The Things We Cannot Say Book Reviews

Kelly Rimmer

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer Book Summary

Now a New York Times bestseller!

From the author of Truths I Never Told You, Before I Let You Go, and the The Warsaw Orphan, Kelly Rimmer’s powerful WWII novel follows a woman’s urgent search for answers to a family mystery that uncovers truths about herself that she never expected.

“Fans of The Nightingale and Lilac Girls will adore The Things We Cannot Say.” —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author

In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the 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. 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.

Don’t miss Kelly Rimmer’s next novel, The Paris Agent, where a family’s innocent search for answers brings a long-forgotten, twenty-five-year-old mystery to light—coming July 2023!

For more by Kelly Rimmer, look for Before I Let You Go Truths I Never Told You The Warsaw Orphan The German Wife

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Book Name The Things We Cannot Say
Genre Historical
Language English
E-Book Size 1.59 MB

The Things We Cannot Say (Kelly Rimmer) Book Reviews 2023

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Exactly what I needed to read right now!. Lots of emotion in this book. Finally characters who feel real.

The Things We Can Not Say. Very touching toward the end. The characters are well described. It’s not one of those stories you can’t wait to see how it ends, you know before the ending.

Amazing!. Amazing

Amazing. So beautiful

Great book!. This was a wonderful and emotional book to read. It brought home the reality of things people went through and suffered through in Poland leading up to and during WWll. Very well written, I couldn’t put it down! I’ve found a new favorite author, and am starting another book!

5 stars. I absolutely loved this book and the style in which it was written. The Alice character was a little too much at times but her perspective was greatly influenced by the trials that she went through with her autistic son. I loved Thomas and Alina. I’ll miss those characters. Just downloaded multiple books by Kelly Rimmer. Five star author.

Could not put it down!. A great story that takes place during World War II, a time that is so hard for any of us to imagine. This book does a nice job of unexpectedly reiterating the sacrifice and work that couples should put into a marriage and family too. Something I wasn’t expecting but delightfully surprised.

The Things We Cannot Say. I picked this book by accident and I’m glad I did. I was sucked in from the beginning and couldn’t put it down. This book reached my very soul. Beautiful story.

The things we cannot say. A truly heartwarming book couldn’t put it down

Touches your soul. Amazing,heart-wrenching, and exquisitely beautiful.

Highly recommend!!!. This was the sweetest, saddest, best book I have read in a long time! I couldn’t put it down!

The Things We Cannot Say. Excellent book that I could not put down.

Life loved cherished. A story well written to explore the impossibilities of history. The resilience of one families heritage, souls past and present.

Absolutely Thought Provoking and Engrossing. This book has absolutely held me to my points end bringing me and then down. The conclusion is an honest bittersweet and it is beautiful to read. I have no complaints with this book, none at all. I’ve learned so much about the history in Poland, and much about the History of the world. And I feel as though this is an important read for everyone, not just for the profound story but for the history intertwined.

Grab a tissue!!. What a fantastic book! I felt every emotion I have. Please do yourself a favor and read this book! It’s beautiful!!

Excellent. one of the best books I’ve read; the story it tells is very important and heartfelt.

A Great Story About Resilience Regret and Closure. My mother and grandparents lived in Europe during WW2 and this story brought to life some of the terrible tragedies and heroic efforts to salvage human dignity. The author wrote a wonderful story about family tragedy, honor, and personal growth dealing with challenges.

Very good. I liked this one a lot. It was a good mystery and just a wonderful story

Just ok. Found the writing a bit simple.

Simply amazing. This is the first time I ever write a book review. Can’t recommended this one enough. Just make sure you,ve got some Kleenex close by. What a book-I couldn’t put it down.

One of my new favorites !. This is a wonderful historical fiction novel with a twist of mystery!

Such a good read. I loved this book. It is well written and it was hard to put down. It’s 2 heartwarming love stories that keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. One story from modern day and the realities of life, and one story from the 1940’s that intertwine with each other. Aside from the love, the stories of WWII are always so sad but so important to remember what people went through during that horrific time and how resilient people can be.

Powerful story. I found this book incredibly moving in the way it wove together an earlier painful but buried history with a modern current of family suffering. I was in tears at the end and feel blessed to have run across this book. Thank you, Kelly!

The Things We Cannot Say. This is the first book I’ve ever reviewed after reading all my life. It is a beautiful story of heart wrenching pain - in a time in space so sad you can hardly bear to experience it through the author’s words. Yet the absolute power of faith based love brings you hope and dries your tears.

Touching and well written. I read it in a few days, great love story in the past and modern day couples

Things we cannot say. Good story, things like this did happen. Well written.

Great story of Daughter, Mother, & Grandmother. I could not put this book down! It was such a beautiful story with layers of emotion and understanding generation after generation pre and post WWII. Loved the end of the story. Would read it again.

Outstanding WW2 Novel. Outstanding!! This is one of those books that linger with you after you have turned the last page. Highly recommend.

