Another apology is due. This should have been posted yesterday for the publication blitz, so I want to apologise for the fact it wasn’t. However, here is my review of Rachel Burton’s ‘The Things We Need to Say’
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.
Will needs his wife, he needs her to open up to him if they’re to ever return to the way things once were. But he may have damaged any possibility he had of mending their relationship and now Fran is in Spain and Will is alone.
As both Fran and Will begin to let go of a life that could have been, fate may just find a way of bringing them back together.
What does TWG think?
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 in which the story is told isn’t done in a confusing manner. In fact, I found it to be quite a humble way of telling the story as I was able to find out more about the main characters, as well as what made Fran and Will tick through the highs and the lows of their marriage.
There is a strong and emotional theme running throughout the storyline, a theme which a lot of readers may find they resonate with in one way or another, and it’s very clear that the author has written the storyline in its entirety, from her very own heart.
With the couple in two different places, both Fran and Will have time to work out what to do to save their marriage, if anything at all. Personally, I couldn’t see why Will did what he did, especially as it was during a time when his wife needed him more than ever. Her life, as well as his, had just been turned upside more than once – can you really blame Fran for needing to step away?
‘The Things We Need to Say’ is emotion at its finest. Not the sort of emotion where you just cry and then feel better, but the sort of emotion where you heart slowly breaks, the lump forms in your throat, and the tears, despite having filled your tear ducts to the brim, are afraid of falling in case you can’t ever stop. I’m not ashamed to admit that this book broke me, and I am most certainly not ashamed to say that I am glad it did just that.
I am in awe at how personal the author was willing to go for her characters and her storyline. She made them come alive in such a way that even Google probably wasn’t part of the author’s research material.
Rachel Burton is an effusive, and powerful writer whose exuberant storytelling gets under your skin in such a beautiful manner.
Devastatingly beautiful, inspiring and extremely thought provoking; Rachel Burton has written from the heart as she unintentionally becomes the voice of everything we need to say.