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The Words We Lost by Nicole Deese: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Three friends. Two broken promises. One missing manuscript.

As a senior acquisitions editor for Fog Harbor Books in San Francisco, Ingrid Erikson has rejected many a manuscript for lack of defined conflict and dramatic irony--two elements her current life possesses in spades. In the months following the death of her childhood best friend and international bestselling author Cecelia Campbell, Ingrid has not only lost her ability to escape into fiction due to a rare trauma response, but she's also desperate to find the closure she's convinced will come with Cecelia's missing final manuscript.

After Ingrid jeopardizes her career, she fears her future will remain irrevocably broken. But then Joel Campbell--the man who shattered her belief in happily-ever-afters--offers her a sealed envelope from his late cousin, Cecelia, asking Joel and to put their differences aside and retrieve a mysterious package in their coastal Washington hometown.

Honoring Cecelia's last request will challenge their convictions and test their loyalties, but through it all, will Ingrid and Joel be brave enough to uncover a twice-in-a-lifetime love?

Nicole Deese's (nicoledeese.com) is a Christy and Carol Award-winning, bestselling author of hope-filled, humorous, and heartfelt contemporary romance novels. When she's not sorting out character arcs and story plots of her own, she can usually be found listening to an audiobook and multitasking at least four different chores at once. She's a hoarder of sparkling water, a lover of long walks and even longer talks with friends, and a seeker of fun and adventure at all times. She lives in small-town, Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two freakishly tall teenage sons, and one princess daughter with the heart of a warrior.

Nicole Deese is a masterful storyteller. Each time I read one of her books, I know it will be one that sticks with me long after the final page and I've loved every one I've read so far. The Words We Lost is no exception and might just be my favorite of her books yet! 

I honestly don't even know where to begin with this book. It was a great romance, yes... but beyond that, it was a beautiful story of friendship, loss, love, and healing. There were so many layers to this story and I felt more came to light with each and every turn of the page. This was a book that tugged at every emotion and had me reaching for the tissues more than once... but in the absolute best way possible. I've always enjoyed books about books, so that was an element that made it all that much better for me too. 

If you're looking for a great romance filled with deep emotion, this is one not to be missed!


  1. I will be reading this one very soon. Great review!


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