Historical Fiction

Book Review – The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

Goodreads Synopsis:

In 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.

Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz. Now fifteen and engaged, Alina is unconcerned by reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish border, believing her neighbors that they pose no real threat, and dreams instead of the day Tomasz returns from college in Warsaw so they can be married. But little by little, injustice by brutal injustice, the Nazi occupation takes hold, and Alina’s tiny rural village, its families, are divided by fear and hate. Then, as the fabric of their lives is slowly picked apart, Tomasz disappears. Where Alina used to measure time between visits from her beloved, now she measures the spaces between hope and despair, waiting for word from Tomasz and avoiding the attentions of the soldiers who patrol her parents’ farm. But for now, even deafening silence is preferable to grief.

My Opinion:

Oh my goodness, I loved my first Kelly Rimmer book! It is an amazing story of love, family, perseverance, and survival.

We have a dual time period in this historical fiction novel. At first glance these two storylines could not be more different, but rest assured they come full circle in this incredibly touching story.

Alice and Wade Davis have two children, Eddie and Callie. Eddie is a sweet, autistic, little boy who keeps his mother quite busy. Callie is extremely intelligent and quickly becomes upset if she isn’t being challenged. Alice wishes Wade was just as hands-on with Eddie as he is with Callie and it is causing a lot of stress and resentment in their marriage. Alice lives a very structured life. Little does she know that when her grandmother (Hanna AKA Babcia) falls ill her life will be turned upside down!

Alina Dziak and Tomasz Slaski have loved each other since they were children and have every intention of spending the rest of their lives together. Their biggest obstacle – the war.

I was hooked by the end of the prologue! It alluded to a Gordian knot that would take more than eighty years to unravel. That was it, I needed to know more and could not wait to dive into this story!

There are so many likable characters and relationships in this book! The relationship between Babcia and Eddie is sweet and heart-warming. Alina and Tomasz’s love is beautiful and ran unquestionably deep. Even through the ups and downs of their marriage, Alice and Wade have a relationship worth saving and there were moments when I was incredibly touched by what I was reading.

The writing is fantastic and pulled out a mixed bag of emotions for me. There were times that my heart swelled, moments I feared for the characters, and even giggled from time to time.

I will definitely be looking at Kelly Rimmer’s back-list. Consider me a fan!

Do you have a favorite Kelly Rimmer recommendation?

*Thank you NetGalley, Graydon House, and Kelly Rimmer for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.

Book Details:

My Rating: 5/5
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: None
Publisher: Graydon House
Publication Date: 3/19/2019 (US & UK)
Pages: 448 (eBook)

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22 thoughts on “Book Review – The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

  1. This sounds so wonderful, Tina! I can’t wait to read it. I thought I had requested it, but I just had it on my Edelweiss shelf, so I’ll wait until it comes out. It’s definitely on my TBR! Fabulous, review! ♥

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