Things Left Unsaid

Things Left Unsaid

by Courtney Walsh

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ISBN-13: 9781503901476
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 144,208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Courtney Walsh is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist as well as an artist, theater director, and playwright. She is the author of the Sweethaven series—including A Sweethaven Summer, which was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category—as well as the small-town romances Paper Hearts, Change of Heart, Just Look Up, and the forthcoming Just Let Go. Things Left Unsaid is her ninth novel. She lives in Illinois, where she and her husband own a performing-arts studio and youth theater. They have three children. Visit Courtney online at www.courtneywalshwrites.com.

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Things Left Unsaid 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Becky6 6 days ago
Courtney Walsh is one of my favorite authors so I don’t even read need to read the synopsis on the back of the book because I already know I’m going to love it. That was exactly the case with “Things Left Unsaid“. Each character is diverse. Some characters were young while some were older. Some characters were single while some were married or about to get married. Some characters were strong believers in Jesus Christ while others were struggling to find their own faith. The 10 year anniversary for a loved one’s death is quickly approaching and each character is hurting in different ways. I found myself emphasizing with Lyndie during her journey throughout the book. If you’re looking for an emotional rollercoaster, then this would be one for you. I found myself aching, crying, and mourning with each character, cheered when characters found healing, restoration, and redemption. This is also a brilliant story that shows the power of forgiveness, not just from the Cross, but also for ourselves and others we’ve hurt in our pasts. Trigger Warning: While none of the scenes go into detail of any kind, there are characters who reference to pre-marital sex and alcohol. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
MelissaF 8 days ago
This book is not a light read. Courtney did a wonderful job of making each of the characters feelings and struggled feel overwhelmingly real. I felt their sadness, confusion and brokenness. Secrets don’t do anyone any good. I just wanted everyone to get real with each other and be who God created them to be and stop believing the lies that they should keep things bottled up. This is a beautiful story, I couldn’t put it down, but as I said not a light story at all. These are real people with real problems. A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.
BethErin 8 days ago
Painful memories and grief remain to plague Lyndie and Elle a decade after the tragic and preventable death of their friend, Cassie, while her family struggles to overcome the fractures that continue to grow between them. Things Left Unsaid depicts the prison of bitterness, blame, and addiction, the power of communication and forgiveness, and the sufficiency of saving grace. Walsh expresses the emotions of her characters with respectful yet bold authenticity. Borrowing from C.S. Lewis, her stories aren’t safe but they are good. Reader hearts will ache and cry and mourn yet the healing, restoration, and redemption are worth the cost and more. I highly recommend this story and plan to purchase my own copy to place on my all-time favorites shelf. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
JudyinHuntsvilleAL 10 days ago
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!!
JudyinHuntsvilleAL 10 days ago
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!!
lmbartelt 11 days ago
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.
swissgranny 11 days ago
This book should come with a warning—your heart is going to be wrenched apart! What a rip-roaring emotional roller coaster ride this took me on. Courtney Walsh has created an amazing cast of realistic, multi-layered, and engaging characters and a background that is heart-breaking. The story is written from multiple points of view of people that are affected deeply by the tragedy of the death of Cassie Jacobs ten years earlier. Her friends, Lyndie and Elle, her brother Tucker and his family, and Elle’s fiancé Travis and his family, all come together with their deep wounds and grief, and feelings of guilt and regret. The author slowly unfolds the happenings of that long-ago tragedy and then starts healing broken hearts and lives. The story is perfectly paced, beautifully written, and vividly shows the efffects of not communicating feelings and heartaches with those we love. I loved the tender messages of forgiveness, mercy, redemption, and grace woven throughout the story. Things Left Unsaid is gritty and realistic, emotional and heart-wrenching, but it also left me with a feeling of hope and a resolve to show forgiveness of others. I’ve read several of Courtney Walsh’s books, but I feel this is her best yet. It’s definitely one for the keeper shelf. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher/NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
AnOpenBookFamily 13 days ago
Friends and family return to the resort-town of Sweethaven, Michigan, for a wedding exactly 10 years after an accidental drowning death that profoundly affected them all. They each bring a boatload of secrets, emotional baggage, guilt, and shame along for the ride. One by one, these uncommunicative souls break free from a painful past by confessing their involvement in the drowning accident and their past transgressions, enabling them to begin to live freely again. Well-written and with well-developed characters, Courtney Walsh gives you enough hints as to who has done what with and to whom to keep you turning the pages. There's a tender second-chance romance and a peek inside the ailing marriage of a long-married couple, which I particularly enjoyed. Also includes important lessons about giving voice to your sins and forgiveness (of yourself and others).
Phyllis_H 14 days ago
An emotionally charged story My rating is 4.5 stars Elle 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. Read with a Preview at AmongTheReads.net I was given a free copy of this item. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Abold24 14 days ago
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.
KathrynVoss 15 days ago
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.
Bringingupbooks 15 days ago
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!
lilacqueen75 15 days ago
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! 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.*
irishniff 15 days ago
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.