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by Ella Carey


A beguiling painting holds the secrets of a woman’s past and calls into question everything she thought she knew about the man she loved…

THE THINGS WE DON’T SAY was released by Lake Union Publishing through Amazon First Reads program on June 1, 2018.

Sales Highlights

· Amazon First Reads selection for June 2018

· Amazon Charts bestseller

Author Highlights

We’ve secured rights deals for Ella Carey’s titles in 7 languages, including Czech, German, Italian, Portuguese, Slovakian, Slovenian, an Australian English-language edition, and a large print edition.


“Ella Carey skillfully interweaves two women’s lives and two eras in this passionate story about art, music, and the high cost of keeping secrets.” —Janis Thomas, bestselling author of What Remains True

“A fascinating world, beautifully described. I love how Ella Carey writes. She took me there completely.” —Carol Mason, Amazon Charts bestselling author of After You Left

“A captivating novel of romance, art, and deception. Ella Carey writes with such compassion, evoking two women and the landscape of two different eras so that one can see them.” —Elise McCune, bestselling author of The Castle of Dreams

“Ella Carey explores the geometry of love in the Bloomsbury set. Hers is an intriguing story where triangles of obsession, desire, and devotion are entwined with a mystery that reaches across generations. Highly recommended.” —Elisabeth Storrs, author of the Tales of Ancient Rome saga

Letter from the Editor

Whenever I’m in a reading slump, I reach for historical fiction. I love reading about the past and the people who shaped the world we live in today. No matter if the underlying plot is mystery, romance, or saga, I’m swept away by the story all while learning. Two birds, one stone!

This is what I adored about The Things We Don’t Say. In a novel loosely based on the renowned English artists’ circle Bloomsbury group, Ella Carey masterfully moves between generations to tell a riveting tale of a historical movement through the eyes of two women fiercely determined to hold on to their ideals.

Before I read the book I had a somewhat fuzzy, glorified picture of the Bloomsbury group. I knew they were considered bohemians and I knew that many groundbreaking artists and writers came out of the movement, but I didn’t know much more than that. In Carey’s deft hands, I was not just absorbed in the characters’ loves and losses; I was completely transported to the rich and heady atmosphere of the salons of London and France in the 1910s and ’20s. Had Carey not written this sumptuous novel, I would have never known that much of the freedom of expression I so value today is thanks to forward-thinking women like those in The Things We Don’t Say.

Educated? Check. Entertained? Double check. —Jodi Warshaw, Editor

About the Book

Nearly sixty years ago, renowned London artist Patrick Adams painted his most famous work: a portrait of his beloved Emma Temple, a fellow bohemian with whom he shared his life. Years after Patrick’s death, ninety-year-old Emma still has the painting hanging over her bed at their country home as a testament to their love.

To Emma’s granddaughter, Laura, the portrait is also a symbol of so much to come. The masterpiece is serving as collateral to pay Laura’s tuition at a prestigious music school. Then the impossible happens when an appraiser claims the painting is a fraud. For Laura, the accusation jeopardizes her future. For Emma, it casts doubt on everything she believed about her relationship with Patrick. Laura is determined to prove that Patrick did indeed paint the portrait. Both her grandmother’s and Patrick’s legacies are worth fighting for.

As the stories of two women entwine, it’s time for Emma to summon up the past—even at the risk of revealing its unspoken secrets.

About the Author

Ella Carey is the international bestselling author of The House by the Lake, From a Paris Balcony, and Paris Time Capsule. A Francophile who has long been fascinated by secret histories set in Europe’s entrancing past, Ella has degrees in music, nineteenth-century women’s fiction, and modern European history. She lives in Australia with her two children and two Italian greyhounds.