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Things Left Unspoken: A Novel

Things Left Unspoken: A Novel

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by Eva Marie Everson

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Jo-Lynn Hunter is at a crossroads in life when her great-aunt Stella insists that she return home to restore the old family house in sleepy Cottonwood, Georgia. Seeing the project as the perfect excuse for some therapeutic time away from her self-absorbed husband and his snobby Atlanta friends, Jo-Lynn longs to get her teeth into a noteworthy and satisfying project


Jo-Lynn Hunter is at a crossroads in life when her great-aunt Stella insists that she return home to restore the old family house in sleepy Cottonwood, Georgia. Seeing the project as the perfect excuse for some therapeutic time away from her self-absorbed husband and his snobby Atlanta friends, Jo-Lynn longs to get her teeth into a noteworthy and satisfying project. But things are not what they seem, both in the house and within the complex history of her family. Was her great-grandfather the pillar of the community she thought he was? What is Aunt Stella hiding? And will Jo-Lynn's marriage survive the renovation? Jo-Lynn isn't sure she wants to know the truth—but sometimes the truth has a way of making itself known.

The past comes alive in this well-written and thoughtful novel full of secrets, drama, and family with a hint of Southern drawl.

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Baker Publishing Group
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Eva Marie Everson is an award-winning author, a successful speaker, and a popular radio personality. She is coauthor of The Potluck Club series and The Secret's in the Sauce. She lives in Casselberry, Florida.

