Review: The Things We Leave Unfinished (Rebecca Yarros)

The Things We Leave Unfinished
Author: Rebecca Yarros

Publication Date: February 23, 2021
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Romance, Women’s Fiction
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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.

The Things We Leave Unfinished… Where do I even start? With each new release, Rebecca Yarros somehow exceeds my expectations and writes my new favorite book of hers. I fell in love with The Things We Leave Unfinished from the very first page. Past and present were beautifully woven together. I could have read two separate books about the two different timelines and been completely happy. Weaving the two together made it all the more fascinating. With every page I turned and chapter I finished, I wanted more. I needed to know what was going to happen in WWII England with Scarlett and Jameson. I wanted to know where the unraveling the past would take Georgia and Noah. Their individual and combined journeys were both heartbreaking and heartwarming. I loved every minute of this stunning love story.

26 thoughts on “Review: The Things We Leave Unfinished (Rebecca Yarros)”

  1. Wow, this sounds like quite a lovely read. Nice to hear that the two timelines were both interesting. I always find myself more invested in the past timeline with these kind of narratives. Great review, Deanna.

    1. There’s really no wrong place to start. You could do one of her standalones or the first book in one of her series. They’re all fantastic.

    1. A lot of her books are angsty, but the majority of them are NA. I didn’t feel like this one was too angsty. Probably because of the dual timelines. And the story was SO GOOD. Yarros is one of those authors I read an ARC from and then had to read her entire backlist. Her writing is so good!

  2. Great review Deanna! I’ve wanted to read Yarros for awhile now, but this one really has my eye! Not trying to be a tight wad (you know I read A LOT)… but the $7.99 is worth it? It doesn’t look like she has any in KU and just thought I’d ask lol! 😂

    1. I really love her writing. I, myself, would probably pay $7.99. If you want to try one of her novellas, I see that I can loan you her Ignite. That’s the only Kindle book I have of hers that is able to be loaned. Let me know.

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