With its exotic setting and feminist themes, this novel will appeal to fans of historical fiction looking for something different.
Book Title: Every Word Unsaid by Kimberly Duffy
Category: Historical Fiction, 368 pages
Genre: Christian Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Release date: Nov 1, 2021
Tour dates: Nov 1-14, 2021
Content Rating: PG
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.
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani
Augusta Travers is a traveler photographer and writer for a woman's magazine in the late 19th century. She is known as Miss Adventuress and she is fearless. She feels smothered by the expectations of her family and that of New York Society so she escapes by traveling across America and even manages to elude her investigator Uncle who has the task of tracking her. Rather than be proud of her accomplishments, her family is disappointed in her. This hurts Augusta deeply to the point where she always feels the need to run. She feels unloved. She ends up going to India where her childhood friends live and discovers she can be more than just a superficial writer of adventures.
The author succeeds in bringing India to life, a country I have always wanted to visit. I liked that Augusta is a strong female character and unconventional for her day, although there were times when the story had a modern feel to it. I liked the secondary stories, especially the one based on the historical figure Pandita Ramabai Sarasvati, a women's rights and education activist and a pioneer in the emancipation of women in India.
Although this is labeled as a romance, this is the story of a young woman finding her calling in life. The romantic aspect of the story was lighthearted, sometimes juvenile, with liberties in conduct that made it feel like I was reading a contemporary novel. There was a scene where Gabriel is sick with a cold, hacking and coughing and then... it turns into a romantic scene? Besides being a doctor who feared taking risks, I didn't really know much about Gabriel, Augusta's love interest. So as far as romance goes, I was not enamored.
With its exotic setting, feminist themes (and that gorgeous cover), however, this novel will appeal to fans of historical fiction looking for something different.
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About the Author:
Kimberly Duffy (www.kimberlyduffy.com) is a Long Island native currently living in Southwest Ohio, via six months in India. When she's not homeschooling her four kids, she writes historical fiction that takes her readers back in time and across oceans. She loves trips that require a passport, recipe books, and practicing kissing scenes with her husband of twenty years. He doesn't mind.
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