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The Things We Need to Say: An emotional, uplifting story of hope from bestselling author Rachel Burton Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 1113 KB
- Publication Date : May 11, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 288 pages
- Publisher : HQ Digital (May 11, 2018)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B076PV3DZ7
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Best Sellers Rank: #106,888 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Once upon a time Fran and Will had it all! They were deeply in love and had their lives in front of them until they didn’t. Grief can do devastating damage to a marriage that was one of the strongest. So, Fran needs to find herself again, so she leaves to teach a yoga retreat in Spain with Will’s blessing. He even thinks it would be good for her. Neither one will realize that it will shine a light on the cracks of their marriage, and each will have to decide if their love is worth fighting for.
The chapters are told in alternating POVs which any one who knows me knows that I love that, especially in a book like this one. It was heartbreaking to see how much each of them hurt and sometimes kept that hurt from each other, taking it upon themselves instead of trusting the other with it. Just as I thought there might be no hope left, fate stepped in to maybe give them a second chance.
As I have written before, I love reading an author’s acknowledgements. Sometimes it can give you a deeper understanding of who the writer is. It amazed me that Burton wrote this book at an incredibly difficult time for her. So, I knew this book meant a great deal to her. That is clearly illustrated with every word she wrote. Never have I loved watching a couple make their way back to one another.
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I admit to feeling slightly raw at the moment. The best way I can describe it is - you know that shiny veneer we put on to mask our emotions from the outside world? Yeah *nods head* well, I feel as if that has been rubbed away and all my thoughts and feelings have been exposed for the world to see. Trust me, not a pretty look *snorts*
Fran and Will’s story just got to me, especially Fran. She burrowed her way in under my skin. I lived this book with her. Every hope, dream, loss, or hurt, I experienced as if it was happening to me. I can’t tell you why *shrugs* Maybe it’s because we are of similar ages. Or, maybe it’s because of what I’ve went through the last few months (btw, nothing at all like Fran’s story). Who knows, I just did.
I know every reader takes away something different from a book, but one of the ‘messages’ (for want of a better word) that I took away from TTWNTS was that happiness comes from within. If we can’t be happy within ourselves, nothing and no one if going to change that.
As the story flips from past to present, and is told in different POV, I was able to get in the head of each character and understand them better. Everyone knows I’m an impatient reader, lol. I always want my questions answered there and then. The author did not leave me wanting.
As I read, I like to highlight passages or character quotes from the book which speak to me. I was chuckling to myself at the end when I had a look at my notes section. All but one was from Jake *bites lips* He might not have been in the story much, but me thinks that man has left an impression *winks*
Enough of my waffling. I do hope you take a chance and read Fran and Will’s story. I’m going to be a rebel and give the final word to Jake:
“None of us know how things are going to turn out. There are no certainties. We just have to make the best life we can.”
For me, that’s all any of us can hope for.
I liked this novel, I wasn't as hooked as I was to The Colours of US, however I thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely say it's a fantastic read. I did wish we had been able to see the exchange between Fran and Will later in the book when things unfold and become clear for her, but all in all a beautifully written and heartfelt story. So desperately sad yet an uplifting message. I will be on the lookout for Rachels next book!
This is a wonderfully told story of what happens AFTER girl meets boy and is whisked off into the sunset. We jump in years later after life has taken its toll and things haven't quite turned out as planned. Is the love still there? How do I know if I don't know who I am? And so begins a journey of self discovery with lots of twists and turns and gorgeously, rugged ex flames along the way!
Most of the story is set in Catalonia and I found the descriptions of the people and the area to be spot on!
Fantastic "sequel" to Rachel's debut The Many Colours Of Us and second in the Cambridge Trilogy. Looking forward to book 3!
The premise: Fran (a yoga teacher) and Will (a divorce lawyer) are a couple whose marriage has been strained and broken by tragic circumstances and the subsequent personal trauma that followed. Fran decides that she needs the space and contemplation of a planned yoga retreat (which she will be leading and teaching) to reflect on what has happened to her marriage, to rediscover herself, and to decide what to do next in order to move on with her life, including whether Will shall be a part of it. What follows is not a simple and biased story, nor one that feels tired and superficial, but a deeply personal and touching account of how deeply human lives are affected by personal grief, and the consequences of this. (I won't give any more specific plot details here, so as not to spoil the plot for other prospective readers!)
A key device employed by Burton, as in her debut novel, namely that of mixing up different perspectives and time periods, is once again employed extremely effectively here. For such a story it would be easy to tell it all in first-person narrative, to indulge in the perspective of Fran and so make the novel very one-sided in its telling. No one is entirely blameless - grief manifests itself in so many different ways for different people, sometimes causing them to act in a way that unintentionally causes harm to others. The novel is told predominantly in the third person narrative, in the style 'in medias res' (starting the narrative in the middle of the story, not in a linear fashion) following the personal stories of BOTH Fran and Will after Fran's departure for Spain, also of a couple of the women on Fran's yoga retreat. Intermittently this is punctuated by excerpts in first-person from Fran's perspective, the only linear part of the narrative, so that her own personal journey underscores the narrative without controlling it. The reader can therefore get deep inside the heads of the different characters and understand them. All of this makes Rachel Burton all the more reliable as a writer, since she has defiantly chosen to show life in all its complexities and with all its complications, thus creating something that is real and credible.
For these reasons, it is easy for the reader to invest in the stories of all the novel's characters - both the two principals and also the other more incidental characters met along the way - which leads me to the novel's greatest strength: a sense of true humanity. All voices are heard and given value. The characters are real people going through real trials, facing circumstances and inner conflicts that will be recognisable to a wide audience of readers, and as such do not conform to unrealistic romantic stereotypes. Rachel Burton's skill lies in her deeply personal understanding of each and every one of her characters, which underpins the whole of this novel. For instance, Fran is a yoga teacher who has spent time in both London and Cambridge; the detail in relation to both of these aspects comes from a writer who has experienced them in her own life and career, so is intimately connected with the story of her main protagonist. There is also a great amount of detail given in the description of Salou, and the other parts of that region where the yoga retreat is based - both in terms of the place and of the language and characters of the local people. This is a novelist who has put great dedication into her research, creating a story that is recognisable and without frills or unnecessary fantasies.. The novel therefore comes from a place of truth and wisdom, grounded in reality.
The novel's title, 'The Things We Need To Say', highlights its key message: when life is at its bleakest it is very common that we react by retreating into ourselves, denying both our own feelings and those of those close to us, rather than go through the further pain of confronting and dealing with those feelings. As mentioned in the acknowledgments at the end, Rachel Burton has been through the same tragic loss of her mother as Fran. She describes the immense emotional challenge she went through in writing this novel, since she had to confront the same personal loss, but the process has in fact been cathartic, allowing her to accept herself and be at peace with her past, to move forward in the present. This is no easy path, but it is the only one.
I will say no more here, other than to strongly encourage anyone who knows what it is to experience grief and the struggle with personal emotions and circumstance to read this novel, especially if they have also enjoyed Rachel Burton's previous work. I applaud her for the courage she has shown in telling what is evidently a deeply personal story, and her generosity in using this to reach out to her readers to inspire and encourage them. As yoga retreat attendee molly observes: "I've realised that happiness doesn't come from external things or people or experiences...It comes from inside, as though there's a light shining inside us all, guiding us home."