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The Things We'll Never Have audiobook

The Things We'll Never Have audiobook

Everleigh’s arrival in a small Italian town unearths a web of secrets, shame, and unexpected honor in this gripping blend of mystery and psychological drama.

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The Things We'll Never Have audiobook

Everleigh’s dreams are crushed when her fiancé disappears weeks before the wedding she was counting on to color her otherwise dull existence in 1964 London. Driven by a need for closure and armed with letters from Gualtiero’s family as clues, Everleigh travels to Italy, convinced that he has returned to his roots. But when the man everyone claims is Gualtiero walks in the room, she finds herself staring into the face of a stranger.

Everleigh’s quest is no longer to find out where her fiancé is, but who he is. Her search takes an enthralling twist as she forges alliances with two unlikely companions. Together, they peel back the layers of hidden truths to unearth shocking revelations that set them on a collision course and shatter the foundation of everything they believed about family… and even their own identities.

A 2024 Eric Hoffer Book Award finalist and winner of the Historical Fiction Company's “Highly Recommended” Award of Excellence, The Things We’ll Never Have is a gripping tale of kinship, broken trust, and self-discovery painted against the vibrant backdrop of 1960s Italy.

"This novel is both thought-provoking and deeply emotional."

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Meet Everleigh as her life is turned upside down by the disappearance of her fiancé in the first three chapters of The Things We'll Never Have.

  • “… a moving novel that’s one part mystery and one part gripping psychological drama, and Hauck’s writing style has a straightforward simplicity that makes the story’s revelations feel all the more powerful. With remarkable subtlety and suspense, the author chronicles Everleigh’s attempt to figure out not only where Gualtiero is, but who he is…”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “From its low-key beginning… to its gut-wrenching ending, this novel is a literary
    masterpiece. Hauck’s prose is both lyrical and masterful, and deep meaning underscores every carefully crafted aspect of the tale. As a story with roots in World War II, The Things We’ll Never Have is a love song to Italy, and a testament to the Italian spirit. A rewarding read to be savored in depth.”

    Eileen Enwright Hodgetts,
    author of The Girl on the Carpathia

  • “For those who love historical literary, deep with meaning for the characters and giving the readers a moment of pause to reflect on their own lives, then this is a great book to read. Very well done. “The Things We'll Never Have” by Hilary Hauck receives five stars and the “Highly Recommended” award of excellence by the Historical Fiction Company.”

    Historical Fiction Company

"This novel is a must-read for historical fiction lovers."

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Meet the author

An Italian speaking Brit living in the US, Hilary Hauck is a bestselling, award-winning author of historical and fantasy fiction featuring characters struggling to find their inner amazing. Raised in the UK, Hilary later lived in Italy,
where she mastered the language, learned how to cook food she can no longer eat, and won a national karate championship. After meeting her husband, she came to the US and drew inspiration from Pennsylvania coal history for her debut novel.

Learn more about Hilary