Thursday, February 16, 2023

The Words We Lost


The Words We Lost by Nicole Deese is a story that will stay with you. It is beautiful, insightful, touching, heart probing.

Ingrid Erickson sits on a dock, reading when Cece Campbell comes across her. Cece befriends her and along with her cousin, Joel, the three begin a bonded friendship that holds on even after Cece passes away. Ingrid leaves Port Thompson, the only home she has known, after he father passes away under mysterious circumstances. Her only connections remains with Cece. But when she dies during a dangerous surgery, Ingrid grieves the loss. 

Joel makes an appeal for Ingrid to return from Los Angeles, as a lawyer finds a package for them both. Could this be the lost manuscript that Cece was working on? I love how the romance is rekindled between Ingrid and Joel, as Ingrid learns that her fathers death was not Joel's fault. 

This story is so powerful, it is hard to describe the deep emotion the author has put into it. At the end of the book, we learn of Nicole Deese's own tragedy that gives credence to her words. It is a hauntingly beautifully written story. I have read Ms. Deese's other books, and like the others, this one is clean and will not disappoint. I highly recommend it. 

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.