The Things We Cannot Say



The Things We Cannot Say 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.

Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today bestselling women s fiction author of five novels, including Me Without You and The Secret Daughter Her most recent release is Before I Let You Go She lives in rural Australia with her husband, 2 children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil Her novels have been translated into than 20 languages.

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  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • The Things We Cannot Say
  • Kelly Rimmer
  • English
  • 25 June 2017
  • 9781525831515

10 thoughts on “The Things We Cannot Say

  1. Angela M says:

    This is a story of war, of family, of loss, of sacrifice, of the goodness of people trying to save others because they saw each other as human beings, not as Jews or Catholics, and at its heart is a beautiful love story It s an important story as all Holocaust stories are because it s focus is on the importance of remembering the things that happened, the importance of sharing those stories So many novels these days are comprised of dual narratives, one in the past and one in a modern time They don t always work, but that structure worked here perfectly and when the stories finally converged, even though the connection became apparent to me before that time, I cried The moment was so emotional for the characters and Kelly Rimmer does a beautiful job of conveying it I almost always like the historical part better in these dual time frame narratives, and I did this time in the first half, but towards the end I became equally engaged in the modern story I was immediately taken by Alina and Tomasz, two young people falling in love just as the Nazis began occupying Poland Their vow to be together no matter what, is challenged by the horrific deeds of the Nazis that seem to work against them and their families at every turn Alice in the recent story, which alternates with Alina s, has challenges of her own a marriage that doesn t seem to be working, a seven year old son on the autism spectrum, a precocious ten year old daughter, a mother who hasn t approved of Alice s life choices and a very sick grandmother whom she loves dearly Alice s grandmother after suffering a stroke is asking Alice to go to her birthplace in Poland and find some people from her past She can t speak but is able to communicate with a communication tool that Alice s son Eddie uses, an app on an iPad I loved the relationship that Eddie has with his great grandmother.Alina and Tomasz s story and what is happening with the Nazi occupation and the affect on the town and these families is heartbreaking Even though the camps and what is happening there is at a distance, the reader is not spared the horrific affects on the family, on the Jews around them What happened in Alice s grandmother s past is something that she has not been able to bring herself to share until she is close to dying Alice recognizes the importance of knowing the story What happens when stories like these are lost What happens when there s no one left to pass your experience on to, or you just can t bring yourself to share it I have often thought about how few Holocaust survivors are left.This is a heartbreakingly beautiful book and is all the meaningful when Rimmer tells us in a note that she traveled to Poland to visit her grandmother s childhood home She comments briefly on her inspiration for the book here the end of the book there is a list of discussion questions The last question asks what will you remember most about this book I will remember how important it is that we don t forget what happened I will remember this very beautiful love story, the goodness of people reflected by characters like Tomasz.This was a group read with the Traveling Sisters I received an advanced copy of this book from Harlequin Graydon House Books through NetGalley.

  2. Lindsay - Traveling Sister says:

    5 stars Kelly Rimmer, you are a writing Queen I read Before I Let You Go last year which was my first book by Kelly Rimmer I finished that novel overcome with unshakable emotion and a feeling of being forever changed That storyline and those characters still haunt me to this day This novel, although a completely different type of storyline, left me feeling the exact same I was teary during the first page of the Prologue I felt an intense emotional connection to the characters in the first few pages of Chapter 1 What does this tell me The power behind Kelly Rimmer s writing is undeniably impactful Her words resonate so deeply within me, in ways I find hard to describe She has easily earned a spot on my Favourite Authors list.Alina Dziak is fifteen years old when this story begins in Nazi occupied Poland during WWII She is engaged to Tomasz, her best friend who moved away to attend medical school She dreams of their reunion when the chaos of war is a thing of the past and they can start a family As the war persists, Alina has the opportunity to flee to safer territory where Tomasz could meet her to live the life they always dreamed of Told in dual timelines, both narratives and storylines kept me fully engaged The characters were unique and unforgettable I read a lot of WWII novels and yet, this story introduced me to a completely different wartime perspective which I truly appreciate learning about It s why I love reading historical fiction This was a Traveling Sister read that we all loved To find this review, please visit our blog at you to Edelweiss, Graydon House and Kelly Rimmer for providing me with an ARC to read and review The Things We Cannot Say is AVAILABLE NOW

