All We Left Unsaid
by Natalie K Martin
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 1 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 15 Nov 2021
Amazon Publishing UK, Lake Union Publishing
In this captivating novel of love, family and betrayal, two sisters mean everything to each other—until one secret shatters it all.
Sisters Jess and Ivy have always shared everything—childhood memories, a flat, a love of romcoms. As different as they are, together they’re the perfect balance, with Jess’s calm elegance complementing Ivy’s spirit and thirst for adventure.
But there is one thing—one person—they can’t share: Ivy’s friend, Finn. And when Jess falls for him, the betrayal cuts deep, forming a chasm between the two sisters that widens with every passing day…
Years after that fateful falling-out, Jess receives a call that changes everything and throws her on a journey following in her wilder sister’s footsteps, to discover what happened to Ivy. But is it ever too late to say you’re sorry?
A Note From the Publisher
Writing emotionally led contemporary fiction about life, love and the tricky parts in-between, Natalie’s books are relevant and relatable to the everyday woman and have been featured in the Daily Mail, Woman’s Own and Pride Magazine.
A dedicated advocate for women’s empowerment, Natalie also works as a Menstrual Cycle Coach, and teaches yoga. She lives in Bavaria, Germany, with her boyfriend and their rescue dog.
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Average rating from 14 members
A very relatable story of two sisters whose relationship breaks down, but their pride prevents them from making amends. The characters were very well written and made me think how fragile all relationships are and how easily they can be broken.
A thought provoking but rewarding read, thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.
SWEET . HONEST . THOUGHFUL . TRUTHFUL . HARSH
The first part of this book sucked me RIGHT in!!! I absolutely loved the paced that it moved at as well as the dual-perspective narration.
The relationships are easy and the writing is familiar with a relaxed tone , however, somewhere shortly after the first quarter, the story got a little ridiculous to me. Not because the story was far-fetched but because of the childish manner in which these two sisters (who had always been sooo close), decided to deal with situations and allowed things to spiral.
The opening scene of the book made me say out loud "wait...huh?" and I went back to read the synopsis because it did NOT allude to the way the story began which was quite a shock. We are then taken back through time and shown the events that lead to that moment. Events that are all so normal but just pissed me off - maybe that was the point? I didn't really like Jess but I absolutely felt she was within her rights to feel and act the way she did (yes, mistakes were also made), and I ADORED Ivy who just kept letting me down so it was a rollercoaster of emotions and eye rolls on my part.
The second half of the book wasn't really for me- it became quite draggy and boring, I found myself skim reading it to pass over the unnecessary details so I could just get to the end.
The end was also an issue for me but I think because it's true to actual life. No matter what, life DOES carry on going and everyone is within their rights to live it and ENJOY it.
Oddly - I would recommend this as I know most people would actually enjoy the drama and the dynamic between all the characters. But it's not one I would read again
I enjoyed this book, I had some issues with it but overall it was an enjoyable read. It was such a relatable story and as such the characters were also super relatable, however over the course of the book i became more and more ground down by the ways in which the sisters coped with situations, it just didnt feel right and that left me biased towards the characters. Overall though I found it enjoyable.
Review posted to Goodreads.
A little predictable at times, wrapped up a little neater than I prefer, but definitely an enjoyable read. Made me want to pick up my phone and call my sisters!
Although it took a minute to get into it, the story was enjoyable and realistic, in how it depicted the relationship between the two sisters. Told from the perspectives of Jess and Ivy, the book starts off with a big revelation and then goes 9 years to their life beforehand. I found the first half interesting but the second half felt dragged and didn't interest me as much. This book was different to ones I've read before and it was easy to read once you got familiar with the characters,
If netgalley allowed halves I would give this novel a 2.5/5 but the rating isn’t important because I would still recommend it. The rating just means that this book won’t leave a lasting impression (on me). And I think that’s okay. Not all books will but they still serve a purpose. For instance this one was a quick, breezy, easy read.
Yes, there are tough themes explored, like heavy drug use, sexual assault, and grief, but because of how it was written, it didn’t affect me the same way other books that dealt with similar themes have. Things kind of happen quickly, and then in the next chapter we are in a completely different scenario, POV, and time (except for the last few chapters).
The synopsis: Sisters (Jess & Ivy) who were once very close, have a falling out when one of the sisters betrays the other. A series of events follow that eventually separate them for good. And even though their anger softens over time...days, weeks, months turn into years of not speaking. They both have their own reasons for not making the effort to reconcile, thinking that time is on their side. But what happens when time runs out and it’s too late? This novel explores regret, guilt, forgiveness, and healing. We get both of the sisters POV and there are many mistakes and lessons to learn from within their separate journeys.
If your looking for something quick to read, something to pass the time, something that will tug at the heart strings but not completely pull you under, then I recommend this book. I read it in two days and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I would definitely read more from this author.
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.
This was my first book to read by this author but I hope to read more soon! The characters and the story stay with you long after you finish it. Good, fast read. Highly recommend!!
A novel that explores some really tough themes but somehow is a light read.
I enjoyed it but wasn't bowled over by it and found ghe second half dragged a little.
A quick and easy read that I found myself picking up after a long day to unwind. The characters are beautifully written and I came to love them within the first few pages and was rooting for them all the way to the end. At times I wanted to stop reading because I just wanted the experience to go on for longer.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. But I wasn't able to view it as it was archived.
Thanks to Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion, I loved this book! I loved the different personalities of Jess and Ivy and the challenges they went through. This book was way more than I was expecting. I would definitely recommend this book!
A story of family, love and betrayal. Told from the perspectives of Jess and Ivy, the book starts off with a big revelation. I really enjoyed this book. It was hard to put down as it drew me in immediately and before I knew it was finished!
This story spoke to my heart and soul. My very first read from this author, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, and I mean that in the best possible way.
For some reason I thought this was going to be a mystery story but once I started reading I realized what it was—a beautifully written contemporary about being sisters, friendship, relationships, family, grief, love and second chances.
Having a sister myself, I felt connected to this story on a different level. Perhaps it’s because I’m one part of a sister duo, but I’m always intrigued by stories about sisters and try to find similarities between the fictional characters and my own experiences. A lot of times it can be a hit or miss, and that’s okay, but I’ve never read a story about sisterhood that hit this close to home and I found so realistic.
A top notch emotional story that I highly recommend if you like contemporary fiction.
TW: character death
I have a lot of feelings about this book. You know those movies that are so emotionally charged that you can only watch it once and never again? This is the book version for me.
Two sisters, Jess and Ivy were close but yet had different personalities. Jess is more structure and reserved while Ivy is more wild and spontaneous. A series of events led to their falling out and All We Left Unsaid follows the journey of these two sisters in finding themselves but yet still yearning to reconnect with each other.
This story is very much emotionally driven and we really get into the depths of these two women discovering who they want to be and what they want in life. The path is not always easy and at times it was heartbreaking. The most interesting part of the novel is that by the time we get to the present, their journeys show that they yearned for what the other sister had.
All We Left Unsaid really hits you in the heart about waiting too long to make amends and reconnect with someone. The author does a great job with the ending about attempting to find closure for both women. It was also very real in the fact that grief is a process and sometimes it can be two steps forward and one step back.