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Things Left Unspoken 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The story was not what I expected when I began to read it. I love when authors can tap into my emotions and I feel like I am there with the characters. I didn't want to put the book down because I did not know how it would end. I was sad when I realized I reach the end and look forward to reading more by this author.
librarianwannabeAZ More than 1 year ago
This story was so captivating. Every page made me want to know more about these characters, this town, this house, this time and all the things ahead. There was romance, mystery, history, a promised secret and so much more. It is a good story, one that consumes your thoughts and leaves you satisfied.
CheriC More than 1 year ago
With 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 picturesque 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!
La-Pluma More than 1 year ago
Eva Marie Everson hooks you from the first paragaraph with "It snowed the day we buried Uncle Jim. Not the kind of snow that flurries about your face or drives itself sideways, turning the world into a blinding sheet of white. This was angels dancing on air." Jo Lynn Hunter returns home to Cottonwood, Georgia, to attend a funeral and stays to restore the family house to its former grandeur. Against her husband's wishes, Jo Lynn begins the work only to uncover family secrets - secrets that threaten not only her life but also her view of life. Southern charm oozes from this novel like butter in a bowl of grits. You can smell the fried chicken and hear the ice crackle in a glass of sweet tea. It's a way of life that Eva captures perfectly. You won't just read this book you will live it. Along the way, you might discover what is important and what is better left unspoken.
Pamela_Dowd More than 1 year ago
Southern 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 Hunter's heritage and failing marriage undergo rediscovery as page after page of fresh secrets draw the reader into Jo-Lynn's 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 Everson's southern drawl spins a tale as quenching as a tall glass of sweet tea. Highly recommended leisure reading.
marybeth67 More than 1 year ago
Weaving together a family mystery, a strained marriage and a mid-life crisis, Ms. Everson draws you into the heroine's inner life with ease and grace. It is a wonderful read that's takes you on a woman's journey of discovery to figure out who she is and what home is all about. The heroine, interior designer Jo-Lynn Hunter, returns to her ancestral home in Cottonwood, Georgia to restore the family mansion after the death of a favorite uncle. Her marriage is on the rocks and she is unsure of her future feeling like her life is passing her by. As she digs in to her new project, strange things begin to happen around her. Break-ins and vandalism do not deter her from investigating her families history leading her to discover long held secrets that dramatically impact those she loves. In between the mysterious happenings, Jo-Lynn begins to repair her strained marriage with her husband Evan,who eventually learns to appreciate the treasure he has in her. What I love about Ms. Everson's work are her character's and the fabulous southern setting. Her secondary characters bring Cottonwood alive. Jo-Lynn's Aunt Stella is a hoot! She is feisty and honorable. She made decisions in her past that are revealed through touching flashbacks. She is one strong southern woman! Ms. Everson paints a lovely portrait of Main Street with graceful old buildings just aching for someone to breath life back into them. She is extremely delicate with some sensitive historical facts, revealing a more positive side of the past. The town of Cottonwood becomes a metaphor for the reawakening that Jo-Lynn is experiencing. And the food! Southern cuisine is all about family and bringing everyone to the table. It comforts the grieving and is the centerpiece of any celebration. There were scenes where I just wanted to crawl into the pages and join the table. Oh my goodness!
Kim_B More than 1 year ago
Eva Marie Everson has a masterpiece here. I did not want to stop reading! With every turn of the page, you are pulled into a world of secrets kept and what happens as they are revealed. The main character is very likeable and goes on a journey of self discovery as she navigates through a restoration of an old family home that has more to it than meets the eye. Great story, has many twists and turns that will keep you guessing, and you will not be able to leave this beautiful story. It will stay with you long after you've finished reading.
vondaskelton More than 1 year ago
You can't convincingly write about the south if you haven't lived there. In her new book, Things Left Unspoken, Eva Marie Everson proves her roots...and she's southern through and through! The characters and plot are believable, as if they're real people and events from the pages of life. I remember it all so well. Compelling. You won't want to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this so much - didn't want the book to end - love when a story is like that
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Theres more to renovating a house than changing what was. Sometimes you find something that seems so wonderful but could possibly hurt alot of people. Must be really important...someone will stop at nothing to find it before she does. It is about family ,friends ,haunts of the heart, then and now
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OnAssignment More than 1 year ago
Within the pages of Things Left Unspoken, Eva Marie Everson skillfully touches upon what is all too common in all families - secrets. Jo-Lynn believes that returning to her hometown to renovate the family residence is the perfect escape from a marriage in need of the same care. What she discovers will change the view of what she once believed and bring her face to face with the reality of what is. Time spent with an imperfect family and reuniting with a long ago love are the tools used to help restore the life she was consenting to allow to slip away. Things Left Unspoken combines intrigue and romance with faith to present a memorable story of what can happen when your silence finds its voice. Reviewed by Dr. Linda Beed On Assignment Reviews
ChristyLockstein More than 1 year ago
Things Left Unspoken by Eva Marie Everson is an enthralling book about family secrets. When Jo-Lynn's marriage starts to fall apart and her great-uncle Jim dies, she returns to her family home in Cottonwood, Georgia. Her great-aunt Stella informs her that she's selling the family home to be turned into a museum but on the condition that Jo-Lynn does the restoration. She soon finds that the renovations aren't just being done on the house, and that as the house is emptied of personal belongings, long held family secrets may come to light. Jo-Lynn is a terrific protagonist making the story immediate and real. Everson builds the suspense slowly by revealing the secrets a little at a time making it impossible to put this book down! She describes Jo-Lynn's love of family and home in a way that makes the reader fall in love with it all as well. It's a real Southern Gothic thriller with romance and faith.
CindyLakeMary More than 1 year ago
I don't often take the time to read novels these days, but when my friend Eva Marie Everson wrote Things Left Unspoken, I had to read it. Reading a novel is a guilty pleasure for me, and if I take the time to read, I want it to be good. Things Left Unspoken did not disappoint. Each chapter pulled me into the next. I found myself living the life of Jo-Lynn as she struggled with her own now-empty marriage, and found the perfect work project to buy her time while she sorted through her thoughts and feelings. Marriage is often hard, and many women will identify with this angst. I am so committed to the sanctity of marriage, but I didn't want to see any superficial treatment here. And I didn't. There was depth of character throughout, and twists and turns of plot to keep me guessing right to the end. I'm going to recommend this to my friends. And I am already looking forward to Eva Marie's next novel!
designgal96 More than 1 year ago
A marriage in turmoil, family secrets long kept hidden, and a renovation of the family's old southern home unravel more than enough drama to keep you turning the pages (I think I read it within 2-3 days)! Eva Marie Everson has created a wonderful novel, full of mystery, a little danger, and discovery. Discovery about the family's secrets? Yes. But also discovery for the main character about what has been truly missing up until this point in her life. Will it save her marriage? Will she regret finding the answers, to the secrets hidden in her family's past? Have they put her in real danger? You'll have to read the book to find out. Eva has woven a great story about several generations of a family. When main character, Jo-Lynn Hunter, takes on the task of renovating the family home in the dwindling town of Cottonwood, Georgia she desires nothing more than the satisfaction of a job well done, on her own terms (and a little time away from the stress growing in her marriage). But the past doesn't always desire to stay hidden. And even family members you know quite well, may have things they are trying desperately to hide. Get the book. You won't be disappointed!
ReaderwriterBarb More than 1 year ago
Things Left Unspoken by Eva Marie Everson is three hundred and eighty-one pages of pure Southern delight. The novel allows the reader to adventure through life, romance, true love, wisdom gained with age and life experiences, dealing with life's curve balls, conflicts of love and life, heartaches that make us stronger, and God's fingerprints on our lives to make us the people He wants us to become. If you enjoy Southern fiction, you'll love this novel. I devoured it in a couple of days. Jo Lynn Hunter and her Aunt Stella make it women's fiction. Jo Lynn deals with current marriage problems and feels she's not at home in the life her husband has chosen for them. Something is missing and leaves her feeling empty inside. At life's crossroads, she takes on a project to rebuild an old Southern family home and finds herself restored in the process. Family secrets reveal their ugly challenges and place Jo Lynn in extreme danger. She rises to the challenge and refuses to be chased from her project of love. Aunt Stella illustrates true love and the wisdom of ripe old age. Valentine, her teenage love, grows into a wise elderly man, who declares if the foundation is strong, anything can be rebuilt. Jo Lynn learns the secrets of the past and the treasures for a happy future, even as she learns some things are best left unspoken.