The Things We Cannot Say

The Things We Cannot Say

A searing page-turner of family secrets and the legacy of war by the Top 10 bestselling Australian author of BEFORE I LET YOU GO


2019

Life changed beyond recognition for Alice when her son, Eddie, was born with autism spectrum disorder. She must do everything to support him, but at what cost to her family? When her cherished grandmother is hospitalised, a hidden box of mementoes reveals a tattered photo of a young man, a tiny leather shoe and a letter. Her grandmother begs Alice to return to Poland to see what became of those she held dearest.

WWII

Alina and Tomasz are childhood sweethearts. The night before he leaves for college, Tomasz proposes marriage. But when their village falls to the Nazis, Alina doesn’t know if Tomasz is alive or dead.

2019

In Poland, separated from her family, Alice begins to uncover the story her grandmother is so desperate to tell, and discovers a love that bloomed in the winter of 1942. As a painful family history comes to light, will the struggles of the past and present finally reach a heartbreaking resolution?

Inspired by the author’s own family history, The Things We Cannot Say unearths a tragic love story and a family secret whose far-reaching effects will alter lives forever.

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“In The Things We Cannot Say, Kelly Rimmer deftly weaves together the narratives of Alina, a young woman struggling to survive the Second World War in Poland and Alice, a mother and wife juggling the intergenerational complexities of modern family.  Their stories converge when Alice undertakes a journey to uncover the secrets of her dying grandmother’s past.  Fans of The Nightingale and Lilac Girls will adore The Things We Cannot Say, a poetic and  unforgettable tale of the past that is always with us, the truth that sets us free and the long journey home.” Pam Jenoff, NYT Bestselling Author of The Orphans’ Tale

Me Without You

If you enjoyed Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, One Day by David Nicholls, or The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks – then make time for Kelly Rimmer’s stunning, heartbreaking novel Me Without You.

A story of how love can break our hearts – and heal them.
A year ago I met the love of my life. For two people who didn’t believe in love at first sight, we came pretty close.
Lilah MacDonald – beautiful, opinionated, stubborn and all kinds of wonderful in ways that words could never quite capture. The woman who taught me to live again.

My Lilah, who gave me so much, and yet kept from me a secret that she knew would break my heart.

My name is Callum Roberts, and this is our story.

Me Without You is a book to make you smile, bring you to tears and remind you to hold on tightly to those you love.

Praise

I laughed, I cried my eyes out, but most importantly, I loved this story. The author succeeded in providing a crystal clear view into the heart and soul of both characters. My heart felt the troubles and the love between them. This was the first book I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be the last.’

Goodreads reviewer

I connected with these characters from the very beginning. I am a very visual reader and I imagine every detail of what I am reading, in my head, as if I am watching a movie as I go along. This book make it so easy to do that. The details were incredible and well thought out and the characters were well developed.’

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The Secret Daughter

As I saw my new-born baby’s face for the first time I tried desperately to capture her face in my mind—to stamp it onto my eyelids. As she was taken from me I knew I might never see my daughter again.
38 years later…
‘You were adopted’. Three short words and Sabina’s life fractures. There would forever be a Before those words, and an After.
Pregnant with her own child, Sabina can’t understand how a mother could abandon her daughter, or why her parents have kept the past a secret.

Determined to find the woman who gave her away, what she discovers will change everything, not just for Sabina, but for the women who have loved her all these years.

From the bestselling author of Me Without You comes another touching, beautifully told story about the pain of separation and the enduring strength of love.

Praise

‘This was such a moving story, convincingly told. It is almost as though you are reading a memoir rather than a novel.’

Goodreads reviewer

‘What a beautifully written and emotional story. Kelly has a convincing way of writing and it’s hard to believe that this is a work of fiction and not someone’s biography.’

Goodreads reviewer

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When I Lost You

Do you ever wish you had the chance to meet someone again for the first time?
When Leo and Molly met and married, they believed they were invincible. Together they could take on the world. But Leo, a war correspondent, lives for life on the edge, and when he takes a step into the unknown, tragedy strikes and he loses his memory. Molly rushes to help him fill in the gaps and soon they start falling in love all over again.
The trouble is, Molly is hiding something. Something big. The devoted wife at Leo’s bedside is a sham; Leo and Molly’s marriage was on the rocks long before Leo’s accident.

