Every year, I eagerly anticipate the release of Nicole Deese’s newest book, and once again, she has surpassed all expectations! With her trademark dazzling plots, in-depth descriptions, epic romances, and stirring themes, her storytelling remains unmatched! The Words We Lost is a testament to her talents, offering a poignant and captivating story that explores the power of love and legacy, leaving readers with a renewed sense of hope and grace.
“No heartache has ever gone unseen, and no darkness is ever too solid for light to overcome.” ~ Nicole Deese
Synopsis: Three friends. Two broken promises. One missing manuscript.
As a senior acquisitions editor for Fog Harbor Books in San Francisco, Ingrid Erikson has rejected many a manuscript for lack of defined conflict and dramatic irony — two elements her current life possesses in spades. In the months following the death of her childhood best friend and international bestselling author Cecelia Campbell, Ingrid has not only lost her ability to escape into fiction due to a rare trauma response, but she’s also desperate to find the closure she’s convinced she will come with Cecelia’s missing final manuscript.
After Ingrid jeopardizes her career, she fears her future will remain irrevocably broken. But then Joel Campbell — the man who shattered her belief in happily-ever-afters — offers her a sealed envelope from his late cousin, Cece, and asks her to put their differences aside to retrieve a mysterious package in their coastal Washington hometown.
Honoring Cecelia’s last request will challenge their convictions and test their loyalties, but through it all, will Ingrid and Joel be brave enough to uncover a twice-in-a-lifetime love?
“I’ve never wanted freedom from you, Indy. I’ve only ever wanted freedom for you.” ~ Nicole Deese
At its core, The Words We Lost is a stunning tribute to friendships that run deeper than blood. Through expert navigation between the past and present, each chapter unravels the anchor tethering Ingrid, Joel, and Cece together, proving that even death cannot sever their bond. Throughout this seafaring tale, Ingrid’s journey from grief to healing will resonate with anyone who has loved deeply but lost greatly. Nevertheless, love shines through every page amid the heartache, creating a balanced breeze that propels readers closer to the treasure chest waiting at the story’s end.
“Your worlds might be different, but your hearts have always matched. They still do.” ~ Nicole Deese
While The Words We Lost doesn’t delve into the topic of faith like Nicole Deese’s other books, the subtle undercurrent of God’s presence runs through the narrative, adding an additional layer of depth to the story. I thoroughly enjoyed setting sail on this voyage with Ingrid, Joel, and Cece! Ingrid’s strength lifted the story to new heights, Joel embodied a modern-day Prince Charming, and Cece is the friend we all wish for. I also appreciated the exploration of each protagonist’s family dynamics and how they shaped their adult years. Together, their history and palpable chemistry infused the pages of this emotionally engaging book with a sense of authenticity and enchantment.
“You were right about my parents having good principles, but their faith alone wasn’t enough to save me when I was drowning. I had to be the one to reach for the life raft.” ~ Nicole Deese
“Just as a life doesn’t end after a final breath, neither does a story end with the turning of a final page.” ~ Nicole Deese
*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a pre-release copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are entirely my own!*
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