Today’s review is of Every Word Unsaid by Kimberly Duffy. This is the first book I’ve read of hers, and I enjoyed it very much. Before I share my review of this globe-trotting historical romance novel, let’s look at the back cover.
Augusta Travers has spent the last three years avoiding the stifling expectations of New York society and her family’s constant disappointment. As the nation’s most fearless–and reviled–columnist, Gussie travels the country with her Kodak camera and spins stories for women unable to leave hearth and home. But when her adventurous nature lands her in the middle of a scandal, an opportunity to leave America offers the perfect escape.
Arriving in India, she expects only a nice visit with childhood friends, siblings Catherine and Gabriel, and escapades that will further her career. Instead, she finds herself facing a plague epidemic, confusion over Gabriel’s sudden appeal, and the realization that what she wants from life is changing. But slowing down means facing all the hurts of her past that she’s long been trying to outrun. And that may be an undertaking too great even for her.
Every Word Unsaid is a captivating, intriguing story about an anonymous journalist who frequently finds herself in trouble—at the disapproval of her high society family.
Duffy paints a vivid picture as she tells this tale of a young woman escaping to India, where she unintentionally finds love. Among many other things.
The unveiling of the world’s pain as Gussie captured photographs, developed friendships, and witnessed the horrors of the Bubonic plague was sobering. An innocence was lost about Gussie, but in that she found a purpose she didn’t even know she lacked.
Specs, the hero, was great. Perhaps a bit too quick to forgive and accept at times, but as far as heroes go, he’s a keeper.
The characters in this novel were so well developed, the descriptions and deep POV so vivid. A very moving, attention holding read.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All comments and opinions in this review are my own.
About the Author
Kimberly Duffy is a Long Island native currently living in Southwest Ohio, via six months in India. When she’s not homeschooling her four kids, she writes historical fiction that takes her readers back in time and across oceans. She loves trips that require a passport, recipe books, and practicing kissing scenes with her husband of twenty years. He doesn’t mind. Learn more at www.kimberlyduffy.com.