The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer is now available and I highly recommend adding this one to your list to read right away. If you are a fan of historical fiction it is one not to be missed. This is one of those stories that reminds us why these stories need to be said and reminds us why we read.

Brenda’s review

The Things We Cannot Say is a heartbreaking, heartwarming hopeful story that explores love, loss, hardship, sacrifice and the relationships that bond people together. Through duel timelines we see the bonds between a family and the things they cannot say and the things that bring them together.

What really stood out for me and what I really loved about this story was the compelling and emotional layered duel timelines and how they connected the story and the family. We see the historical side to the story and then a modern side to it. Each are strong, interesting stories with their conflicts and heartache that shape the people they are. Now usually I like the historical timeline a tad more however in this story I preferred the modern one. I am alway intrigued by storylines that revolves around an illness or disorder etc and we see how that affects family dynamics.

The story comes together in an emotional and powerful ending that will sure have you reaching for tissues. After reading this one we were left a mess, cried a bit and then shared our thoughts with each other. This is the type of story to share with someone and I am glad to be able to share with Lindsay and a couple of our Traveling Sisters.

Lindsay’s review

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 of being forever changed. That storyline and those characters still haunt me to this day. This novel, although a completely different type of storyline, left me feeling the exact same. I was teary during the first page of the Prologue. I felt an intense emotional connection to the characters in the first few pages of Chapter 1. What does this tell me? The power behind Kelly Rimmer’s writing is undeniably impactful. Her words resonate so deeply within me, in ways I find hard to describe. She has easily earned a spot on my Favourite Authors list.

Alina Dziak is fifteen-years-old when this story begins in Nazi occupied Poland during WWII. She is engaged to Tomasz, her best friend who moved away to attend medical school. She dreams of their reunion when the chaos of war is a thing of the past and they can start a family. As the war persists, Alina has the opportunity to flee to safer territory where Tomasz could meet her to live the life they always dreamed of. 

Told in dual timelines, both narratives and storylines kept me fully engaged. The characters were unique and unforgettable. I read a lot of WWII novels and yet, this story introduced me to a completely different wartime perspective which I truly appreciate learning about. It’s why I love reading historical fiction. 

Thank you to Edelweiss, Graydon House and HarperCollins Canada for our copies to read and review!

Have you read this one? Want to read it? Drop us a comment! We would love to hear from you!

21 thoughts on “The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer @HarperCollinsCa @KelRimmerWrites #BookBloggers #travelingsisterreads #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

  1. DeAnn Acosta says:

    This one was SO good! I really enjoyed it.

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Yes!! I am so glad you enjoyed it! Such a great discussion!

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    2. L Lostinacoulee says:

      So glad you enjoyed it too DeAnn!

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  2. Kim Rogers says:

    I have not read this one but glad you all enjoyed it! Once again fantastic review and picture!!

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you, Kim!!

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    2. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Thanks Kim!

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  3. Tiffany says:

    This would really pull at the heart strings! Sounds amazing!!

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      It was such an amazing one! I really love this author. It’s heartbreaking but I think it might be one you could read. But you have a lot already. lol

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      1. Tiffany says:

        Yes thanks to you I am putting in some reading time. I don’t know how you read so many books!

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  4. Diana says:

    I have read 2 titles by the author, loved them. This one also sounds so good. Adding it to my TBR.

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      I am so glad you are adding it. I read Before I let you Go and loved it. Which ones did you read?

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      1. Diana says:

        A Mother’s Confession and Before I Let You Go. AMC is really good.Check it out if you get the chance.

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      2. B Lostinacoulee says:

        It is 4.99 on Amazon kindle so I downloaded it. It sounds really good. Thank you!

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    2. L Lostinacoulee says:

      Hope you love it!

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  5. Thanks for your wonderful reviews, ladies! This wasn’t on my radar and now it is.

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you! I really hope you get the chance to read it, Jonetta and love it!!

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  6. Peg Glover says:

    Wonderful review. I read this book as well and absolutely loved it! Kelly Rimmer is very talented. I can’t wait for her next book.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. L Lostinacoulee says:

      So glad you loved it too Peg!

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