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Publisher's Summary

If Untold is a fiction novel that started as a conversation in a park. Within months, the idea had taken on a life of its own. Lightly inspired by events and people from the past, this book will lead you through the innocence of youth and then into a dark reality. It will also touch your heart and remain in your thoughts for years to come.

Everyone has a past. Everything changes. Some for the better, some for the worst.

Francesca Romano’s life is no fairy tale. Hers is an uncontrolled world of silent tears and torment, where love crumbles and tragedy looms because of things left untold - because of the secrets that are kept. A world where honesty is obsolete, and youthful rebellion turns into total chaos. Francesca tries to gain control when she disappears to a new place, hoping to never be found. To a place where she can start anew and escape the despair, emptiness, and fear of her former world.

When she finds new love and new faith, she feels she is finally on the path to redemption and healing. Until one morning she gets a call, and all that which was left returns to her to satisfy an unfulfilled promise.

©2021 Norelle Smith (P)2021 Norelle Smith
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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Intense

This book has so much going on it'll keep you on the edge of your seat Between the intensity A young love. To a drastic turn of gaslighting and narcissistic behavior. To trying to escape into true love and an ending of fighting for thier life. Great read. Oh this narrator does a great job also.

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Wow! This Could Have Been About Me

I was hooked from the beginning. This could have easily been my story growing up. At one time, I was headed the wrong way in life. I know the feeling of being at rock bottom and how hard it is to rise back up. Francesca not only rises up, which is difficult to do, but is always looking over her shoulder to the past. Even though I was pretty sure how it was going to end, my emotions were in a turmoil. When the book ended, I sat for the next 20 minutes trying to calm down.
I love the narrator's voice. Very pleasing. Well performed. Made the characters really come to life.

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Excellent gritty novel

This book is outside my normal genre, but it was an excellent read. I don't know exactly how I'd categorize it---gritty women's fiction, maybe? It was so full of twists and turns, complete with every shade of the human experience, and love and lives veering off course, back on again, until the cataclysmic conclusion.

The tale begins sweetly enough with Fran and Isaac's childhood romance. You'd think Fran, a girl from a good family who steps in to shelter Isaac as best she can, is going to be the strong, moral, level-headed one...but this book never leaves you with the obvious. You'd think Isaac...picked on, caring and upright but from a bad family is going to break the chains of his family legacy...but will he?

I think what I liked the most about this book was how it showed so dramatically and realistically that one choice, either for good or bad, can lead to another and another and another. Before people know it, they find themselves living lives they never expected and on a course they never intended.

I would say the emotions packed into this book are so real and powerful that it's a story well worth anyone's time. Highly recommended for fans of women's fiction and/or realistic, gritty, character-driven stories that speak to the human soul and human condition.

I received a free audiobook review code, and enjoyed this book as an audiobook. This is my honest review.

The narrator did a very smooth job reading this story and bringing the characters to life!

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If left untold

The words, "If only..." spoken at the end of this story. Although I read this book before, hearing the audio helped me envision it more. "If only," would things have turned out differently for the couple had the secret been told earlier? I absolutely loved the story. It's the type of story that would keep you thinking long after you finish the book.

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Incredible Story!

This book was amazing! From superb character development, to an engaging plot, I was captivated from start to finish!

I both love and hated each of the main Characters at different points throughout the story, but I couldn’t wait to read more and find out how it all ended.

The ending was great, but the Epilogue was the perfect closure to all that had happened!

I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE!
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Don’t judge a book by it’s cover

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I felt a connection with the characters which kept the story interesting and left me wanting to read more.

This book would be a good read for any late teen/adult. I have a family of readers, and I would recommend this book to my older teens.

When I choose books, I am often swayed by which one I will read next based on the cover. At first glance, this one would be one I would not pick up. I like the “idea” of the cover after having read it, but I don’t feel like it does the story it’s full justice.

I am still left wondering WHEN Francesca had her tattoo covered….

Overall, read this story. You will enjoy the unfolding of the events.

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Suspenseful!

This story was INTENSE and has me wanting more! Really hits my feelers with all the life events. The writer really makes you feel like you're there and almost helpless going through the same emotions as the main character does. Couldn't stop once I started. Perfect amount of lead. So many emotions too, I feel like a freight train has hit me and I'm disoriented because I felt them all.

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roller-coaster of emotions

great book. hope to read more by this author. the emotional journey was great. super happy I finished the book. male character made me pretty mad a couple of times.