Things Left Unspoken Jo Lynn Hunter is at a crossroads in life when her great aunt Stella insists that she return home to restore the old family house in sleepy Cottonwood Georgia Seeing the project as the perfect excuse

  • Title: Things Left Unspoken
  • Author: Eva Marie Everson
  • ISBN: 9780800732738
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jo Lynn Hunter is at a crossroads in life when her great aunt Stella insists that she return home to restore the old family house in sleepy Cottonwood, Georgia Seeing the project as the perfect excuse for some therapeutic time away from her self absorbed husband and his snobby Atlanta friends, Jo Lynn longs to get her teeth into a noteworthy and satisfying project But thJo Lynn Hunter is at a crossroads in life when her great aunt Stella insists that she return home to restore the old family house in sleepy Cottonwood, Georgia Seeing the project as the perfect excuse for some therapeutic time away from her self absorbed husband and his snobby Atlanta friends, Jo Lynn longs to get her teeth into a noteworthy and satisfying project But things are not what they seem, both in the house and within the complex history of her family Was her great grandfather the pillar of the community she thought he was What is Aunt Stella hiding And will Jo Lynn s 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 The past comes alive in this well written and thoughtful novel full of secrets, drama, and family with a hint of Southern drawl.

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    1. Things Left Unspoken by Eva Marie Everson is an enthralling book about family secrets. When Jo-Lynn's marriage starts to fall apart and her great-uncle Jim dies, she returns to her family home in Cottonwood, Georgia. Her great-aunt Stella informs her that she's selling the family home to be turned into a museum but on the condition that Jo-Lynn does the restoration. She soon finds that the renovations aren't just being done on the house, and that as the house is emptied of personal belongings, l [...]

    2. Jo-Lynn Hunter is asked to restore her family's old home in Cottonwood, GA by her great aunt Stella. She takes the position leaving her husband, Evan behind in Druid Hills. While restoring the old home she discovers a secret about her great aunt and Valentine Bach, the contractor that she has hired to assist in the restoration. She also makes a shocking discovery about her great grandfather that makes him not to appear as the upright man that he was. She is also glad to get a reprieve from her s [...]

    3. Oh, so enjoyable of a book. Jo-Lynn is at a crossroads in life, marriage, and career. At this time, her great-aunt asks her to renovate her large home in order to turn it into a museum for the town. In the process, secrets and mystery come up that must be discovered and dealt with. I always enjoy how books will weave past and present together so well to help push the mystery and suspense along. It was a bit tad confusing at first, as you have 4 generations to deal with in this book - including g [...]

    4. This book turned out to be fairly good. When I bought the book I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. I soon was drawn into the mysteries the main character, Jo Lynn, uncovered as she worked on a house that had been in her family for generations. The character development wasn't spectacular, but the mysteries made up for it. Frankly, that's saying a lot since I don't usually care for mystery of any type in my books. I also really liked the way the book was written with a few chapters being writte [...]

    5. I enjoyed this book and would gladly read another one by this author. Characters were likeable and the plot had a few good twists and turns. Good Southern Women's Fiction which is my favorite.

    6. Although I liked the story in this book, particularly Stella and Valentine's story, I generally felt like the book was too simplistic, as if the writing wasn't deep enough to convey the gravity of the emotions the characters felt. I didn't end up emotionally invested, or reading late into the night, or sitting on the edge of my chair as I read and there were scenes that I thought should have evoked that. What I *did* appreciate was the subtlety of Jo-Lynn's burgeoning faith; too often in Christi [...]

    7. Things left Unspoken is another excellent read from the pen of Eva Marie Everson. Stella and her great niece Jo-Lynn Hunter are women from different generations that must deal with the truth of their choices. The story pivots between the depression era and present day in Cottonwood Georgia. Secrets from the past come to roost in the present when the town of Cottonwood begins some major renovations to bring the dying community back to life. As always, Eva Marie added unexpected twists in the plot [...]

    8. I emailed Eva when I first started reading Things Left Unspoken, and she asked me what I thought of the book. Reading it was like sitting down with a good friend, listening to her reveal a family secret. When I read what Ann Tatlock said that she didn't read it but lived it, I thought that says it best.Eva has a lyrical voice in writing, one that sings a haunting melody. You know the kind. They're the ones that linger, playing through your mind. Things Left Unspoken and the characters within wil [...]

    9. I actually bought this book because I was intrigued by the synopsis on the back cover of the book. I was not disappointed. I LOVED the main character, Jo-Lynn. She was trying to be assertive with her husband and feeling defeated. Then Jo-Lynn went back to her roots, her home town, and the soul of the story is born. I loved the warm older relatives that she reconnected with in Cottonwood. I wish I had had an aunt and uncle like them. The story deepens with a family mystery that she encounters, an [...]

    10. Interesting read. It started a bit slow for me, but then slowly picked up steam. Very Southern book, so I really enjoyed that aspect. Jo-Lynn Hunter is having marital difficulty, after being married to her husband of 25 years. She is childless, and feels disconnected. When her great-uncle dies in the old home place of tiny Cottonwood Georgia, she goes home for the funeral and to see her Great Aunt Stella. Stella asks her to renovate the old home place, as part of a renovation of the dying town. [...]

    11. What a great story! Jo-Lynn Hunter grabs the chance to take a break from her self-righteous husband by going to Cottonwood Georgia, to restore the old family home. She soon learns that the old house holds many secrets. Maybe her family history isn't all that it seems to be. Lots of questions to be answered, about her family's past and about her future. I'll certainly be reading more by Eva Marie Everson!

    12. I have discovered a new author that I am thoroughly enjoying. Her writing is faith based and very compelling and the stories are all based in the south. This book delves into things that happened back in the 50,a and 60's Returning to your roots and discovery of who you really are. Looking forward to reading more. Y this great writer.

