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Title: The Things We Leave Unfinished
Author: Rebecca Yarros
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Entangled: Amara
I couldn’t write my review immediately after finishing reading this book. I needed time to think, to recover and process everything that happened, time to recover from one of the best books I’ve ever read. This is a brilliant, emotive, dual timeline story, following the war time experiences of Scarlett and her sister Constance and the contemporary experiences of their great-granddaughter, Georgia Stanton. It is a poignant story, full of surprises and one that will stay with me for a long time.
Following the death of her Gran, a world renowned romance author, Georgia Stanton returns to her hometown. She’s had a traumatic time, losing her Gran, divorcing her cheating husband, being splattered across the media . . . . She’s inherited her Gran’s home and is shocked to find her mother staying there and arranging for the unfinished autobiographic manuscript of her Gran to be completed and published despite it being part of Georgia’s inheritance. Sparks fly between Georgia and Noah Harrison, the author who has been invited to finish the story. As they discover more about Scarlett and Constance’s lives through the manuscript and correspondence, their war time romances and experiences make emotive reading. This is skilfully intertwined with the developing romance between Georgia and Noah, making this a superb read that I didn’t want to put down until I’d finished it. It is a story of very different families, there’s danger, true love, secrets and surprises as Georgia has gifts arriving that her Gran arranged to be delivered at different times, including some a letter with shocking revelations, too……
I won’t leave this review unfinished. It is a story I hope you’ll find the opportunity to read. It is superbly written, skilfully linking the threads from the different eras, creating an amazing, heartbreaking and heartwarming story. I can’t recommend it highly enough but do suggest you have the tissues on hand, just in case you need them! If you enjoy this story, I also suggest you read ‘The Last Letter‘ by the same author – another unforgettable, moving, read.
My thanks to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for my copy of this astounding book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
Told in alternating timelines, THE THINGS WE LEAVE UNFINISHED examines the risks we take for love, the scars too deep to heal, and the endings we can’t bring ourselves to see coming.
Twenty-eight-year-old Georgia Stanton needs to start over. Having survived a brutal and very public divorce, she’s back in her tiny hometown of Poplar Grove, Colorado, hoping to find her footing. She may have been raised by one of the greatest romance writers of the twentieth century, Scarlett Stanton, but she knows love in the real world is nothing like her late great-grandmother’s novels.
Noah Harrison has been given the opportunity of a lifetime: complete the last unpublished manuscript written by his favorite author. The only caveat? Her fiery, beautiful great-granddaughter has to agree with him…and she doesn’t. Not that he’s qualified as a huge bestseller in his own right, and especially not that a happily-ever-after is the right way to end Scarlett’s story. With his publisher’s deadline breathing down his neck, Noah sets off for Colorado to try to convince her.
The deeper Georgia and Noah delve into Scarlett’s passionate, World War II romance with American fighter pilot Jameson Stanton—and the letters they left behind—the harder they’ll have to fight their own undeniable attraction. But there’s a reason Scarlett could never bring herself to finish the manuscript, and discovering the truth will bring them into a love story spanning two lifetimes: a journey of danger and sacrifice, loyalty and secrets, tragedy and, ultimately, the healing power of love.