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This is one of my favorite books ... namely because it begins with a scene based on truth. It snowed the day we buried my Uncle Jimmy. The snow wasn't blinding. Not a snow-storm. Just flakes of snow floating from heaven. The thought of the day and its moments caused me to jump up, run down the hall to my home office, and write the opening words of "Things Left Unspoken." 
The rest of the book was based on truth. What if, I asked. And then the story told itself.

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Every family--and every house--has its secrets.

Jo-Lynn Hunter is at a crossroads in life when her great-aunt Stella insists that she return home to restore the old family manse in sleepy Cottonwood, Georgia. Jo-Lynn longs to get her teeth into a noteworthy and satisfying project. And it's the perfect excuse for some therapeutic time away from her husband.

Beneath the dust and the peeling wallpaper, things are not what they seem, and what Jo-Lynn doesn't know about her family holds just as many surprises. Was her great-grandfather the pillar of the community she thought he was? What is Aunt Stella hiding? And will her own marriage survive the renovation?

Jo-Lynn isn't sure she wants to know the truth--but sometimes the truth has a way of making itself known.

"A lovely and deeply moving story. I didn't just read this story, I lived it!"--Ann Tatlock, award-winning author of The Returning

"Eva Marie takes her readers on a delightful ride of rediscovery, remodeling, and re-evaluating."--Denise Hildreth, author of the Savannah series, Flies on the Butter, and The Will of Wisteria

Eva Marie Everson is an award-winning author, a successful speaker, and a popular radio personality. She is coauthor of the Potluck Club series and the Potluck Catering Club series. Things Left Unspoken was inspired by her own Southern family history.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Original edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800732731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800732738
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I don't often take the time to read novels these days, but when my friend Eva Marie Everson wrote Things Left Unspoken, I had to read it. Reading a novel is a guilty pleasure for me, and if I take the time to read, I want it to be good.

Things Left Unspoken did not disappoint. Each chapter pulled me into the next. I found myself living the life of Jo-Lynn as she struggled with her own now-empty marriage, and found the perfect work project to buy her time while she sorted through her thoughts and feelings. Marriage is often hard, and many women will identify with this angst. I am so committed to the sanctity of marriage, but I didn't want to see any superficial treatment here.

And I didn't. There was depth of character throughout, and twists and turns of plot to keep me guessing right to the end.

I'm going to recommend this to my friends. And I am already looking forward to Eva Marie's next novel!
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I (Karen T. Fahel, Leigh's wife) just finished this book. I LOVED it! It's really hard to describe. It's not a mystery, although there are mysteries and questions that needed solving. It's not a "chick book", but does have a couple of great love stories within it. It's not a crime drama, but it does have criminals and police. It is just a great book with colorful southern characters, emotion, humor, excitement, characters that you can actually care about...and a solid storyline to boot (not to mention a FASCINATING back-story that is unforgettable).

I'll try to describe the storyline without giving too much away. Jo-Lynn Hunter, a married, childless woman in her 50s, is hired to renovate her great-aunt's home, in a large project to renovate her childhood hometown into a combination of tourist area and wholesome place to live. In the process, she faces the problems with her husband, her family, and secrets from the past.

The characters really come alive in this book; after a while, you really feel like you know them personally. The descriptions are so vivid that you feel like you're sitting right with them; you can feel the dust in the attic, the cushions on the couch, the chill in the air. In a scene in a teahouse, I could almost hear the clinking of silverware on china and murmurs of conversation around "our" table.

Not only would I recommend this book highly, I am looking forward to a re-read!
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I agree with J. Caine from CA. The numerous descriptive sentences made me think that the author was trying to fill a "word" quota rather than enhance what you are reading. I was disappointed in this book and wouldn't recommend. It has a good basic story line but there should have been more character development/flashbacks with Valentine, Stella and Lilly Beth. Jo-Lynn and Evan were not interesting main characters.
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Things Left Unspoken by Eva Marie Everson is three hundred and eighty-one pages of pure Southern delight. The novel allows the reader to adventure through life, romance, true love, wisdom gained with age and life experiences, dealing with life's curve balls, conflicts of love and life, heartaches that make us stronger, and God's fingerprints on our lives to make us the people He wants us to become. If you enjoy Southern fiction, you'll love this novel. I devoured it in a couple of days.

Jo Lynn Hunter and her Aunt Stella make it women's fiction. Jo Lyn deals with current marriage problems and feels she's not at home in the life her husband has chosen for them. Something is missing and leaves her feeling empty inside. At life's crossroads, she takes on a project to rebuild an old Southern family home and finds herself restored in the process. Family secrets reveal their ugly challenges and place Jo Lynn in extreme danger. She rises to the challenge and refuses to be chased from her project of love.

Aunt Stella illustrates true love and the wisdom of ripe old age. Valentine, her teenage love, grows into a wise elderly man, who declares if the foundation is strong, anything can be rebuilt. Jo Lynn learns the secrets of the past and the treasures for a happy future, even as she learns some things are best left unspoken.
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The renovation of a Victorian home is the glue for a mystery that involves the "unspoken" past of the heroine's 90-year-old aunt, the unspoken secret of the old house, and the unspoken words in a failing marriage. I wasn't "gripped" by this story, but I finished it because the old woman's story was the most interesting part.
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I enjoy this type of book, but this one was bad. There were 2 families related through 4 generations. There were so many people I needed a roster to remember who was who. It was also written jumping back and forth over 100 years. By the end there were still a few people not accounted for in how they were related. I wouldn't suggest taking the time to read it. There are better books.
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With each page I was pulled deeper and deeper into this slice of Southern fiction. I wanted to know the "secret" they were hiding, the secret the house held, the secret the town held. As I read, I fell in love with the lead character. She was confident, strong-willed, and yet longed for what it appeared she could not have- the respect of her husband. Then, as I was lulled into a rhythm by the daily dealings in this pictureque southern town with its vivid and rich imagery, wham, the "secret" was revealed. I may have let out an audible "Ohhh, my." I don't want to give it away, but you just have to read this book. It is so beautifully written, so true-to-form of southern towns, you'll delight in each page turn. I loved this book so much that for weeks I've been sending all my friends to go get their copies- because I'm not giving them mine!
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