From international bestselling author Marc Levy, the most widely read writer in France today, comes an unusual and charming love story that reunites a father and daughter, and past and present, in the most unexpected ways.
Days before her wedding, Julia Walsh is blindsided twice: once by the sudden death of her estranged father…and again when he appears on her doorstep after his funeral, ready to make amends, right his past mistakes, and prevent her from making new ones.
Surprised, to say the least, Julia reluctantly agrees to turn what should have been her honeymoon into a spontaneous road trip with her father to make up for lost time. But when an astonishing secret is revealed about a past relationship, their trip becomes a whirlwind journey of rediscovery that takes them from Montreal to Paris to Berlin and back home again, where Julia learns that even the smallest gestures she might have taken for granted have the power to change her life forever.
Revised edition: Previously published as Toutes ces choses qu’on ne s’est pas dites, this edition of All Those Things We Never Said includes editorial revisions.
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About the Author
With more than forty million books sold, Marc Levy is the most-read French author alive today. He’s written eighteen novels to date, including P.S. from Paris, Children of Freedom, and Replay.
Originally written for his son, his first novel, If Only It Were True, was later adapted for the big screen as Just Like Heaven, starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo. Since then, Levy has not only won the hearts of European readers; he’s won over audiences around the globe. More than one and a half million copies of his books have been sold in China alone, and his novels have been published in forty-nine languages. He lives in New York City. Readers can learn more about him and follow his work at www.marclevy.info.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book started off a little slow and I didn’t always like Julia, the main character so much, but I really did like this book overall. There were so many moments with her “father” that made me appreciate the relationship I have with my own parents while also reminding me not to take those moments for granted. The journey they went on together was at times frustrating and heartwarming. There were definitely moments that made me cry! It is the kind of book that showcases all of the different kinds of love you can have in your life - family, freinds, and romantic. The ending was just as I had hoped for one of Julia’s relationships and a surprising twist from another one. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporaries. I received an eARC from Netgalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.
This is the second book I've read by Marc Levy and it's easy to see why he is such a renowned French author. I really enjoyed this book and will look forward to reading more of his work in the future. The characters are what makes this book come alive. The friendship between Julia and Stanley is so solid although it's a good three-quarters of the book before you find out why their friendship is so deep and strong. Even though some of the people in the story have a very small part to play, Levy does an amazing job of finding the humanness in each of them. They are simple and yet complex, certainly believable and easy to relate to. I think the book is a little hard to classify: it's certainly literary fiction...but then there's a bit of a science fiction twist thrown in with Julia's father reappearing as an android just after his death to mend the rift between them. The relationship between them is so beautifully done - as a reader you can't take sides with either of them, you just keep turning the pages, cheering them on to reconciliation. And then there is the second chance at love for soul mates element to the story that Levy draws out in agonizing detail. And then, when it gets to be a little too much, Levy throws in just the right amount of humor. I'd like to thank AmazonCrossing and NetGalley for the eARC they provided. This is my honest review.
A few days before Julia's wedding she receives bad news, her father died and his funeral will be on the day she's supposed to get married. Julia can only postpone her big moment and after her father's funeral she goes back to work. When she comes home in the evening there's a crate waiting for her. Inside is her father, who's found a way to come back after his death trying to make amends. Julia and her father didn't have a close connection, but they have a week to change this. Julia's father wants to go on a trip and Julia reluctantly agrees to accompany him. She was supposed to go on her honeymoon and they start their journey by using the tickets to Montreal that were meant for her and her husband-to-be instead of her father. When they are in Canada Julia discovers something about the past, a secret that has been kept from her for years. This shocking news changes the course of their journey completely. They travel from Canada to Europe, where they will start their search. Will these last days with her father make a huge difference in Julia's life? All Those Things We Never Said is an interesting story about complex family relationships. Julia doesn't like her father. She finds his interference annoying and doesn't even fully know how far her father was actually willing to go. My heart ached for everything she lost, but it's not too late for her father to make up for his mistakes. I loved that Marc Levy has chosen that subject for his story. A lot of parents think they know what's best for their children, but they aren't always right and in this case the father tries to reconnect with his daughter before it's too late and they will never see each other again. The result is a fascinating story. Marc Levy writes about secrets, lies and reconciliation in a great compelling way. I love his easy flowing writing style. In his stories anything is possible, which is something I like a lot. His main characters are multilayered and he writes with a warm sense of humor. Some of the topics he addresses are serious, but due to his lighthearted approach his stories don't become too heavy. I enjoyed the exact right balance between crazy twists and turns, deep feelings and clever dialogue. All Those Things We Never Said is a fantastic multi-faceted story with a fabulous fitting ending.