The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer @KelRimmerWrites @annecater @headlinepg #bookreview #thethingswecannotsay #randomthingstours

Happy Sunday bibliophiles!

Excited to share with you today my review for this stunning story that I won’t soon forget! Many thanks to Anne for my invitation to the tour!🍀

my Thoughts

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 more pieces were added to the puzzle things started to become more 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 naïve teenager who thinks the hardest thing in her life will be staying away from her beloved fiancé 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 memories
Remember 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 sun
Want to feel your warmth upon me
I want to be the one
I will remember you, will you remember me?
Don’t let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories
I’m so tired but I can’t sleep
Standin’ on the edge of something much to deep
It’s funny how we feel so much but we cannot say a word
We are screaming inside, but we can’t be heard
I will remember you, will you remember me?
Don’t let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories
I’m so afraid to love you
But more afraid to lose
Clinging to…

*** many thanks to Headline for my copy of this book ***

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 2146 KB

Print Length: 352 pages

Publisher: Review (7 Mar. 2019)


BLURB 2019. Life changed beyond recognition for Alice when her son, Eddie, was born with autism spectrum disorder. She must do everything to support him, but at what cost to her family? When her cherished grandmother is hospitalised, a hidden box of mementoes reveals a tattered photo of a young man, a tiny leather shoe and a letter. Her grandmother begs Alice to return to Poland to see what became of those she held dearest.

WWII. Alina and Tomasz are childhood sweethearts. The night before he leaves for college, Tomasz proposes marriage. But when their village falls to the Nazis, Alina doesn’t know if Tomasz is alive or dead.

2019. In Poland, separated from her family, Alice begins to uncover the story her grandmother is so desperate to tell, and discovers a love that bloomed in the winter of 1942. As a painful family history comes to light, will the struggles of the past and present finally reach a heartbreaking resolution?

Inspired by the author’s family history, a searing page-turner of war, family secrets and a love to defy all odds, from the Top Ten Australian bestselling author of Before I Let You Go.


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 husband and children.

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The Object of Your Affections by Falguni Kothari @AuthorFalguni @HarlequinBooks @HarperAudio #bookreview #audiobook #theobjectofyouraffections

Happy Monday bibliophiles!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this book with a unique premise that really gave me a lot to think about!🌹

  • The Object of Your Affections

  • By: Falguni Kothari
  • Narrated by: Simone Lewis, Shiromi Arserio
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-19-19
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harlequin Audio

My Thoughts

A thought provoking story steeped in tradition, culture, friendship, and love!

This was a book that gave me a lot of food for thought, a complicated story full of complex relationships. When I was finished I really wanted to talk to one of my book friends about this, however the usual suspects have not read it yet, so I am waiting because I have things to discuss! This book stretched the meaning of family and the expectations of friends.

Paris has it all, a successful career, a beautiful New York apartment, an attentive loving husband. However Paris had a troubled past that has led to issues she has yet to get over. Naira and Paris were best friends when at NYU, but after Naira move back to India and married a man that Paris did not approve of, the girls drifted apart. Naira has returned to New York her husband is deceased and her reputation has been tarnished. Can the friends see past their differences? Will Naira do Paris the ultimate favor, and at what cost?

This book had a unique premise that asked a tough question, would you be willing to be a surrogate for your BFF? Throw in the fact that these ladies are just beginning to repair their friendship and the traditional Indian culture, it is all very complicated. The thing I found most complicated of all, the thing that confounded me, perplexed me, and still has me reeling is… Paris doesn’t want kids!! Yes that is not a typo Paris does not want kids, her husband Neal does very much, and he sacrificed that to be with her. SO Paris is going to give him the ultimate gift of a child, and her answer to this dilemma a surrogate? WHAT? OK well that’s solves 9 months of the dilemma, what about the rest of the kids life? Paris was such a self-centered frustrating character, but the girl was smart, so how she thought this was going to solve anything is beyond me. Then we have husband Neal who was so elated to have a baby he couldn’t even recognize the fact that his wife was completely repulsed by children? The only person in this situation who saw A flaw in this plan was Naira. Unfortunately she felt as though she owed Paris something and she had her own reason for having a baby. All the parents were against it, but nobody brought up the fact that Paris didn’t want kids not once? Ugh this drove me nuts, and it is not a spoiler because it is all laid out in the first couple chapters, maybe even the blurb. I still enjoyed the story especially the cultural aspects and the jewelry aspects, however this was a big sticking point for me and it drove me a bit batty as I’m sure you can tell.

Falgumi Kothari has crafted an intriguing tale bursting with culture, friendship, family, love, and complications! Recommend!

🎧🎧🎧 This story was told from the alternating perspectives of Paris and Naira. The audio had two separate narrators giving each character their own unique voice. Simone Lewis voices Paris and Shiromi Arserio voices Naira. I thought both narrators did a very good job my only tiny complaint is there could’ve been a little more inflection especially in Sharomi’s performance.

🎵🎵🎵 Song Running Through My Head

Sometimes in our lives we all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there’s always tomorrow
Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on
Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill those of your needs
That you won’t let show
You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on
Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on
You just call on me brother, when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on

*** many thanks to Harlequin Books and Harper Audio for my copies of this book ***

About the Book

Publisher’s Summary

Two best friends rewrite the rules of friendship, love and family…and change everything they thought they knew about motherhood
Paris Kahn Fraser has it all – a successful career as an assistant district attorney, a beautiful home in New York City, and a handsome, passionate husband who chose her over having a family of his own. Neal’s dream of fatherhood might have been the only shadow in their otherwise happy life…until Paris’ best friend comes to town.
Naira Dalmia never thought she’d be a widow before 30. Left reeling in the aftermath of her husband’s death, all she wants is to start over. She trades Mumbai for New York and rigid family expectations for the open acceptance of her best friend. After all, there isn’t anything she and Paris wouldn’t do for each other.
But when Paris asks Naira to be their surrogate, they’ll learn if their friendship has what it takes to defy society, their families, and even their own biology as these two best friends embark on a journey that will change their lives forever.
Wry, daring, and utterly absorbing, The Object of Your Affections is an unforgettable story about two women challenging the norms…and the magic that happens when we choose to forge our own path.
©2019 Falguni Kothari (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises 

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