What I didn’t Say is a heartbreaking, original and totally loveable story. Contemporary romances are not usually my cup ‘o’ joe, but this one sort of took me by surprise. I expected a cute, sappy love story about overcoming disability and finding true love. Cute? Yes. Sappy? Well, not exactly. It’s a whole lot more than that.
I absolutely adored the characters in this novel. Jake and Samantha were amazing and real and totally believable which is awesome but more incredible were the background characters…Jake’s family, friends, etc…all so real. The male POV was incredibly well done. The devotion, dedication and shear force of will of both Jake and Samantha in this gripping story made it stand out from other “overcoming” stories I’ve read.
I also loved the reality of consequences in this story. Not to be spoilery, but I really expected that somehow Jake would overcome his disability and miraculously regain his speech and I was pleasantly surprised that Keary Taylor did not stick that bandaid on this story. Instead she left the story to play out believeably and realistically. Not to say miracles don’t happen or that stories with these types of recoveries don’t have their place, but the point was Jake and Samantha learning to live and love in their circumstances. Taking those circumstances away would have cheapened all they learned.
Overall, What I Didn’t Say was raw, gripping and completely beautiful. Highly recommended. Warning: Be prepared with tissues.