on June 17, 2014
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 her heart 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, forbidden love that defies it all—an intimate exploration of love, loyalty, passion, betrayal, and the human journey for hope, happiness and redemption.
***Indie Reader "Best Books of 2014"***
Contemporary women's fiction: Ages 18+
Leylah Attar simply blew me away with this story. There are no words to describe how painfully amazing it is. I feel like this book should have its own shelf, because I can’t compare it to anything else I’ve ever read in my life. We should simply put it on a pedestal.
You can’t imagine the devastation you’ll experience. If you think for one second this is simply a story of a cheating wife and her affair with another man, you’re dead wrong!!!
How can anyone wait three decades for a chance of happiness??? For the hope of finally living a life without sacrifice or pain? How could Shaydah be that strong to survive everything that’s ever happened to her?
If you need me to summarize the story for you, here it is: twenty-year-old Persian woman is forced to marry a man. Their start in life is excruciating. They don’t love each other. They don’t have any kind of relationship, actually, except for mutual respect. They don’t kiss, they’re not intimate, nothing. Then, she meets Troy.
“Something changed in that instant. For me. For him. Like when the sun and moon align and day turns to night. They finally see each other’s faces and hang, transfixed, even as their eclipse throws everything else into darkness. For those fleeting moments, everything made sense—the pattern behind the random trajectory of life, the infinite order beneath chaos.”
I can’t explain Shaydah and Troy’s relationship. For almost three decades, they’re just trying to find their way to each other, but since they were simply meant to be together, the entire Universe worked its magic for them to be together.
“It’s not perfect, this thing between us, like trying to bring the two circles of our lives together, and living in the small, tight space where they intersect, everything else pushed to the circumference, until we step back inside our very different, very separate orbs.”
This story will make you feel EVERYTHING. Joy, sorrow, pain, happiness and everything in between. The very definition of an emotional rollercoaster. It’s thought-provoking and intense.
Another must read!
Thank you, Leylah Attar! ❤️