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I was incredibly excited when Entangled Publishing reached out and asked me if I’d be interested in reading this one. I looked at the cover and was overwhelmed with a wistfulness I cannot even describe. Then I read the description and knew… I just knew I needed this one. First thing you need to know about this book is it’s an investment of time and emotions. At 436 pages, there’s more than enough content, character background and also all the feels to keep you engaged and invested from start to finish.
With alternating time lines that tell the story of Scarlett Stanton, renowned writer of romance novels, who has just passed away and also that of her granddaughter Georgia Stanton, newly divorced from a toxic relationship and trying to find herself again. We learn about Scarlett’s past and her experience with her first love; an experience that influenced all of her novels and is also the focal point of her final unfinished book that everyone wants to get their hands on.
Georgia is the sole heir of the late Scarlett’s estate but when her wanton mother shows back up in town hell-bent to sell the manuscript because she needs the money, Georgia finds herself wholeheartedly invested in the process of having the book finished by the sexy and very single Noah. But there are plenty of disagreements on how the story should end. Should there be a happy ending or a tragic one? Once the full story unveils, it’s even harder to decide which path to take.
Throughout this process, Georgia must also face her fears and trauma related to people in her life treating her the way they have and her finding her own self worth. As things develop between Noah and herself, those lines start to blur and maybe, just maybe, she is meant to be loved by someone who will be there for her and care about her the way she needs. Her grandmother has been the only stable and loving person in her life and with her now gone, Georgia is at a loss for how to live her life.
One of the things about historical novels that always pull at my heart, is when they take place during wartime. Reading about characters and their experiences with bomb raids, losing so many loved ones, and never knowing what the next day will bring is soul aching in a way that most people haven’t had to experience in quite a long time. But I always find these reads to be cathartic because they remind us to keep perspective and hold those that are dear to us close because you never know if you’ll have a tomorrow. The Things We Leave Unfinished is so much more than a romance novel. It’s a story about war, forging a path for yourself and overcoming even the most daunting of obstacles because you must survive. But it’s even more than just survival too; these characters had to face their own demons and choose what they wanted even when those choices could never be easy.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a challenging read with lovable characters and multiple viewpoints. You won’t regret reading this one and you’ll feel the story in your heart and soul.