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Lissa Randall's future was bright with academic promise until the tragic accident that took her mother's life--and brought her own plans to a screeching halt. Eighteen months later Lissa is still unable to get back behind the wheel.

Ev McAllistair's driving school looks like Lissa's best hope for getting her life back on the road again. His patience and fatherly wisdom seem to transcend the driving experience. But Ev's own complicated past is about to resurface, with consequences for everyone in his orbit...

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764203738
ISBN-13: 9780764203732

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Lissa Randall's future was bright with academic promise until the tragic accident that took her mother's life--and brought her own plans to a screeching halt. Eighteen months later Lissa is still unable to get back behind the wheel.

Ev McAllistair's driving school looks like Lissa's best hope for getting her life back on the road again. His patience and fatherly wisdom seem to transcend the driving experience. But Ev's own complicated past is about to resurface, with consequences for everyone in his orbit....

Author Bio

Elizabeth Musser is the author of six novels, including the bestselling The Swan House. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she and her husband currently reside near Lyon, France.

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Evangelical Christian fiction author Musser (The Swan House) has penned a thoughtful, poignant novel involving, of all arenas, the publishing world. Lissa Randall, a depressed teenager, hears accusatory “words unspoken” every day as she relives the car accident that took her mother's life. Unable to drive by herself because of her paralyzing fear, Lissa enrolls in a driving school, where her elderly instructor, Ev MacAllister, fights similar emotional battles. The two explore their pasts, often with resistance, and both find a convergence of faith and eventual resolution. Musser's story line allows several themes to be subtly woven in: depression is a no-holds-barred victimizer; repercussions from past/present choices do make a difference; and there are no such things as “random occurrences” in this life. Musser somehow pulls her characters—a bevy of quirky personalities—back to a center point, mostly with success, although some of the conclusions read a bit too tidily. Overall, the novelist's work is solid and fans will be pleased. (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Jamocha
    Waynesboro, PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 5, 2010
    Jamocha
    Waynesboro, PA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    This book was powerful emotionally. That is my first thought. The story of Lissa and so many other characters was a steady stream of emotions, learning, growing, gaining understanding, and so much more. Follow Lissa as she deals with the emotions of grief and loss due to the death of her mother. Follow her as she comes back from the brink of blackness. Follow the story of Ted Draker as he learns that the way to caring for your family can only be paved with stones of truth and honesty. Follow Silvano Rossi as he learns that the best way to help his family is to do it legitimately and without hurting others and stepping on them to climb the "ladder." Follow Katy Lynn as she finds forgiveness for others and a new way to live life even through dramatic changes. Follow Janelle as she journeys through grief so real it still hurts after 2 years. These characters are dealing with real heart issues and life issues and through it all we start to piece together how they are all ultimately connected to each other. It's a powerful story of the words we listen to and choose to follow in our lives - good or bad. I am typically not a fan of this kind of story, but I found it quite good and definitely worth the time. Hope you enjoy as well!
  2. Robin Prater
    Missouri
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 30, 2009
    Robin Prater
    Missouri
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    My heart was opened to such wisdom, such beauty in Words Unspoken. Many times it is not the words that are spoken that hurt us the most, it is those that are left unspoken. Lissa Randall is one of main characters, she is a hurting, confused teen, who has lost her mother in an accident that she blames herself for, and through this tragedy, the relationship between her and her father is misplaced and misunderstood. Ev MacAllister comes into her life, not by chance as she thinks, but as part of God's plan of healing. He begins teaching her how to drive, but not only drive, to live again, to breath and to heal, but as he is teaching her these things, he too is learning to let go of the past and live again. This book is filled with many characters who are hurting, and trials seem to just keep attacking, but through this story we find that all these characters, although different, are much the same, and the story entwines them all together, just as God does with those in our lives. Words Unspoken will take you on a journey, that somewhere on this road you too will find yourself. As I kept reading, each chapter was pulling me in more. As I learned of each character, you opened your heart to their pain, and Elizabeth Musser brings this breathtaking adventure to us in a form that we can all relate to. God is in the business of knowing each of us, He has a plan for us, and as Lissa finds out, her traveled roads will lead her home. This book was a gift from Bethany House Publishers for its review.
  3. Katy
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    December 7, 2009
    Katy
    This book dealt with many issues -- grief, divorce, depression, and so on. My dad used to always tell me "don't ever judge somebody because you never know what's going on inside of them." Great advice. And this book is a reminder of that.I appreciated that this book was not just giving the simple "pat answers." It wasn't "time will heal all wounds" sort of response. It was truly an in-depth look at pain -- the causes, the consequences, and the results.
  4. Margaret Chind
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    November 12, 2009
    Margaret Chind
    When as a reader you approach a novel by Elizabeth Musser, one often knows not to expect a light read. Her books are full, filled to the brim with emotion and relatable experiences. As with another novel "The Swan House", that I also loved, this story deals with the difficult intricacies of depression. When speaking of her novel, she states it well, this book is about depression, but is not depressing. That is something very hard to come by. The topics are heavy, but necessary and relatable. As a reader who personally does not like to read contemporary fiction because of the realistic pain of stories involved I highly enjoy the "recent historical inspirational fiction" here. The negative aspects of reality are found within the pages of the novel, but the spiritual message peaks through and becomes a much stronger presence than all of the negativity with each continuous page and chapter. One can finish the pages of this novel with hope and going forward. As was stated in a press release,(While this hard-hitting approach can be interpreted by some as negative, Musser disagrees, saying "I write what I call 'entertainment with a soul'. I want the reader to find not only a good story but also real characters and themes that touch their hearts and force them to think, to laugh and cry and hope. To be entertained way down in their souls." )As an avid reader and reviewer, I can tell you that Musser made her goals with this novel.
  5. April E
    KS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 11, 2009
    April E
    KS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Elizabeth Musser's Words Unspoken is hard for me to categorize. It isn't a romance or a mystery and although it is set 22 years ago, it doesn't fit the historical fiction genre. It is contemporary fiction, even though it is not current. When I first picked up Words Unspoken, I found it very difficult to read. There were so many complex characters with seemingly unrelated story lines. I knew at some point they would have to intersect, but it was initially confusing to me. In addition, this story is full of deep emotions, hurting people, grief, depression, anger, greed, and deception. This is not the light-hearted style of book that I usually pick up for a quick read.However, Words Unspoken is an excellent book and extremely well-written. It is not a cheerful book I can escape into, but the character development is wonderful. Although I reached the point where I could see how the characters and their stories would collide, the ending still contained several surprises for me. Words Unspoken is subtly uplifting. Elizabeth Musser weaves a tale of hope in the midst of grief, depression, anger, and destroyed lives. Her story is real and the emotions expressed by her characters will resonate with both Christian and secular readers. Elizabeth Musser states on her website that: "My heart's desire is to create beautiful stories of hope, faith, forgiveness and love--sprinkled with history, mystery and much more--thereby offering my readers 'entertainment with a soul'." She succeeds with Words Unspoken.
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