The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer. (2019).
**5 out of 5 stars**
In 2019, Alice struggles with supporting all of her family while also caring for her son Eddie who has autism spectrum disorder. Her grandmother is dying and has asked Alice to go to Poland to discover what happened to those she held dear. Alice begins to uncover the story her grandmother wants told and a painful family history is revealed…
In World War II, Alina and Tomasz are childhood sweethearts who are newly engaged when their village falls to the Nazis; Alina doesn’t know what has happened to Tomasz.
Wow. Just wow. I finished this book with tears running down my face. I don’t know how this author managed to write such a heartfelt powerful novel but I am in awe. I had high hopes for this book and went in a little cautious thinking it couldn’t live up to my expectations, particularly as I’ve not been overly getting into historical war novels of late. But this book well and truly went above my expectations!
The dual narratives really complemented and worked well together; two strong women dealing with completely different difficulties in their lives while also learning a few things about themselves in the process and developing their character. The mix of contemporary fiction and historical fiction also complemented each other perfectly. A truly amazing book which I was fully immersed into; it felt like I was living these two women’s lives. If you are a fan of contemporary fiction and/or historical fiction, I urge you to pick this novel up and prepare yourself for some strong emotions while reading!