Friday, May 19, 2023

THE WORDS WE LOST by Nicole Deese, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

" . . . no heartache has ever gone unseen and no darkness has ever been too dark for light to overcome."

A reminder that these characters so desperately needed, whether whispered from the depth of their grief or worn courageously as a symbol of hope rising up from the bottom of the sea. Ingrid Erikson and Joel Campbell lost far more than the words between them when their beloved friend and cousin Cecelia, affectionately known as "Cece", did not make it through surgery; Ingrid and Joel lost the part of themselves that belonged to each other, leaving a gaping hole and and painful memories. Cece had never wanted that for them in life, nor would she settle for that outcome in death . . . and so Cece did what Cece did best . . . she wrote a story.

Becoming re-united over a lost manuscript was the last thing that Ingrid and Joel had expected would happen, but as an acquisitions editor, Ingrid was forced to push past her hesitations, and post-traumatic reflexes to try and locate Cece's incredible finish to her best-selling series, even if it meant spending time with a man and in a place that she had once thought her heart would always call home.

Beautifully written, this story takes its readers on incredible journeys from broken to mended, from shattered to forgiven, from abandoned to found . . . "for we are known and loved by a God who collects our tears in a bottle". (Psalm 56:8) I cannot imagine reading a better book anytime soon.

*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 



BackCover Blurb:
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? 

Bethany House Publishing, April 11, 2023
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