Things Left Unsaid

Things Left Unsaid

An emotional novel of family, friendship and forgiveness from Courtney Walsh, the New York Times bestselling author of Hometown Girl.Lyndie St. James is thrilled that her best friend, Elle, is getting married but unprepared for the emotional storm of the wedding week and returning to her childhood summer home of Sweethaven. The idyllic cottage community harbors some of her...

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Things Left Unsaid Reviews

  • Denise Hershberger

    This is the most powerful book I've read all year! Walsh writes such authentic characters dealing with such realistic issues that you can see yourself or someone close to you in at least one of the characters and/or situations. I don't think I've ever read a book where I felt so much empathy for so many characters while at the same time seeing glimpses into my own life and the lives of some of my close friends.

    This book will make you examine your own life and how you've chosen to accept, deny, o

    This is the most powerful book I've read all year! Walsh writes such authentic characters dealing with such realistic issues that you can see yourself or someone close to you in at least one of the characters and/or situations. I don't think I've ever read a book where I felt so much empathy for so many characters while at the same time seeing glimpses into my own life and the lives of some of my close friends.

    This book will make you examine your own life and how you've chosen to accept, deny, or questions God's grace in your life. It will also remind you that forgiveness can be given immediately but isn't always felt as quickly deep down inside.

    There are so many relatable characters in this story - which is really a combination of many people's stories that intertwine - that I truly believe this book will be a great connection for anyone. I really loved the vast cast that included married and single, older and younger, and strong Christians and those growing in their faith. The diversity in so many areas led me to lots of soul searching about both my past and present.

    Usually, when I'm reading a book I can figure out what will happen because books tend to be predictable. This book was truly anything but predictable. I loved how more than once Walsh surprised me with a different scene than I was expecting. Multiple times she completely shocked me with what happened next in the story. But these moments were the most powerful in the whole book. And she included so many without ever making me feel like the book was overwhelmingly full of big moments. Everything just worked so well among all the characters and all their stories.

    I cried twice in this book. It was simply so beautiful, powerful, and honestly gut-wrenching at times. It truly spoke to me about the importance of time with God in prayer, treasuring family and friendships, and being honest with yourself and those you love.

    This book will definitely be on my top reads of 2018 list!

    I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

  • Amanda

    I loved this novel. I couldn't put it down since I got the mobi. I have never read anything from Walsh, so I didn't know what to expect. The cover and the title is what I was drawn to, and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, it'll be difficult to pick up another book quickly due to the book hangover I'll have with these character I just spent the day with.

    There are so many secrets, but Walsh does a wonderful job keeping the secrets straight with the characters and then revealing them at the perfect

    I loved this novel. I couldn't put it down since I got the mobi. I have never read anything from Walsh, so I didn't know what to expect. The cover and the title is what I was drawn to, and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, it'll be difficult to pick up another book quickly due to the book hangover I'll have with these character I just spent the day with.

    There are so many secrets, but Walsh does a wonderful job keeping the secrets straight with the characters and then revealing them at the perfect times. I think if it were to happen differently, or when I wanted to while I was reading I would've been disappointed in the ending.

    It was a light, good feeling novel even though the story line revolves around the disappearance and death of a friend, daughter, sister. Religion does play a pretty big role, but not in the overwhelming way. More like the just the right way.

    It was a wonderfully written novel about friendships, family, forgiveness and love that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It will definitely be a topic of conversation for a while. I cannot wait to spread the message along to add to the Must Pick Up list when it comes out in stores. Definitely recommended and worth the read.

    Thanks to Netgalley for the early read.

  • Amy

    What a beautiful, beautiful piece of writing! Tender, heart wrenching. I suspect this concept of keeping the difficult things to ourselves is something everyone could relate to. Such an array of complex characters. I've never read any of the Sweethaven books, so perhaps there is more to all of these people, that I just don’t know about? I’m intrigued. There are so many characters in this story and each one of them play a pivotal role. Well done to Courtney for writing them each so intricately. T

    What a beautiful, beautiful piece of writing! Tender, heart wrenching. I suspect this concept of keeping the difficult things to ourselves is something everyone could relate to. Such an array of complex characters. I've never read any of the Sweethaven books, so perhaps there is more to all of these people, that I just don’t know about? I’m intrigued. There are so many characters in this story and each one of them play a pivotal role. Well done to Courtney for writing them each so intricately. This book is described as an emotional novel, of which it most certainly is. Tragedy ten years earlier has impacted every single one of them. The best friends. The immediate family. Family friends. There's so much pain, stemming from the grief they still feel. No one wants to come back 'home' to their summer cottages by the lake. The place where it happened. They are back in Sweethaven and it's time to face up to everything they've been running from. Such an eye opener into the process of healing. Spiritual renewal. Finding lasting love, based on selflessness and kindness. Such a great read that will inspire & uplift.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. This is my honest review.

