About the Book
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 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, Cecelia, asking Joel and her to put their differences aside and 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?
In My Opinion
As a fan of Nicole Deese, I have been looking forward to her next release, and The Words We Lost did not disappoint.
So many of the people in this story had lost something. A friend, a relationship, a home, and for Ingrid, her ability to read. This novel is about grief and the many ways it impacts people. It’s not an easy read but it is a powerful one that is sure to stick with you.
Ingrid wasn’t always the most likable person, but as I learned more about her and the pain she carries, I understood why. Joel, on the other hand, was a hero I was behind 1000%. He hasn’t given up hope that Ingrid would come home.
The Words We Lost is a story within a story and Deese wrote it so well, I was swept away and didn’t want to leave that world. Do yourself a favor and read this book.
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