Words Unspoken

Words Unspoken

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by Elizabeth Musser
     
 

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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

Overview

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....

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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)

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...an intertwining story of heartbreak and redemption.... Words Unspoken is a complex story with a clear message of hope. As Lissa begins to realize that circumstances are not random, the reader is reminded that God is indeed in control and it is His voice that offers peace in heartache.
Library Journal

Traumatized by the car accident that killed her mother, Lissa Randall cannot drive. Set in the mountains of Tennessee, the latest novel by the author of The Swan House is a story of courage, tragedy, and the will to go on.


—Tamara Butler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764203732
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

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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Words Unspoken 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this beautifully-written story. Loved the surprises mixed in, the way the characters developed, and the writer's relationship with God...just flows through this book! Review by CherishD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many characters.... poorky written. The authir will suddenky start on a different character that is totally unrelated to the first one. There would be no break in the layout of the lines. It would go from Lissa to someone else.... i hated that pattern. I skipped those characters and skimmed through them. I finally saw a similarity between them of them grieving over a death but that wasmt until ch 7. Its as if the author doesnt know how to create an essy to follow book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being an Atlanta native, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of this author's books since discovering her novel Swan House several years ago. I was especially drawn into each character's separate story while attempting to solve the mystery of how each one was somehow connected. It is one of my favorite reads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoy this author.  This book is another story that touches the heart.    God truly does bring people together at the right time and uses them for his purposes.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book.  I do not generally give 5 stars on my reviews, unless it is a story that will stay in my memory bank forever.  This is one of those stories.  At first I thought that there were too many characters introduced into the storyline and I didn't know how I would keep them straight, but the stories  of each character was so interesting, that I had to keep reading to see how their lives would turn out.   There was the mysterious successful author, the couple who lost their little boy due to a pool growing, the teenager who witnessed her mother's tragic death, the elderly driving instructor and the wife and mother who just found out that her husband is divorcing her for another woman.  My perseverance paid off because all too soon, all the characters were intertwined with each other in a most amazing way.  I hated to see the book end and highly recommend this book to everyone.  I will be getting all of Ms. Musser's  books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The editorial review of this book seemed very intriguing sadly the book itself did not live up to the review. I found it tedious to read, the story line bounced back and forth to different characters and timelines so often one almost needed a pad and pencil to keep track of the characters and plot.
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cherryblossommj More than 1 year ago
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 an...more 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.
bp0602 More than 1 year ago
I have finished reading Words Unspoken by Elizabeth Musser. This is a book I thoroughly enjoyed once I figured out all the different characters. In the beginning it was hard to figure out each character's purpose to the story, but as I read more I loved how the author weaved their stories together. Lissa Randall is a young woman whose life suddenly comes to a halt after a tragic accident claims her mother's life. She lives in fear of driving and with the sound of voices sounding in her head. She begins taking driving lessons with Mr. Ev MacAllister who teaches Lissa more than just about being able to drive again. The characters struggle with the voices they hear playing in their minds. Their struggles are woven together beautifully to create an amazing novel.
AnitaCLee More than 1 year ago
Reading 'Words Unspoken' by Elizabeth Musser took me back to Atlanta and Chattanooga--places in which I've spent lots of time in past years. As I followed the lives of these characters, lovingly crafted by Musser, I traveled the winding roads with them. Along the way the reader meets several people caught up in their own stories, with their own pains and foibles. When the lives of the various people in the novel came together I was reminded of how our lives intertwine in unexpected ways and of how we need each other in order to be whole. Read this book and then allow its subtle, important message to encourage you in your own journey.
anemulligan More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Musser is one of my favorite authors, having penned works like Swan House, The Dwelling Place and Searching for Eternity. But she's outdone even herself. Words Unspoken unfolds like a rose, one layer at a time, revealing the beauty within. Filled with diverse, memorable characters, you meet one then another, until the cast grows to where wonder how all these people are connected. Then, when the first relationship is revealed, it's an Ah-Ha moment. I couldn't put it down. I had to keep reading to discover the next connection. And each one was just right-never "convenient" or contrived. Filled with twists and brilliantly written, Words Unspoken is a must read. As one of those books whose characters linger in my mind, it receives a five-star recommendation from this reviewer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On a recent treasure hunt in my local bookstore, I felt a rush of exhilaration when I stumbled upon Words Unspoken, author Elizabeth Musser's latest novel. An avid fan since The Swan House, I just knew I was in for a treat. And I am pleased to report that Musser, once again, has delivered. I was totally hooked by the first few pages of the prologue. The unfolding mystery of the characters' connections drew me in, and the sweet testimony of God's pursuit of each of them caused me to thank Him yet again for my own salvation. Any novel that is not only a great read but can also cause me to worship my Maker is well worth the recommendation. Enjoy. Donna Pappanastos
linimac More than 1 year ago
I love all the books that this author has written and hope she writes another real soon. Took me right back where I grew up. Fabulous!!! Read it!Be sure to start with the Swan House, Dwelling Place, Searching for Eternity then Words Unspoken.