Things Left Unsaid
An emotional novel of family, friendship and forgiveness from Courtney Walsh, the New York Times bestselling author of Hometown Girl.Lyndie St. James is thrilled that her best friend, Elle, is getting married but unprepared for the emotional storm of the wedding week and returning to her childhood summer home of Sweethaven. The idyllic cottage community harbors some of her best—and worst—memories. It’s not only the tragic death of her childhood friend Cassie that has haunted her for ten years, it’s the other secrets she’s buried that have kept her from moving on.But Lyndie isn’t the only one with secrets.Cassie’s mother, father and brother, still struggling with the loss, have been drifting further and further apart. And Elle herself, the last to see Cassie alive, carries an impossible burden of guilt. Now reunited, each of them has a choice: to reveal the truths of that night or continue to live in its shadow. That means embarking on a personal journey of the heart—to escape the darkness and all its regrets and to finally come to terms with the past and, especially, with each other.

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TitleThings Left Unsaid
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ReleaseOct 1st, 2018
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GenreContemporary, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Christian

Things Left Unsaid Review

  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    'She was sitting in the deepest sorrow of her life and she was sinking.'Things Left Unsaid is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. This one will definitely be in my top ten books of 2018. Courtney Walsh has crafted a novel that pulls at your heart in a way that you won't even begin to imagine.Lyndie St. James is invited to be her once best friend Elle's maid of honor but she must travel back to Sweethaven to do so, a place she never wants to see again, a place that is the site of inc 'She was sitting in the deepest sorrow of her life and she was sinking.'Things Left Unsaid is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. This one will definitely be in my top ten books of 2018. Courtney Walsh has crafted a novel that pulls at your heart in a way that you won't even begin to imagine.Lyndie St. James is invited to be her once best friend Elle's maid of honor but she must travel back to Sweethaven to do so, a place she never wants to see again, a place that is the site of incredible hurt for her. She and Elle and Cassie were best friends there each summer, but Cassie died 10 years ago and her parents are planning a celebration of life evening during the wedding week. Lyndie so doesn't want to be there and dredge up all the pain of her last few days there ten years earlier. She is absolutely unprepared for this visit. Cassie's parents and brother, Tucker, have all been keeping secrets, the parents drifting apart for years, not sure if they can even survive as a couple. Tucker turned to alcohol and moved as far away as he could get. He doesn't want to come back, either, but he is following the advice of his pastor to get the hurt out in the open and try to heal. The bride, Elle, also struggles with so many secrets, afraid that if she speaks them out, she will forever be unloved and unwanted. Each of these characters are hiding their secrets, hoping they can some day be free, but so afraid to speak them out and seek forgiveness. But secrets destroy, secrets cripple and secrets tend to be buried by those who bear them.Courtney Walsh has written a very powerful novel. My own heart hurt for these people. I wept through passages as I saw how God moved in the lives of His children. It is not His desire to see His children carry such heavy loads. He wants to relieve us of the pain we carry, but, and it's a big but, will we allow Him to take that load off our backs? These characters will have to reach that point and decide if they truly can have the courage to shed the secrets and allow God to minister to their hearts. I was so blown away by the incredible amount of emotion in this book! Walsh is at her finest here. Highly recommended. *I was given a preview copy of this novel by Net Galley. My opinions here are entirely my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    What a beautiful, beautiful piece of writing! Tender, heart wrenching. I suspect this concept of keeping the difficult things to ourselves is something everyone could relate to. Such an array of complex characters. I've never read any of the Sweethaven books, so perhaps there is more to all of these people, that I just don’t know about? I’m intrigued. There are so many characters in this story and each one of them play a pivotal role. Well done to Courtney for writing them each so intricately. T What a beautiful, beautiful piece of writing! Tender, heart wrenching. I suspect this concept of keeping the difficult things to ourselves is something everyone could relate to. Such an array of complex characters. I've never read any of the Sweethaven books, so perhaps there is more to all of these people, that I just don’t know about? I’m intrigued. There are so many characters in this story and each one of them play a pivotal role. Well done to Courtney for writing them each so intricately. This book is described as an emotional novel, of which it most certainly is. Tragedy ten years earlier has impacted every single one of them. The best friends. The immediate family. Family friends. There's so much pain, stemming from the grief they still feel. No one wants to come back 'home' to their summer cottages by the lake. The place where it happened. They are back in Sweethaven and it's time to face up to everything they've been running from. Such an eye opener into the process of healing. Spiritual renewal. Finding lasting love, based on selflessness and kindness. Such a great read that will inspire & uplift. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This is my honest review.
