There are some things that can’t be left unsaid. If you’re still looking for a last-minute summer holiday read, get yourself a copy of Megan Mayfair’s romance The Things We Leave Unsaid.
On one level, it’s a light, sparky read, peppered with wry asides.
Take this example: Clare, one of the two women at the heart of the story, was a virgin when she married her husband Pete.
Her boss, and new best friend, Tessa, who’s had lots of boyfriends but never been in love, prefers ‘to try before she buys, but then again, she didn’t think she would ever buy – so, sort of try before she leased? Illegal sub-let?’
Okay, not laugh-out-loud funny but it tickled my funny-bone.
Melbourne-based Mayfair, who has a background in public relations, copywriting and higher education, also tackles some difficult issues such as family estrangement and the heartbreak of multiple miscarriages.
They’re handled with sensitivity and empathy and Mayfair’s skill with words shines through.
What the blurb says:
Is it the things we don’t say that haunt us the most?
Clare is anxious to start a family with adoring husband, Pete.
When she takes on the seemingly simple task of obtaining her late mother’s birth certificate, she finds herself in a family history search that will challenge everything she thought she knew about her life.
Scarred by her parents’ ill-fated marriage, Tessa lives by three rules – dating unavailable men, building her café into a food empire, and avoiding her father.
However, when her carefully planned life is thrown into chaos, Tessa is forced to decide which of these rules she’s willing to break.
As Clare and Tessa’s paths cross and their friendship grows, can they both finally unlock their family secrets in order to realise their futures?
The Australian setting adds to the charm – Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is already one of my favourite places, and I’m looking forward to one day visiting the Melbourne coffee shops on which I’m sure Mayfair modelled Tessa’s café Double Shot.
Overall, there’s a delightful flow and pace to the story and, if in some places there was a little too much telling rather than showing, it’s a minor quibble.
And, if you don’t get a chance to pack The Things We Leave Unsaid in your holiday suitcase, save it for the dark winter evenings instead.
Review by Sue Featherstone.
Available to buy on Amazon.