The Things We Don't Say by Ella Carey

The Things We Don't Say

A beguiling painting holds the secrets of a woman’s past and calls into question everything she thought she knew about the man she loved… Nearly sixty years ago, renowned London artist Patrick Adams painted his most famous work: a portrait of his beloved Emma Temple, a fellow bohemian with whom he shared his life. Years after Patrick’s death, ninety-year-old Emma still has the painting hanging over her bed at their country home as a testame...

Details The Things We Don't Say

TitleThe Things We Don't Say
Release DateJul 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Things We Don't Say

  • Helen
    This is a compelling story of love and secrets a story lasting over sixty years through two world wars it brings to life the bohemian lifestyles of two very talented artists Emma Temple and Patrick Adams and the circle of artists that surrounded them and the way they lived, and the special painting that ended up being part of a mystery that brings another two people together, make yourself comfortable for this one you will not want to put it down...
  • Jan Hills
    Really like the story line but the writing is so terrible had to stop reading this .
  • Jackie Cain
    I really wanted to like this book. The synopsis looked interesting and was about the Bloomsbury group of artists and intellectuals so I was looking forward to reading more about them. Unfortunately, although I liked the idea of it and even the plot, I did not like the finished product at all.It started really powerfully with a housekeeper destroying a newspaper, which is pretty interesting. The first couple of chapters found good ways of introduc...
  • Lynn Brooks
    An emotional journey of everlasting love! When faced with the possibility that something she believed to be true might have been far fetched, a woman travels through her memories to recall the love story that defined her life. Going back and forth between present time and the past, we learn about the life that Emma lived and watch her granddaughter try to secure the truth for her. The characters are well developed and the storyline is intriguing....
  • Cheryl Steckling
    The Things We Don't Say: A Novel by Ella CareyCan you imagine having a painting of you that was done by an renowned London artist such as Patrick Adams and have it be telling the story of the things we do not say.This is what Emma Temple has and Patrick Adams did such a portrait. But now after Patrick Adam's death someone is claiming that he himself did not paint it which virtually makes the painting next to worthless.Emma Temple's granddaughter ...
  • Penelope Wolfe
    Air and dustMy mind kept trying to blow the dust from these characters, the landscapes and the scenes. To no avail, the characters seemed preternaturally flat. The helplessness of Emma, and the panic of Laura were baffling. Oddly, neither England nor France seemed recognizable. Perhaps because the book had no joy, no happiness and no life in it.
  • Nas Dean
    THE THINGS WE DON’T SAY by author Ella Carey is a July 2018 release by Lake Union Publishing.Laura had her grandmother’s painting as collateral for her loan. Then she finds that the painting could be a fake. What would happen now? Would Laura be able to prove that the painting is real and painted by the famous painter? She’s determined to uncover all the secrets surrounding this.On a parallel storyline we read about Laura’s grandmother Em...
  • Carlin
    Kindle First Reads for June 2018As much as I loved The Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey, I adored her The Things We Don't Say even more. This is a story about two women, grandmother Emma and granddaughter Laura and alternates between their lives, Emma's from the beginning of the 20th Century to both of their lives in the 1980s. Emma's life was inspired by the Bloomsbury Group, an early 20th Centurry avant garde circle of extraordinary artists inc...
  • Goth Gone Grey
    Elegant, poetic writing, a languid afternoon readThis book is absolutely poetic, in love with artists and their creations. It details the joy of a brush stroking paint onto a canvas with as much reverence as it does the various relationships within. Emma and Patrick's story is told between the past, beginning in the early 1900's, and 1980 with Patrick gone and the story revolving around his painting, the story title Things We Don't Say. Emma and ...
  • AJ
    Emma has a portrait of herself painted by the famous Patrick Adams. Her granddaughter Laura is studying music and the portrait has been used as the security on the loan for her tuition fees. When an art critic claims the painting as a fraud, this throws Laura’s future into turmoil. Already struggling to make the payments of the interest, how will she pay the principle on the loan if the bank calls it in. If the portrait has not been painted by ...
  • Kathleen Peterson
    I wanted to like this book I really wanted to like this book and found it interesting at first. However, the charcters never developed beyond their introductions. I couldn't buy the unconditional love bit. What woman has a relationship with a gay man and doesn't flinch when he runs off to have affairs with his gay partners? That's not to say that it didn't cause her pain, but she continued to accept that behavior. I had trouble empathizing with t...
  • Tina
    Interwoven livesI am not an 'artsy' person and when I first started into this book I began wondering about its relevance for me. I am, however, open-minded and so I determined that I would continue reading with an open mind. I'm glad that I did. Although art may be the back-drop of the novel, the true source of the inspiration for the story is love, family, and how lives are interwoven. "No entity is entirely separate from the rest" .....all thin...
  • maria
    DisappointingWell, I as a mother made myself finish this book. While the story line could have been great it was more focused on forcing the point of acceptance of free love. The moral of this book was anything goes from cross relationships from a gay man to a young virgin girl. And a point is even made not to listen to your mother. Whoever led Ella this direction may do more harm than good. I'm no longer following her.
  • Barbara Jenkins
    Couldn't put this book downOne of the best reads I've had in a while. Carey captures such a sense of time and place, and the powerful inner urges of the artist and musician. Also, this is a haunting love story with a smooth transition between past and present.
  • Andrea Gierlinger
    Fascinating BreathlessSecretiveTragicCompelling
  • Ann Cooper
    I finished it--all I can say. One single bit in the whole ramble stuck with me: "Memory, in the end, existed only in the imagination. It was just a story we made up."
  • Deb2002
    I found this boring and tedious. Did not finish.
  • Judie
    I thought this was historical fiction - alas it's a romance. Not my genre.
  • K
    Didn't grab me...could tell immediately i wasn't going to like it, the characters were stock and unreal.
  • Linda Wigginton
    BeautifulElla Carey writes the most beautiful stories. Her stories are never flashy. She weaves words into a story that entralls the reader.