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#BookReview The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

Title: The Things We Cannot Say

Author: Kelly Rimmer

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publication Date: March 19, 2019

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-Stop Page Turner

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A well-written story that captures your heart and brings tears to your eyes.

I love this book for its history, struggles, love and loyalty to family. This is a strong statement because I am not a big historical fiction reader. I just can’t help being drawn to Kelly Rimmer’s books. The Things We Cannot Say tells the story of Alina Dziak, a young woman engaged to be married. Her fiancé is off learning about becoming a physician when everything in their hometown of Poland is taken over by Nazi’s. The story takes you on a journey of how Alina’s family works hard to stay alive in the middle of a war. Alina’s fiancé, Thomasz promises to always come back and even though he keeps his promise, it comes with conditions. These conditions happened to be a very important part of the book for me.

Rimmer’s tells the story in two points of view Alina’s and a woman named Alice. Alice’s grandmother lived in Poland as well and now wants her granddaughter to return to her hometown on her behalf. Alice is confused about what her grandmother is wanting her to do, which made me more intrigued with the story. My heart started to race because I was thinking is there a connection between Alice and Alina. You’ll have to read the book to find out.

This book was so well-written from the descriptions of Poland, the Nazi’s, how Jewish people were treated and even the war. The characters were so well-developed, I couldn’t help fall in love with them. I especially enjoyed the bond of Alina’s family, which warmed my heart and the struggle of Alice’s family made me cheer for them to overcome. The love and commitment that Thomasz and Alina have for each other is one that everyone should experience.

This was an emotional read for me. It made me smile at times, made me frustrated when characters play it to close for comfort, but also made me angry reading what the Nazi’s did to people (yes, tears did flow). This is by far my favorite book by this author and I can’t wait to read her next one.

*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

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