Review: 53 Letters For My Lover by Leylah Attar

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Review: 53 Letters For My Lover by Leylah Attar Title: 53 Letters For My Lover
Author: Leylah Attar
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: June 17, 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Page Count: 351
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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 daughter, the perfect wife, the perfect mother. 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 yearning for hope, happiness and redemption.

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.

Katrina’s thoughts…

I had a really hard time reading this book. I didn’t know what to expect, and I understood that it wasn’t the “typical” romance novel. I can normally read a book within a day or so, this book took me 4 days to complete. The story starts out really slow, and it kind of picks up about 30% into it.

Shayda is a mother and wife who is looking for love. Although she is married a tragic event left her in a love-less marriage. Troy is a bachelor and is practically a millionaire (when they meet it’s like the 90’s), he “invented” the internet, and has his own business. Troy and Shayda have mutual friends, and they seem to always be around each other. There is chemistry between them, but because Shayda is married, she doesn’t want to react to them, until one day she gives in. That is the start of a love affair.

The book goes on, and their relationship from about 1992-2012. There is a lot of going back in the past, and a lot of sneaking around, and a lot of deceit.

I thought the story was ok, it really wasn’t my cup of tea, but it was a good story. If you are a hopeless romantic, then I think this book would be for you.


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FROM HIS LIPS (A 53 Letters Short Story) – FREE

Troy 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 retelling 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.****


Praise for 53 Letters…
“…a powerful, beautiful, well-crafted book, a modern love story with a living heart and soul.” – Indie Reader (an Indie Reader Top Book Pick)

“…will enchant fans of women’s fiction who enjoy realistic romance, thought-provoking reads, juicy love scenes and unexpected twists of plot.” – Midwest Book Review

“Every once in a while, you come across a book that makes your heart race from the moment you hear about it. This was one of those books for me.” – Aestas Book Blog



About Leylah Attar

Leylah 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.