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Things Left Unsaid

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  286 ratings  ·  75 reviews
An emotional novel of family, friendship and forgiveness from Courtney Walsh, the New York Times bestselling author of Hometown Girl.

Lyndie St. James is thrilled that her best friend, Elle, is getting married but unprepared for the emotional storm of the wedding week and returning to her childhood summer home of Sweethaven. The idyllic cottage community harbors some of her
Kindle Edition, 349 pages
Published October 2018
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Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. This is such a powerfully written story that I don't even know where to begin describing it to you, friends! A story of working through hard things and coming out on the other side having more than survived. From first page until the last, I was hooked into the lives of each of the characters. Not one of them has made easy or always right choices. And they struggle. But oh, watching as they push through anyway... As per my usual, it's the characters who make the story for me! :)

Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful, beautiful piece of writing! Tender, heart wrenching. I suspect this concept of keeping the difficult things to ourselves is something everyone could relate to. Such an array of complex characters. I've never read any of the Sweethaven books, so perhaps there is more to all of these people, that I just don’t know about? I’m intrigued. There are so many characters in this story and each one of them play a pivotal role. Well done to Courtney for writing them each so intricately. T ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'She was sitting in the deepest sorrow of her life and she was sinking.'

Things Left Unsaid is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. This one will definitely be in my top ten books of 2018. Courtney Walsh has crafted a novel that pulls at your heart in a way that you won't even begin to imagine.

Lyndie St. James is invited to be her once best friend Elle's maid of honor but she must travel back to Sweethaven to do so, a place she never wants to see again, a place that is the site of inc
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Things Left Unsaid is littered with broken characters resulting from the tragic death of a teenage girl on the brink of adulthood.

I found the characterization of Elle, Tucker, Lyndie, Karen and Davis to be realistic. They all handled grief a little differently and each found they were still drowning in it. As Elle, Tucker and Lyndie return to Sweethaven, they are pressed to confront the pain they are trying to ignore.

While this novel is filled with heartbreak, there is an underlying message of h
Katie W
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this hauntingly beautiful book down, nor could I stop thinking about it when I absolutely did have to set it aside for a moment. This story is all wrapped up in one tragic secret involving a death. Cassie, Lyndie, and Elle were inseparable during the summers while growing up and with Cassie's unexpected death years earlier, the other two have drifted apart.

It's been ten years since Cassie's death and it seems that she was the glue of this broken, tangled cast of characters, yet th
Denise Hershberger
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the most powerful book I've read all year! Walsh writes such authentic characters dealing with such realistic issues that you can see yourself or someone close to you in at least one of the characters and/or situations. I don't think I've ever read a book where I felt so much empathy for so many characters while at the same time seeing glimpses into my own life and the lives of some of my close friends.

This book will make you examine your own life and how you've chosen to accept, deny, o
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel. I couldn't put it down since I got the mobi. I have never read anything from Walsh, so I didn't know what to expect. The cover and the title is what I was drawn to, and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, it'll be difficult to pick up another book quickly due to the book hangover I'll have with these character I just spent the day with.

There are so many secrets, but Walsh does a wonderful job keeping the secrets straight with the characters and then revealing them at the perfect
Fiction Aficionado
This was an emotional read, and a difficult one at times for me. I am NOT the kind of person who can hold big hurts close to my chest like these characters. Perhaps I was just blessed in having a mother whom I could confide in, no matter what; perhaps I’ve been fortunate in not having experienced situations like the ones these characters have experienced. Whatever the case, I’ve never managed to carry the burden of guilt for very long, and so to spend a whole novel with characters struggling und ...more
Courtney Clark
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Things Left Unsaid is a wonderfully emotional story of friendship and grace.

This story surprised me more than once. What I expected to be a story of friendship, summertime memories, and the way the past shapes identities became so much more with every new secret revealed and emotional layer pulled back. Courtney Walsh has penned (another) beautiful story of GRACE. Of how important it is to belong and be known, and to forgive… even if it’s about forgiving yourself.

I enjoyed how the pace of the s
Read this if you like: faith, women, thrill seekers, songwriters, friendships, second chances, grief, weddings, familial dysfunctions, finding the place where you belong, making amends, standing up for yourself, coming home

"[We can't know how things might've been. We can only know how things are. And we were all forced to move on in a world that was much bleaker[...]"

