THE THINGS WE CANNOT SAY by Kelly Rimmer ~Review~

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1n 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It’s a decision that will alter her destiny…and it’s a lie that will remain buried until the next century.

From USA TODAY bestselling author Kelly Rimmer, THE THINGS WE CANNOT SAY is life-affirming novel about the legacy of war and its impact on one memorable family. Told through alternating voices in present day and Nazi-occupied Poland, THE THINGS WE CANNOT SAY (Graydon House Books, Trade Paperback, 03/19/2019) unearths a tragic love story and a family secret whose far-reaching effects will alter lives forever.

Alice is an emotionally drained stay-at-home mom, stressed equally by a difficult mother, a precociously gifted daughter and a severely autistic son, but finding herself the most frustrated by her husband who seems oblivious that Alice is reaching the end of her rope. When a stroke leaves her beloved grandmother anxiously trying to communicate something to her, Alice is able to glean that it's about her late grandfather Saul and their lives in Poland during the war. Determined to help her grandmother—and desperately needing some breathing room of her own—Alice impulsively flies to Poland with only a photo and a name she's never heard before—Tomasz—where she begins to unearth a poignant, tragic love story that reaches across the decades to change her life forever. Slipping between Nazi-occupied Polan and the frenetic pace of modern life, Rimmer creates an emotional and finely wrought narrative.

The Things We Cannot Say is the second book of Rimmer's I've had the privilege of reading. Once again I am transported into another time. Completely immersed and unable to put it down. Past and present converge making this such a beautifully heartbreaking read. Truly, I needed a case of tissues. Two woman, two different decades, two ways to find hope and discover what the soul is capable of. Honestly I was blown away.


Kelly Rimmer is the USA TODAY bestselling women’s fiction author of five novels, including Me Without You and The Secret Daughter. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, 2 children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than 20 languages. 

TitleThings We Cannot Say
Author: Kelly Rimmer
Genre: Fiction
Imprint: Graydon House
Pages: 448
On-sale date: March 19, 2019
ISBN: 9781525823565
Format & pricing: Trade paperback (16.99 U.S.)

Previous works by Kelly Rimmer 

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