Book Review & Giveaway: 53 Letters For My Lover

53 Letters For My Lover (53 Letters for My Lover #1) by Leylah Attar: 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. Now Shayda is flying free and Troy has found the one thing that centers his soul, but even as they beat the odds, a cancer diagnosis puts Shayda in a painful dilemma. On the one hand is the man who makes her feel gloriously alive and on the other, her children, and a husband ravaged by the past.

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.

"Sexy, intense fiction isn't afraid to step out of the box."

Contemporary women's fiction: Ages 18+

AUTHOR WARNING: This book 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 best book for you.

Lori's thoughts: First of all, I have to warn you, this book is about infidelity. I don't want to read anyone's review where they give the book less stars than it deserves because there was cheating going on. Because, let me tell you...there is cheating and if that bothers you, it's probably best you don't read it, rather than be all stupid and give it a bad review because you thought it probably wasn't really noticeable or some other lame excuse. Nothing irritates me more than a review that starts out, "I hate reading about such and such... but I read it anyway. 1 star." That's bull crap and you know it! 

Off my soap box now. I LOVED this book. I loved everything about it. Even the affair. No, especially the affair, because without it, we wouldn't have had such a touching story. I understand that this book was previously published with an unhappy ending. The version I read is HEA. I would love to go back and re-read it with the alternate ending, because let's face it, HEA doesn't always happen in real life. But I understand the author's decision to change the ending.

Troy was a freaking saint. Okay, okay, he couldn't have been that much of a saint if he slept with another man's wife. But...he had the patience of a saint. :) Troy and Shayda kept crossing paths -- and sometimes, you have to stop questioning why and let serendipity happen. 

I'm not condoning extra-marital affairs, not at all. But I am human enough to realize that they do happen. Invariably someone gets hurt and they're always messy. I slid that all to the back corner of my brain and read this book with an open mind and I am so glad I did.

Adult Women's Fiction/Romance

On sale for . 99 cents at Amazon

(A 53 Letters Short Story) 


Heathgate has it all - brains, brawn and the kind of smile that just begs a
ribbon. Everything but the woman he loves. But now he’s back and determined to
possess her. There’s just one catch - she’s married to another man.

This short teaser story (9,500 words, 38 pages) is a re-telling of
select scenes from ' 53 Letters For My Lover'. It is narrated from the male
point of view - raw and uncut.

***This is a companion to the full length novel.
Although you can read it on its own, the recommended order is after the full
length novel, as an extra glimpse into the hero's perspective.****

About the Author

Attar writes stories about love—shaken, stirred and served with a twist. When
she's not writing, she can be found pursuing her other passions: photography,
food, family and travel. Sometimes she disappears into the black hole of the
internet, but can usually be enticed out with chocolate.

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