Things He Hadn't Told Her

Romance - Suspense
337 Pages
Reviewed on 06/30/2018
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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite

Things He Hadn't Told Her by Vicky Whedbee is a love story with a twist. This novel follows the story of three people and how their lives mesh. Cole and Chad have been best friends for almost all of their lives. Cole is a big, sporty guy fond of football while Chad is the smaller, serious, and more studious type. In spite of these personality differences, they are the best of friends and have a long history of sharing each other’s lives. As young men, both of them meet Maggie and develop feelings for her. However, Maggie falls in love with one of them and they even go on to build a life together. What is the dynamic between these three when two of the three become a couple? Will Chad and Cole’s friendship be tested? Does anyone have any regrets? This love triangle, with twists and turns along the way, forms the plot of the novel.

Things He Hadn't Told Her is a good love story, but it is certainly not a typical one between two people. Here, three people are involved and things do become complicated. I felt that the character portrayal was maybe a bit on the simplistic side, with not many nuances or shades of grey. Indeed, Cole, Chad, and Maggie all come across as lovable, good-natured people with not a mean bone in their bodies, which at times did feel a bit unrealistic. I wonder if a real love triangle of this kind may bring out people’s flaws or their ugly side a bit more. Still, that doesn’t take away from the overall story and writing which is engaging and makes for a light, fun, interesting read. For fans of the romance genre, this is a love story with a twist that they would probably enjoy.


5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! Would make a beautiful movie!

Nicki Kuzn

5.0 out of 5 stars More, please...
This was a wonderful and heartwarming story of friendship and love. I could not put the book down for very long before going back to continue on. I hope this author has other works in the pipeline. Thank you for the great story!!!

P.S. Winn

4.0 out of 5 stars Life can hit us hard, but gives second chances too!
This is a good, heart touching story of life, love and great friendship. The story follows two friends had Edwards and Cole Edwards, beginning in grade school. Later in life their friendship circle expands to add Maggie Thompson. Only problem, although they all love each other and stay friends, secretly, Chad is saddened and delighted when his two best friends marry. This is the story of their lives. The story is fairly straightforward, although the teaser hints at maybe a dark secret hidden, the secret wasn't quite what I thought, but the author gives an equally interesting alternative to what I expected.

Speedy Grandma

4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet story
THINGS HE HADN'T TOLD HER by Vicky Whedbee is a fictional story about three people from Knoxville, Powell High, UT Football, and Titan Football. Chad and Cole have been best buds since first grade. As students at UT, Chad is a sports medicine student, and Chad is none other than the star quarterback for the Vols. They're practically inseparable, but Chad is the studious one, and Cole "just wants to play football" the rest of his life. They both suddenly fall in love with the same young lady, Maggie Thompson, a student from a farm in Parrottsville, TN, but Chad never lets his love for Maggie be known until it is too late; Cole makes the proverbial touchdown with Maggie. Chad has kept a journal since high school, so the only relief for his heart's pain is on those pages. Very serious events come into the lives of the three, and the outcome looks very uncertain, until Maggie finally learns, many years later, the things he hadn't told her. It's a pretty good story. I thought it had a little too much description, but the story was a sweet one.


5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
This is a new author for me and I am so excited that I've found her. I'm definitely a fan. I love longer novels because of you get all of the emotions and feels when you become invested in the story and the fact that we meet the characters as young people, we grow with them and when you finish, you know you have completed a great journey

Bonnell Kaiser

5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I may be prejudiced b/c the author is my cuz, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I'm an avid reader of novels, so am pretty confident that my judgment is 100% correct in rating this 5 stars! (IF that's as high as they go!) Vicky, I hope you turn out another great read soon, preferably in printed form so I can buy & have as a keepsake & to say, "I knew her when..."!

Amanda Hook

5.0 out of 5 stars Buy an extra box of tissues before you start this book-you're gonna need it.
I do not hand out 5 stars often, but it is well deserved. Clear your day to read it because you won't want to put it down. Prepare yourself to ride a gambit of emotions. Well Done.

Victoria Danes

4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
This was a great read. The storyline is beautiful and the characters are well developed. The loyalty between Chad and Cole is admirable. I wish I had a friend like that. It will definitely pull on some heartstrings and make you think about all the things we should say but don't. All in all I thought this was a wonderful book and very well written.


5.0 out of 5 stars A 'Must Read' gem!
Excellent book!
Very well written. You care for the characters and really want to see what happens to them. A real page-turner.
Can't wait to read more from this author!

