Today I am delighted to be closing the tour for The Things We Cannot Say. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part, and for my copy of the book through Netgalley.
2019. Life changed beyond recognition for Alice when her son, Eddie, was born with autism spectrum disorder. She must do everything to support him, but at what cost to her family? When her cherished grandmother is hospitalised, a hidden box of mementoes reveals a tattered photo of a young man, a tiny leather shoe and a letter. Her grandmother begs Alice to return to Poland to see what became of those she held dearest.
WWII. Alina and Tomasz are childhood sweethearts. The night before he leaves for college, Tomasz proposes marriage. But when their village falls to the Nazis, Alina doesn’t know if Tomasz is alive or dead.
2019. In Poland, separated from her family, Alice begins to uncover the story her grandmother is so desperate to tell, and discovers a love that bloomed in the winter of 1942. As a painful family history comes to light, will the struggles of the past and present finally reach a heartbreaking resolution?
Inspired by the author’s family history, a searing page-turner of war, family secrets and a love to defy all odds, from the Top Ten Australian bestselling author of Before I Let You Go.
I have never read anything by Kelly Rimmer before, so I came into The Things We Cannot Say somewhat unprepared for the fantastic emotional journey I was about to encounter. The writing is absolutely stunning, and I was able to feel every single emotion as it radiated from the page: their joy, fear, sadness and anger. I was drawn into the lives of Alice and Alina, and I could not tear my eyes away from the page until the very end.
The chapters in The Things We Cannot Say are told from the perspectives of Alice and Alina. Although their lives are very different, their narration gave me insight into the way they lived and I was able to feel a great deal of empathy for them. I was intrigued to discover how their stories were connected. All the characters are incredibly well developed and I took them all into my heart for the duration of the novel.
The Things We Cannot Say addresses a number of important issues, and I can only commend Rimmer for the time and dedication she has put into making sure these are portrayed accurately and with sensitivity. Her research adds an extra layer of authenticity to the novel, particularly in the historical section, where I felt myself transported to the time of World War II.
I cannot wait to read more from this author!
The Things We Cannot Say is available from Amazon.
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