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#The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer–Review 5 Stars–#NetGalley

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The Things We Cannot Say is a bittersweet, unforgettable, and superbly-written novel. It takes place during the 1930s in Nazi-occupied Poland, and also in modern-day, America. This powerful novel is about loyalty, love, sacrifice, and perseverance. I quickly fell in love with the main characters and became engrossed in their lives. I was transported into the story with ease and found the book impossible to put down. I have never been disappointed by this talented and amazing author, and I don’t think that you will either.

In occupied Poland, the author develops for the reader, three main characters, Alina Dziak, her fiance`, Tomasz, and Saul, Tomasz’s friend. The author pens her larger-than-life scenes with enough authentic details that I felt as if I was living in occupied Poland. My anguished heart broke as I experienced life under the Nazis, as a Jew, a Catholic, and a rebellious outlaw.

The author transitions the reader into modern-day American life, seamlessly, with the same emotional pull and realism as she had with occupied Poland. With this portion of the book, however, the story revolves around Alina’s granddaughter, Alice, and her struggles with, Eddie, her beautiful but challenging autistic son, an absent but loving husband, and an entitled genius daughter. I loved many characters in this book, but my absolute favorite was Eddie. And in the end, it was Eddie’s words that brought me to tears.

 This book is a quality read, thought-provoking, and heartwrenching. I highly recommend it. —Five shining stars— from this reader.

Thank you, Graydon House Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I absolutely loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~

 

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today best selling author of contemporary fiction novels including Me Without You, The Secret Daughter, When I Lost You, A Mother’s Confession and her most recent release, Before I Let You Go. She lives in rural Australia with her family.

For further information about Kelly’s books, and to subscribe to her mailing list, visit http://www.kellyrimmer.com.

 

 

Flying At Night by Rebecca L. Brown–Review-5 Shining Stars!

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Don’t Miss Rebecca Brown’s Outstanding Debut Novel—Flying At Night. I absolutely loved it!

 

Wow, I can’t believe Flying At Night is a debut novel! This book is written with rich details, colorful characters, authentic dialogue, and a compelling plot. 

Flying At Night is told from three points of view, Fred, a nine-year-old boy with Autism, his mother, Piper, and Lance, Fred’s grandfather. My favorite was experiencing the world through Fred’s eyes.  This book is not only about Autism. It’s also about growing up in a toxic environment. Piper’s father, Lance, was a narcissist. He was cruel and abusive. He was also a famous pilot. The pain Lance caused his family is described throughout the book. Everyone had their limit, and after forty years, Lance’s wife had had enough.

Piper suffered from severe depression for years. Her father’s constant verbal and emotional abuse kept her down. Her brother left home as soon as he was able. Piper never found a way to fully free herself from her father. But, in the end, life had a way of righting itself. 

My heart broke for Piper when she thought that she might have caused her son’s autism. Piper had taken antidepressants during her pregnancy, out of necessity, not out of negligence. But the guilt she felt because of it, ate at her very soul. It took Piper a while to accept Fred’s diagnosis. She often made excuses for his quirky behavior. Piper didn’t want to see what was so obvious to others. 

I loved the professor who took Fred under his wing. He was kind, thoughtful and “got” Fred. This book put me on an emotional rollercoaster. I loved Piper and Fred from the very first page; Piper’s parents, though, not so much. 

I read Flying At Night in one sitting. I hated to put the book down for even a moment. The book is touching, beautifully written and a story that I won’t forget for a long time. 

Thank you, Berkley Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 Shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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