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  • Katie W
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn't put this hauntingly beautiful book down, nor could I stop thinking about it when I absolutely did have to set it aside for a moment. This story is all wrapped up in one tragic secret involving a death. Cassie, Lyndie, and Elle were inseparable during the summers while growing up and with Cassie's unexpected death years earlier, the other two have drifted apart.It's been ten years since Cassie's death and it seems that she was the glue of this broken, tangled cast of characters, yet th I couldn't put this hauntingly beautiful book down, nor could I stop thinking about it when I absolutely did have to set it aside for a moment. This story is all wrapped up in one tragic secret involving a death. Cassie, Lyndie, and Elle were inseparable during the summers while growing up and with Cassie's unexpected death years earlier, the other two have drifted apart.It's been ten years since Cassie's death and it seems that she was the glue of this broken, tangled cast of characters, yet they're coming together once again for Elle's wedding and to remember Cassie. This book does not spell out the struggles that Elle and Lyndie have endured over the years, nor does it reveal the secrets that each hold relating to that night long ago. As the story progresses, these guilty secrets are gradually uncovered and the emotion relating to these revelations will rip and shred the heart. And what do you do when a character makes choices differently than you would? Why, you forgive them, of course! (view spoiler)[A character has an abortion in the past and I do NOT agree with that, but the heartache she's endured--alone--because of her choice helped me forgive her for that. (hide spoiler)]The feelings these characters brave are raw, powerful, and vivid, but an underlying current of hope shadows the words. I was completely invested and grasped in the clutches of this book and in the lives of these characters. This is an intoxicating read and the messages of hope, love, forgiveness, and second chances are ones that will stay with you long after the last page is read.Content: moderate romantic elements (kissing, premarital relations, a tough choice); moderate religion (grace, forgiveness, hope, repenting, etc); mild+ violence (death); underage drinking *I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*
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  • Denise Hershberger
    January 1, 1970
    This is the most powerful book I've read all year! Walsh writes such authentic characters dealing with such realistic issues that you can see yourself or someone close to you in at least one of the characters and/or situations. I don't think I've ever read a book where I felt so much empathy for so many characters while at the same time seeing glimpses into my own life and the lives of some of my close friends.This book will make you examine your own life and how you've chosen to accept, deny, o This is the most powerful book I've read all year! Walsh writes such authentic characters dealing with such realistic issues that you can see yourself or someone close to you in at least one of the characters and/or situations. I don't think I've ever read a book where I felt so much empathy for so many characters while at the same time seeing glimpses into my own life and the lives of some of my close friends.This book will make you examine your own life and how you've chosen to accept, deny, or questions God's grace in your life. It will also remind you that forgiveness can be given immediately but isn't always felt as quickly deep down inside.There are so many relatable characters in this story - which is really a combination of many people's stories that intertwine - that I truly believe this book will be a great connection for anyone. I really loved the vast cast that included married and single, older and younger, and strong Christians and those growing in their faith. The diversity in so many areas led me to lots of soul searching about both my past and present.Usually, when I'm reading a book I can figure out what will happen because books tend to be predictable. This book was truly anything but predictable. I loved how more than once Walsh surprised me with a different scene than I was expecting. Multiple times she completely shocked me with what happened next in the story. But these moments were the most powerful in the whole book. And she included so many without ever making me feel like the book was overwhelmingly full of big moments. Everything just worked so well among all the characters and all their stories.I cried twice in this book. It was simply so beautiful, powerful, and honestly gut-wrenching at times. It truly spoke to me about the importance of time with God in prayer, treasuring family and friendships, and being honest with yourself and those you love.This book will definitely be on my top reads of 2018 list!I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. This is my honest review.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this novel. I couldn't put it down since I got the mobi. I have never read anything from Walsh, so I didn't know what to expect. The cover and the title is what I was drawn to, and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, it'll be difficult to pick up another book quickly due to the book hangover I'll have with these character I just spent the day with.There are so many secrets, but Walsh does a wonderful job keeping the secrets straight with the characters and then revealing them at the perfect I loved this novel. I couldn't put it down since I got the mobi. I have never read anything from Walsh, so I didn't know what to expect. The cover and the title is what I was drawn to, and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, it'll be difficult to pick up another book quickly due to the book hangover I'll have with these character I just spent the day with.There are so many secrets, but Walsh does a wonderful job keeping the secrets straight with the characters and then revealing them at the perfect times. I think if it were to happen differently, or when I wanted to while I was reading I would've been disappointed in the ending.It was a light, good feeling novel even though the story line revolves around the disappearance and death of a friend, daughter, sister. Religion does play a pretty big role, but not in the overwhelming way. More like the just the right way.It was a wonderfully written novel about friendships, family, forgiveness and love that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It will definitely be a topic of conversation for a while. I cannot wait to spread the message along to add to the Must Pick Up list when it comes out in stores. Definitely recommended and worth the read. Thanks to Netgalley for the early read.
