Review: 53 Letters for My Lover by Leylah Attar

Title: 53 Letters For My Lover
Author: Leylah Attar
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Type: Standalone Book 1 from 53 Letters For My Lover series
POV: First Person – Female

Shayda Hijazi yearned to soar but was bound by familial obligations. Married at a young age not out of love but of convenience, she never got to experience what falling in love and lust was like until she met someone else.

Troy Heathgate had the smile and the charm that could disarm anyone. Women fell all over themselves for him, but he only had his eyes on the one he can’t have. They finally took chance to be together but they had to learn to embrace the past for a hope of the future.

I always love when author touched sensitive subject in books because life is not black and white and it shouldn’t be portrayed as so. This story is the kind of story that needed to be told.

“Then let’s have a wild and crazy affair. Get it out of our system. Anything would be better than this. This half-living. This damned yearning.”

Troy captured my attention since he was first introduced. I love how considerate he was considering the situation they were in. I appreciate that I could also see the dilemma from his side.

“You’re a mass of contradictions, Shayda. All these delicious curves, wrapped around a rod of steel.”

Shayda was a strong woman in all that matters. She carried the burden of a secret relationship for years, sacrificing her own happiness to make sure others were not left out.

We were a different kind of broken. The quiet, silent kind that gets swept under the bed or stuffed in the linen closet. And we had become good, really, really good, at leaving those spaces undisturbed.

I think Shayda’s husband, Hafez, deserved an honorable mention. I love how his character portrayed the way it did instead of the other way around. It made the whole thing more powerful and emotionally engaging.

What I love the most about a story is when it made me think about life. About blurring the line between doing what’s right and doing what’s best. About the ability to put myself in the character’s shoes, justifying and accepting their actions. About accepting fate and flaws. This book is about all that.

53 Letters To My Lover is a sweeping tale of forbidden love that would make you yearn for something as wonderful even if the journey hurts.

★ Read as part of #ShhIndieSTARchat May ★
See chat thread HERE.

This review is also available on Goodreads.

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