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The Things We Don't Say

A Novel
Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Summary

A beguiling painting holds the secrets of a woman’s past and calls into question everything she thought she knew about the man she loved…

Nearly sixty years ago, renowned London artist Patrick Adams painted his most famous work: a portrait of his beloved Emma Temple, a fellow bohemian with whom he shared his life. Years after Patrick’s death, ninety-year-old Emma still has the painting hanging over her bed at their country home as a testament to their love.

To Emma’s granddaughter, Laura, the portrait is also a symbol of so much to come. The masterpiece is serving as collateral to pay Laura’s tuition at a prestigious music school. Then the impossible happens when an appraiser claims the painting is a fraud. For Laura, the accusation jeopardizes her future. For Emma, it casts doubt on everything she believed about her relationship with Patrick. Laura is determined to prove that Patrick did indeed paint the portrait. Both her grandmother’s and Patrick’s legacies are worth fighting for.

As the stories of two women entwine, it’s time for Emma to summon up the past - even at the risk of revealing its unspoken secrets.

©2018 Ella Carey (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Monica
  • 28-07-18

Not what I usually read however the author took me on a glorious experience.

My favorite quotes that sums up this book and resonates with me is- “As I get older, I’m coming to believe that being in love is less and less important, but loving people is more so. Friendship is the thing. Loving one’s friends. And accepting them as they are.”
This story encompasses mystery, art, music, history and a very different kind of love story. It touched on some interesting themes about life and love. Although I didn’t agree with the choices made by Emma, I loved her consistency to her true self. Author allows you to see and feel the settings and emotions of the characters she devised. Recommended reading.

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  • LilMissMolly
  • 16-07-19

Sweeping tale spanning over 80 years

Ella Carey has a way of weaving a tale that spans a century. In this tale, we observe a bohemian artist grandmother relieving her youth during WWI that leads to consequences affecting her musically talented granddaughter.

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  • Tamara
  • 15-06-19

Entertaining if a bit over dramatic

This story kept me engaged. I wanted to see the Central mystery unraveled. All came to a satisfying conclusion. The reading and the tone of the writing were a bit overwrought, which is what makes my overall rating just an average 3 stars. The whole thing was kind of a soap opera with a decent mystery imbedded.

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  • jmfree13
  • 11-05-19

True Love no matter your passion

this novel truly brought home the depths of love between Emma and Patrick in spite of the multi layered differences in their beginnings, the Art, the emotional Drama, Two World Wars and the Love of Art, Music, Romance and how Eternity has many answers

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  • Sandra StP
  • 19-12-18

Couldn’t listen

The narrators voice was so annoyingly boring that I couldn’t take it anymore and stopped listening. It MAY be a very fine story, but I’ll never know

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  • 80 Oaks
  • 18-09-18

Really enjoyed

I really enjoyed the story, characters and style of this novel. Multi generation family stories always interest me.

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  • Claudia Black
  • 01-09-18

Nostalgic read

Though there were times that I got a little lost and disoriented with the happenings and who’s who of their art group, I overall enjoyed this book. Just imagine if more people would refuse to fight and rather live in harmonious community (not saying at all though that we should remain bystanders in the light of cruelty against others).
It was beautiful as a reader to be witness to Emma’s & Patrick’s deeply committed love for each other.

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  • Teresa
  • 07-07-18

Complex

The story weaves from the 1920’s to 1980 seamlessly. It was a complex story but I didn’t get lost. The ending was a surprise and came across as being realistic.

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  • Fisco
  • 19-08-18

THE THINGS WE DON'T SAY

I enjoyed the story line. The depth of characters of the hero and heroine and above all the way the book ended. I love books that have happy endings.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 09-07-18

Very enjoyable

I liked this a lot. I'm a fan of the genre that brings in the past and melds it with the present. The narration by Henrietta Meire was perfect. I never guessed the resolution of the "mystery" of the painting. This book was quite delightful. I've never read anything by Ella Carey until now. I doubt this will be my last.

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