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  • Den
    January 1, 1970
    Read this if you like: faith, women, thrill seekers, songwriters, friendships, second chances, grief, weddings, familial dysfunctions, finding the place where you belong, making amends, standing up for yourself, coming home "[We can't know how things might've been. We can only know how things are. And we were all forced to move on in a world that was much bleaker[...]" This book has got so much heart and I like how the emotions the characters are feelings just seem to spill over. Everything is Read this if you like: faith, women, thrill seekers, songwriters, friendships, second chances, grief, weddings, familial dysfunctions, finding the place where you belong, making amends, standing up for yourself, coming home "[We can't know how things might've been. We can only know how things are. And we were all forced to move on in a world that was much bleaker[...]" This book has got so much heart and I like how the emotions the characters are feelings just seem to spill over. Everything is just so real for me.It was a bit slow in the beginning but I was glad that it picked up its pace once everyone arrived in Sweethaven. Everyone in this book seem to have chips on their shoulders but I liked how the characters developed over the course of the book. "You have to find a way to give in spite of that brokenness," I'm already looking forward to reading the next installment and will sure check out the author's other works.A copy was provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you!)
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThings Left Unsaid is a poignant story of terrible tragedies and regret, of love and forgiveness and grace. At first a little slow and confusing, Things Left Unsaid quickly wormed its way into my heart and captured my attention. It’s the perfect book for readers who enjoy touching stories of loss, grief, second chances, romance, family, forgiveness and love.Lyndie left Sweethaven after the death of her best friend Cassie and vowed to never return. But with her friend Elle’s wedding taki 4.5 starsThings Left Unsaid is a poignant story of terrible tragedies and regret, of love and forgiveness and grace. At first a little slow and confusing, Things Left Unsaid quickly wormed its way into my heart and captured my attention. It’s the perfect book for readers who enjoy touching stories of loss, grief, second chances, romance, family, forgiveness and love.Lyndie left Sweethaven after the death of her best friend Cassie and vowed to never return. But with her friend Elle’s wedding taking place in the town they once called their summer home and the ten-year anniversary of Cassie’s death coinciding on the same weekend, Lyndie has no choice but return to the place that took so much from her. Returning to Sweethaven also means coming face-to-face with Cassie’s brother Tucker, the man Lyndie has tried so hard to forget. There are so many stories woven into this one book. There is Lyndie and her story of emotional withdrawal after the events ten years ago. There is Tucker, his grief for the death of his sister, the guilt he feels for everything that happened that night and his desperate attempts to continue living a new life, especially when faced with the ghosts of his past. Elle’s story is multilayered with her secrets and regrets of that night and of her childhood, with her relationship with her fiancé Travis, of the history they both shared with Cassie, of the secrets she still hides and the battles with her overbearing soon-to-be-mother-in-law, all as she faces a week-long string of festivities for a wedding she’s not sure she deserves. Then there is the story of Cassie’s mother, cast adrift after the death of her daughter and the continued absence of her son, as well as the growing distance between herself and her husband. Together, these characters and the character around them slowly share their stories, their grief, hurts and regrets. And together, they slowly find the grace to forgive - each other, but especially themselves. I’ve never met a group of people so reluctant to talk to each other. Or even just to talk at all. Especially when they are all thinking the same thing. Things Left Unsaid is a complex and deeply layered story. It took me a little while to get truly hooked by the story and the characters. At first, only vague hints about the past and ‘that night’ are shared. It’s not until a little over halfway through the story that the characters, finally, finally start stalking. And that’s when things start to get interesting. As they each begin to unburden themselves and share their pain.Things Left Unsaid is a story about love - romantic love (there is a wedding in this book after all, as well as a story of second-chance love), and love between friends and family. It’s a touching and encouraging story about forgiveness and learning to live.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Sarita
    January 1, 1970
