What's Left Unsaid by Deborah Stone
Kindle Edition, 247 pages
Expected Publication October 28 2018 by Matador
About the Book:
Sasha is just about managing to hold her life together. She is raising her teenage son Zac, coping with an absent husband and caring for her ageing, temperamental and alcoholic mother, as well as holding down her own job. But when Zac begins to suspect that he has a secret sibling, Sasha realises that she must relive the events of a devastating night which she has done her best to forget for the past nineteen years. Sasha’s mother, Annie, is old and finds it difficult to distinguish between past and present and between truth and lies. As Annie sinks deeper back into her past, she revisits the key events in her life which have shaped her emotionally. Through it all, she remains convinced that her dead husband Joe is watching and waiting for her. But there’s one thing she never told him, and as painful as it is for her to admit the truth, Annie is determined to go to Joe with a guilt-free conscience. As the plot unfurls, traumas are revealed and lies uncovered, revealing long-buried secrets which are at the root of Annie and Sasha’s fractious relationship.
I love stories about family and this was an emotional journey for each of the members. For all their differences they had a lot in common and they each have secrets of their own. Everyone had a major event in their life that they had to overcome, yet they all found a way to face their past. There was bickering, grudges, a lack of forgiveness and a turbulent beginning, but then compassion led to understanding.
Deborah Stone's wonderful, warm writing made What's Left Unsaid an absolute joy to read. It's a special book filled with many precious moments, complex secrets and relationships. I loved the story from beginning to end. Her humor, engaging characters, and charming nostalgic setting was all there. This is a wonderful story full of bittersweet memories, sadness, happiness, laughter and definitely some tears. A heartwarming read that will keep you interested until the end and rooting for everyone in the family to find their happy ending.
What's Left Unsaid is a brilliant touching story about unconditional love and family, it's beautifully written with sensitivity and compassion.
Thank you NetGalley, Matador and Deborah Stone for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.