Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer

Release Date - April 14, 2020

I am extremely grateful to Graydon House for recommending Kelly Rimmer's Truths I Never Told You. I wasn't sure I was going to love this book after I started it. A few chapters later, I was fully engaged with both Grace (past) and Beth (present) and proceeded to read it in one sitting.

Beth is a new mom. Society seems to expect all new moms instantly adore and love their children. Beth doesn't find it as easy. Her son seems to  be a stranger and she doesn't feel that immediate bond. The only thing she thinks she's any good at is breastfeeding. Everything else is hard. She has a hard time sleeping. She keeps her feelings bottled up. She's withdrawing from her family. As a licensed therapist, she is not about to admit she's suffering from postpartum depression.

When Beth's dad's dementia and heart disease worsen, it's clear that he needs to go into a nursing home. Beth offers to clean his home, and what she finds is stunning. Her normally organized father has locked away a tremendous mess of trash and paintings in the attic. Those paintings seem to tell a story, but Beth is struggling to figure it out. She knows her mom died in a car accident, but these letters paint a different story. Asking her dad gets her nowhere.

Grace married a man her parents did not approve of. In a small home with minimal income, Grace is doing everything she can to keep her family together. Each new addition to their family draws her deeper and deeper into a dark hole she seems unable to get out of. One day, she disappears completely.

Truths I Never Told You is women's fiction told in history and more modern times. It's also mystery  involving Beth's father, Grace, and a mystery woman Maryanne. The story touches on the times. Some of the story takes place in the 1950s when women were meant to stay home and be moms and not have careers. There's also the aspect of postpartum depression that even today is misunderstood by so many. I loved how the story portrayed it with great honesty and even painful detail. I definitely needed the Kleenex, but I'm so glad I read it!


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