//A Love Letter To Whiskey by Kandi Steiner//
This is my love letter to you and to your beautiful words. To the novel that I loved and hated with every turn of the page. To the novel that gave me life in one breath then ended me in the next. To the novel that made my pulse pound and tears fill my eyes as I read about a couple who’s timing was imperfectly perfect. This is a love letter to what an amazing author you are. To a novel that consumed me from the first taste to the last drop. It’s for the beautiful words that are as painful as they are sweet, to the soul shattering moments you created and to the journey that was filled with so much passion and heat it physically hurt to read. This is a love letter to the amazing novel that is A Love Letter To Whiskey…
It’s 1:18 in the morning and as I sit here bawling my eyes out letting the oceans of tears roll down my cheeks as the words I am trying to write blur together, I have realized two things. First, I am completely and utterly drained from reading this novel. It gutted me and shattered me, heart and soul, but slowly put me back together again piece by broken piece. The characters tested my patience and sanity as they journeyed through life waiting for fate to grant them the gift of perfect timing. But until that hour, choosing instead to intertwine their lives in the most complicated and maddening, but equally as passionate and angst filled fleeting moments. And second, I can’t help but think that this is one of the best, if not the best book I have. Ever. Read.
This novel is definitely not for the faint of heart. It will test you and demand your attention and every shred of emotion you possess. It demands that you are an active reader not just an innocent bystander on the sidelines watching the story unfold. It will end you a thousand times over, but you let the madness over take you, you welcome it with open arms because you know when you get to the closing chapters, all the heartache you felt, the tears you shed, and the absolute joy you experienced, made it all worth it. It’s a novel that is real and true in every since of those words. A Love Letter To Whiskey is on a level all of its own, written by an author who has taken the time to perfect her craft and grant us a novel that holds a little piece of her soul.
It’s a love story that is unabashedly honest and original. One can only hope to find half of the yearning, passion,and devotion B and Jamie found at such a young age. For that I want to say thank you.
Fellow book worms, if you do one thing this year make sure it’s One Clicking this novel. Trust me.
*ARC generously provided by the author
It’s crazy how fast the buzz comes back after you’ve been sober for so long.
Whiskey stood there, on my doorstep, just like he had one year before. Except this time, there was no rain, no anger, no wedding invitation — it was just us.
It was just him — the old friend, the easy smile, the twisted solace wrapped in a glittering bottle.
It was just me — the alcoholic, pretending like I didn’t want to taste him, realizing too quickly that months of being clean didn’t make me crave him any less.
But we can’t start here.
No, to tell this story right, we need to go back.
Back to the beginning.
Back to the very first drop.
This is my love letter to Whiskey. I only hope he reads it.
Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa with her husband. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer.
Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).
When Kandi isn’t working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order.