Things Left Unspoken by Eva Marie Everson is all about secrets. Every house has them, even if we deny this fact or justify it at the time. “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 husband.”
This novel has more than the usual amount of chapters, but that can be very appealing. There are times when we just do not have time to read chapters with 46 pages. The nice thing about this book is being able to pick it up and complete a chapter in between making the beds and picking the kids up from school. A feeling of accomplishment!
“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?”
The story takes place between 1938 and the present day. The idea is to remodel the old family home before it is sold along with the rest of the town to developers. And with all that activity, secrets are revealed, even at the Upper Creek Primitive Baptist Church..
For the next half hour I told my husband about the house, about the emptying of it, about Valentine Bach and his family, about the crew of day laborers. . . I told him of the barn and everything I found there, of the downstairs bedroom and its treasures. . .I hugged my knees, drawing them tighter to my chest–my heart–and was about to tell him of the delightfully wacky Karol Paisley and M. Michaels and the plans they had for Cottonwood when I heard a glass shatter from somewhere downstairs. Startled, I took in a deep breath and said, “What was that?”
This is a delightful and moving story that will charm your heart. You can check it out at the Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Library, Prescott, AZ