  3. BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas) says:

    In The Things We Cannot Say Kelly Rimmer has penned a heartbreakingly powerful and hopeful love story set amidst the backdrop of war, loss and the unimaginable atrocities of WWII Simply put this is the kind of book that grabs hold of you, envelopes you within it pages and holds on long after you have finished reading I thoroughly enjoyed the way Rimmer told this story via a dual narrative effortlessly weaving historical fiction with a modern day story Alina s story is set amidst the harrowing timeframe of Nazi occupied Poland Through her narrative we experience unimaginable atrocities of war, loss of family and friends and the heartbreak and joy of true love I was completely drawn in by Alina s story Her strength and capacity to love and remain hopeful in such a dark time was as heartwarming as it was heartbreaking The second narrative is set in present day Alice is dealing with a stressful homelife an autistic son, a gifted daughter, a marriage in crisis and her beloved Babica s grandmother stroke Knowing her time on this earth is coming to an end, Babica tasks Alice with returning to her childhood country of Poland to find people from her past The journey Alice embarks on for her Babica was so poignant As she uncovered her story, a story her Babica could never share, she not only uncovered her grandmother s truths but also discovered her own truths along the way This story was filled with amazing relationships Rimmer is not afraid to explore family and all the complications that come with it This is not about perfection It s messy, complicated, filled with arguments, strife and doubt but at its core its solid and founded on love This is my second book by Kelly Rimmer the first being Before I Let You Go and she has unequivocally captured me as a fan She captures human emotion with such heart and unflinching honesty I urge you to add this one to the top of your must read list You will not be sorry A huge thank you to Kelly Rimmer, Harlequin, Graydon House Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an arc of this amazing book

  4. KAS says:

    4.5 starsI am having a hard time coming up with the words to describe the beauty and the heartbreak of this story When it leaves you practically speechless and continually thinking about the significance of what you just read, that pretty much says it all.There are dual narratives within the storyline One told in the past and one in the present One a grandmother, the other her granddaughter The past takes you back to WWII and what the grandmother and her fellow countrymen endured during the Nazi occupation of Poland The present is how the granddaughter helps her grandmother find the answers she seeks and reconcile with the events of that horrific time in history.This is one of those remarkable, and unforgettable reads One that still leaves you stunned the Holocaust ever occurred It is also about hope, family and sacrificial love.

  5. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    One of my 2019 favorites A can t miss if you love powerful historical fiction Told in two timelines, we hear from Alina Dziak in 1942 just as she gets married in a Russian refugee camp Her decision to marry will change her life and bury a lie for decades Young Alina Dziak grows up in Poland falling in love early with her best friend, Tomasz She is engaged at fifteen, around the same time Nazi solders arrive at the border Tomasz is away at college in Warsaw, and she waits for him to return so they can marry Alina s quiet little town is taken over by Nazis, and the climate becomes divisive and hateful At the same time, Tomasz completely disappears She waits and waits to hear from Tomasz as Nazi soldiers patrol her family s farm The second timeline features Alice, in modern times, and the mother of a child with autism She also cares for her aging Babcia to whom she is very close Babcia has secrets, and after having a stroke, she wants to talk and make requests at a time when she it s not easy for her Kelly Rimmer knows how to write dual timeline stories I was hooked on both narrators and their lives As with all of her books, The Things We Cannot Say is powerful, epic, and so emotional It s full of love, loyalty, steadfastness, and hope It s about how silence can devastate and takes years or generations from which to heal Overall, The Things We Cannot Say is about seeing the good in those around us and believing in the power of redemption I ate this book up from start to finish, and it s on my list of favorites this year It s huggable, emotional, and beautifully written Did I already mention you shouldn t miss it I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com

