Words Unspoken

Words Unspoken

by Elizabeth Musser

NOOK Book(eBook)

$1.99 $6.99 Save 72% Current price is $1.99, Original price is $6.99. You Save 72%.
View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441207173
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 155,904
File size: 819 KB

About 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.
Elizabeth Musser, an Atlanta native, lives in southern France with her husband and their two sons. Her acclaimed novel, The Swan House, was a Book Sense bestseller list in the Southeast and was selected as one of the top Christian books for 2001 by Amazon's editors. Searching for Eternity is her sixth novel. Visit Elizabeth's website at www.elizabethmusser.com

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Words Unspoken 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 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
julyso on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Lissa Randall is trying to learn how to live after losing her mom to a terrible car accident that she feels responsible for. She struggles with guilt ,and she hasn't driven since the accident. She feels a disconnect with her father and feels he blames her for the accident. Lissa is trying get her act together, she is tired of being stuck and is ready to move on...she just doesn't know how. Through Lissa, we meet several other people connected to her story and we also learn about their lives and how they help Lissa through her pain.I also received this book through the Early Reviewers program at Library Thing. I had no idea it was a Christian fiction book when I requested it, I just thought the book sounded good. I didn't love all the religious passages, but they didn't bother me. The story is very complicated and there are lots of characters that just don't seem to fit together. In the end, however, it all comes together to make a good story and one that I did enjoy.
scarvell on LibraryThing 7 months ago
When I started reading Words Unspoken, I thought it would be more about Lissa Randall and her life following a tragic accident that killed her mother and was a bit annoyed with so many character being developed at once. I did assume that they would all connect some how, and did enjoy reading their connections when they finally took place. I still felt that some of the characters could have been more developed had more time been spent on them, especially Lissa. It was refreshing to have the story written in different views because of the style Musser uses, but I felt some characters were underdeveloped.I enjoyed the Christian emphasis, even though I didn't know that this book was Christian fiction when I started reading it. I found it enjoyable to have the bible intertwined in the story, and the message brought about from this. Musser was able to illustrate Christian morals through her character's lives and how thier lives were changed when they became Christians. Musser's character's seemed to gain peace when they began to believe that their is a God who is in control of their lives and that there is a reason for the many coincidences they've encountered. All in all, this book eventually kept my attention and I was very interested in how the story would play out. I was pleasantly surpised with the ending, and the direction the character's lives were heading.
MsGemini on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is a coming of age story of a young women,Lissa Randall. The story starts with a tragic event in her life and then restarts 2 years later as she is trying to put her life back together. The characters are realistic and well developed. There are a few different stories going on at the same time, adding to the interest of this book.This was the first I had heard of Elizabeth Musser. I read she was a Southern author but did not realize this book was Christian Fiction. This is not a genre, I usually read and was pleasantly surprised by this story.
TonyaSB on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I received Words Unspoken from the March batch of Early Reviews from LibraryThing. This is my very first ARC. I was so excited! I know that a lot of people get advanced copies but it's never happened to me before so I was thrilled. Unfortunately, I didn't know this author or any of her previous works. I just signed up for this book based on the description. It sounded intriguing.I was not aware that Elizabeth Musser writes Christian Fiction when I signed up to get this book. There's nothing in the description of the book or on her LibraryThing page that would have led me to believe she was Christian Fiction author. I have nothing against Christian Fiction, per se, but since it is not my faith I have a hard time enjoying books with such a strong Christian theme.The story is actually pretty good and I got very engrossed in what was happening with Lissa and Ev and all the other characters revolving throughout their lives. I found that I even enjoyed Musser's writing style in spite of the constant pressure to believe that the only way to live a moral life is to live a Christian life. I guess that's the biggest problem I have with Christian Fiction. It IS possible to live a moral and non-materialistic life without being Christian but often in these books the people who are immoral or living life for monetary reasons are the ones who aren't living a Christian life. The people who have everything work out in their favor are the ones who either are already living a Christian life or come around to it in the end. I understand the reason these authors are writing in this style is to get across a certain message, but I feel slightly insulted to have someone infer that my life is being lived immorally or simply incorrectly because I am not Christian.The only real problem I had with the story itself is the way in which non-white people are portrayed. The only black person in the book is a porter or butler (that's never made clear) at a country club. In my mind, a person in a prominent position like this needs to be at least a little educated and would speak as if he was. Musser writes his lines in phonetically. For example, one of the things he says OFTEN is "Sho' Nuf'." It is obvious that she is writing his lines with not only his accent emphasized but also to show that he is not educated. She mentions several times the accents of other people but does not write their lines phonetically. This is a major problem for me. Why is only the 1 black person treated this way in your novel? The other "non-whites" are a few Muslim women that one of the characters is a missionary to in France. Here's a another instance where I was insulted that it is inferred they are only worth something because they've come to the "right" faith and left the "wrong" one.Seriously, though, other than this main problem and my not agreeing with the message of the book, I enjoyed the story. If you can get passed the way the porter/butler is treated and enjoy Christian Fiction, I recommend you pick up this book.
