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The Things We Cannot Say

—Book Review—

Title: The Things We Cannot Say

Author: Kelly Rimmer

Publisher: Graydon House

Genre: Historical Fiction

The Things We Cannot Say is one of the best books I’ve read and is going on my list of books that stupidly sat on my bookshelf for way too long!!! So if you’re like me and have been meaning to read this one run do.not.walk. It’s that good. It’s up there with The Nightingale for me.

This a dual timeline historical fiction, which I love. It’s set in the present day (2019) and 1942 during the war.

Since she was nine years old, Alina knew she was going to marry her best friend Tomasz. Now fifteen and waiting for Tomasz to return from medical college in Warsaw, she does her best to ignore the Nazi soldiers on the border of Poland. She doesn’t believe they actually pose a threat…

But, little by little the occupation takes hold of Alina’s tiny village and all Alina can do is ignore the soldiers patrolling her parent’s farm and quietly cling to hope. Silence is preferable to grief.

In the present day, granddaughter Alice has her plate full with a husband and two children. All while Alina is aging and has lost the ability to speak. Alice’s son with Autism uses technology to speak so she gets the idea to use it with her grandmother. Her grandmother is finally ready to spill some secrets and demands Alice to travel to Poland.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I listened to the audiobook and absolutely loved. Loved it! It kept me motivated on my last day driving on my move this past summer. Historical fiction fans this book is of you. The author knocked it out of the park! I’ve since read her most recent release, The German Wife and enjoyed that, as well, but this one has a special place in my heart.

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