    Courtney Walsh is a name that keeps popping up among my Goodreads friends and who was on my wish list of authors to try. I'm really glad I finally gave this author a try. This was a story filled with emotional hurting people who had to deal with a tragic event from their past and their own quilt for their part (true or self-assigned).There was a lot of characters with their own POV, but the voice of each character was unique and separated between chapter that it was never difficult to follow. Ea Courtney Walsh is a name that keeps popping up among my Goodreads friends and who was on my wish list of authors to try. I'm really glad I finally gave this author a try. This was a story filled with emotional hurting people who had to deal with a tragic event from their past and their own quilt for their part (true or self-assigned).There was a lot of characters with their own POV, but the voice of each character was unique and separated between chapter that it was never difficult to follow. Each of these characters had to find their own path to healing and overcoming their struggles. My heart ached the most for Lyndie and Elle (and Tucker). This was a great story about how past mistakes could take a hold on you and how it can affect future decisions (both good and bad), the power of letting go and forgiveness. What I appreciated from this story was that even though the characters did find healing, it was clear that they still had a path to walk in their new found freedom (spiritual growth required).I'm not sure if the author plans a sequel, if not, I would have liked an epilogue far into the future to see what happened in these characters lives, especially two where I felt that their story is unfinished but left the reader with hope and promise.Recommended to fans of Christian contemporary fiction. For those readers who like a clean christian read, there is mention of pre-marital sex, alcohol, drunkenness etc.*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I love Courtney Walsh’s books! They always seem to relay some truth that I need to read at just the right time. As always, this book is fantastic and does not disappoint! This book is about forgiveness, of yourself and others, and second chances. Many times we are our biggest critics and are hardest on ourselves. Ms. Walsh provides the reader with a story of how wrong we are to do this and how to let God’s forgiveness, mercy, and love save us. In this book, Lyndie returns to Sweethaven for her f I love Courtney Walsh’s books! They always seem to relay some truth that I need to read at just the right time. As always, this book is fantastic and does not disappoint! This book is about forgiveness, of yourself and others, and second chances. Many times we are our biggest critics and are hardest on ourselves. Ms. Walsh provides the reader with a story of how wrong we are to do this and how to let God’s forgiveness, mercy, and love save us. In this book, Lyndie returns to Sweethaven for her friend’s wedding. While she is there, she discovers that not only does she still struggle after her friend’s death, but so do others. Together, will they all discover forgiveness for the things they feel they did wrong and can they mend their relationships with each other? I highly recommend this book along with all of her other books!***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, I have purchased her books before.
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  • Susan K
    January 1, 1970
    Romance, clean; Christian faith elements; PG-13 for death and adult themes This was a beautifully complex story about three couples and how secrets, hurts, and misunderstandings can be healed with honesty and forgiveness. Gorgeous small town setting, multiple family dramas, hurts, secrets, and some beautiful chemistry and the maturity that time and hurt can bring as pride is left behind. Beautifully poignant, healing, and hopeful, along with several love stories made this a beautiful read. Worth Romance, clean; Christian faith elements; PG-13 for death and adult themes This was a beautifully complex story about three couples and how secrets, hurts, and misunderstandings can be healed with honesty and forgiveness. Gorgeous small town setting, multiple family dramas, hurts, secrets, and some beautiful chemistry and the maturity that time and hurt can bring as pride is left behind. Beautifully poignant, healing, and hopeful, along with several love stories made this a beautiful read. Worth every minute of reading as they search for their HEA in the best way possible-with forgiveness in their hearts as they realize their faith and their hope can help to heal their relationships as secrets, secret hurts, and all are admitted, and worked out.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    She's done it again. Courtney Walsh has set a deeply moving story in the tourist town of Sweethaven and not only did I love this story but now I want to go back and re-read the other Sweethaven stories she's written!In Things Left Unsaid, nearly every character is living with a burden that could be lifted or lightened by speaking words aloud. They're all drawn back to Sweethaven for a wedding and a celebration of life for a tragedy that happened 10 years ago, and so many of the burdens are relat She's done it again. Courtney Walsh has set a deeply moving story in the tourist town of Sweethaven and not only did I love this story but now I want to go back and re-read the other Sweethaven stories she's written!In Things Left Unsaid, nearly every character is living with a burden that could be lifted or lightened by speaking words aloud. They're all drawn back to Sweethaven for a wedding and a celebration of life for a tragedy that happened 10 years ago, and so many of the burdens are related to the night their friend and daughter died.Throughout the story, the burdens and secrets are hinted at, and I kind of enjoyed being in the dark about the specifics until the very end. It wasn't hard to get a sense of the weight each character was carrying.While the story started out a little bit slow for me, by about one-third of the way through, I couldn't put it down. I think that's when everyone arrived back in Sweethaven. The tension built and I kept turning the pages to find out what would happen. Such a powerful reminder of the importance of saying things out loud when we're carrying burdens and secrets and how much freedom we can find when that happens.Disclosure: I read an advanced copy of the book. Review reflects my honest opinion.
