brain I went ahead and looked at the blurb so I could get in the right mindset.53 LETTERS FOR MY LOVER spans several decades between a married woman and her life both with her husband and children, and her lover. Shayda and her husband’s life is more of story of two souls who have been put together because of cultural acceptance than a love story. Shayda and her lover,Troy’s, story is definitely a love story but one that is forbidden because of Shayda’s marriage.
Troy, meet Hafez, Shayda’s husband. Her anchor, her rock, her safe harbor.
Hafez, meet Troy, the current that sweeps her so far ashore, she forgets which way is home.
Shayda and Troy are both born on the same day but in different parts of the country.
“My grandma used to say that people born on the same day are two halves of the same soul.”
Shayda loves each man but is not in-love with each man.
I realized that it’s possible to love two people in two completely different ways.
An impressive debut book for, Ms. Attar, and I look forward to more from this up and coming author. She created a cultural story told within the confines of two genres: women’s fiction and romance.
53 Letters is a STANDALONE with a companion story (38 pages) that is from Troy’s pov of some of the scenes from this book. It is a FREE gift from the author ->http://amzn.to/1lMDDfH
**Complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.**