I’m not a romantic sort of a fellow.
However, Jane Stansfeld’s short story – An Unanswered Letter – caught my interest. Click on the link to the first instalment and take it from there. I’m a great fan of her choice of words and phrases.
For all you romantics out there – and those resisting romance stories – give her An Unanswered Letter a go.
After that appetizer, dive into the main course. Click on the book cover for her first novel – A SIN FOR A SON.
Jane is an excellent writer, whom I fairly recently began reading. I read your link and enjoyed the letter. It was a sweet conclusion that they came together after all those years. As for myself, I don’t consider reaching into my past. I think it’s behind me for a reason, so my questions will remain unanswered!
I thought many readers of my blog would also relish her writing. I selected Jane as my Blog Pick in April 2013 >>> http://wp.me/p1YE83-17d and this follow on post tied in well with her book launch, I reckon.
You’re right Janna, when we rummaged through old chests, one never knows what our fingers might grasp.
Makes me think of words I should have said, letters I should have written, and the meaning, if there is any, of regret–and I am saying this in spite of the fact that I look back only rarely and think guilt and regret are a total waste of time.
This story makes us wonder.
I do look back but not to dwell on regrets. When revisited after some time, when the pain is dull or even no more, I get a better perspective not clouded by raging emotions. Something I can learn from and build upon. It works for me – but perhaps not for every one, I agree. My post here summarizes > Pain Therapy > http://wp.me/p1YE83-ey
I’ll certainly head over for a read. With all the accolades to her (Jane), I bet she’s a writer with class.
I’m happy your blog is a platform where writers and poets meet. Your humility, love, and respect for other creative minds is worthy of mention.
I like that, my friend – ‘a writer with class’ – that she is 🙂
When I first posted on Monday, I did not receive any comments for hours – quite unlike my usual posts. It got me worried, not so much that people did not visit/comment on my blog but because, I was concerned for how it might affect Jane.
Then, as the day progressed, I saw the comments pour in and the number of clicks through. Phew! I was simply being too impatient.
Thank you, my friend, for your kind words.
It’s one thing to preach – do unto others – I rather be a doer than a preacher 🙂
I read most everything, except romance, but I’ll take YOUR word on it. I’m trusting you now…
Well, I’m like you then – read most everything except romance. But Jane managed to get me off my stiff horse.
Hope I live up to your trust…
No problem there!
Ah Eric, what a lovely one, thank you.
Jane’s posts are best read at leisure – all curled up in bed and with my lap top on my – lap 🙂
Thanks for sharing… beautiful story.
I don’t believe in missed opportunity. I believe in that we all follow our path where we meet people and situations, some of which are meant to stick and others not. But it’s a great thing to have the opportunity to finish unfinished business.
You don’t comment much but when you do, there is always plenty to think about. And you’re so right – some times, opportunities present themselves for closure.
All good wishes,
Enjoyed reading Jane’s story–many thanks for the recommendation, Eric.
I’m glad to receive this comment and happy to have ‘shared’ Jane’s writing.
She has a unique old-world style of writing – very English/British. In my formative years I had British military wives in Singapore teach me English. Indeed, I grew up in a neighbourhood popular with the Royal Navy families. Her stories hark back to a time that I relish.
I hope you continue to read her. I’m sure you’ll see her in your neck of the woods too 🙂 You spin some great tales too, if I might add.
All good wishes,
Thank you. What a special person you are! How can I thank you enough for this kind and generous post. I am overwhelmed and it couldn’t have come at a better time. You are uncanny!
I agree that many of life’s “what ifs’ are better left and enjoyed as such. I suspect that savoring the “might haves” and ‘would haves’ makes them better that what they could ever have been. In addition life isn’t static and hitting a ‘send” on an e-mail such as Susan’s answered letter might cause more havoc than good; however, it makes a good story “what if” doesn’t it?
Again thank you, thank you my mentor and most admired helper!
Well now, Jane,
We all can do with a small leg-up, I reckon 🙂
What I especially enjoy of your visits is, you scan all the comments as well. I consider that a great honour and extremely respectful to the other contributors here. Thank you my dear.
Yes, hitting the send button makes a good ‘what if’ story. In real life, we tend to tread with caution lest that flight of fancy takes a life of its own and lulls us into comparing with present company. Then again, it might better reveal our current blessings. Here we go again – speculating 🙂
I might have mentored many in the corporate world but in life? LOL at myself.
No dear, ‘mentor’ is a definite over kill. Here I am searching for a dusty feet to school at; and I hardly possess the wisdom, the insights or even raw knowledge.
But I’m not one to turn away gifts, even if I’m unworthy. I shall hold this in my heart and when moments of self doubt threatens to overwhelm, I shall take it out for inspiration.
Thank you for this gift, and all good wishes,
Many a missed opportunity in our life, not so much a regret but a beautiful recollection now and some element of curiosity of how is he doing now. She expressed it all in her letter. Love this story and thank you for the recommendation, Eric.
Hello Jasey, dearest
Yes, many of us can relate to the tale – missed opportunities and past regrets – the ‘what-ifs’ of life.
However, better to treasure the life we have than to pine for dreams floating away in the mists of our memories.
Luv and hugz,
Thank you my lovely buddy, another rich connection made through your kindness for others. I read Jane’s short story in one go, and was captivated. A very strong story teller. Much love and hugs for you my lovely, Xx
In one go! Wow! What a lovely compliment.
Have a great time, Jane buddy, in your new environ and go easy on that road cycling 🙂
My legs thank you for this kind thought…muscle memory…eerrmm I think not! Much love to you Xxx
I read her short story, very well written and fascinating. Which led me to her book, A Sin for a Son; very intriguing. Well researched too. 🙂 🙂
That’s great, Celestine and thank you 🙂
Yes I appreciate Jane’s command of the language and her interesting stories too.
You and I are a small tight group of her regular readers – there’s much discovery to be made in her blog. Hopefully, this post encourages some or our mutual readers to pay her a visit.