Book Review Of “The Things We Cannot Say” By Kelly Rimmer @HarlequinBooks @GraydonHouse @BookClubbish @KelRimmerWrites

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. 

Slipping between Nazi-occupied Poland and the frenetic pace of modern life, Kelly Rimmer creates an emotional and finely wrought narrative that weaves together two women’s stories into a tapestry of perseverance, loyalty, love and honor. The Things We Cannot Say is an unshakable reminder of the devastation when truth is silenced…and how it can take a lifetime to find our voice before we learn to trust it.

Thank you to the Harlequin Publicity Team for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.

This was so well written. It was a beautiful story, about a horrific time. There were parts of this book that just hurt my heart, unspeakable acts against men, women, and children. A time I could never imagine having to live through.

I did like the alternating timelines, and the alternating POV. I think they were very well done. Both storylines, were heart wrenching, both in equal ways. From Nazi-Poland to Modern Day America. What both families go through is an emotional journey, that had my eyes leaking, and my heart breaking.

Reading this book, and watching what unfolds for both Babica and Alice, was truly an experience. My biggest question was what happened to Alina and Tomasz. They were the driving force of this book, and what made it unputdownable for me.

That ending, was one of the most beautiful endings I have read in a long while. I should say the I adored the last 100 pages. This was my first Kelly Rimmer book, however I do have BEFORE I LET YOU GO, and after reading this, I want to say screw my TBR, and any review book that I have, and pick it up immediately. But I know that my heart cannot take it. But I will, soon.

Kelly, that you for writing about a time in our world that was so horrible, and hurtful, and still so hard for me to wrap my head around. That mankind, did this to mankind. Thank you for writing such a beautiful love story. More than just Tomasz and Alina. Love stories about friends, about family, and love for each other. Job well done.

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