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Number of Pages: 400
Publication Date: 2009
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
The past comes alive in this well-written and thoughtful novel full of secrets, drama, and family with a hint of Southern drawl.
As she begins the project, Jo-Lynn sees two suspicious men wandering around one night at the barn. Later, someone breaks into the house and sets the pantry on fire. Also, words alluding to her to get out of Cottonwood are spread on a wall in animal feces. Undeterred but very frightened, Jo-Lynn continues her work, and discovers a secret room containing papers that implicate her great-grandfather associated with the Ku Klux Klan. All this comes to a head toward the end of the book, answering questions for both Jo-Lynn and the reader about her family.
A secondary plot is presented concerning Jo-Lynns aunt and uncle and a young man named Valentine Bach. Starting in the mid-1930s, Bach and the aunt, Stella Neville, were lovers, and Stella became pregnant. But instead of marrying, Bach was forced by his parents into an arranged marriage to another girl. The baby girl is born and soon adopted by Bach and his new wife Lilly Beth. The secret stays hidden for the next seventy years, and at the climax of the story, Bach and Stella reconcile.
Written in first-person narrative, this book is mildly interesting and there is ample reference to God and how ones faith can help in times of tragedy and uncertainty. A quote from Nehemiah 6:2 speaks of schemers who try to undo ones project. This speaks to Jo-Lynn directly and strengthens her resolve. One criticism is that too many characters, namely relatives and family members, are introduced, making it confusing to keep them straight. Overall, the novel would be enjoyed by Christian women readers. Anita Tiemeyer, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Loretta ReedAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Things Left UnspokenMarch 11, 2015Loretta ReedAge: Over 65Gender: femaleI really liked the book. The story was very good, and was hard to put it down. I wish I could find more like it
LalaAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good!January 3, 2013LalaAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I thought the book was good overall, but I have to admit there were quite a few times that I was tempted to put the book down in the beginning because I just couldn't seem to get myself into the story. However I'm glad I stuck with it because I thought the ending was very powerful! It was amazing to see the research the author did for this book since it's fictional! How the story was written I would have thought the characters were actual people who lived at one point in time! I also really enjoyed how she gave the reader a head's up on some things because she told the story of a young Stella which later gave clues to the reader about her relationship with Valentine as well as the folder "Thursday Nights" since Jo-Lynn didn't know the information yet. Once I got into the book I couldn't put it down! I'm not a big mystery fan, but there was just enough suspense that kept me wanting to more! Overall a pretty good read if your looking for a historical novel with some suspense!
Rene Forehand5 Stars Out Of 5April 8, 2010Rene ForehandI have been a fan of Everson's since her first novel Shadow of Dreams was published in 2001. Her character creations are amazing. When I sat down to read Things Left Unspoken I was not able to put it down until I was finished. If you love reading about small town life and secrets from the past you will love this book. I was intrigued by Everson's research and documentation of a time long ago when the Klu Klux Klan was common in our society. This is a story about the pain of a first love not forgotten through the decades. You may think you know these characters, but you may be surprised to find out who they really are. Sure to satisfy the christian readers, you will find what the true meaning of forgiveness really is.
Cheri Cowell5 Stars Out Of 5October 15, 2009Cheri CowellWith each page I was pulled deeper and deeper into this slice of Southern fiction. I wanted to know the "secret" they were hiding, the secret the house held, the secret the town held. As I read, I fell in love with the lead character. She was confident, strong-willed, and yet longed for what it appeared she could not have- the respect of her husband. Then, as I was lulled into a rhythm by the daily dealings in this pictureque southern town with its vivid and rich imagery, wham, the "secret" was revealed. I may have let out an audible "Ohhh, my." I don't want to give it away, but you just have to read this book. It is so beautifully written, so true-to-form of southern towns, you'll delight in each page turn. I loved this book so much that for weeks I've been sending all my friends to go get their copies- because I'm not giving them mine!
Pamela Dowd5 Stars Out Of 5September 21, 2009Pamela DowdSouthern charm wafts from this fragrant story of a woman at the crossroads of life, remodeling a family heirloom home in need of more than detailed renovation. Peeling back the mysteries within its walls, Jo-Lynn Hunters heritage and failing marriage undergo rediscovery as page after page of fresh secrets draw the reader into Jo-Lynns heart and mounting predicaments. Should she hide the startling revelations about her family, which could alter many lives in her childhood community, or let the confidential matters remain? The first person plot keeps pace despite deep description, although those who prefer tight prose might find the microscopic detail distracting. The house is as much a character as the eccentric story people. This captivating contemporary story is an interesting study of generations altered by decisions good and evil. Eva Marie Eversons southern drawl spins a tale as quenching as a tall glass of sweet tea. Highly recommended leisure reading.