  • Katie W

    I couldn't put this hauntingly beautiful book down, nor could I stop thinking about it when I absolutely did have to set it aside for a moment. This story is all wrapped up in one tragic secret involving a death. Cassie, Lyndie, and Elle were inseparable during the summers while growing up and with Cassie's unexpected death years earlier, the other two have drifted apart.

    It's been ten years since Cassie's death and it seems that she was the glue of this broken, tangled cast of characters, yet th

    I couldn't put this hauntingly beautiful book down, nor could I stop thinking about it when I absolutely did have to set it aside for a moment. This story is all wrapped up in one tragic secret involving a death. Cassie, Lyndie, and Elle were inseparable during the summers while growing up and with Cassie's unexpected death years earlier, the other two have drifted apart.

    It's been ten years since Cassie's death and it seems that she was the glue of this broken, tangled cast of characters, yet they're coming together once again for Elle's wedding and to remember Cassie. This book does not spell out the struggles that Elle and Lyndie have endured over the years, nor does it reveal the secrets that each hold relating to that night long ago. As the story progresses, these guilty secrets are gradually uncovered and the emotion relating to these revelations will rip and shred the heart. And what do you do when a character makes choices differently than you would? Why, you forgive them, of course!

    The feelings these characters brave are raw, powerful, and vivid, but an underlying current of hope shadows the words. I was completely invested and grasped in the clutches of this book and in the lives of these characters. This is an intoxicating read and the messages of hope, love, forgiveness, and second chances are ones that will stay with you long after the last page is read.

    Content: moderate romantic elements (kissing, premarital relations, a tough choice); moderate religion (grace, forgiveness, hope, repenting, etc); mild+ violence (death); underage drinking

    *I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*

  • Susan Snodgrass

    'She was sitting in the deepest sorrow of her life and she was sinking.'

    Things Left Unsaid is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. This one will definitely be in my top ten books of 2018. Courtney Walsh has crafted a novel that pulls at your heart in a way that you won't even begin to imagine.

    Lyndie St. James is invited to be her once best friend Elle's maid of honor but she must travel back to Sweethaven to do so, a place she never wants to see again, a place that is the site of inc

    'She was sitting in the deepest sorrow of her life and she was sinking.'

    Things Left Unsaid is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. This one will definitely be in my top ten books of 2018. Courtney Walsh has crafted a novel that pulls at your heart in a way that you won't even begin to imagine.

    Lyndie St. James is invited to be her once best friend Elle's maid of honor but she must travel back to Sweethaven to do so, a place she never wants to see again, a place that is the site of incredible hurt for her. She and Elle and Cassie were best friends there each summer, but Cassie died 10 years ago and her parents are planning a celebration of life evening during the wedding week. Lyndie so doesn't want to be there and dredge up all the pain of her last few days there ten years earlier. She is absolutely unprepared for this visit.

    Cassie's parents and brother, Tucker, have all been keeping secrets, the parents drifting apart for years, not sure if they can even survive as a couple. Tucker turned to alcohol and moved as far away as he could get. He doesn't want to come back, either, but he is following the advice of his pastor to get the hurt out in the open and try to heal.

    The bride, Elle, also struggles with so many secrets, afraid that if she speaks them out, she will forever be unloved and unwanted.

    Each of these characters are hiding their secrets, hoping they can some day be free, but so afraid to speak them out and seek forgiveness. But secrets destroy, secrets cripple and secrets tend to be buried by those who bear them.

    Courtney Walsh has written a very powerful novel. My own heart hurt for these people. I wept through passages as I saw how God moved in the lives of His children. It is not His desire to see His children carry such heavy loads. He wants to relieve us of the pain we carry, but, and it's a big but, will we allow Him to take that load off our backs? These characters will have to reach that point and decide if they truly can have the courage to shed the secrets and allow God to minister to their hearts.

    I was so blown away by the incredible amount of emotion in this book! Walsh is at her finest here. Highly recommended.

    *I was given a preview copy of this novel by Net Galley. My opinions here are entirely my own.