This book has got so much heart and I like how the emotions the characters are feelings just seem to spill over. Everything is
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Things Left Unsaid is a poignant story of terrible tragedies and regret, of love and forgiveness and grace. At first a little slow and confusing, Things Left Unsaid quickly wormed its way into my heart and captured my attention. It’s the perfect book for readers who enjoy touching stories of loss, grief, second chances, romance, family, forgiveness and love.

Lyndie left Sweethaven after the death of her best friend Cassie and vowed to never return. But with her friend Elle’s wedding taki
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sarita by: Staci
Courtney Walsh is a name that keeps popping up among my Goodreads friends and who was on my wish list of authors to try. I'm really glad I finally gave this author a try. This was a story filled with emotional hurting people who had to deal with a tragic event from their past and their own quilt for their part (true or self-assigned).

There was a lot of characters with their own POV, but the voice of each character was unique and separated between chapter that it was never difficult to follow. Ea
Becky Van Daniker
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Courtney Walsh is one of my favorite authors so I don’t even read need to read the synopsis on the back of the book because I already know I’m going to love it. That was exactly the case with “Things Left Unsaid“.

Each character is diverse. Some characters were young while some were older. Some characters were single while some were married or about to get married. Some characters were strong believers in Jesus Christ while others were struggling to find their own faith. The 10 year anniversary f
Beth Erin
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Painful memories and grief remain to plague Lyndie and Elle a decade after the tragic and preventable death of their friend, Cassie, while her family struggles to overcome the fractures that continue to grow between them. Things Left Unsaid depicts the prison of bitterness, blame, and addiction, the power of communication and forgiveness, and the sufficiency of saving grace.

Walsh expresses the emotions of her characters with respectful yet bold authenticity. B
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Courtney Walsh’s books! They always seem to relay some truth that I need to read at just the right time. As always, this book is fantastic and does not disappoint! This book is about forgiveness, of yourself and others, and second chances. Many times we are our biggest critics and are hardest on ourselves. Ms. Walsh provides the reader with a story of how wrong we are to do this and how to let God’s forgiveness, mercy, and love save us. In this book, Lyndie returns to Sweethaven for her f ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed every Courtney Walsh novel and Things Left Unsaid is no different. This may be among my favorites by her. I am giving it a well deserved five plus stars.
Susan K
Romance, clean; Christian faith elements; PG-13 for death and adult themes
This was a beautifully complex story about three couples and how secrets, hurts, and misunderstandings can be healed with honesty and forgiveness. Gorgeous small town setting, multiple family dramas, hurts, secrets, and some beautiful chemistry and the maturity that time and hurt can bring as pride is left behind. Beautifully poignant, healing, and hopeful, along with several love stories made this a beautiful read. Worth
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Grab a box of Kleenex and wear your waterproof mascara ’cause Courtney Walsh is about to make you ugly cry.

Things Left Unsaid is a beautiful, touching story of loss, grief, secrets and second chances. I loved seeing these broken, grieving people become whole again through forgiveness and God’s grace.

Five Tear-Stained Gorgeous Stars! I highly recommend this book to fans of novels with a Christian world view. I adored how this story unfolded, and I can’t wait to read what Courtney Walsh writes n
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
She's done it again. Courtney Walsh has set a deeply moving story in the tourist town of Sweethaven and not only did I love this story but now I want to go back and re-read the other Sweethaven stories she's written!

In Things Left Unsaid, nearly every character is living with a burden that could be lifted or lightened by speaking words aloud. They're all drawn back to Sweethaven for a wedding and a celebration of life for a tragedy that happened 10 years ago, and so many of the burdens are relat
Author Courtney Walsh has written an inspiring, powerful, and emotional story in her novel Things Left Unsaid. This story focuses the relationships between friends and family and overcoming the death of a loved one. This beautiful and stirring story is written from multiple points of view as it comes to life from the eyes of those grieving the loss of a daughter, sister, and best friend; those that have drifted apart and are trying to come back together again. This story will stir the heart, sou ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Have you even been in the mood for a movie or book that you know is going to make you cry? Just a feel-good, emotional story about relationships or friendships and the joys and sorrows that can come with them? Well, friends, Things Left Unsaid hit the spot for me and I enjoyed it so incredibly much. 

