Things We Didn’t Say, a review by Sara

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Things We Didn’t Say
Amy Lynn Green

416 Pages
Uplit Campaign
November 2020

“Headstrong Johanna Berglund, a linguistics student at the University of Minnesota, has very definite plans for her future . . . plans that do not include returning to her hometown and the secrets and heartaches she left behind there. But the US Army wants her to work as a translator at a nearby camp for German POWs.

Johanna arrives to find the once-sleepy town exploding with hostility. Most patriotic citizens want nothing to do with German soldiers laboring in their fields, and they’re not afraid to criticize those who work at the camp as well. When Johanna describes the trouble to her friend Peter Ito, a language instructor at a school for military intelligence officers, he encourages her to give the town that rejected her a second chance.”

I will start by saying that historical fiction is not my typical genre. You can gather from my earlier reviews I am more of a suspense and thriller kind of gal, HOWEVER, Amy Lynn Greens début novel smashed though all of it. Set in a World War Two Minnesota, you meet Johanna who is spunky, witty and everything I would hope a female lead would be. She is dealing with her painful past amidst coping with a somewhat hostile work environment and on top of it all a possible romance. I don’t want to give too much away but in my opinion this story has a bit of everything for everyone. I found that the way each character was brought to life without overdoing the details was perfect, each bit of writing had purpose and that is one of the things I believe make a great novel. Things We Didn’t Say gets a five out of five stars and I can not wait to see what Amy Lynn Green comes up with next.


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