  6. Berit☀️✨ says:

    This beautifully crafted story weaves together the present and the past seamlessly with threads of heartbreak, sacrifice, and love Two strong women, two unique voices, two different times, one stunning tale Kelly Rimmer has spun a story Full of survival and love that you won t soon forget Miss Rimmer has poured her heart, her hope, and her own personal family history into these pages No matter how many books I read about WWII I am always deeply impacted by the horror of war and the power of hate I am also humbled by the sacrifice, generosity, and love of so many.This book jumps between 1940s Poland and today Both stories completely captivated me seemingly disconnected, but as pieces were added to the puzzle things started to become clearer Alice s story took place in present day, she is the mother of seven year old Eddie and 10 year old Callie Eddie is on the autism spectrum and nonverbal Alice s main focus in life now is to create an environment best suited for Eddie s needs, something her husband Wade does not always understand or appreciate When Alice s beloved grandmother has a stroke and asks Alice to travel to Poland, will Alice refuse her grandmother s dying wish How can Alice s family survive without her Wade does not seem to understand all of Eddie s quirks and needs Poland late 1930s early 1940s Alina is a na ve teenager who thinks the hardest thing in her life will be staying away from her beloved fianc Tomasz while he is away at college It isn t too long however before Alina Has to look reality right in the face Germany has invaded Poland, her twin brothers are sent off to work camps, food is scarce, and freedom is gone Alina soon learns that she is much stronger and vraver than she ever would have thought Two courageous women faced with some pretty big challenges, how will their stories intertwine Alice and Alina were amazing women with big hearts and to whom family means everything As a mother I really felt for Alice, i d imagine it would be very difficult, challenging, and yet rewarding to have a child with special needs I appreciated how this book addressed the impact this has on the family dynamics and the marriage I loved Eddie s bond with his great grandmother I found the technology fascinating that he used and Great grandma did as well to communicate Alina was a remarkable young lady, her story was both heartbreaking and heartwarming her strength and courage were admirable It never fails to amaze me how far you can push the human spirit without it breaking, the resilience of so many inspires me.A beautifully told stunning story packed with heart, hope, and emotion, have your tissue handy Absolutely 100% recommend Song Running Through My Head I will remember you, will you remember me Don t let your life pass you by,Weep not for the memoriesRemember the good times that we had I let them slip away from us when things got bad.How clearly I first saw you smilin in the sunWant to feel your warmth upon meI want to be the oneI will remember you, will you remember me Don t let your life pass you byWeep not for the memoriesI m so tired but I can t sleepStandin on the edge of something much to deepIt s funny how we feel so much but we cannot say a wordWe are screaming inside, but we can t be heardI will remember you, will you remember me Don t let your life pass you byWeep not for the memoriesI m so afraid to love youBut afraid to loseClinging to https m.youtube.com watch v oxoEpVD many thanks to Headline for my copy of this book

  7. Erin says:

    Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Graydon House Books for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review Well, this was such a great WWII era dual narrative that I am sure that it is going to be nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award later this year In the contemporary storyline, you have Alice, a stay at home mother of two, who finds herself disconnected from her husband, criticized by her mother, and every day fighting on behalf of her special needs son When her ailing grandmother, Hanna, pleads with Alice to make a trip to Poland, she soon realizes that neither she nor her family will ever be the same again In the 1938 1945 storyline, we have Alina, the youngest of four, who lives on the farm with her twin brothers and their hardworking parents in Poland The story begins with Alina making a pledge to her childhood love, Tomasz, who is heading to Warsaw to study to be a physician With the approval of their families, the couple agree to wait until Alina is older and Tomasz has completed his studies But as time goes by and rumours begin to swirl that Hitler s army plans to cross the border into Poland and anti semitism grows in the village below, Alina soon realizes that the life she knew no longer exists The tears that I cried as I read the climax of this story would probably rival the Niagara Although Kelly Rimmer is an established author, this was my first experience with her storytelling and now I am hungry to read I felt that the author s note was deeply fascinating and the fact that it is inspired by some of Rimmer s own family history makes this book so memorable Goodreads review 24 03 19

