Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Eva Marie Everson's Things Left Unspoken ~ Reviewed

Things Left Unspoken
By Eva Marie Everson
Published by Revell
ISBN 978-0-8007-3273-8

Every family--and every house--has its secrets.

Jo-Lynn Hunter is at a crossroads in life when her great-aunt Stella insists that she return home to restore the old family manse in sleepy Cottonwood, Georgia. Jo-Lynn longs to get her teeth into a noteworthy and satisfying project. And it's the perfect excuse for some therapeutic time away from her self-absorbed husband and his snobby Atlanta friends.

Beneath the dust and the peeling wallpaper, things are not what they seem, and what Jo-Lynn doesn't know about her family holds just as many surprises. Was her great-grandfather the pillar of the community she thought he was? What is Aunt Stella hiding? And will her own marriage survive the renovation?

Jo-Lynn isn't sure she wants to know the truth--but sometimes the truth has a way of making itself known.


I emailed Eva when I first started reading Things Left Unspoken, and she asked me what I thought of the book. Reading it was like sitting down with a good friend, listening to her reveal a family secret. When I read what Ann Tatlock said that she didn't read it but lived it, I thought that says it best.

Eva has a lyrical voice in writing, one that sings a haunting melody. You know the kind. They're the ones that linger, playing through your mind. Things Left Unspoken and the characters within will remain with you long after you turn the last page.

As the blurb on the back of the book says: Every family--and every house--has its secrets, these secrets may just surprise you with unexpected twists. Eva Marie has indeed grown into adulthood, writing-wise. I'm looking forward to the next book in her Southern series.

Reviewed by: Ane Mulligan


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the review!

Barbara J. Robinson said...

I've posted a review of Things Left Unspoken by Ava Marie Everson on my blog at http://barbarajrobinson.blogspot.com/. I loved the novel and look forward to reading other Southern novels by her. The title Things Left Unspoken rings true of life.