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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 15 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.

©2019 Kelly Rimmer (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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  • Rodney & Jennifer C
  • 2019-04-30

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I would give this book 10 stars if I could! Everyone should read this book!

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  • JeanAnn Trombley
  • 2019-05-20

Made My Heart Hurt!

Amazing story of how love carries on during a time of terror and horror. The selflessness of so many people so help to save their loved ones or even strangers. Lots of twists and turns. Excellent ending. Liked the modern day flashbacks to the time of the Reich. Highly recommend.

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  • Renee T.
  • 2019-05-08

Just fantastic

Kept me thoroughly engaged throughout. Love her style telling this important story of great love and sacrifice during a troubled time in history. I sobbed uncontrollably.

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  • Olga B.
  • 2019-05-08

Nice.

Two perspectives, war- and modern-timelines, plot twist, and the ending where a single tear runs down your face as you stare into the sunset. Well done.

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  • Michele S Witt
  • 2019-03-31

Awesome story .

I had difficulty putting this audible book down. One of the best I have heard so far. Excellent message in the last chapter. I highly recommend this book .

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  • Nanci Dobkin
  • 2019-04-18

Interesting book

I love the story. The only problem is they use the word incredulously too often in the audio.

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