Things We Cannot Say
by Rimmer, Kelly






In a story of love, loyalty, honor and perseverance, a woman in the present searches for answers to a family mystery from the past that leads to the discovery of a heartbreaking World War II love story, which reveals truths she never expected. Original. 100,000 first printing.





In Nazi-occupied Poland, Alina and her parents struggle to survive after her brothers are sent to work camps and strict rationing is enforced. Alina's fiancÚ, Tomasz, is at college in Warsaw, but as the years of the occupation tick by and she hears no word from him, she begins to worry that they will never reunite and escape Poland to realize their dream of a better life. Interspersed with these chapters is the present-day story of Alice, a wife and mother struggling with marital woes and a special-needs son, who at the behest of her beloved, dying grandmother takes a trip to Poland and uncovers an 80-year-old family secret. Though Alice's family troubles should seem insignificant compared to Alina's suffering, Rimmer (Before I Let You Go, 2018) gives each story line the space to develop organically, resulting in concluding chapters that tie the two women's stories together in an extremely moving fashion. Fans of Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale (2015) and Pam Jenoff's The Orphan's Tale (2017) will enjoy this absorbing, emotional tale of love, heartbreak, and resilience. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.






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