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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (February 19)

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by from I’d Rather Be At The Beach who posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

I read an awful lot of crime fiction but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy other genres, I do, and Kelly Rimmer is one of the authors whose ‘Women’s Fiction’ appeals when I fancy a change from blood and gore.

Her latest novel, based on her only family history, The Things We Cannot Say is due to be published on 7 March 2019.


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?

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

Prologue Soviet Union – 1942

The priest presiding over my wedding was half-starved, half-frozen and wearing rags, but he was resourceful; he’d blessed a chunk of mouldy bread from breakfast to serve as a communion wafer.


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Well for one sentence that conjures up an entire backdrop to the book for me – what do you think?

 Would you keep reading?