The Things We Need To Say Review

A true novel of the heart, Rachel's The Things We Need to Say is at once beautifully written and achingly honest. This is a story that carries you away, taking you on an incredibly poignant journey, and which stays with you long after you finish. Read it! Jenny Ashcroft, author of Beneath a Burning SkyDevastatingly beautiful, inspiring and extremely thought provoking; Rachel Burton has written from the heart as she unintentionally becomes the voice of everything we need to say.’ The Writing Garnet

Sometimes the things we never say are the most important.Fran loves Will with all her heart. They had a whirlwind romance, a perfect marriage and a wonderful life. Until everything changed. Now Fran needs to find her way again and teaching a yoga retreat in Spain offers her just that. Leaving behind a broken marriage she has some very important decisions to make.Will needs his wife, he needs her to open up to him if they’re to ever return to the way things once were. But he may have damaged any possibility he had of mending their relationship and now Fran is in Spain and Will is alone.As both Fran and Will begin to let go of a life that could have been, fate may just find a way of bringing them back together.
From the best-selling author of The Many Colours of Us comes an emotional story perfect for fans of Katie Marsh, Amanda Prowse and Sheila O’Flanagan.
If you're having a bad day and need a little pick me up or reassurance that despite all the trials and tribulations of life, that things do sometimes work out in the end then this is the book for you.

It's achingly sad at points and hits you so hard with it's realism that it will take your breath away. Will and Fran's story is one of immense grief and loss but ultimately it's about how love will prevail over everything, it just takes a lot of hard work and give & take alongside it. 
The setting of a yoga retreat for the story is perfect as you do feel like you're going on a retreat by reading this book. You join Fran on her journey and feel her helplessness as her life seemingly falls apart around her but by the end you're full of hope for the future. It really is a refreshing read. And I particularly enjoyed how everyone admitted that they weren't perfect to some degree. People cheat, they make mistakes, they do things that change their lives and the lives of the people around them but it doesn't make them awful people. Good people can make horrible choices. It's how they suffer the consequences and make amends that matters. 
Would thoroughly recommend this book for anyone who wants an escape from the world for a couple of hours and definitely for those who perhaps need a bit of perspective on their own problems and how to move forward!
4/5 stars ★★

About Rachel Burton
Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk. After many false starts she finally made one up that was worth writing down. 

After graduating with a degree in Classics and another in English, she didn't really know what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a paralegal and a yoga teacher.

She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.
Her debut novel THE MANY COLOURS OF US was an Amazon Kindle bestseller. Her second, THE THINGS WE NEED TO SAY, is out in May 2018. She is currently working on her third book about a woman who followed the love of her life to a city in northern England. It has no autobiographical elements at all.....maybe. 
Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or search Facebook for Rachel Burton Author. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday…

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