Every Word Unsaid
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date November 2, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: India Victorian Era – UK – 1837 – 1901
Written for: Adults
Augusta Travers has spent the last three years avoiding the stifling expectations of New York society and her family's constant disappointment. As the nation's most fearless--and reviled--columnist, Gussie travels the country with her Kodak camera and spins stories for women unable to leave hearth and home. But when her adventurous nature lands her in the middle of a scandal, an opportunity to leave America offers the perfect escape.
Arriving in India, she expects only a nice visit with childhood friends, siblings Catherine and Gabriel, and escapades that will further her career. Instead, she finds herself facing a plague epidemic, confusion over Gabriel's sudden appeal, and the realization that what she wants from life is changing. But slowing down means facing all the hurts of her past that she's long been trying to outrun. And that may be an undertaking too great even for her.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Every Word Unsaid brims with fantastic depictions of India in the late 1890s. The sights, sounds, and smells of the country were vividly described along with the tastes of the amazing foods.
I enjoyed Gussie’s travels and could relate well to her desire to photograph everything she saw. I can imagine she would have so loved being able to shoot digitally and have hundreds of pictures instead of carefully hoarding her film!
I wasn’t really a fan of hers at first. She appeared to care more about having her adventures than for those around her. However, as I came to know and understand her, I began to appreciate her more.
Portions of the story focused on the relationship of Gussie with her family. Their lack of compassion towards her and dedicated focus on making the right impression to the right people was heartbreaking! This being the catalyst for her journey to India. However…
Another part of the story introduced me to Pandita Ramabai, a remarkable Indian woman, and her ministry to the outcast women and girls. As she fought oppression towards women, she also provided a safe, caring place for them.
Yet another section pertained to the bubonic plague, which ravaged Pune. The methods of treatment and attempts at preventing the spread were wretched!
I felt the guilt, fear, grief, and pain overwhelmed the other parts of the story. It wasn’t that they shouldn’t have had been there – they just consumed everything else. I would have enjoyed it more if these elements were less prominent than they were.
Readers who enjoy historical fiction of a more somber nature will want to read Every Word Unsaid.
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