Book Review,  Contemporary Romance

The Words We Lost by Nicole Deese

Can you say, “Book Hangover” because I have one after reading this book? Here’s my review:



I have long been a fan of Nicole Deese’s books, and I think this one might actually be my all-time favorite. For reasons that will become apparent when you read it, this book is full of heart and the magic is in the way Deese has crafted this story to unfold in the most amazing way in terms of plot. We fall in love with these characters and then WHAM, Deese starts peeling back the layers. By that time, we are already invested in these characters and their journey and I found myself yelling at certain unruly characters and cheering for others. What a sweet, yet achingly poignant story that unravels to leave the reader with the perfect ending for Ingrid’s story. Since I noticed this book 1 of the Fog Harbour series, I just can’t wait to find out what, and whom, the next book is about! Deese really raised the bar with this one.

I could not put it down and was left with a book hangover, you know where you think about the characters and stare off into the distance in a daze for a few hours post-last-page. Yep, that would have been me. What a gift this book is!

Enjoy every page.

I got a copy of this book from my local library app and my opinion is my own.




Three friends. Two broken promises. One missing manuscript.

As a senior acquisitions editor for Fog Harbor Books in San Francisco, Ingrid Erikson has rejected many a manuscript for lack of defined conflict and dramatic irony–two elements her current life possesses in spades. In the months following the death of her childhood best friend and international bestselling author Cecelia Campbell, Ingrid has not only lost her ability to escape into fiction due to a rare trauma response, but she’s also desperate to find the closure she’s convinced will come with Cecelia’s missing final manuscript.

After Ingrid jeopardizes her career, she fears her future will remain irrevocably broken. But then Joel Campbell–the man who shattered her belief in happily-ever-afters–offers her a sealed envelope from his late cousin, Cecelia, asking Joel and to put their differences aside and retrieve a mysterious package in their coastal Washington hometown.

Honoring Cecelia’s last request will challenge their convictions and test their loyalties, but through it all, will Ingrid and Joel be brave enough to uncover a twice-in-a-lifetime love?

The Words We Lost is thought-provoking and tender, capturing the transformative beauty of surviving.”–T.I. LOWE, bestselling author of Under the Magnolias




Nicole Deese is a Christy and Carol Award-winning, bestselling author of hope-filled, humorous, and heartfelt contemporary romance novels. When she’s not sorting out character arcs and story plots of her own, she can usually be found listening to an audiobook and multitasking at least four different chores at once. She’s a hoarder of sparkling water, a lover of long walks and even longer talks with friends, and a seeker of fun and adventure at all times. She lives in small-town, Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two freakishly tall teenage sons, and one princess daughter with the heart of a warrior.

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Melony Teague writes contemporary romance with a dash of humor, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words, and she believes everyone has a story to tell. Melony is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Word Guild. She is the co-author of As the Ink Flows, a devotional for authors. Her fiction debut, A Promise to Keep released, Jan 21, 2020.

Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her handsome husband and their young adult children.

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“A delightful romance sure to please anyone looking for a story about second chances, grace, and hope. This one has all the right ingredients!”
—Catherine West, award-winning author of Where Hope Begins

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Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.

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