The Things We Leave Unfinished
Told in alternating timelines, THE THINGS WE LEAVE UNFINISHED examines the risks we take for love, the scars too deep to heal, and the endings we can’t bring ourselves to see coming.
Twenty-eight-year-old Georgia Stanton has to start over after she gave up almost everything in a brutal divorce—the New York house, the friends, and her pride. Now back home at her late great-grandmother’s estate in Colorado, she finds herself face-to-face with Noah Harrison, the bestselling author of a million books where the cover is always people nearly kissing. He’s just as arrogant in person as in interviews, and she’ll be damned if the good-looking writer of love stories thinks he’s the one to finish her grandmother’s final novel…even if the publisher swears he’s the perfect fit.
Noah is at the pinnacle of his career. With book and movie deals galore, there isn’t much the “golden boy” of modern fiction hasn’t accomplished. But he can’t walk away from what might be the best book of the century—the one his idol, Scarlett Stanton, left unfinished. Coming up with a fitting ending for the legendary author is one thing, but dealing with her beautiful, stubborn, cynical great-granddaughter, Georgia, is quite another.
But as they read Scarlett’s words in both the manuscript and her box of letters, they start to realize why Scarlett never finished the book—it’s based on her real-life romance with a World War II pilot, and the ending isn’t a happy one. Georgia knows all too well that love never works out, and while the chemistry and connection between her and Noah is undeniable, she’s as determined as ever to learn from her great-grandmother’s mistakes—even if it means destroying Noah’s career.
Yarros (Great and Precious Things) masterfully weaves two love stories one in the present day and one during WWII into an ambitious story of family, sacrifice, and trust. Following a high-profile divorce, Georgia Stanton returns to Poplar Grove, Colo., to take over the estate of her late great-grandmother, Scarlett Stanton, an immensely successful romance novelist and owner of Poplar Grove's beloved bookstore. In an unguarded interaction with a bookstore customer, Georgia dismisses the works of popular author Noah Harrison as "boy meets girl, they fall in love, tragedy strikes, someone dies." Of course it turns out that she's speaking to Noah himself and he's in town to negotiate the rights to complete Scarlett's unfinished masterpiece, a romance based on her own great love. Scarlett met American pilot Jameson Stanton while working for the British Women's Auxiliary Air Force. Their love story unfolds in Scarlett's drafted manuscript and through a collection of love letters that Noah hopes to use as source material. Noah persuades Georgia to trust him to craft a happy ending worthy of her great-grandmother's legacy, but will they be able to find one of their own? Yarros's characters are vibrant and her story gripping. Readers will be wowed.
I read constantly and this is absolutely the best book I’ve read in years!!
The Things We Leave Unfinished
I completely skipped the 1940s story within this story. The surprise ending rated a 4/5 though! The dialogue seemed sophomoric between Georgia and Noah. The royalty and famous director characters seemed more fairy tale than real.
Absolutely loved every second of it. Little twist at the end that I didn’t see coming, but was so happy about it because it seemed like the only way I would’ve been happy for all the characters.