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The Things We Need to Say

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Sometimes the things we never say are the most important.

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.

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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 11th 2018 by HQ Digital
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Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Heartwrenching, touching, and undeniably affecting!

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.

Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it

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
DJ Sakata
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Rating:


Favorite Quotes:

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.

My Review:

I surprised myself with the level of engagement and I experienced with this insightfully written, melancholy, and slowly developing story. I
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THE THINGS WE NEED TO SAY by Rachel Burton is a powerful, emotional, heartbreaking, and inspiring story about love and all of its complications, and about life when it doesn't turn out as planned.

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
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This tore my heartstrings apart. One moment of infidelity leads to infinite moments of grief. When Fran finds out the truth about her husband Will, she heads off to the Yoga retreat.
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)
Debbie DiFiore
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Too confusing

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
Grace J Reviewerlady
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written novel covering a difficult situation. Tender and emotional but not overly sentimental, it is one in which I have been completely immersed.

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
Rachel Gilbey
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really wasn't sure what to expect from this novel and for the first quarter I was wondering if I had made the right decision to read it, purely as I was exhausted and not thinking straight. However a few pages later I started to really get to grips with the book and over the course of the next few hours lost myself between the pages of Fran and Will's story.

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
Ana Laura
Oh, please! How much of this GARBAGE do I still have to see until the day is over ?! Then your woman has problem with infertility and you will look for another mulhet to fuck DURING MONTHS !!!!! The problems here is not the lack of communication, IS THAT HE DID NOT KNOW TO KEEP HIS DICK IN HIS PANTS! And the woman solves everything with yoga and gets that garbage back ?! How pathetic these women writers think women are? !! THIS IS RIDICULOUS!
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
*** Many thanks to author and Jennifer for providing copy of this book as a part of Blug tour. ***

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
Gem ~ Bee
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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
I'm not rating bc I borrowed from a friend and skimmed, A LOT. This is written in the oddest tense I have ever encountered. In fact, unless I paid attention even less in English class than I remember, I don't think it even exists. It jerks you out of the story and has the effect of making it all seem robotic. Odd, very, very odd.

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
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Rachel Burton, and it is truly beautiful. I myself have suffered with infertility issues and I have to say some of the emotions and descriptions of loss that the writer weaves into the story really resonated with me. Everyone's journey is different, and it's refreshing to read about it in such a captivating and honest way. Fran and Will's relationship kept the pages turning, and the backdrop of the setting, the yoga, and the secondary characters really made ...more
Samantha Tonge
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A moving, poignant story sensitively written and framed by a beautiful setting. It is a story of love, loss, betrayal and forgiveness each of which is portrayed with authenticity and empathy. A very enjoyable read with a satisfying ending and great for fans of meditation like me. Lose yourself in this very grown-up love story.
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
Karen Cole
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Things We Need to Say is a gently paced, thoughtful novel about a couple who have reached the point in their marriage where they need to decide if what they have is worth fighting for, or if the time has come to walk away. They have faced so much heartache over the years and in their grief have become isolated; two people living in the same house but not sharing their lives. Fran has accepted a position teaching on a yoga retreat in Spain but on the eve of her departure learns some devastati ...more
This was really sad! Uplifting too as it's about change and hope and what a yoga retreat can offer you - when you go to Spain to teach one that is and you end up healing yourself. I'm not a sporty person or a yoga one but even i could appreciate how the closeness of the group and the support it provided gave Fran the help she needed. Fran's journey there and her changes during and after were nice to read but there was still a sense of delicateness. It read very personal as if the author was usin ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received. The Things we Need To Say is a lovely but sometimes extremely sad novel. I won’t go into the subject matter, it is one that the reader will appreciate more if they learn like I did, the events what happen throughout their marriage.
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
Victoria Cooke
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Heartbreaking, heartwarming and hopeful.

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
Lisa Aiello
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well - the title says it all. It truly is an emotional and uplifting story. There isn't a huge plotline or action or romance. It is just a story of life - the good, the bad and the ugly. This amazing couple suffered so much loss and grief, and instead of coming together to weather the storm, they turned away from each other and stopped communicating and just even simply hugging. This is a story about whether love truly is enough to hold on to so that you can pull yourselves back to each other wh ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
**3.5 stars**
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
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The follow-up to any book, let alone one as beautiful as "The Many Colours of Us" is always tricky, but Rachel Burton does this with ease. "The Things We Need to Say" is heart-warming and gut-wrenching in its honesty, telling the story of a couple (Fran and Will) torn apart by the things life throws at them and how they decide to deal with the knock-on effect of grief and lies.

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
Kathleen Gray
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well done novel of a couple- Fran and Will- struggling with so many things that they lose sight of what's important. When Fran discovers what Will has done she takes off for the yoga retreat she's long planned to attend. She's not running away, she's giving herself time to think. I enjoyed the Catalan setting and the other people she meets there. Fair warning that this is told in alternating voices and time lines, which worked for me because it allowed me to see things slowly. Thanks to Netgalle ...more
Raquel Cortes
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book touched my heart. I ached for Fran and Will and my heart broke with them. But it is indeed a history of hope. As long as you hold on to hope you can overcome whatever life throws at you. I really enjoyed this book and it was hard to put it down and go to sleep. My only complaint: it got a little repetitive sometimes. Nonetheless, it is a must-read evocative story.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a story of love, loss, heartbreak, friendship, and hope. I know it got great reviews and the writing is very good. For some reason, I just wasn't able to get into this book. I skipped through this book so I can't give an accurate detail. ...more
Kate Ellis
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-kindle, netgalley
Read/listened to on my Kindle in a day.

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
Becky Baldridge
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Things We Need to Say was a little out of my reading wheelhouse of late, but something about it caught my attention. The book is wonderfully written and such a compelling story that I finished it in one day. The story moves back and forth in time to give some insight into what made Fran and Will the people they are today. I was a bit worried that those jumps in time would get confusing, but it's quite well done and those parts do help shape the reader's opinions of this couple. I did spend a ...more
Cecily Wolfe
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible and emotional story!

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.
Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
I’ve never read Rachel Burton before, but I think I have a new hero.

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
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Rachel Burton has been making up stories for as long as she can remember and always dreamed of being a writer until life somehow got in the way. After reading for a degree in Classics and another in English Literature she accidentally fell into a career in law, but eventually managed to write her first book on her lunch breaks.

She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now li

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