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  • Sydney
    January 1, 1970
    Author Courtney Walsh has written an inspiring, powerful, and emotional story in her novel Things Left Unsaid. This story focuses the relationships between friends and family and overcoming the death of a loved one. This beautiful and stirring story is written from multiple points of view as it comes to life from the eyes of those grieving the loss of a daughter, sister, and best friend; those that have drifted apart and are trying to come back together again. This story will stir the heart, sou Author Courtney Walsh has written an inspiring, powerful, and emotional story in her novel Things Left Unsaid. This story focuses the relationships between friends and family and overcoming the death of a loved one. This beautiful and stirring story is written from multiple points of view as it comes to life from the eyes of those grieving the loss of a daughter, sister, and best friend; those that have drifted apart and are trying to come back together again. This story will stir the heart, soul, and mind, causing readers to reflect on their own lives and the relationships of those around them. This haunting and heart wrenching story will draw the attention of readers and leave them wanting more from an astounding author. This is one of those stories that will be on the mind long after a reader turns the last page. Readers that enjoy contemporary, women’s fiction will not want to miss this fabulous story!Genre: contemporary, women’s fictionPublisher: Waterfall PressPublication date: October 30, 2018Number of pages: 349A review copy of this book was provided by the author via NetGalley and the author’s street team. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Jessika
    January 1, 1970
    Have you even been in the mood for a movie or book that you know is going to make you cry? Just a feel-good, emotional story about relationships or friendships and the joys and sorrows that can come with them? Well, friends, Things Left Unsaid hit the spot for me and I enjoyed it so incredibly much. I'll be totally honest, I was expecting this to be a whole lot lighter of a read, but it was full of depth and emotions and the hard things of life. Trigger warnings abound, so be warned. But despite Have you even been in the mood for a movie or book that you know is going to make you cry? Just a feel-good, emotional story about relationships or friendships and the joys and sorrows that can come with them? Well, friends, Things Left Unsaid hit the spot for me and I enjoyed it so incredibly much. I'll be totally honest, I was expecting this to be a whole lot lighter of a read, but it was full of depth and emotions and the hard things of life. Trigger warnings abound, so be warned. But despite all of that, I still walked away from this novel with that feel-good feeling. Let me be clear, there wasn't a tidy little bow wrapping up the issues and brushing them under a HEA rug. Rather, once things are out in the open, there was an acknowledgement, a sort of "Here's what happened, here's where we are, let's find a way to move forward now." As a reader, that left me feeling so much better (and more respected) than a story book ending would have left me. Walsh's writing was gorgeous, and her characters felt real and relatable. My heart broke over and over again for each one as I read. I wasn't aware when I started this that it was Christian-themed, but it was not pushy or in-your-face. And my favorite thing about this book was that it was so hard for me to put down! Overall, this was a wonderful, heartfelt book--I'd highly recommend pre-ordering this one: it comes out October 30th! **Please note: I received a complementary copy of this work through NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  
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  • Kathryn Voss
    January 1, 1970
    Courtney Walsh is one of my all time favorite authors. When I was given the opportunity to review her newest book, Things Left Unsaid, I jumped on it. Her writing is always thought provoking, thoroughly entertaining, and heart rendering. I have never left a Courtney Walsh book disappointed – except for wishing she'd write another one faster! As I reflect on this book, several descriptors come to mind: poignant, memorable, nostalgic, romantic, challenging, and soul searching. When you enter into Courtney Walsh is one of my all time favorite authors. When I was given the opportunity to review her newest book, Things Left Unsaid, I jumped on it. Her writing is always thought provoking, thoroughly entertaining, and heart rendering. I have never left a Courtney Walsh book disappointed – except for wishing she'd write another one faster! As I reflect on this book, several descriptors come to mind: poignant, memorable, nostalgic, romantic, challenging, and soul searching. When you enter into the depths of this book, you enter a world that is multifaceted, accosting your senses from every direction. Walsh's dialogue, descriptions, plot and character development, and message are absolutely wonderful. I was entirely engulfed in this story, captured until the very end. Highly encourage you to pick up this book. You will enjoy every page.I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions in this review are my own.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    This book took me places personally. It challenged me. It was emotional. I have to say it will definitely be in the top ten reads of the year for me. Did I have the same struggles the characters did, no. Yet somehow God used the author and her words to work within me and minister to me. The book was so well written and had me in tears at the story itself. These characters were struggling so much with the past and it had affected their lives profoundly. They could not forgive. Forgiveness is a be This book took me places personally. It challenged me. It was emotional. I have to say it will definitely be in the top ten reads of the year for me. Did I have the same struggles the characters did, no. Yet somehow God used the author and her words to work within me and minister to me. The book was so well written and had me in tears at the story itself. These characters were struggling so much with the past and it had affected their lives profoundly. They could not forgive. Forgiveness is a beautiful thing. Letting go is a freeing gift. I encourage you to read this book and hope you are taken on a journey beyond just a great story. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions stated here are my own.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    What a thought provoking, heart wrenching yet beautiful book. I’m not a big fan of Contemporary Romance, but Courtney Walsh’s books always have such a great depth into humanity, our sins and God’s forgiveness, our struggles that God uses to help us grow. Thanks Courtney for such a meaningful read. Full review to come.This book was received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Phyllis
