The Things We Need To Say

Written by Rachel Burton


Sometimes the things we never say are the most important.

Fran loves Will with all her heart. They had a whirlwind romance, a perfect marriage and a wonderful life. Until everything changed. Now Fran needs to find her way again and teaching a yoga retreat in Spain offers her just that. Leaving behind a broken marriage she has some very important decisions to make.

Will needs his wife, he needs her to open up to him if they’re to ever return to the way things once were. But he may have damaged any possibility he had of mending their relationship and now Fran is in Spain and Will is alone.

As both Fran and Will begin to let go of a life that could have been, fate may just find a way of bringing them back together.




Five Fat, Juicy, Sparkling Stars!!   5 stars


This is a beautifully written novel covering a difficult situation. Tender and emotional but not overly sentimental, it is one in which I have been completely immersed.

I have a real fondness for stories told from alternating points of view, and I really enjoyed how we find out all about Fran and Will’s relationship retrospectively. There is no doubt that they are a perfect pairing, each still very much in love with their spouse. But it’s also obvious that there is some sort of crisis in their marriage; somewhere, something has gone wrong and they have both retreated into themselves to deal with it. Hence the very fitting title for this book.

Rachel Burton has avoided the mistake easily made by some authors of overdoing the sweetness and ending up with a sickly tale. To the contrary, this is a fresh, clean and very honest account of a couple struggling with their feelings. When you are hurting, it’s not always the person closest to you who is easiest to discuss things with. Sometimes it’s just simpler to just batten down the hatches and freeze everyone else out.

I took pleasure from learning more about yoga and discovering it’s not all about keeping fit physically, but also caring for yourself emotionally. I can imagine many readers looking for their nearest beginners class after reading this! It’s been gratifying to bury myself in this one – the characters are from all walks of life and all equally well-drawn; the settings are fabulous (travel agents, stand by with requests for the areas mentioned) and the writing draws you in until you find yourself slowly sinking into this book. I love the cover too, it sums up the atmosphere perfectly. It’ll be no surprise to discover I fully recommend this novel and give it five fat, juicy, sparkling stars!

My grateful thanks to publishers HQ Digital for approving my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: romance, women’s fiction



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1113 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQ Digital
  • Publication Date: 11 May 2018
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Meet the Author


91RIXoEEF4L._UX250_Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk. After many false starts she finally made one up that was worth writing down.

After graduating with a degree in Classics and another in English, she didn’t really know what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a paralegal and a yoga teacher.

She has spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Her debut, The Many Colours of Us, was an Amazon Kindle bestseller. Her second novel, The Things We Need to to Say, is released on 11 May 2018. She is currently working on her third novel in which the heroine follows the love of her life to live in a city in northern England. It has no autobiographical elements at all…..maybe.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or search Facebook for Rachel Burton Author. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….





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