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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 best—and worst—memories. It’s not only the tragic death of her childhood friend Cassie that has haunted her for ten years, it’s the ...more
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Published October 2018
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Kara
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! :)

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Amy
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
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Hannah
This one was quite simply a miss for me. There was a lot of drinking and a lot of flashbacks to even more drinking. There weren’t a lot of people in the story who actually had anything stable in their lives, and for most of the book the pastor’s wife (pastor and his wife being one of the only stable relationships in the character pool) comes across as super judgy and opinionated. I normally love stories of people overcoming there pasts, but in this one the balance felt off because the past was s ...more
Staci
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
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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
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Rebecca
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

"Some things have to be said out loud, . . . . That's how they lose their power."

There had been so many things left unsaid on that fateful night ten years prior; a painful argument between the best of friends, a foolish decision to throw caution to the wind, an unplanned rendezvous with disastrous results, a mature love ripped in half from top to bottom, a life disappearing into the depths of eternity. Will a hometown wedding bring back too many memories or can a reunion of regrets beco
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Michelle Connell
"The building (chapel) was never locked, and the people of Sweethaven never messed with it. It was sacred somehow, and that was exactly what she needed to finish this song.
A sense of reverence."

Oh, for the simpler days when we didn't have to protect ourselves from church shootings. Our church feels like a prison with all the doors locked and cameras everywhere. It's a shame.

This story was melancholic but was well written and powerful. The story had many facets all surrounding a tragic accident t
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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
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Amanda
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
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Melissa
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This book is amazing! It may be my absolute favorite read of 2019. I have been meaning to get to this book for months and I am sorry it took me this long to get to it. Having lost two of my best friends, this book resonated with me in many ways. I didn't lose my friends the way Cassie was lost but still I know that trauma all too well and I could definitely empathize with Lyndie and Elle. This book brought me to tears on more than one occasion and is beautifully written. As soon as I finish ...more
Kav
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Some things have to be said out loud.
That's how they lose their power."

Whoa -- kinda speechless here. This story wasn't at all what I expected it to be...it was all that and so much more! Walsh digs deep into the fractured lives of her characters and delivers an emotionally breathtaking read. This is a story about the many facets of grief. About the kind of brokenness only grace can heal. About stilted friendships and past mistakes and how it all comes crashing down one week when everyone gath
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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
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Den
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 i
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Janine Rosche
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Over one summer week at a lake cottage, six individuals each come to grips with how a shared tragedy years before have haunted them. This novel has everything I love to see in a book. Healed hurts, forgiven mistakes, and redeemed relationships. There are three love stories, each unique, each facing challenges, and each thoughtfully depicted. The author poured her heart into the words of this novel. Readers will no doubt find at least one character with whom they can relate. After reading this on ...more
April
A powerful, page turner! A story steeped in grace, truth and love. From the beginning you are pulled into the story and it will not let you go. It is real, open and honest… The story is told through the eyes of different characters which only adds to the story and invites you to dive deeper into their lives, their hurts, and God‘s redemptive love, grace & mercy. Truly a story well done!

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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
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Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
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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
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Madison
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
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Erin
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
They were once teenage friends together. Now back in each other's presence for the first time in ten years, the carefully guarded secrets of the past threaten to rise to the surface and destroy their fragile attempts at reconnecting.

Elle never wanted to go back to her hometown and face her demons, but her fiance's family insisted that a destination wedding at the place where they first met would be romantic. In fact, her fiance's family is insisting on a lot of things that Elle wishes they would
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Sarita
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sarita by: Staci
Shelves: kindle-free
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
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Beth Erin
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review on FaithfullyBookish.com

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
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Martha
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am not sure what I expected when I picked up this read, but it was not this. I had sort of come to expect maybe more light hearted stories, with a couple lessons here and there. I am not even sure why.
Instead, I got a story that addressed real life, hard topics in such a good way. The characters are totally flawed. They have hard times, both in the past and who they are now. They work hard to be right, but they are struggling. They are not letting that stop them though, from being better.
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Amy
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
Amy
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.
Anne
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book deals with a big issue in the church today, one I think not enough Christians are willing to confront with boldness, and that is the issue of secret sin. When sin goes unconfessed, it ruins lives and relationships and destroys unity, which is exactly what most of the characters in this book are dealing with.

This book is one reason why I read CF: it tackles a problem in the Christian life and illustrates truth by story. There's no better way to learn than by a well told story!
Iola
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Cassie Jacobs drowned, she left behind a lot of messed-up people blaming themselves for her death.

Ten years later, people are pretending they’ve moved on. Cassie’s mother has organised a memorial party. Her father is withdrawn. Her brother owns an adventure tourism business. One of Cassie’s best friends getting married. Another is on the verge of a career breakthrough … if only she can open herself up to feeling emotion again.

Things Left Unsaid is one of those novels with a slow build. We’r
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 The Flipped Page (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
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Inspirationalfictionreader
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
“We all have something to give, dear. You give away the very thing you need. If you need hope, find a way to give others hope. If you need a friend, find a way to be a friend. If you need forgiveness . . .” She paused. “Give forgiveness.”
This is my favorite quote from Things Left Unsaid! Its so true and so simple, but sometimes so hard to do! Especially that forgiveness part!

This story is so emotional, so powerful, and so real! It’s very layered and Courtney Walsh does an amazing job of slowly p
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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

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