I'll be totally honest, I was expecting this to be a whole lot lighter of a read, but it was full of depth and emotions and the hard things of life. Trigger warnings abound, so be warned. But despite
Kathryn Voss
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Courtney Walsh is one of my all time favorite authors. When I was given the opportunity to review her newest book, Things Left Unsaid, I jumped on it. Her writing is always thought provoking, thoroughly entertaining, and heart rendering. I have never left a Courtney Walsh book disappointed – except for wishing she'd write another one faster!
As I reflect on this book, several descriptors come to mind: poignant, memorable, nostalgic, romantic, challenging, and soul searching. When you enter into
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Friends and family return to the resort-town of Sweethaven, Michigan, for a wedding exactly 10 years after an accidental drowning death that profoundly affected them all. They each bring a boatload of secrets, emotional baggage, guilt, and shame along for the ride.

One by one, these uncommunicative souls break free from a painful past by confessing their involvement in the drowning accident and their past transgressions, enabling them to begin to live freely again.

Well-written and with well-devel
Carla Suto
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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THINGS LEFT UNSAID by Courtney Walsh is an engaging and emotional story of friendship, family, regret and second chances. It is told from the points of view of several characters that are all relatable and authentic. A tragic death 10 years prior has greatly impacted each character. They all harbor devastating secrets surrounding that difficult time that affect their subsequent relationships and life choices. After many years apart, they are all reunited for a wedding and as they spend a week to ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

In Things Left Unsaid, Courtney Walsh returns to her beloved Sweethaven with a new cast of characters and an emotional novel that left me with a bit of a book hangover.

It’s been ten years since Lindie, Elle, and the Jacobs lost a piece of their hearts. Ten years Lindie, Elle, and Tucker have kept silent with guilt, shame, and sorrow. But a wedding week planned around the anniversary of Cassie Jacobs’ death will bring it all boiling up.

Walsh once again expertly pulls at the strings of pa
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book took me places personally. It challenged me. It was emotional. I have to say it will definitely be in the top ten reads of the year for me. Did I have the same struggles the characters did, no. Yet somehow God used the author and her words to work within me and minister to me. The book was so well written and had me in tears at the story itself. These characters were struggling so much with the past and it had affected their lives profoundly. They could not forgive. Forgiveness is a be ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Three girls whose stories are tied by a friendship marked by tragedy.
A mother grieving - for a lost daughter, a passive husband, and a distant son.

They all will have to face each other as the tenth anniversary of this loss comes close - and as one of them is getting married. But this reunion will bring to light more than the memory of a dear friend, daughter, and sister, but of all the mistakes made that day and even before.

Can healing be found? Can love overcome anything? Is steadfastness in ho
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a thought provoking, heart wrenching yet beautiful book. I’m not a big fan of Contemporary Romance, but Courtney Walsh’s books always have such a great depth into humanity, our sins and God’s forgiveness, our struggles that God uses to help us grow. Thanks Courtney for such a meaningful read. Full review to come.

This book was received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Judy Hardwick
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMGoodness. Courtney Walsh has done it again...creating characters that are so easy to relate to in the midst of their joys and sorrows... as always, I especially love how she weaves God's love and grace into her books. Loved reading the story of childhood friends brought back together ten years after their tragic loss. I hope she continues the story in upcoming books!!
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m not crying, you’re crying!

I’m not sure there’s enough Kleenex at the store for this heart-wrenchingly beautiful book.

If Nicholas Sparks was a Christian...this is the type of book he would write. And I mean that in the absolute best way possible.

It is not an easy read, but it is a healing read. Powerful, deep, emotional, and grace-filled. “A Walk to Remember” has nothing on this, and I love that movie (and book). Ten thousand stars for a story that will stay with me for days, weeks, to come.
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Courtney Walsh is a novelist, artist, theatre director, and playwright. Just Let Go will be her eighth inspirational romance novel. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists and was a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. A creative at heart, Courtney has also written two craft books and several full-length musicals. She lives in Illi ...more