    13. Awesome book, I love stories about the south, I loved the characters, the history, all about love,heartache,forgiveness, perfect book. I love books about families, their history, the stories from the past and a look into the future.

    14. Wonderful writing and balance between plot, character development and historical setting. Because the main character is renovating an old southern mansion, there was a lot of detail about the house, which made the book move a little too slow for me at times.

    15. What starts out as an picture of southern living and family connections turns into mystery and danger as Jo Lynn begins to restore the old family home in Cottonwood, a small town in Georgia. Beware that as the book begins there are a lot of people introduced, but the plot settles down to focus on just a few. I noticed, also, that the book is labeled Christian. It isn't "preachy" though. Jo Lynn does review her faith as she struggles with her troubled marriage and what direction her life will tak [...]

    16. I really liked the way that this book was written. Even with the author going back in time and switching from first person (in the present) to third person (in the past) was well done. Usually I'm annoyed by that. However this author kept me wanting to read more--right up until the very end. What was a very, very climactic part of the book could have come sooner and the ending would not have seemed rushed (my pet peeve). It was still a good storyline though, so I'm giving it 4 stars.

    17. Every now and then a little Southern context brings the same pleasure as buttermilk fried chicken. While the character searching wasn't profound, this was a fun read with a re-affirmation of the value of marriage.

    18. Fun to read, lots of love Good family story. Love of all kinds withIn a family. Nice characters, believable. And well done small town feeling. Would read more.

    19. With a fabulous mystery wrapped in a mystery, Things Left Unspoken dives deep into Southern stories and history and what it means to grow from twisted roots, but become straight and true. A must read! You won't be sorry.

    20. I actually give Things Left Unspoken a 4.5 stars. I enjoyed the story, the family dynamic, the family secrets, the small southern town, and best of all that it was set in Georgia. Eva Marie Everson weaved a story together where you connected with at least one of the characters if not many. As the reader I was constantly trying to figure out what small town in Georgia, Cottonwood was suppose to represent, I have a pretty good idea. No this was not a literary masterpiece, but it hit home and remin [...]

    21. A lovely story about family relationships.At odds with her husband and needing a break from work and her life, Jo-Lynn Hunter returns to her family's roots in Cottonwood, Georgia. After her great-uncle's death, her great-aunt Stella asks for Jo-Lynn's help in restoring the family home. As Jo-Lynn begins renovating the old house, she uncovers secrets hidden within its walls and within her own family. As she learns more about her family, she learns about herself and what is really important.The st [...]

    22. Jo-Lynn returns to Cottonwood, Georgia for the funeral of her great-uncle Jim. Afterward, she stays at the big house with her great-aunt Stella, who is now a widow. The house is over 100 years old and in poor condition. Aunt Stella decides to go live with her daughter, Doris. Aunt Stella advises Jo-Lynn that a corporation is buying vacant commercial and residential properties to restore Cottonwood "back to its former glory." The big house has been sold and will become a museum. She wants Jo-Lynn [...]

    23. Jo-Lynn is returning home to escape her marriage that has gone flat with the excuse of being needed to restore a family home. Uncle Jim has died, Aunt Stella is moving in with her daughter and a developer wants to turn the home into a museum; only Jo-Lynn can do justice to the restoration. Along the way the home is vandalized in attempts to scare away Jo-Lynn. What secrets does the house hold? Will they destroy the family? You'll need to read to the end for all the answers. Things Left Unspoken [...]

    24. Story was interesting enough to hold my attention. The biggest problem with this book is the writing. The dialog is very forced and unrealistic, as in the dialog wouldn't have been what actual people say to each other. It was too formal in parts to be actual conversation. Also, there were too many details about what the characters were doing and the effect was that I couldn't let my mind wander into the story and fill in the blanks to get a picture in my mind because the author was controlling t [...]

    25. Suspensful and deep - take the high roadA suspenseful, deep story line yet also a refreshing break from the memoirs/biographies, history, and current politics/economics subjects (me loves me a cynic) that I'm usually drawn to. This story served as a reminder to me that overcoming personal conflict and adversity of all kinds with character, principles, honor, a good heart, and faith is a timeless recipe for a civil society. Taking the high road and staying the course is a long journey and sometim [...]

    26. On balance, I liked this book but not well enough to rate it any higher than 3 stars. The characters were not sufficiently real to my way of thinking and enormous problems seemed to get solved too easily. On the other hand, it was a lovely tale of self-discovery and the strength of place and family and of not giving up on relationships that may be far from perfect but are most definitely worth keeping alive. It was a free download so all it cost me was a few hours of my time. It was well worth t [...]

    27. My Comments: I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well-drawn and suffered from the foibles that make most of us human. It was interesting watching Jo-Lynn find that life hadn't always been perfect for the older generation, but that fact didn't make them less lovable. My only problem with the book is I thought the ending was just a little too good. Without giving anything away, I'll just ask, does the fact that someone has sinned, even grievously, negate the good in their life?

    28. The writing in this book is just delightful. The story had me interested in what family mysteries were to be uncovered. These mysteries/secrets are what actually propelled me to push through the book. The secret(s) revealed although shocking to the main character were not as surprising to me given the time period and location. A sweet little book, with some wonderful nuggets of advice from a couple of nonagenarians.

    29. This book was good. A young woman from the south goes back to her family home and discovers things were not what they seemed back in 'the day!' With ties to the Klan and secrets of family history, she uncovers them only to find that her heart is still tied to her roots. All the while, her husband and she are growing apart. Well written, but no great twists and turns that you weren't expecting. A nice love story and tale of the south. Quick read - not too deep!

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