“I’m learning that much like love, grief is meant to be
At times poignant and heart-wrenching and at other times
hopeful and heart-warming, The Words We Lost had me feeling all the emotions. Extraordinarily
talented author Nicole Deese has penned a riveting story of friendship, second-chance
romance, grief, forgiveness, and ultimately healing and hope. She easily swept
me away to Port Townsend, Washington and introduced me to the area and to
unforgettable, carefully-crafted, and multi-layered characters. I was able to
feel and visualize the beautiful setting and get to know the people there
through her impeccable writing.
Cecelia Campbell, Ingrid “Indy” Erikson, and Joel Campbell
had such a remarkable, close friendship. The story is mostly told from Indy’s
point of view, but I was very intrigued by the way the author included a
manuscript Cece wrote for Indy and Joel that told the story of the three of
them from Cece’s point of view. It gave valuable insight into their backstory
and friendship. Although Cece had passed away when the book begins, we get to
know her thoughts and feelings and the backstory of the three friends through
the manuscript. It added a unique perspective through her eyes.
“No heartache has ever gone unseen, and no darkness is ever
too solid for light to overcome.”
“I can’t erase the darkness for you, but I can be the one to hold the light when you’re ready to come home.”
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy clean contemporary romance. It’s a perfect blend of compelling characters, a fascinating plot, and swoony romance. Just a warning, though--you may want to have a few tissues handy. This is definitely on my list of favorite books and one for the keeper shelf!
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishing. All opinions are my own.
Three friends. Two broken promises. One missing manuscript.
As a senior acquisitions editor for Fog Harbor Books in San Francisco, Ingrid Erikson has rejected many a manuscript for lack of defined conflict and dramatic irony--two elements her current life possesses in spades. In the months following the death of her childhood best friend and international bestselling author Cecelia Campbell, Ingrid has not only lost her ability to escape into fiction due to a rare trauma response, but she's also desperate to find the closure she's convinced will come with Cecelia's missing final manuscript.
After Ingrid jeopardizes her career, she fears her future will remain irrevocably broken. But then Joel Campbell--the man who shattered her belief in happily-ever-afters--offers her a sealed envelope from his late cousin, Cecelia, asking Joel and to put their differences aside and retrieve a mysterious package in their coastal Washington hometown.
Honoring Cecelia's last request will challenge their convictions and test their loyalties, but through it all, will Ingrid and Joel be brave enough to uncover a twice-in-a-lifetime love?