I read Things Left Unspoken during vacation last week. Not sure why, but I’d expected to sit down and have an easy read. Not so. :) I started the book and immediately I knew this story was going to draw my in and not easily let me go.
I was right. Between the flawed characters (exactly like real life) and the mysterious plot I was hooked. I don’t know why, but I expected a typical southern story with some wacky off the wall characters that were hiding some family secret and they’d all find out in the end and all would be well. I was pleasantly surprised with the depth of this story.
Jo-Lynn is asked by her aunt to come back home and fix up the “Big House” The timing is perfect since her marriage is a rut and she could use some time away. But as she starts her renovations, she unearths some secrets that someone would rather she leave buried. These aren’t just some little fly by the night secrets. This family has bones, people. Seriously dark secrets that aren’t always easy to read about, but definitely thought provoking and interesting.
This was overall a great read that kept me guessing. I’ll definitely look for this author in the future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Eva Marie Everson taught Old Testament theology for six years at Life Training Center in Longwood, Florida and has written numerous articles for Crosswalk.com (including the acclaimed Falling Into The Bible series), and has had articles featured in numerous publications, including Christianity Today, Evangel, Christian Bride, Christian Retailing, The Godly BusinessWoman and Marriage Partnership magazines. Eva Marie has been interviewed by radio, television, newspaper, and Internet media outlets. In 2002Eva Marie was one of six Christian journalists sent to Israel for a special ten-day press tour.
Eva Marie’s work includes the award-winning titles Reflections of God's Holy Land; A Personal Journey Through Israel, Shadow of Dreams, Sex, Lies and the Media, and The Potluck Club series.
She is married, has four children and five grandchildren, and lives in Central Florida.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Every family--and every house--has its secrets. Jo-Lynn Hunter is at a crossroads in life when her great-aunt Stella insists that she return home to restore the old family manse in sleepy Cottonwood, Georgia. Jo-Lynn longs to get her teeth into a noteworthy and satisfying project. And it's the perfect excuse for some therapeutic time away from her self-absorbed husband and his snobby Atlanta friends.
Beneath the dust and the peeling wallpaper, things are not what they seem, and what Jo-Lynn doesn't know about her family holds just as many surprises. Was her great-grandfather the pillar of the community she thought he was? What is Aunt Stella hiding? And will her own marriage survive the renovation? Jo-Lynn isn't sure she wants to know the truth--but sometimes the truth has a way of making itself known.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Things Left Unspoken, go HERE