    January 1, 1970
    An emotionally charged storyMy rating is 4.5 starsElle was about to become the wife of a wonderful man who just happened to be a pastor. And the son of the pastor of a huge and thriving ministry. Her mother-in-law-to-be was constantly sharing with her ways she should change and how important it was for her to live up to the standards of a godly Christian woman. Oh, how I was angered by Nora!!The night Cassie died, the lives of her best friends took a tailspin. For Lyndie, Elle, and Tucker, guilt An emotionally charged storyMy rating is 4.5 starsElle was about to become the wife of a wonderful man who just happened to be a pastor. And the son of the pastor of a huge and thriving ministry. Her mother-in-law-to-be was constantly sharing with her ways she should change and how important it was for her to live up to the standards of a godly Christian woman. Oh, how I was angered by Nora!!The night Cassie died, the lives of her best friends took a tailspin. For Lyndie, Elle, and Tucker, guilt overpowered them and shadowed their lives. They all had secrets from that night and each felt responsible. If only they. . .Things Left Unsaid highlights the pain that can result from not communicating. For allowing hidden guilt to grow and fester. The walls that they had erected in an attempt to protect themselves and the fear they carried at the thought that if anyone knew what happened, they would be rejected.Each character had depth and resonated with me. I wouldn’t have liked Tucker much ten years earlier, but the way that he had changed gave me hope for him. He wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, yet he had developed a maturity and responsibility that had him headed in the right direction.Once again, author Courtney Walsh created a story that packs a wallop, bringing her readers through an emotional wringer, yet not leaving them hanging out to dry. The changes that were wrought in that short week before the wedding were monumental, and yet the way they unfolded made sense and didn’t seem at all forced. I love the way that each of these friends saw the reaction to the truth of what happened that night and were set free. And I especially loved the way the story brought out how many of the things that had been assumed to be true were shown in their true light once communication began.This review was originally posted on Among the ReadsI was given a free copy of this item. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
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  • Rosalyn
    January 1, 1970
    This is a book that also shows how we can hide our inner fears and struggles for a very long time. These characters are portrayed in a way that is hauntingly real. It made me search within my own self, and allowed me to see how I was like each one of them, in some way or other.I really was drawn to Lyndie. She's held up, been strong, for so long, she almost doesn't even know how to feel anymore. After all, if she keeps her emotions locked deep down, she can't get hurt again, right?Then she has t This is a book that also shows how we can hide our inner fears and struggles for a very long time. These characters are portrayed in a way that is hauntingly real. It made me search within my own self, and allowed me to see how I was like each one of them, in some way or other.I really was drawn to Lyndie. She's held up, been strong, for so long, she almost doesn't even know how to feel anymore. After all, if she keeps her emotions locked deep down, she can't get hurt again, right?Then she has to go home. And she is forced to face some of her fears head on.And there was Elle. And she also had so many secrets. And fears. Including the fear of being loved if she was known for who she really was.And I can't forget about Travis.The author has written us another beautiful story, showing us how to find the path to forgiveness and redemption in our own lives.Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
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  • JaneReads
    January 1, 1970
    I chose to read this book without reading the book summary because it was by Courtney Walsh. She has become one of my go to authors. I knew to expect an emotional journey, but I was still taken by surprise with this one. A particular incident happened 10 years ago that has affected each one of the characters and as the 10th anniversary approaches they are forced to deal with the secrets and emotional impact of the day. The details of this day are revealed slowly through various characters and at I chose to read this book without reading the book summary because it was by Courtney Walsh. She has become one of my go to authors. I knew to expect an emotional journey, but I was still taken by surprise with this one. A particular incident happened 10 years ago that has affected each one of the characters and as the 10th anniversary approaches they are forced to deal with the secrets and emotional impact of the day. The details of this day are revealed slowly through various characters and at the beginning I was so confused. I felt like I was almost half way through before I really knew what had happened. (If I had read the summary beforehand, it probably wouldn’t have taken me so long to get there.) The cast was a diverse mix of people, married and single characters, younger and older, some strong Christians and some just finding their faith. Each character was well written and I connected with each one in different ways. I felt for Lyndie, she has closed herself off to feelings and this is holding her back in her career. Karen feels like a fraud and fears she is losing her relationship with her husband. Elle has found love but feels like it could come crashing down on her any minute if her secret is revealed. Since avoiding Sweethaven is not an option Tucker decides he will follow his pastor’s advice and try to heal from the hurt by addressing it, this is easier said than done. There is so much pain for each character to deal with but if they can get through the fear of sharing their inner thoughts and pain they can find the healing they need most. The main theme I took from the story was learning to forgive yourself for mistakes made in the past. I especially loved how each man showed the ladies what true love looks like. Two of my favourite moments were the pivotal moment between Elle and Travis, when he shows her just how much he loves her and the scene with Lyndie and Tucker after the church service once Tucker knew the secret Lyndie had been keeping. I was in tears through both of the scenes feeling the pain of the moment. This story definitely took me on an emotional journey but the ending left me feeling like these characters were going to be okay. