The Things We Need to Say
Fran loves Will with all her heart. They had a whirlwind romance, a perfect marriage and a wonderful life. Until everything changed. Now Fran needs to find her way again and teaching a yoga retreat in Spain offers her just that. Leaving behind a broken marriage she has some very important decisions to make.
The Things We Need to Say is an absorbing, character-driven novel that highlights the emotional, physical and mental strain infertility and the loss of a child can have on a marriage.
The writing is vivid and eloquent. The characters are raw, consumed, traumatized, and real. And the plot told from dual perspectives is a beautifully written tale about life, loss, heartache, infidelity, friendship, yoga, introspection, and second-chance love.
This has everything that you don't need in a marriage.
Affairs, lies, infertility, lack of honesty and being open about your thoughts and feelings and sharing them.
I felt so bad for the pair of them.
They were such a great couple, then the not being able to have a child curled herself into a ball, loosing her Mother was also in the mix.
Its very hard to judge another for withdrawing as we all deal with trauma and hardship in different ways and not necessarily with the one you should be communicati ...more
Midlife crisis? … Couldn’t he have just bought a Porsche or something?
His family were of the traditional British stiff-upper-lip variety; tall and robust with good bone structure – the kind of people who could drink all night without appearing inebriated and still be up at dawn to feed the dogs and shoot the pheasants.
I surprised myself with the level of engagement and I experienced with this insightfully written, melancholy, and slowly developing story. I ...more
Fran and Will love each other, of that there is no doubt. But after the heartache of the last few years, especially this past year, they are struggling to reconnect and recover who they used to be together. And when Fran discovers something that Will has been keeping from her, it is the final straw, and ...more
Narrated in both their POVs, I still read most of it with a film of tears..
A beautiful book on faltering relationships
(No more of such emotional books)
I didn't like all the time jumps and I was never sure who's head I was in. I especially hated the scene where he cheated. I thought since the affair was over I wouldn't have to read the details but I was wrong and the timing of it made it even worse. The separation was okay and she met some nice people, including an old boyfriend, and she decided to forgive her husband. I still don't know why he didn't. And it wasn't just one time it was for at least two months and that just made me ...more
I have a real fondness for stories told from alternating points of view, and I really enjoyed how we find out all about Fran and Will's relationship retrospectively. There is no doubt that they are a perfect pairing, each still very much in love with their spouse. But it's also obvious that there is some sort of crisis in their ma ...more
I suspect that if I had been through any of the things Fran has been through then I would have been in floods of tears for large amounts ...more
Is love always enough? I believe it varies from person to person but see in this book if that’s enough for Will and Fran or not.
This is contemporary women’s fic about main characters Fran and Will who were struggling in their married life and were trying to make each other happy but in doing so they created lot of mess. It’s truly about the things they need to say to save their marriage and themselv ...more
I have been excited about this upcoming release ever since I heard Rachel was working on a new book after being bowled over by her debut, The Many Colours of Us; I was not left disappointed and completely fell in love with it.
Running away from a catalogue of heartache and betrayal, Fran arrives to deliver a yoga retreat in Salou, Spain. However, it soon becomes apparent that it isn't just Fran that has problems, and a chance encounter with a part of her past opens up a side to Fran she felt she ...more
Edit: This book has made me think very hard. Lol. Is the tense Illisem? I have racked my brains, but even this tense doesn't quite cover it. If anyone (on the off chance ...more
The Things We Need To Say introduces us to Will and Fran. To outsiders, they looked like the perfect couple, but sometimes looks can be deceiving. Their marriage has been slowly crumbling for years. Then a tragedy hits which pushes them further apart more so than ever before. When they finally start to reconnect and explore the love they both still had for each other, a secret is revealed that could have a devastat ...more
But I will say, that the title of this book couldn’t be anything else. If things were spoken about everything could have been different. Not only for Fran and Will but many of the other characters in the novel. Whilst ...more
The Things We Need to Say, follows the journey of Fran and Will, a couple who between them have shared excruciating heartbreak. Needing time alone, Fran goes to Spain to run a yoga retreat where she meets a cast of strong, endearing characters. Her time there is a time to reflect and grow as a person and each character is able to offer something to help her on her journey.
The Things we Need to Say is a wonderfully well-written novel which covers the issues ...more
On the eve of Fran’s trip to Spain where as a yoga teacher, she is taking a group of students on a retreat , she finds out of her husband’s infidelity. Their marriage has been going through some troubling times but Fran thought they were coming into the phase of acceptance, when she’s hit with the news.
Fran see’s this retreat as a space to reflect and through the chapters we are taken back to understand what has brought them to this position. As readers, we also come to realise that ...more
I had the pleasure of reading ‘The Things We Need to Say’ last year and it just goes to show just how intense Rachel Burton’s story telling is, when I am able to write a review for the book months after reading it.
Told from both Fran and Will’s perspective, the story goes into detail about their marriage, as well as detailing what happened in the past. Despite the too-ing and fro-ing and jumping into the past, the way i ...more
Rachel tells us the story through Fran's point of view. Of how she escapes to a yoga retreat in order to help others, bu ...more
A very well written honest book portraying the emotional rollercoasters of infidelity and infertility, of loss and grief. A writer able to weave a silver strand of hope even when taking the reader into the inner thoughts of characters tormented by the past. #netgalley We are reminded how important it is not to be afraid of #TheThingsWeNeedToSay
The sensitive and deeply personal subjects the author tackles in this intense story are managed with great care, as is the writing itself, which creates believable characters who are realistically flawed in an unpredictable, sad but ultimately hopeful journey. This had me thinking about how easy it is to lose focus on what is important, and how vital it is to maintain an awareness of priorities. Highly recommended.
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 ...more
She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now li ...more