The Things We Cannot Say - Kelly Rimmer

The Things We Cannot Say

By Kelly Rimmer

  • Release Date: 2019-03-19
  • Genre: Historical
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 702 Ratings)


Now a New York Times bestseller!

From the author of Truths I Never Told You and Before I Let You Go, Kelly Rimmer’s powerful WWII novel follows a woman’s urgent search for answers to a family mystery that uncovers truths about herself that she never expected.

“Kelly Rimmer has outdone herself. I thought that Before I Let You Go was one of the best novels I had ever read…If you only have time to read one book this year The Things We Cannot Say should be that book. Keep tissues handy.”—Fresh Fiction

“Fans of The Nightingale and Lilac Girls will adore The Things We Cannot Say.” —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author

In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It’s a decision that will alter her destiny…and it’s a lie that will remain buried until the next century.

Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz. Now fifteen and engaged, Alina is unconcerned by reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish border, believing her neighbors that they pose no real threat, and dreams instead of the day Tomasz returns from college in Warsaw so they can be married. But little by little, injustice by brutal injustice, the Nazi occupation takes hold, and Alina’s tiny rural village, its families, are divided by fear and hate.

Then, as the fabric of their lives is slowly picked apart, Tomasz disappears. Where Alina used to measure time between visits from her beloved, now she measures the spaces between hope and despair, waiting for word from Tomasz and avoiding the attentions of the soldiers who patrol her parents’ farm. But for now, even deafening silence is preferable to grief.

Slipping between Nazi-occupied Poland and the frenetic pace of modern life, Kelly Rimmer creates an emotional and finely wrought narrative. The Things We Cannot Say is an unshakable reminder of the devastation when truth is silenced…and how it can take a lifetime to find our voice before we learn to trust it.


  • Such a good read

    By Lolo562714
    I loved this book. It is well written and it was hard to put down. It’s 2 heartwarming love stories that keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. One story from modern day and the realities of life, and one story from the 1940’s that intertwine with each other. Aside from the love, the stories of WWII are always so sad but so important to remember what people went through during that horrific time and how resilient people can be.
  • Simply amazing

    By Ximevaz1
    This is the first time I ever write a book review. Can’t recommended this one enough. Just make sure you,ve got some Kleenex close by. What a book-I couldn’t put it down.
  • Love love love

    By sajshaw
    Absolutely loved this book. It’s been a long time since I spent most of my Friday night reading, until I found this book!
  • Exactly what I needed to read right now!

    By pineappleraccoon
    Lots of emotion in this book. Finally characters who feel real.
  • Could not put it down!

    By ADaniels1024
    A great story that takes place during World War II, a time that is so hard for any of us to imagine. This book does a nice job of unexpectedly reiterating the sacrifice and work that couples should put into a marriage and family too. Something I wasn’t expecting but delightfully surprised.
  • The Things We Cannot Say

    By Sister Jackson
    This is the first book I’ve ever reviewed after reading all my life. It is a beautiful story of heart wrenching pain - in a time in space so sad you can hardly bear to experience it through the author’s words. Yet the absolute power of faith based love brings you hope and dries your tears.
  • Simply amazing

    By blessed_wife
    This book is just incredible! I haven’t wanted to put it down since the second I picked it up. Kelly Rimmer had me laughing and crying and sitting on the edge of my seat. I can’t say enough good things about this book!
  • Beautiful story

    By Emdanben
    Two worlds brought together.
  • Very moving story

    By mjgress
    It was so interesting I had a hard time putting it down . I don’t think I ever cried so much , it had all the things I,m interested in,
  • Amazing!!

    By Carden05
    Well written, I literally couldn’t put it down!