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)This review first appeared at: C Jane Read.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    5 starsChildhood friends reunite 10 years later for a wedding, bringing with them the tragic memories of a night that went terribly wrong and ended in the death of a beloved friend and sister. Lyndie, Tucker and Elle each believe they are unworthy of love due to what happened the summer they graduated from high school.Wow, just wow! I LOVED this book. Things Left Unsaid is one of those incredible books that is so compelling, I felt it literally stirring my soul. It is one of those books that is 5 starsChildhood friends reunite 10 years later for a wedding, bringing with them the tragic memories of a night that went terribly wrong and ended in the death of a beloved friend and sister. Lyndie, Tucker and Elle each believe they are unworthy of love due to what happened the summer they graduated from high school.Wow, just wow! I LOVED this book. Things Left Unsaid is one of those incredible books that is so compelling, I felt it literally stirring my soul. It is one of those books that is so good, it makes you sad for it to end even though the ending was absolutely perfect. I just immediately identified with and responded to the characters within the pages of this incredible book so profoundly.Walsh has written a Christian book exploring real people with real problems and whom are not perfect. Far too many Christian fiction books pretend Christians do not have issues, yet Walsh tackles them with sensitivity.I am astonished that I have never read more from this author! I am now on a quest to purchase and read everything she has ever written.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. The views given are my own. #ThingsLeftUnsaid #NetGalley #WaterfallPress
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  • Penny
    January 1, 1970
    I can't say enough good things about this book! Things Left Unsaid is a beautiful story of love and forgiveness. Courtney Walsh delves into the difficult territory of guilt and self-blame. Lyndie's heart has ached for years, taking her on a negative path, far away from the faith she once had. Her trip back to a place she once loved is both difficult and necessary. I absolutely love how Courtney handles the telling of this poignant story. She gets inside the characters' hearts and peals away the I can't say enough good things about this book! Things Left Unsaid is a beautiful story of love and forgiveness. Courtney Walsh delves into the difficult territory of guilt and self-blame. Lyndie's heart has ached for years, taking her on a negative path, far away from the faith she once had. Her trip back to a place she once loved is both difficult and necessary. I absolutely love how Courtney handles the telling of this poignant story. She gets inside the characters' hearts and peals away the layers of years of hurt. After I finished the last chapter, parts of the story replayed in my head for days. If you enjoy well written fiction filled with meaning, read Things Left Unsaid. I guarantee you'll connect to at least one character and their story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterfall Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Tleshia Farrar
    January 1, 1970
    Courtney Walsh did not disappoint! I love reading Courtney Walsh’s books! They fill me up and challenge me at the same time! The overall theme of each of her books seems to be just what I need at the time I am reading it! Her books always leave me feeling as if I’m friends with the characters and wanting to pay them a visit in real life. This trend started many years ago with the Sweethaven series. Once again, I found myself in Sweethaven surround by people I already know and love. Things Left U Courtney Walsh did not disappoint! I love reading Courtney Walsh’s books! They fill me up and challenge me at the same time! The overall theme of each of her books seems to be just what I need at the time I am reading it! Her books always leave me feeling as if I’m friends with the characters and wanting to pay them a visit in real life. This trend started many years ago with the Sweethaven series. Once again, I found myself in Sweethaven surround by people I already know and love. Things Left Unsaid is a book about forgiveness of yourself and others and the long lasting secrets that can keep us from living and loving the way God intended for us to do. Without giving to much away this book is an emotional story that deals with friendship, tragedy, and family. This is a great story that I highly recommend!!!!! It left me wanting to revisit the Sweethaven series!!*I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher. This is my personal review and states my true feelings.
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  • Kathryn Voss
    January 1, 1970
    Courtney Walsh is one of my all time favorite authors. When I was given the opportunity to review her newest book, Things Left Unsaid, I jumped on it. Her writing is always thought provoking, thoroughly entertaining, and heart rendering. I have never left a Courtney Walsh book disappointed – except for wishing she'd write another one faster! As I reflect on this book, several descriptors come to mind: poignant, memorable, nostalgic, romantic, challenging, and soul searching. When you enter into Courtney Walsh is one of my all time favorite authors. When I was given the opportunity to review her newest book, Things Left Unsaid, I jumped on it. Her writing is always thought provoking, thoroughly entertaining, and heart rendering. I have never left a Courtney Walsh book disappointed – except for wishing she'd write another one faster! As I reflect on this book, several descriptors come to mind: poignant, memorable, nostalgic, romantic, challenging, and soul searching. When you enter into the depths of this book, you enter a world that is multifaceted, accosting your senses from every direction. Walsh's dialogue, descriptions, plot and character development, and message are absolutely wonderful. I was entirely engulfed in this story, captured until the very end. Highly encourage you to pick up this book. You will enjoy every page.I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions in this review are my own.
