What’s Not Said + Giveaway
Book Title: What's Not Said by Valerie Taylor
Category: Adult Fiction (18 yrs +), 316 pages
Genre: Women's Fiction, Chick Lit
Publisher: She Writes Press
Release date: Sept 15, 2020
Format available for review: print, and NetGalley Download (mobi for kindle, epub, pdf)
Will send print books out: USA
Tour dates: Sep 28 to Oct 16, 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 + M. WHAT'S NOT SAID is rated PG-13+M because of four F-words, moderate cussing, two explicit sex scenes, and a couple of implicit sex scenes.
In WHAT'S NOT SAID, we meet Kassie O’Callaghan, a middle-aged woman who’s on a mission to divorce her emotionally abusive husband and start a new life with a younger man she met while on a solo vacation in Venice. When she learns her husband has chronic kidney disease, her plans collapse until she pokes around his pajama drawer and discovers his illness is the least of his deceits. Then again, Kassie is no angel. As she struggles to justify her own indiscretions, the separate lives they lead collide head-on into a tangled web of sex, lies, and DNA. Still, mindful of her vows, Kassie commits to helping her husband find an organ donor. In the process, she uncovers a life-changing secret. Problem is, if she reveals it, her own immorality will be exposed, forcing her to decide whose life to save—her husband’s or her own.
WHAT'S NOT SAID (She Writes Press) is Valerie Taylor's debut novel. Its sequel, WHAT'S NOT TRUE (She Writes Press), will be published in the fall of 2021. While WHAT'S NOT SAID is the first installment of a series, it is written and can be read as a stand-alone novel.
I liked this book. There are a few twists along the way. One that I really did not see coming; well not in the beginning. I figured it out as the story progressed. There were good things about this book that would make me want to read the next one by this author.
While, I felt for Kassie and Mike and what they both were experiencing; this is where the struggle for me came into play with this book. In my opinion this story is meant to be character driven. Which means I need to establish a good, emotional bond with the characters to really feel their story. Not downplaying what Kassie and Mike were going though as it is real life.
The more secrets and long periods of noncommunication that couples experience can make the resentment and distance grow stronger. Both Kassie and Mike were not innocent victims as it takes two. However, I like how the story all played out in the end.
Valerie Taylor was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. She earned a B.S. Marketing degree and an MBA from Sacred Heart University, as well as a graduate certificate in health care administration from Simmons University (formerly Simmons College). She had a thirty-year career in the financial services industry as a marketer and writer. After her divorce, she spread her wings and relocated her career to Boston and then to Seattle. When she retired, she resettled in her home state to be near her two grown children and granddaughter. She’s a published book reviewer with BookTrib.com; and a member of Westport Writers’ Workshop, Independent Book Publishers Association, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She enjoys practicing tai chi and being an expert sports spectator. WHAT'S NOT SAID (She Writes Press) is her debut novel. Its sequel, WHAT'S NOT TRUE (She Writes Press), will be published in the fall of 2021.
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