The Things We Cannot Say

The Things We Cannot Say

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.

Title:The Things We Cannot Say
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781525831515
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    The Things We Cannot Say Reviews

  • Angela M

    This is a story of war, of family, of loss, of sacrifice, of the goodness of people trying to save others because they saw each other as human beings, not as Jews or Catholics, and at its heart is a b...

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    5 stars! Kelly Rimmer, you are a writing Queen!I read “Before I Let You Go” last year which was my first book by Kelly Rimmer. I finished that novel overcome with unshakable emotion and a feeling ...

  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

    In The Things We Cannot Say Kelly Rimmer has penned a heartbreakingly powerful and hopeful love story set amidst the backdrop of war, loss and the unimaginable atrocities of WWII. Simply put this is ...

  • KAS

    4.5 starsI am having a hard time coming up with the words to describe the beauty and the heartbreak of this story. When it leaves you practically speechless and continually thinking about the signific...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    One of my 2019 favorites! A can’t miss if you love powerful historical fiction! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Told in two timelines, we hear from Alina Dziak in 1942 just as she gets married in a Russian refu...

  • Berit???

    This beautifully crafted story weaves together the present and the past seamlessly with threads of heartbreak, sacrifice, and love!Two strong women, two unique voices, two different times, one stunni...

  • Erin

    Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin-Graydon House Books for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review. Well, this was such a great WWII era dual narrative that I am sure that it is going to be...

  • Christine

    5 Glorious Stars!!I mightily attempted to damp down my expectations going into this one, as just look at those overall ratings—4.55 average from over 1600 readers on Goodreads. I needn’t have worr...

  • Sharon

    LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT!!!I’m not sure what I can say about this outstanding book that hasn’t already been said. I like many other readers absolutely LOVED this book and found it extremely hard...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Five remarkable, epic, tear jerking stars! The title gives us a clue that something kept secret in this family. But this poetically written, heartwarming, amazing story is not about the family secrets...