The Words I Never Wrote by author Jane Thynne is one of the most heartbreaking novels I have read! The current day narrator is Juno Lambert, a young photographer who discovers an unfinished novel in the case of a 1931 Underwood typewriter. Juno is at a crossroads in her life and becomes entranced with learning more about the life of the previous owner of the typewriter.
Cordelia and Irene Capel are sisters whose bond changed drastically in 1936 when Irene married a wealthy industrialist and moved from the family home in England to Berlin. Irene gets caught up in the social side of the prelude to World War II as she trusts her husband while the country politics and Hitler's influence changes the world. Cordelia is working as a secretary and fashion journalist in Paris and grows more concerned as she thinks Irene is blind to the conditions of human suffering around her. This leads to an estrangement of communications between the sisters during the war-torn years.
The story is based on the events which happen worldwide during Hitler's reign and the Nazi rage.
There are no happy endings in this story of the two sisters, even after the war. The book is brilliantly written and the author was very successful at grabbing my interest and then leaving me feeling shredded when I had finished the book.
Publication Date: January 20, 2020
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Photograph by Diane Lochala