  • Kara

    Wow. Just wow. This is such a powerfully written story that I don't even know where to begin describing it to you, friends! A story of working through hard things and coming out on the other side having more than survived. From first page until the last, I was hooked into the lives of each of the characters. Not one of them has made easy or always right choices. And they struggle. But oh, watching as they push through anyway... As per my usual, it's the characters who make the story for me! :)

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    Wow. Just wow. This is such a powerfully written story that I don't even know where to begin describing it to you, friends! A story of working through hard things and coming out on the other side having more than survived. From first page until the last, I was hooked into the lives of each of the characters. Not one of them has made easy or always right choices. And they struggle. But oh, watching as they push through anyway... As per my usual, it's the characters who make the story for me! :)

    Harsh emotions are never fun to deal with and all the characters in this one have lots of those to work through. Guilt and forgiveness are hard. And forgiving oneself? Even more so! Why are we always the hardest on ourselves? That's what truly struck me about these characters. They are real and genuine. The reader has the privilege of walking through some dark places with them and as I did that, so many times I just wanted to reach into the pages and hand out bear hugs! My emotions were caught from the first chapter and I couldn't stop until I knew how things would get fixed. Yet even "fixed" doesn't mean everything is all hunky dory. Unfortunately, that's not real life. But that's the beauty that's here! It's the real that I connected to and it's why I stayed glued to every chapter.

    Still, it's not just hard things happening, the story is also filled with lots of hope. It infuses every paragraph. I think that's one of my favorite things about Ms. Walsh's skill with the pen. She just has a way of sinking deep within her characters and her storyline and instilling lots of hope and grace within the words. It permeates everything and it's exactly why the story truly works. Because without those bits of hope and grace, how does any one of us keep going? That's a marvelous aspect to this crazy life we all get to be a part of! :)

    Ms. Walsh is an author you need to read, my friends. And this story? Is the perfect place to begin! Read it now! And then go back and read all her backlist if you haven't yet. Then come back here and thank me. Don't worry. I'll wait. It'll be worth it. ;D

    **I received a copy from the author via Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Angela

    If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would! I said after 2 chapters that I could feel the emotion in this story just bubbling below the surface! Wow! This book is most certainly one of my top reads of the year! I absolutely adored it! I feel like I know the characters and their Joy's and sorrows. If you have not read this book you are missing out! ♥♥♥♥♥

    If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would! I said after 2 chapters that I could feel the emotion in this story just bubbling below the surface! Wow! This book is most certainly one of my top reads of the year! I absolutely adored it! I feel like I know the characters and their Joy's and sorrows. If you have not read this book you are missing out! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

  • Staci

    Things Left Unsaid is littered with broken characters resulting from the tragic death of a teenage girl on the brink of adulthood.

    I found the characterization of Elle, Tucker, Lyndie, Karen and Davis to be realistic. They all handled grief a little differently and each found they were still drowning in it. As Elle, Tucker and Lyndie return to Sweethaven, they are pressed to confront the pain they are trying to ignore.

    While this novel is filled with heartbreak, there is an underlying message of h

    Things Left Unsaid is littered with broken characters resulting from the tragic death of a teenage girl on the brink of adulthood.

    I found the characterization of Elle, Tucker, Lyndie, Karen and Davis to be realistic. They all handled grief a little differently and each found they were still drowning in it. As Elle, Tucker and Lyndie return to Sweethaven, they are pressed to confront the pain they are trying to ignore.

    While this novel is filled with heartbreak, there is an underlying message of hope.

    My gratitude to publisher Waterfall for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Fiction Aficionado

    This was an emotional read, and a difficult one at times for me. I am NOT the kind of person who can hold big hurts close to my chest like these characters. Perhaps I was just blessed in having a mother whom I could confide in, no matter what; perhaps I’ve been fortunate in not having experienced situations like the ones these characters have experienced. Whatever the case, I’ve never managed to carry the burden of guilt for very long, and so to spend a whole novel with characters struggling und

    This was an emotional read, and a difficult one at times for me. I am NOT the kind of person who can hold big hurts close to my chest like these characters. Perhaps I was just blessed in having a mother whom I could confide in, no matter what; perhaps I’ve been fortunate in not having experienced situations like the ones these characters have experienced. Whatever the case, I’ve never managed to carry the burden of guilt for very long, and so to spend a whole novel with characters struggling under ten years of its accumulated weight? Yeah, it was a bit tough for this cookie. I was very keen to get to the resolution so I could breathe freely again!

    But one of the things I love about fiction is the way it allows me to experience life from a different perspective—one completely outside my own realm of experience—and unlike other novels where lack of communication can be downright irritating, I felt the honest struggle of these characters, even if there was a part of me that kept saying, “If you would just talk to someone about it . . .” It may not have been the way I would have responded, but it was very believable (and understandable) that these characters had held their secrets close the way they did.

    There were a few times in the first half of the novel where the story felt a little slow and the characters’ inner narratives a little repetitive, but I couldn’t help but be drawn into their story. Through the four point-of-view characters, we get to experience a range of struggles, from perceived guilt and intense regret through to grace and forgiveness, and from the shame that holds us back from being fully known to the freedom and joy that comes from allowing those we love to see all of who we are—the best parts and the worst parts—and love us in spite of ourselves.

    Definitely an emotional read, but also a rewarding one.

    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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