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  • A Complex Family Story

    "The Things We Cannot Say" is a powerful story of love, loss and resilience. In alternating chapters, Rimmer tells the story of Alina and Tomas, young Polish couple during the early years of WWII, and Alice and her grandmother Hanna, living in present day Florida. Hanna, in her 90’s and ailing, enlists Alice’s help to discover what became of her family in Poland after she fled in the early 1940’s. Alice leaves her husband and two children to travel to Poland; what she discovers is a shock to both Alice and her family as well as to the reader. A great read!

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  • A long and drawn out tale

    This book certainly showed the Polish history and atrocities in WW 2. I liked the plot of Alina and Tomas , (western spelling) but found the first part of the book to be slow moving. Alice seemed to be a complaining, control freak who worried about everything and could not delegate because of her own self importance that I found her personality bordered on martyrdom and imagined self sacrifice. Her family issues such as raising a bright child and an autistic one may have shown some difficulties but were nothing like the cruel journeys of the people during the war. It was very annoying to read about her boring life when she had a warm home, food and family. A more shorter present day subplot would have produced a more satisfying and suspenseful tale. An okay novel but certainly not of the same caliber as novels such as that of “ The Huntress “ and “Code Name Verity” in writing style and plot.

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  • Revealing, horrifying, memorable and well-searched

    A sad and devasting story of things that no one wants to discuss, but of things we must remember. I am happy I read this story and the visuals will stay in my mind for years to come. The blurb on the book cover tells way too much of the story. I would recommending reading the book prior to reading the blurb. I just like to know a small, very small bit of a story before reading it. We all know the terrible history, but this novel makes it real. Thanks Kelly Rimmer for researching details for this story and for writing it with characters real enough to be our own grandparents, parents and siblings. Revealing, horrifying and memorable!

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  • Amazingly Poweful

    Though heartbreaking at times this book is also uplifting. Both protagonist touch the reader in different ways but the power of love to rise above all else is is the main theme. A book that will rivet you.

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  • Awesome

    Great story and the narrative of it was so beautiful told it took hold of your heart and a few tears

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