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Review: The Things We Leave Unfinished by Rebecca Yarros

Review: The Things We Leave Unfinished by Rebecca Yarros

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.

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. 


“Gran used to say she saw the characters as fully fleshed-out people with complicated pasts, set on a collision course. She saw their flaws as something to overcome.”

Just when you think you have a grasp on the kind of love story a Rebecca Yarros novel can give you, she has to go and deliver The Things We Leave Unfinished. The Things We Leave Unfinished is a unique and intriguing romance that operates on two alternating timelines. The Things We Leave Unfinished is an unforgettable love story that will mesmerize readers right until the very end…

The Things We Leave Unfinished starts off in the present time with Georgia and Noah. Noah has been brought in to finish her great-grandmother’s last book. Georgia isn’t too thrilled about the idea but allows to let Noah work on it as long as he gives it the ending she wants. Naturally, the two of them butt heads over this, and Noah will try his hardest to get Georgia to see things his way….Timeline #2 is Scarlett’s real-life romance told through the pages of her manuscript and letters from her love…

Overall, I thought this was a truly beautiful and unique story. The story flowed well and sucks you in instantly. The characters are real, flawed, and perfectly imperfect. I will be the first to admit that it took some time for me to get used to the alternating timelines/stories, but once I got into it, I was hooked! I loved all the little touches and the love letters. It made this story feel real and like the readers are a part of it.

The Things We Leave Unfinished is a love story that transcends time and pages. It’s a story about the risks we’re willing to take for love. It’s a story about secrets hidden in the past and the mess that’s left behind. It’s a story about thinking you know all of the pieces to it, but finding yourself completely wrong. Most of all, it’s a story of love and second chances.

At the end of the day, this story that Rebecca Yarros has given us will take you on one incredible journey that is sure to deliver all the feels.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the Publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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