I am delighted to bring to you The Things We Need To Say By Rachel Burton. Massive thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resource’s and Rachel Burton for allowing me to be part of such a fantastic tour.
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 ways 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.
Perfect for fans of Katie Marsh, Amanda Prowse and Sheila O’Flanagan
The Things We Need To Say tells the story of Fran and Will, a married couple who are struggling to save their marriage. From the very start of the book it is obvious there is a distance between the couple, however it isn’t clear what the cause of the division is until much later.
Fran is a yoga teacher and has been employed to run a week-long retreat in Spain. She views it as a welcome break allowing her to take some time away from her everyday routine to help gain some clarity about her relationship and life with Will. However, her world is turned upside down when she discovers a text on Will’s phone the night before leaving for the retreat. When confronting Will he admits to having an affair sending Fran’s whole world into a spin. Despite the turmoil of her home life Fran makes the decision to travel to Spain, putting some much-needed distance between Will and herself.
What follows for Fran is an emotional journey of self-discovery where as a reader we are drip fed information about the heartbreak the couple have had to endure. Having experienced recurrent miscarriage the pair have emotionally withdrawn, each shutting the other out and driving a wedge in their relationship that can only be broken down by opening themselves up and facing their fears.
This story is fantastically written, as someone who has had very similar experiences with fertility and miscarriage the heartache, grief and loss the couple experience is so honestly portrayed and relatable for me. It really helps highlights the importance of communication in any relationship, a pertinent reminder for all couples in any situation.
I really enjoyed the way the story alternated between the past and present as well as being told from different characters perspectives. I felt I was given a well-rounded insight into their thoughts and feelings making them much more real and believable.
This book is an emotional roller-coaster filled with loss, grief and fear mixed together with a message of change, hope and love. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this novel, I was hooked and finished it in two days as I was so keen to find out how it concluded!
About The Author
Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk. After many false starts she finally made one up that was worth writing down.
After graduating with a degree in Classics and another in English, she didn’t really know what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a paralegal and a yoga teacher.
She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.
Her debut, The Many Colours of Us, was an Amazon Kindle bestseller. Her second novel, The Things We Need to to Say, is released on 11 May 2018. She is currently working on her third novel in which the heroine follows the love of her life to live in a city in northern England. It has no autobiographical elements at all…..maybe.
You can find Rachel on Twitter & Instagram as or search Facebook . She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….
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