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The Things We Cannot Say
The Things We Cannot Say | Kelly Rimmer
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In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It's a decision that will alter her destiny...and it's a lie that will remain buried until the next century. Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz. Now fifteen and engaged, Alina is unconcerned by reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish border, believing her neighbors that they pose no real threat, and dreams instead of the day Tomasz returns from college in Warsaw so they can be married. But little by little, injustice by brutal injustice, the Nazi occupation takes hold, and Alina's tiny rural village, its families, are divided by fear and hate. Then, as the fabric of their lives is slowly picked apart, Tomasz disappears. Where Alina used to measure time between visits from her beloved, now she measures the spaces between hope and despair, waiting for word from Tomasz and avoiding the attentions of the soldiers who patrol her parents' farm. But for now, even deafening silence is preferable to grief. Slipping between Nazi-occupied Poland and the frenetic pace of modern life, Kelly Rimmer creates an emotional and finely wrought narrative that weaves together two women's stories into a tapestry of perseverance, loyalty, love and honor. The Things We Cannot Say is an unshakable reminder of the devastation when truth is silenced...and how it can take a lifetime to find our voice before we learn to trust it.
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KaylaD
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Wasn‘t sure if I was going to be able to get into this book because it‘s not what I normally choose! But it was so so good!! I could never imagine life back then! How scary it must have been!!! 💔💔💔

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booksaremyfavorite
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Amazing book! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for me. Grab some tissues as you read this story about a love so strong it will bring tears to your eyes.

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peaknit
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Take the long way home...

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baes
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First day of my summer break and I spent it finally reading this gem. ❤️ I couldn‘t put it down. I have read a couple of her books (Me Without You is one of my favorite books), and have yet to be disappointed. This is a new genre for her and I am pleased. I loved how these two stories intertwined. #BookFitnessChallenge #BookOne • 26 Points to start. @wanderinglynn

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4thhouseontheleft What a great way to spend your first day of break! 😄 2mo
Clwojick ♥️💜💚 2mo
kspenmoll Wonderful way to start a break! 2mo
Caterina Sounds like the perfect start to break! ❤ Good job finishing a book on your first day! 2mo
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RosieBoo65
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There are so many books on the subject of WWII and you never know if the story will be a repeat of another story. This one was unique and and an intriguing plot following present day and wartime. Alina and her family are in Nazi-inhabited Poland and the story of her love, Tomasz, as they try to maintain their relationship though separated. Alice, the granddaughter of Alina, is pulled into returning to Poland as the final wish of her grandmother.

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baes
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Has anyone read? Thoughts? I am so excited to get started on this soon. I have read a couple of Kelly Rimmer‘s books and have fallen in love with her work. This is totally different for her so I can‘t wait to compare, and it is historical fiction, so it is right up my alley.

SW-T Sorry, no thoughts to share since I haven‘t read it. Sounds interesting. Look forward to your review when you get to it someday. 3mo
baes Thanks @SW-T I am in next in line with library. Will share thoughts when finished! 3mo
xxjenadanxx I plan to read this one soon! 3mo
Buechersuechtling @baes Your blurb sounds sooo interesting but none of the libraries I frequent has Kelly Rimmer books in their stocks. Always feels a bit sad even though I know that they have probably tons of other great books I just didn‘t happen to discover … 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3mo
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Callemarie
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I received an ARC of The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer through NetGalley for free in exchange for an honest review. And to be honest, I haven't cried this hard reading a book since Me Before You by JoJo Moyes about 4 years ago. The book is slow to start but reels you in and saws through your heartstrings. Get a copy of this story. You wont regret it!

TG789 Ahh! I got this from Netgalley too, I need to get on it! Sooo glad it was good! 4mo
JenReadsAlot I loved this as well! 4mo
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Callemarie
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I got my energy drink ready and my goal is to get alot of much needed reading done today. I'm about 40%donw with the tagged book and then will be moving on to one of the books listed. Which one do yall recommend I read first? I need/want to have them all done by the end of the month. Happy Sunday Reading!

WhatWouldJaneDo Have tissues whenever you read Atonement 😭 4mo
WolfGirl16 Harry Potter for the win! 4mo
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Callemarie
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Attempting to read on this beautiful, sunny, but cold day. Moose keeps bugging me.

Slajaunie I have Moose, too! He does the same. 4mo
BeckyB We have a moose too! And he‘s currently doing the same thing! 4mo
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Michellekidwell
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Alina Dziak knew from the time she was nine that she would marry her best friend Tomasz. Now fifteen and engaged, Alina is not concerned by the reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish Border, she believed her neighbors didn‘t pose a real threat instead she dreams of the day when Tomasz returns from College in Warsaw so they could marry.

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3 STARS - This Historical Fiction story is set in two different times - it follows teenage Alina in Poland during WWII and Alice in modern day as she tries to give her grandmother her dying wish.

A good premise but the story dragged too much and one POV overshadowed the other with Alice beinf frustratingly entitled.

Much thanks to @Graydon House for my advanced copy. Look for this book March 19th!

My full review: http://bit.ly/2Vrpp6S

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allthingskayla
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Rating: 5/5 Stars
Release Date: 3/19/19
If I could give this more than five stars I would. This book is so beautiful and amazingly done. The character growth and the flow of the story is amazingly done. I highly, highly recommend this book, but make sure you have tissues for the end!
#sogood #bookstagram #netgalley #thingswecannotsay #recommend #fivestar #mustread #bibliophile #litsy #littens

Bklover Oh this sounds really good! Stacked! 5mo
allthingskayla @Bklover it is beyond amazing. 5mo
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JenReadsAlot
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I loved everything about this book! #arc #netgalley

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Freespirit Sounds intriguing 😊 6mo
bg_reads @Freespirit yes! ♡ 6mo
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Did this actually happen?!
The setting is German-occupied Poland.

SleepyDragon Yes, they did take Aryan looking children and place them with German families. Dark haired/eyed Polish and Slavic children were barely taught to read and to do basic math in order to serve as slaves for the German citizenry. 6mo
bg_reads @NeesyBeth I just got to that part.. the letter that came in that the parents could keep 1 child while the rest went to work camps. I can't fathom this. Now I think someone needs to write about the blonde haired, blue eyed kids who were taken. Someone needs to write from that perspective. 6mo
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"...only nothing seemed beautiful — nothing seemed familiar anymore."
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Another time hopping HF. Hopping between a woman's prime and the end of her life. During the war and after a stroke at age 95.
One thing I'm not enthused about with this book so far is that there's a boy with autism.. it's an interesting premise in that I've never seen it written about, but I don't enjoy reading about kids having a hard time or adults pushing them off as "difficult," and others still who enable behavior.

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Quite the opening sentence!

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I figure it's time to start working through some of these NetGalley books so my % goes up and I get approved for more books! Woo! I have 7 current reads through NG so I need to get going!
I'm starting this one today! Has anyone read anything by this author? I haven't!

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PrezBookster
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When UPS decides a cardboard envelope is ok to set on a wet porch... #GoodreadsGiveaway #UPSfail #WetBook

Librarybelle 😞 8mo
Jas16 Oh no 🤦🏻‍♀️ 8mo
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