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  • Caitlin Allen
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Waterfall Press for the free review copy. All opinions are my own.This book is so good and powerful. Walsh explores some hard topics in this book, and I loved that. I felt that I could relate to some of the situations that the characters were in. The depth of emotion was amazing. I got so caught up in Lyndie and Elle’s problems and feelings. These characters were so real. I think this book will be relatable to many people that have experienced situations like the ones presented in t Thank you to Waterfall Press for the free review copy. All opinions are my own.This book is so good and powerful. Walsh explores some hard topics in this book, and I loved that. I felt that I could relate to some of the situations that the characters were in. The depth of emotion was amazing. I got so caught up in Lyndie and Elle’s problems and feelings. These characters were so real. I think this book will be relatable to many people that have experienced situations like the ones presented in this book.I also love the grace and forgiveness present in this book. Walsh knows how to show the love of Christ perfectly. There was never condemnation in this book. Only the goodness and grace of God. The characters did struggle with their faith, which I loved because it made the book feel so much more real.
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  • Jennifer K
    January 1, 1970
    Courtney Walsh has written a heart-wrenching story of friends and family getting together ten years after a tragic accident. These characters have been separated by years of silence and each has a wound. Yet Walsh brings these characters back together again in an engrossing story that had me turning pages. She adds a rocky romance that turns out to be rather romantic. As lessons are learned and words spoken, healing begins. Contemporary fiction fans will love the way that Courtney Walsh weaves t Courtney Walsh has written a heart-wrenching story of friends and family getting together ten years after a tragic accident. These characters have been separated by years of silence and each has a wound. Yet Walsh brings these characters back together again in an engrossing story that had me turning pages. She adds a rocky romance that turns out to be rather romantic. As lessons are learned and words spoken, healing begins. Contemporary fiction fans will love the way that Courtney Walsh weaves together this tale from different character’s perspectives revealing portions of the secret along the way. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Leslie M.
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I’ve read by Walsh, and I really enjoyed it. It’s an emotional, thought-provoking story, with themes of friendship, including the joys and heartaches that go along with every relationship, secrets, and forgiveness. The characters have a depth to them I hadn’t expected. I really liked the fact that the author didn’t feel the need to wrap everything up neatly, as that made this more realistic and relatable. The religion aspect wasn’t preachy, though the characters do demonst This is the first book I’ve read by Walsh, and I really enjoyed it. It’s an emotional, thought-provoking story, with themes of friendship, including the joys and heartaches that go along with every relationship, secrets, and forgiveness. The characters have a depth to them I hadn’t expected. I really liked the fact that the author didn’t feel the need to wrap everything up neatly, as that made this more realistic and relatable. The religion aspect wasn’t preachy, though the characters do demonstrate how God can minister to hurting people.Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Walsh's novels always make you think about your life and make you ask how could I improve or what should I do different. Things Left Unsaid is by far the most profound, thought provoking, and emotional novel I have read by Walsh. Things Left Unsaid is beautifully written, with wonderful dialog but it's the in-between that sets it apart. The inner turmoil, thoughts, and personal discoveries that put this book at the top of my reading list. Lyndie, Elle and Tucker (Cassie's brother) are all stand Walsh's novels always make you think about your life and make you ask how could I improve or what should I do different. Things Left Unsaid is by far the most profound, thought provoking, and emotional novel I have read by Walsh. Things Left Unsaid is beautifully written, with wonderful dialog but it's the in-between that sets it apart. The inner turmoil, thoughts, and personal discoveries that put this book at the top of my reading list. Lyndie, Elle and Tucker (Cassie's brother) are all stand out characters but it's Karen (Cassie's Mother) that binds this novel together. Another 5 star novel that everyone should read.
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  • Shannon Graupman
    January 1, 1970
    Courtney Walsh is a beautiful writer. The way she taps into your emotions and brings you right into the book is so amazing. This story about friendship and loss is one you won’t be able to put down. No matter what topic she writes about, I feel like I can connect and relate to so much of their story. It is one that will stay with you even after the pages have ended. I highly recommend her books!I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, but the opinions are all my own.
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  • Judy Hardwick
    January 1, 1970
    OMGoodness. Courtney Walsh has done it again...creating characters that are so easy to relate to in the midst of their joys and sorrows... as always, I especially love how she weaves God's love and grace into her books. Loved reading the story of childhood friends brought back together ten years after their tragic loss. I hope she continues the story in upcoming books!!
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  • Ashley Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    This book was excellent! Courtney Walsh has a way of dealing with the hard things of life in her books in a real and honest way. Her characters are so genuine that they seem real and you really feel their struggles, pain, and loss. I loved that each character had their own moments of redemption or forgiveness that was unique to their situation. Definitely recommend to reader who like a book dealing with friendships and family through a spiritual point of view. Excellent writing!
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