I’ll be honest, I almost left this book unfinished. While it’s got some gorgeous writing and an achingly emotional love story, the flashbacks didn’t work for me – at all. It’s almost 50/50 in terms of past/present, so it felt like every time this slow burn romance gained some momentum, the book would switch to the other timeline. It was extremely jarring, and I just couldn’t muster up any sort of enthusiasm for the love story playing out in the 1940s. I set the book aside for a few days, went back in with the understanding that I wouldn’t be reading any more of the flashbacks, and things went much smoother. So take this 4-star rating with a grain of salt.
The story (in the present) follows Georgia, the daughter of legendary romance author, Scarlett (our heroine in the past). When Scarlett passed away, she left one love story unfinished – her own. Newly divorced with a complicated family situation, Georgia is probably not the best person to make decisions about happily ever afters, but she finds herself agreeing to let Noah finish writing Scarlett’s love story. Though he believes himself to be an expert on romance, Noah’s books are usually decidedly depressing, and he’s never had a relationship that lasted long enough to develop into love. They’re not the ideal team to write a heartwarming love story, but Georgia and Noah soon find themselves connecting in a way neither one expected.
It’s my first time reading something from this author, and I can definitely see myself going back for more, despite my lackluster experience with this particular book. Her writing is excellent and she knows how to play with her readers’ emotions. There are some great moments in here – I just didn’t like the dueling timelines. If you’re a fan of historical romance, then this might work better for you. I personally connect better with contemporary storylines, so the constant back and forth made it difficult to have any sort of investment in what was going on in the past. I did like how everything came full circle, and I liked the relationship between Georgia and Noah quite a bit. This one falls somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me, but the overall story was strong enough that I’m rounding up. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this slow burn romance.
Told in alternating timelines, THE THINGS WE LEAVE UNFINISHED examines the risks we take for love, the scars too deep to heal, and the endings we can’t bring ourselves to see coming.
Twenty-eight-year-old Georgia Stanton has to start over after she gave up almost everything in a brutal divorce—the New York house, the friends, and her pride. Now back home at her late great-grandmother’s estate in Colorado, she finds herself face-to-face with Noah Harrison, the bestselling author of a million books where the cover is always people nearly kissing. He’s just as arrogant in person as in interviews, and she’ll be damned if the good-looking writer of love stories thinks he’s the one to finish her grandmother’s final novel…even if the publisher swears he’s the perfect fit.
Noah is at the pinnacle of his career. With book and movie deals galore, there isn’t much the “golden boy” of modern fiction hasn’t accomplished. But he can’t walk away from what might be the best book of the century—the one his idol, Scarlett Stanton, left unfinished. Coming up with a fitting ending for the legendary author is one thing, but dealing with her beautiful, stubborn, cynical great-granddaughter, Georgia, is quite another.
But as they read Scarlett’s words in both the manuscript and her box of letters, they start to realize why Scarlett never finished the book—it’s based on her real-life romance with a World War II pilot, and the ending isn’t a happy one. Georgia knows all too well that love never works out, and while the chemistry and connection between her and Noah is undeniable, she’s as determined as ever to learn from her great-grandmother’s mistakes—even if it means destroying Noah’s career.
About the Author:
Rebecca Yarros is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of over fifteen novels, including Great and Precious Things and The Last Letter. “A gifted storyteller” (Kirkus), she is also the recipient of the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence for Eyes Turned Skyward from her Flight and Glory series.
Rebecca loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for almost twenty years. She’s the mother of six children, ranging from kindergarten to law school, and is currently surviving the teenage years with three of her four hockey-playing sons. When she’s not writing, you can find her at the hockey rink or sneaking in some guitar time while guzzling coffee. She and her family live in Colorado with their stubborn English bulldogs, two feisty chinchillas, and a Maine Coon kitten named Artemis, who rules them all.
Having fostered then adopted their youngest daughter who is nonverbal and on the autism spectrum, Rebecca is passionate about helping children in the foster system through her nonprofit, One October, which she co-founded with her husband in 2019. To learn more about their mission to better the lives of kids in foster care, visit www.oneoctober.org.
To catch up on Rebecca’s latest releases and upcoming novels, including The Things We Leave Unfinished, which just received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, visit www.RebeccaYarros.com.
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