joeypod on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I received this book as part of the Early Reviewers group. I didn't realize it was religious based until I was already reading it. At the start of the story it was a little difficult because of the number of characters introduced and keeping up with each one's story line. But I found I really enjoyed discovering how all the characters and stories fit together. The story itself is very interesting. Some of the religious passages were a little over the top but that may be just because I don't really read this genre. However, I still liked the story and characters. The religious aspects weren't so much that they turned me off to the storylines. I would feel comfortable passing this on to some of my friends.
erinclark on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Lissa Randall survived a terrible accident that killed her mother. Two years later she is riddled with guilt, is terrified to get behind the wheel and has put her life on hold. Her relationship with her father is strained and they have trouble communicating. With the help of Ev, a kindly driving instructor she takes the plunge and starts to pull the pieces of her life back together, making a new beginning. There are several characters in the story and they become well developed as the story unfolds. In the beginning I was curious on how all these very different people would come together. However, they did and it worked for me. The Christian slant on things kind of bothered me as I don't believe you have to be a Christian to be a good and giving person, but it wasn't too preachy so I can let that go. It is a sweet story of loss, love, and personal growth.
scarpettajunkie on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Words Unspoken by Elizabeth Musser is a multi-plot brilliant gem of a story that will keep you turning pages. The main plot concerns Lisa Randall who was planning on Ivy league college until a horrible automobile accident claims her mother's life. The memory of this is preventing Lisa from being able to drive. She learns about Ev MacAllister's driving school which starts the plots of all the secondary characters. I counted seven different plots at one point.At first it seems like a bunch of unrelated vignettes about people needing to find God in their lives but the further you read the more clear it becomes that all these random events that are happening actually have purpose and are not so random. I like that the story is called words unspoken because it ties Lisa's dreams and the voices in her head to the words that Ev MacAllister wants to say but is unable to in the conventional sense all together. Then the story becomes more about what is not being said versus what is communicated and makes you aware of the characters on multiple levels. This story explains the grief and anger when tragedy happens and God seems to be absent. It also shows how God can show up when you least expect him. I wanted to kick butt more than once in this story so I give this book a thumbs up for how involved it made me feel. The characters leaped off the pages and the emotions were vivid.
meags222 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I had a difficult time getting into this book. I grew up in a Catholic household but I am anything but religious now. That being said, after trying to be more open minded I found that I enjoyed this book. I liked the map of secondary characters as well as the internal stuggles of the main character. While not at the top of my favorites list, I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing 7 months 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 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.
mhleigh on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book is many stories woven into one. At the center is Lissa, a teenage girl who is traumatized after witnessing her mother's death in a freeway accident which Lissa feels responsible for. The catastrophe derails her life in every way possible, but now she is ready to take the first step to moving on with her life - learning how to drive again, without panic attacks, which will allow her to be independent, move out of her father's house, maybe go to college. To help her with this goal she is relying upon Ev McAllister, driving school instructor, who specializes in reaching troubled youths. This is just the primary interaction - Words Unspoken has several other stories of various interest levels which come back at the reader at various intervals.I could just not get into this book for any extended amount of time. It is set in 1985, which just serves to make it seem old fashioned and out-of-date - it's not a yay, kick back to the 80s moment, it just adds to the yawn factor. There are a few two many stories, and the interweaving is not done as skillfully as with other authors. It's not a terrible book, but the characters and writing did not keep my interest well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Swan House and loving the way Elizabeth tells a story and brings it all together in the end I could not wait to read more of her books!! Unspoken words did not disappoint! IGod Bless you. I hope you write many more great books like S.A. Green did!
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.