Why just 3 stars. Well written, enjoyable to read, but a little predictable! For me it was a real stretch to believe a 95 year old woman suddenly on her death bed, sends her granddaughter to find the past, with no information except a few names, it’s not realistic. I think it would have been interesting for Amelia in her 70’s or 80’s to tell Alice her story and then ask her to go find out what happened to Thomas and all would have had closure. This could have filled many chapters, and made Alice realize she had more to do, more to give like time to herself. The part where she is consistently ill, was too easy to figure out, and I knew too soon the baby was not his. And once Saul and Amelia were married, the author does not give any information into their marriage except they were friends. There was another good chapter waiting there, how did they live?, for 70 years they were never intimate ?, so no more babies? I have an autistic grandson, and I know there are different levels, but the Alice kept him back, did she need this ? I think she was someone who needed a project and that became her son. I would have enjoyed the book more if the author had addressed these issues.

Great Book!. A wonderful book! Must read! So interesting and enjoyed the journey! Thanks for this perspective in history! I always have wanted to learn more about my history! As my great grandmother was killed during world war 2. I look forward to soon doing it!

Captivating Story - Well Written Page Turner. I always enjoy historical fiction - this is a well written and incredible story of a strength and love in the face of devastating evil. It makes you put in perspective your own struggles. I always find it beyond comprehension to imagine living through and surviving the horrors of WW II Europe. This book makes you think and reflect on life. It’s not always easy to be reminded of the devastation and what innocent people had to indure - it’s always unimaginable - but important to read. I highly recommend this book.

Love love love. Absolutely loved this book. It’s been a long time since I spent most of my Friday night reading, until I found this book!

The things we cannot say. Such a good read. I really enjoyed the story telling. Such a really good history lesson about the horrible Hitler and nazi gang. Well written.

Love and war :(. A great historical recollection of fierce love and the imminent invasion of Poland during WW2. I was sad reading this but loved the ending! The detail and side-stories all relate to the bigger picture and I like how the integration of two story lines because smoother as the story went on. Would recommend.

Amazing. Beautiful story. Gently told. I felt like I was there and could feel and understand all the feelings written.

The things we cannot say. I couldn’t put it down.

Unputdownable!. Wonderfully written. A captivating story that restores a little bit faith in humanity, whilst reminding us of the worst of humanity. And I'm always a fan of a female protagonist. A must read.

Riveting. A beautiful heart wrenching love story of family, past and present. A real page turner with all the feels!!

Great book. It’s an emotional read. Very well written. The story kept my interest and kept me guessing until the end. Highly recommend.

I never expected…. To gain personal insight from a book that I thought would simply be a story. It was slow for me at first, as it is not my typical read. However; very shortly I found myself immersed in the history of Alina and empowered by Alice laying down her titles.

Beautiful and Moving ... Authentic autism perspective. I just can’t get this book out of my head. As a parent of a child with autism, I watch Netflix specials, television dramas, etc., and have never quite felt like they got my family situation. I would love to be a part of producing this as a movie. Never once have I connected to a story as I did with this one. Kelly Remmer did her research and managed to weave a story that is so beautiful and moving, I can’t stop recommending it to family and friends. Especially those who have never quite understood our situation. Gorgeous story. Highly recommend. Might even be in my top 5 books of all time.

One of the best books!. This will go down as one of my favorites of all time. Great book!

Amazing!!. This story was so touching! It is one of those books that stick with you and you think about long after you’ve put it down. It’s a great reminder of so many little things in life - the things we take for granted and it’s an eye opening reminder of what our ancestors have done for us and how grateful we should be to them. And the love story - astounding!!!!!! Nicely done, Kelly Rimmer!

The Things We Cannot Say. Beautifully written.

Enthralling. Couldn’t put down this book! Intertwined lives of two women and a great love story at the heart if it.

Beautiful, fascinating, tear jerker. I have not cried this hard reading a book in a long while. This story was enthralling and kept me guessing. The ending was exactly right.

Compelling. One of the best books I’ve ever read. The authors ability to go back in forth in time, the depth of the characters, I felt as if I was seeing it all in my mind. Highly recommend this book!

The Things We Cannot say. This is a wonderful book. I could not put it down. Highly recommend it.

Amazing. Very beautiful and touching. Made me sob but it was 100% worth it.

Worth Finishing This Book. The story unfolds slowly and sometimes confusingly. Once the threads are pulled together, this story becomes a beautiful story of love, hope, and discovery. The ending of the book is worth it.

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Incredibly unlikeable characters. I had to stop reading as I simply could not stand the whiny, entitled Alice character. The other characters all seemed very 2 dimensional and stereotypical.

The Things We Cannot Say. It has been a long time since a book has captured my mind to such an extent as this one. It brought me to tears several times. Couldn’t put it down... Speaking as a grandmother of a child on the autism spectrum- the author’s depiction of Eddie was excellent. The horrors of the Nazi occupation of Poland were unspeakable as the title of the book implies. Read it!

Great book. Great book to read

The things we cannot say. Interesting story line but young naive ramblings throughout. Ending had a twist but predictable.

Beautiful story.. I loved and enjoyed this book a lot It was gentle and exciting at the same time. Very interesting ti have it narrated from two different people living in twin different times.

Best book I’ve read yet. I can’t explain how I feel about this book in short but it left me feeling emotions I didn’t know where there. This is the best book I’ve read.

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The The Things We Cannot Say book written by Kelly Rimmer was published on 19 March 2019, Tuesday in the Historical category. A total of 2,582 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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