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A Thousand Sleepless Nights

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Is love stronger than grief?

After the death of her Aunt Jetty, the woman who raised her, Matilda White packs a single suitcase, leaving behind her home, her small town in Kansas, and the man she’s supposed to marry.

Henry Craig is a writer—if only he could find the right words. While sitting at a worn table in a Detroit library he sees a new librarian, Matidla, and suddenl
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Published May 2018 by Cedar Fort
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May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to read another book from this talented author. Teri Harman is the author of The Moonlight Trilogy, a series that I thoroughly enjoyed. I liked A Thousand Sleepless Nights just a much. The premise and idea of this story is very intriguing. The themes of the book were relatable and the all of characters are engrossing. Abby was a delight. I loved the POV changes between Henry and Matilda. It kept the pages turning quickly to find out what would happen next. And to keep up with al ...more
Heidi Mastrogiovanni
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a lovely and heartbreaking book. I was completely absorbed in the characters and in their story. Teri Harman's writing made these people and places absolutely real to me. My heart was with the characters at every moment. I highly recommend this book.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story had an interesting concept and grappled with the question, is love stronger than grief? The synopsis on the back tells you pretty much what you need to know as you go into this book. I like that the author focused more on the couple’s relationship, not the horrible loss so much, and really showed what a loss their marriage would be in and of itself. I have very strong opinions of marriage and I believe marriage vows should not be taken lightly. So I liked that we saw what a loss of th ...more
Fiction Aficionado
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This novel was an interesting way to explore the question of whether love is worth the grief that sometimes accompanies it. When Matilda tells her husband “I wish I had never met you” in a moment of utter grief, the two are instantly transported to separate locations whereupon they wake with no recollection of the last six years. What they do have are a book and a typewriter each—typewriters that can communicate with one another, no less! What would you do if you discovered the last six years ha ...more
Elsie Park
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
My review of A Thousand Sleepless Nights by Teri Harman, author of the Moonlight trilogy (Blood Moon, Black Moon, & Storm Moon).

A Thousand Sleepless Nights, a clean romance with a touch of magic, had me from the first pages, gripping my interest from the conversation between Matilda (the main character) and her dying Aunt Jetty. The themes in this story are strong and heart-wrenching as the reader travels on a measured journey of tragedy, heartache, tears, confusion, and longing. That being
Meagan Myhren-bennett
A Thousand Sleepless Nights
By Teri Harman

Please Remember Me...

Can grief change your life? When her Aunt Jetty dies Matilda White leaves everything behind - her job, her fiance, her friends, her life. The grief is too much so she leaves Silent Fields, Kansas, behind in the middle of the night to start over.

Henry Craig is a writer who can't put word to paper - the words are there but they are trapped within him unable to find release. Until he sees Matilda ~ Matilda gives his words release. Soon s
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
As soon as I started reading, A Thousand Sleepless Nights, I couldn't get over what beautiful words had been written in this novel. This author paints a world, both dark and light with her words. There is so much feeling in what you're reading. A perfect example is a paragraph found on the back of the book...

"I sit beside you and I breathe more air. I look at you and I see a universe. I touch you and I connect with everything that has ever lived. I kiss you and I exist."

This story hooked me from
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Thousand Sleepless Nights by Teri Harman is a beautiful book about life, love and grief. It is set in the 1990's.
This book is such a beautiful read in spite of it being a study in grief. Grief may consume us as we drown under its weight. "You need a reason to live after a tragedy."
Picking up the pieces is not always easy. How do we begin to live again when all we feel is pain? "Sometimes it takes someone else to heal our pain." We don't always know what we need.
What would it feel like to wake
Paul Christian
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Thousand Sleepless Nights is a romance/drama with just a hint of magical realism. I'll be honest, this isn't the kind of book I normally read, which makes it all the more impressive to me that I loved it so much. It was a literal page-turner for me, and I found myself rushing back to it as quickly as I could until I finished it.

Even though the premise of the plot depends on a little magic (a couple wake up six years after a tragedy not remembering each other or anything that happened), the dia
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow. What an intriguing concept!

