“Every Word Unsaid” Blog Tour

Title: Every Word Unsaid: A Novel
Author: Kimberly Duffy
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery & Suspense, Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House (November 2, 2021)
Length: (368) pages
Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook
Tour Dates: November 1-14, 2021

Book description:

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.

Advanced Praise

“Duffy shines in elegant, flowing prose and delicate precision that underscores the nineteenth-century setting.”— Booklist, starred review

“An author to watch.”— Library Journal

“Duffy’s writing is beautiful, deep, and contemplative.”— Jocelyn Green, Christy Award-winning author of Shadows of the White City


Author Bio:

Kimberly Duffy is 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.


Mr review:

It is amazing, heart wrenching and breath taking.

This is a new to me author and I didn’t know what to expect just that she goes to India.

Augusta, aka Gussie (I had a hard time with that nickname everytime) wishes to travel and leave society expectations that she remain a lady in a parlor. Her parent’s hurtful words punish and haunt her no matter where she goes so she keeps running to new destinations. She writes for a woman’s newspaper and writes of her travels.

“While other girls yearned for princess castles and knights in shining armor, Gussie only wanted to explore the beaches of Cyrus, ride an elephant through India’s forests, and climb dunes in Morocco” (location 231)

The author of Miss Adventuress is revealed and Gussie’s reputation is questioned, her parents disgusted by her actions and send her to live with an aunt. Only Gussie flew to India instead to pursue more traveling and writing for her work.

Duffy is a talented author and has such a way with words, there was beauty entwined throughout this story that dealt with harsh realities with Indian caste system, the plague and finding yourself. There are so many quotes that I highlighted throughout, Gussie’s growth is perfect, she takes two steps forwards and one step back. Her friends and new friends love and accept her for who she is and see her value, even when Gussie can’t.

“We aren’t responsible for where we have come from. Only where we go” (2278)

Gabriel, aka Specs (and I hated that she continued to call him that even when he said he never liked it as a kid) is a swoony doctor that I imagine as Gregory Peck.

“I just ask that you stay out of trouble this morning.”
“Honestly, you act as though I’m incapable of having a perfectly ordinary day.” He snorted, and she glared at him, but he only held up his teacup in a toast. “I’ve never known you to have an ordinary day.” (location 1292)

This is definitely a historical fiction/women’s fiction with a sub plot of romance, but the romance wasn’t the main story. It was about Gussie seeing more to life, caring for others and wanting to make a difference in the world – more than writing her column. Duffy did an excellent job portraying the ugly side of life with illness, treatment of disease and the fear. I’m not familiar enough with India to know how accurate it was but the parallels that can be found with our current pandemic was astounding. With everything, do it with kindness and grace because we don’t know the pain and suffering we can’t see or even begin to understand the pain we can see.

“Dear reader, I assumed I would capture lovely vistas and interesting faces. It would be the making of my career, you see. But in the end, it turned out to be the making of me.” (loc 5004)

Thank you to the publisher, Bethany House and Net Galley, for an e-arc copy. These are my own thoughts and opinions. This is a beautifully written story of finding one’s self, love and trust, casting off fear and serving others.

Content: grief, mention of abuse, death, miscarriage

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By Leslie_G

I love books and anything bookish!

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