The closer Molly gets to her husband the more scared she becomes that he will remember. As Leo’s memory begins to trickle back will Molly lose the man she loves for a second time?

An emotional, heartbreaking read that will restore your faith in the power of love.
If you like to lose yourself in Jojo Moyes or Nicholas Sparks then you will love WHEN I LOST YOU, the deeply moving new novel from Kelly Rimmer.

Praise

‘A celebration of love …I was devastated when it ended’

Big Little Sister

‘This is one of those stories that plays like a movie in your mind. I was entirely invested in Molly and Leo and their struggle to put their marriage back together. I got teary eyed quite a few times. It’s a beautiful story of a marriage in jeopardy and the ultimate redemption of this storied couple. An unbelievable book and reading experience.’

A Hopeless Romantic’s Booklandia Blog

‘A beautiful second chance love story’

Always Write Club

‘Beautifully written and heartbreaking …I completely lost myself in this book

Louise Jensen

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A Mother’s Confession

Your husband took his own life. Tell the truth and destroy what’s left of your family. Or keep a secret that will tear you apart. What would you do?

Olivia and David were the perfect couple with their whole lives in front of them. When beautiful baby daughter Zoe came along, their world seemed complete.

But now David is dead and Olivia’s world is in pieces. While she is consumed with grief, her mother-in-law Ivy is also mourning the loss of her son. Both women are hiding secrets about the man they loved. Secrets that have put the family in danger.

Something was very wrong in Olivia and David’s marriage. Can Olivia and Ivy break their silence and speak the truth? A mother should protect her child, whatever the cost… shouldn’t she?

From the bestselling author of The Secret Daughter and Me Without You comes another emotionally gripping and gut-wrenching read about love, loss and the strength of a mother’s love.

Praise

‘A simply incredible book …gripping and moving this is going straight into my top ten reads of 2016

The Book Club

‘I am blown away …I am simply just in awe of this story’

Must Read Soon

What a beautifully written book. Kelly Rimmer completely masters telling the same story from different time and character perspectives.’

Big Sis Little Sis

‘An emotional read that covers the full scale of human emotions … I do recommend that you have a box of hankies at the ready! Five stars.’

Book Literati

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Before I Let You Go

The 2:00 a.m. call is the first time Lexie Vidler has heard her sister’s voice in years. Annie is a drug addict, a thief, a liar—and in trouble, again. Lexie has always bailed Annie out, given her money, a place to sleep, sent her to every kind of rehab. But this time, she’s not just strung out—she’s pregnant and in premature labor. If she goes to the hospital, she’ll lose custody of her baby—maybe even go to prison. But the alternative is unthinkable.

As the weeks unfold, Lexie finds herself caring for her fragile newborn niece while her carefully ordered life is collapsing around her. She’s in danger of losing her job, and her fiancé only has so much patience for Annie’s drama. In court-ordered rehab, Annie attempts to halt her downward spiral by confronting long-buried secrets from the sisters’ childhoods, ghosts that Lexie doesn’t want to face. But will the journey heal Annie, or lead her down a darker path?

Both candid and compassionate, Before I Let You Go explores a hotly divisive topic and asks how far the ties of family love can be stretched before they finally break.

Praise

‘Get ready for fireworks in your book club when you read Kelly Rimmer’s Before I Let You Go! One of the best books for discussion that I’ve read in years.’

Diane Chamberlain
New York Times bestselling author

‘Kelly Rimmer writes with wisdom and compassion about the relationships between sisters, mother and daughter, aunt and niece. She captures the anguish of addiction, the agonizing conflict between an addict’s best and worst selves … this is a novel about the deepest love possible.’

Luanne Rice
New York Times bestselling author

‘Ripped from the headlines and from the heart, Before I Let You Go is an unforgettable novel that will amaze and startle you with its impact and heart’

Patti Callahan Henry
New York Times bestselling author

‘Rimmer’s timely novel captures the unbreakable bond of two sisters and humanizes the difficult intersection of the opioid epidemic and the justice system’

Publishers Weekly

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