Teri Harman managed to answer the question, "What would happen if you just forgot things when something bad happened to you?"

The love story in this was thrilling and relatable. Don't we all stumble in life sometimes? When the pain hits, don't we all just want to run away?

I loved the small town feel and characters to this. I think that Abby was probably my favorite! She is darling and supportive and makes the FUNNIEST comments.


As a mom who's
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think I'd give this a solid 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the book. I found myself a little unsure about the direction of the book near the beginning when the tragedy occurs, not quite sure if I was going to “go along” with the suspension of disbelief. But I eventually did find myself engaged in the story and rooting for these characters. Everyone who has experienced grief and deep sadness (which is pretty much all of us, in this human condition) will identify with the feelings exposed in the book and ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I met Teri Harman in a friend's home and was excited to be introduced to A Thousand Sleepless Nights. The book really pulled me in and kept me turning pages as I saw the mystery and magic unfold from page to page. I really enjoyed the characters and how real their emotional responses were to the various situations they were in. The typed letters were full of beautiful and raw emotional and physical angst and hope. Grief and loss are the major underlying themes of this book, but it's handled in s ...more
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think what surprised me the most about this book is all the fiction elements it has; a little romance, a little mystery, a little magic, is there such things as ghosts, or life after death? Ultimately, the entire story revolves around the grief of Matilda and the loved ones she's lost in her life. I always feel like the sign of a good book is one that I don't want to stop reading, and this one fit the bill. I read half of it before bed last night and finished it before doing anything else this ...more
Mikell N
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was very capturing. It was an easy read but I could not put it down once started. I loved that I couldn't predict the outcome...I had to keep reading to see what would happen next. I was able know the characters through great descriptions and felt like the setting was alive in my imagination. It gave me a Gilmore Girls feel which I loved! I would highly recommend this great love story!
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book about love and loss. Matilda and Henry fall in love and get married. But a tragic accident erases six years of their lives. I enjoyed finding out how their lives cross again and how they work through the pain they both carry. There is a creative, somewhat mystical part of the story that I enjoyed going along with. This is an easy, enjoyable read.
Amalia Rebel
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With every descriptive sentence, the reader quickly connects to each main character. One becomes emotionally attached and cries, laughs, and cheers on Matilda and Henry throughout the book. This was one of those "difficult to put down" books.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a good read but not a page turner. I loved the concept, the love letters got a bit sappy for me but it was worth reading.

Content note: Clean
Teresa G
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and powerful story about love and grief. Loved it!
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Beautiful story of loss, grief, and love, but sometimes Matilda's choices made me crazy. I was intrigued by the time-travel element. There's a lovely, old-fashioned, enduring quality to the story.
Christina Wilson
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written, touching book. ❤
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So good!!! I loved this book. I could not put it down especially towards the end.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Enjoyable but so many grammatical errors. Not sure if that was from taking to the ebook format or not. Thought the ending was a little predictable.
Boomers Gems
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Teri's writing is extremely intriguing. I love her description of events and her use of words. This is my first book by Teri and I am impressed.

"The beast in Matilda's gut had rumbled awake with a bitter growl"

Just one example of a sentence that sucked me in. I wanted to keep reading but also never wanted it to end.
This magical perspective of grief was very inspirational. I felt like each page offered a sweet little lesson and the book had an overall positive vibe.
I loved it and highl
Lindsay Ferguson
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Thousand Sleepless Nights is a beautifully written novel that’s primarily a love story but also has an undertone of messages about loss and grief, and elements of magical realism. It’s a unique story - different than anything I’ve read and I loved that about it. Matilda and Henry are both very likable and compelling characters. I loved the small town in the story (and the old bookstore scene!) and the supporting characters as well. The magic was there but it was subtle and even believable, and ...more
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Teri Harman is the author of The Moonlight Trilogy, a witch fantasy series, and the magical romances, A Thousand Sleepless Nights and The Paradox of Love. For many years, she’s written about books for, reviewed books for The Deseret News, and contributed book segments to Utah’s number one lifestyle show, “Studio 5 with Brooke Walker.” Her fiction won first place in the “Romance Through the ...more