The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
you just run across a book that reminds you of how love could be and maybe should be. Sometimes you just can’t put the book down and you just read. The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer is one of those books. The novel has a double narrative
stories throughout the book. One story is about Alina and the other about Alice. Both stories were about love, loyalty and doing the best you can for someone, but the time frames were different.
Alina grew up on Poland on a small farm near the German border. She knew from a very young age that she loved Thomasz. While German Nazi’s were making life harder, Thomasz was in college in Warsaw, Alina’s
life began to change. Deprivation and hard work tore through the area. The Nazis taking people and food and anything of value. There were the furnaces from over the hill that kept belching off acrid smoke. Alina continued to wait for Thomasz and
her life with her love to start.
Alice had a family with two special needs children and one special needs husband. Her husband and daughter were
brilliant and seemed to need constant attention. Her son was diagnosed as a child on the Autism Spectrum and was unable to communicate verbally, but was through his communication device. Into all this we met her Babcia (grandmother) who had had a stroke
and was struggling with communication but wanted Alice to help her find Thomasz.
As the stories go back and forth between times and main characters,
I found myself hoping for both characters. I wanted them to succeed in their quests. I wanted to hope. One remarkable element that struck me in both storylines was how much the main characters could not say, so I felt the title was perfect for the novel.
The book was a magnificent read of perseverance and love, patience and passion, hope and hell. The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer is a fabulous book, that I whole-heartily encourage others to read… tissues are an option to consider.