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
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews The Things We Don't Say

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    THE THINGS WE DON'T SAY is an engrossing historical fiction novel. There are two different storylines. Just the way I like it when it comes to historical fiction novels. In the 80s is young Emma shocked to learn that the famous painting of her grandmother may be fake. This could mean the end of her music career as she is using the painting as a collateral to pay for her prestigious music school.This book brought to mind Virginia Woolf and Vanessa...
  • Jan Hills
    Really like the story line but the writing is so terrible had to stop reading this .
  • ABCme
    Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing.I'm a big fan of Ella Carey. Her books are easy accessable and always have an exciting story to tell. In The Things We Don't Say she takes us to early 1900's London, accompanying a collective of young writers and artists, based loosely on the Bloomsbury Group.This is the story of Patrick Adams and Emma Temple, both artists and great friends, on a journey to recognition.Moving on to the 1980's where we...
  • 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...
  • Elizabeth
    I had a little trouble connecting with this book and I'm not sure why. I've always loved the author's writing, but this book missed the mark for me.The character of Emma was amazing and the reason I kept reading. I was hoping that Emma and Laura would prevail in her quest.Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.
  • 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...
  • Tasha Brynn
    I have to admit I didn't have high hopes for this book. It was a Kindle First monthly offering, and I only chose it, because I had no interest in the others. It was the title that really put me off at first. I have become wary of navel-gazing, pseudo-philosophical literary fiction, with all of their overdone prose and beating the reader over the head with the author's 'perfect metaphor of life/tragedy/loss/whatever.' They all have names like (and...
  • 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...
  • Dottie
    I Read this book which is really out of my norm as I am a true romance reader, however I honestly enjoyed it. This book has a little of everything in it some mystery beautiful parts about art and of course some history but it does have about love. Her philosophy about different aspects and how she handled it. You will enjoy this book even if your a romance reader like me. Sometimes its nice to go outside your norm and enjoy the writings of a love...
  • Joy H.
    Added July 1, 2018 (Published July 1st 2018 by Lake Union Publishing)I hope the interesting title lives up to its promise. (It didn't!)The story has too many time shifts and place shifts, one after another! It has too many characters to keep track of. It's CONFUSING and CONVOLUTED!July 7, 2018 - I managed to read to the end and I figured the plot out, but the story is too drawn out and there's too much repetition of the same thoughts and ideas ov...
  • Elaine
    The story fluctuates between Emma’s college days and present. At 25%, it’s still held no interest. The “promise” to me is the secrets mentioned in the synopsis. I had hoped there’d be some build-up because this is a real snore fest but no, nothing, causing me to give up at 71%.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Neeraja Sankaran
    I know this book was inspired by the real Bloomsbury Circle members but somehow I didn't take to this book as well as I did to her Paris Balcony book. There was just too much "tell" and not enough "show" as far as I was concerned and the actions/inactions and attitudes of the protagonists--both grandmom and grand-daughter annoyed me somewhat. It seemed that Emma (grand-mom) wanted to be bohemian for the sake of it in a way. Also the author kept t...
  • 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.
  • Janice
    This is getting two stars because the whole plot is centered around a relatively moralless and selfish group of people and the harm they caused in other people's lives.
  • 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....
  • Ellen
    So much more than an unusual love story, this novel centers on a life in the arts, whether a musician or painter. Emma Temple becomes part of a Bloomsbury group of bohemians in the early 1900’s. Rebelling against her Victorian upbringing, Emma is a painter, a free thinker who falls in love with Patrick. Unable to return romantic love in kind, Patrick becomes her life companion, painting a picture capturing Emma’s personality. Jump to the 1980...
  • Karen
    Very disappointing It is very clear, from the beginning, that this is a rehash of Vanessa Bell's life. Interestingly, the author paints her 'Emma' as very self-centered, disliking anyone who interfered with her circle of admirers. They were all in love with her and she liked being the puppeteer of their lives, except partially Oscar who was able to retreat into a lover's arms. I do enjoy reading about Bloomsbury, and admire their determination to...
  • Laurie Buchanan
    THE THINGS WE DON'T SAY is an exquisite story that spans generations. And though there were many, my greatest takeaway is that just because we have the ability to put ourself inside a protective bubble—circle, if you will—doesn't mean we can't hurt others. The bubble—boundary—of a circle is EXclusive as opposed to INclusive. And where there's exclusion, there's always pain. Enjoyable read. I recommend this book.
  • Sue King
    I really enjoyed the plot and characters in this book. I love books about painters and the creation of art and this book was fulfilling in that aspect. My one complaint: the book felt a little long in places, mostly in descriptive passages in the modern day. In places I was thinking " ok, yes, we get it ... Time to move on". The ending was satisfying however so overall I'd recommend this book.
  • Patti Kirkpatrick
    It was good, but not great! I liked the switching back and forth from the past to the "present" (1980) - but there were times when I just skipped over the storyline from the past, to get to the punchline.
  • Susan
    Mesmerizing storyThis is a mesmerizing story of the many faces of love. It moves fluidly between the early part of the twentieth century and nineteen eighty as it unravels a deep mystery that affects the lives of two women. A definite must read.
  • 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...
  • Kim
    Lovely story I found this to be a well-written story. The characters will stay with me for a long time. I recommend it for people who like character-driven novels.
  • Mel Raschke
    Author knows how to weave a good story. Art and complicated relationships make a good book
  • Joanne
    Despite reading some conflicting reviews of this book, I have to say I really like it. The book is simply about love and the many guises we discover it. The tale spans 60 years and I enjoyed the way it jumped between the two eras, learning more each time about love, sacrifices and the characters. The Grandmother and Granddaughter share many characteristics but with differences that compels you to like them. You want the Granddaughter to be forcef...