The Things We Cannot Say

The Things We Cannot Say

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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. 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 honour.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Graydon House, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781525823565
9781525831515
Characteristics: 416 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.

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monaginger
Nov 14, 2020

This is an amazingly great book !

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TheresaTroche
Nov 11, 2020

Loved how the two family stories intertwine throughout the entire book and give us a very believable story about life in 1942 during the Nazi occupied Poland. Loved Alina and Thomas's story come to life. Alice, Wade, Eddie and Kallie, and how their family dynamics comes to fruition.

Annoying 'braided' plot line which makes it difficult to engage with the story. Written by Alice in First Person solipsistic the characters lack depth and the dialogue is cliché. I has to skip through most of the chapters it was like a script for a soap opera. I feel cheated out of what could have been a reasonably good story.

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Alpha_zzz
Sep 19, 2020

I didn’t come away with the warm sentiments that so many other reviewers had. There really isn’t anything negative about the book, except maybe the length. I thought this theme had been written several times before so didn’t provide a unique reading experience. Probably because of the subject matter and all the obstacles Alice had to overcome, but I thought she was a bit dreary.

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gloryb
Jul 23, 2020

An engrossing read. I much preferred the story thread of Aline, a teen, who lived through the Nazi invasion in Poland. Right from the start, readers know that Aline survived the war and raised a family in America. It was good knowing that, before reading about the descriptions of Nazi atrocities against the Polish Jews and the Poles who helped Jewish families. Aline's chapters describe how the Nazi occupation affected her family who were poor farmers and those in the nearby community. But more importantly, Aline's chapters describe her growing love for her childhood sweetheart who becomes involved in the Polish resistance. I don't know why the granddaughter, Alice, whose story is told in alternating chapters with her grandmother's, Aline, needs to have such a complicated family life. I skipped over those early chapters, but I did find the accounts of Alice's visit to the grandmother's hometown in Poland and her attempts to find other long lost relatives there very interesting. Don't overlook a couple of b&w photos at the end of the book which show what type of house Aline may have lived in as a teen in south Poland.

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wendycreasey
Mar 06, 2020

So very interesting and easy to follow as author went from one party to another. No confusion at all and the ending was a pleasant surprise. Recommend highly!

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Rita_Maria
Feb 18, 2020

Kelly Rimmer tells such a complex and heart gripping story with sheer compassion and thoughtfulness. It feels like this author was actually the main character in WWII because she takes care to really imagine what the war's impact was on its victims. I thoroughly loved reading this book, even though it was a difficult read because of the gruesome accounts of humans being so horrible to one another. Along with the WWII story, Rimmer also depicts the dilemmas encountered in modern day families and also the challenges of raising a child on the autism spectrum. I loved every character in this book! This story will stay with me and I feel more enriched as a result of reading it.

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juliaroberts12
Feb 16, 2020

I absolutely loved this book and found it very hard to put down!! Highly recommend!!

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WinterForage
Feb 04, 2020

Though this is a work of fiction, the author herself did go to Poland, visiting the areas that are settings for the novel. So while the plots may have been imagined from knowledge of WWII history, there is a basis in reality that I appreciated.

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JackieRuesink
Feb 04, 2020

Ellie recommend

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