  8. Christine says:

    5 Glorious Stars I mightily attempted to damp down my expectations going into this one, as just look at those overall ratings 4.55 average from over 1600 readers on Goodreads I needn t have worried however, as this book delivers all the goods and in a big way It is one of the two best novels I have read all year, and I have read some outstanding books This novel is long, but there is never a spot that drags It is filled with fear, sacrifice, agony, tragedy, death, strength, loyalty, forgiveness, and love The plot is intricate, covering multiple topics, but Ms Rimmer gives each one its due and weaves them all together into a beautiful narrative There are two timelines I have read many stories with two timelines and almost always favor one over the other Not this time though It was no problem switching back and forth from the WWII tale to the 2019 story as both captivated me equally I learned so much from The Things We Cannot Say, including facts about autism and its spectrum the power of commication the consequences of the WWII Nazi occupation on the entire population of Poland the remarkable lengths ordinary people will go to sacrifice their hopes and dreams in order to help not only their families, but others as well how life can be and should be so much than the rat race of keeping up with everyday mundane goals.The characters are well drawn by Ms Rimmer, and although the two protagonists, Alina and Alice, have their less than admirable moments, I loved them both I must say though that Alina must hold the world s record for shedding the most tears of any other fictional character in history The Things We Cannot Say is a phenomenally substantive novel I cannot recommend it highly for fans of historical fiction It is simply a must read Trust me.

  9. Sharon says:

    LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT I m not sure what I can say about this outstanding book that hasn t already been said I like many other readers absolutely LOVED this book and found it extremely hard to put down This was a dual timeline story and Aussie author Kelly Rimmer has done an exceptionally well job in constructing this part of the book as the story flows so smoothly between the two time periods making it not only an easy story to follow, but also a very enjoyable one Things We Cannot Say is a very moving, compelling and heartwarming story that covers many topics such as war, love, loss and friendship I ve mentioned in my reviews many times now that historical fiction is my favourite genre and once you read this book you ll understand why This would have to be one of my top reads so far 2019 If you haven t read this book then please do yourself a favour and read this book HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  10. Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    Five remarkable, epic, tear jerking stars The title gives us a clue that something kept secret in this family But this poetically written, heartwarming, amazing story is not about the family secrets , it s about the words we keep inside and it s about the emotions we hide It s about the reconnection of the family by reaching their roots and discovering their ancestors and an epic, unconditional, never ending love story defeats the time, dead and war Our two heroines Alice, Alina are coming from different generations Alina is young, good hearted and always protected by her family During the struggling war times, she loses her loved ones and her family comfort zone which pushes her take braver decisions for her life The love she has for Tomazs help her gather her strength, fight for all the obstacles by taking dangerous risks.And Alice is trapped in a life, responsibilities of her little boy, suffering from Asperger syndrome and her genius daughter, neglected by her workaholic husband By giving up her work life, she is dedicated herself to her children but when she gives her word to her grandmother to find her ancestors in Poland, she finally understands how lost she is By leaving her comfort zone, learning to be brave, she finds herself as like Alina has done decades ago This book about finding yourself, taking risks, making sacrifices, reaching to your inner strengths, looking at your life from different perspective, fighting for your own beliefs till the end and true love stands still no matter life throws the toughest obstacles in the lovers way I loved Before I let you go , an emotional, poignant family story But this book is deeply affecting, lyrical, life changing and I absolutely loved this one

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