Dane Cromwell

5.0 out of 5 stars and it was a quick and easy read. The development of the characters was great ...
This book is the first book written by Vicky Whedbee, a high school classmate of mine, and it was a quick and easy read. The development of the characters was great and the relationship of Chad, Cole, and Maggie was realistic. I was immersed in the storyline and hated to put the book down! I also read her second book, Sarah's Song, and can't wait for more books by Vicky Whedbee!


5.0 out of 5 stars It was amazing. Best friends since grade school. Beautiful, talented, amazing women! Laughed, cried, and smiled. Best friends since grade school. Beautiful, talented, heartfelt, amazing woman. Laughed, cried, emotional train ride.


5.0 out of 5 stars Hope floats when it comes to love
A gentle, compelling story about the power friendships have in shaping our lives. I loved the pureness of this threesome’s bond...each with their own flaws but quite lovable. The story unfolds through journal entries that pull the reader in, keeps you turning the pages!

Chris Sharit Atchison

5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful, heartwarming story
Friendships are so very special and amazing. Through life's circumstances, the love of three friends remains strong. Lives are intwined in a bond that can not be broken. One of the best books I've read in a while!

Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
What a wonderful and endearing novel! Such a heartwarming read. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to enjoy a great book!

Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend it to everyone who enjoys a beautifully written story
I started this book yesterday and had to finish it today. Held my interest from start to finish. It is worth reading. I would recommend it to everyone who enjoys a beautifully written story.


5.0 out of 5 stars Good book!
Good read. Love the details.

Bobbye Edwards

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Story
I LOVE this book! I made me smile, as well as cry. Vicky describes the characters with such detail that I felt I knew them!


5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!
Love love her books we need more!

Kindle Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars
Mrs. Whedbee does a good job of describing life in East Tennessee and developing very likable and moral characters.

Dorothy mills

Five Stars
Very good book....once I started reading I couldn't stop I read it all in one day


5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is an excellent book to curl up with on a rainy night.

Amazon Custome

Five Stars
Loved it!


5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED IT!
The author hit it out of the park again with this book. It was very moving, wholesome, romantic, and I loved it! Any book written by Vicky Whedbee will be on my list to read. Thank you for giving us this book!


5.0 out of 5 starsThe best book I've read in a LONG time!
Wonderful doesn't begin to describe this book! It has everything! Laughter, love, friendship, loyalty, tears, joy! Not to mention the Smoky Mountains, University of Tennessee, and surrounding areas! You will fall in love with the characters! I enjoyed it from start to finish! Do yourself a favor and read it! You won't be sorry! I read it on my Kindle first and enjoyed it so much, I got the paper book and read it again, and liked it even more! I can't wait to read her next book!

Carolyn Oglesby

5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed reading this book so much that I read it in just 2 days. This is a great
book and was written by a loving, wonderful person I know because she's my niece. I
would highly recommend buying this book because it is such a heartwarming story
about truly close friends who remain friends throughout all the heartaches and trials in life.
Carolyn Oglesby

Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars I can see this on the Silver Screen!
I can see this story becoming a movie! It was an outstanding read about two friends who are together their entire lives and there's some great football knowledge in here too!

Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
What a wonderful story. Characters we fall in love with. Landscapes that feel like home. Love beyond measure. Can't wait for her next book!

Doris J Araujo

5.0 out of 5 stars truly great! easy read
Received it as gift, truly great! easy read. Emotional and well written. Recommended!

Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely wonderful book!!! A must read!!!

Kate Colwell

5.0 out of 5 stars You can transport yourself into the book so easily
Such a great read! You feel like you REALLY know the characters and are a part of the story.

Amazon Customer

Five Stars
Loved this book! Beautifully written with subjects of today that anyone can relate to the realities of life. Wonderful!

Amazon Customer

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is the best book I have read in a very long time... Can't wait for this author's next novel!

Josh Pezzulo

Josh Pezzulo rated it - it was amazing
This was a great book. I am not one to leave reviews, but I had to for this book. Really enjoyed the references to football and UT. Author was very detailed and you could tell she did a lot of research to ensure the storyline was credible. Nice work. Good book for a guy or girl to read, not too much romance and not too much sports... It was a very nice balance that kept me reading and interested.

Ann Edwards

Ann Edwards
rated it- it was amazing


rated it - liked it

Joan Stommen

Joan Stommen
rated it- it was amazing

Gina Bassolino

Gina Bassolino
rated it- really liked it

Marla Kostis

Marla Kostis
rated it- really liked it

Maresa Pezzulo

5.0 out of 5 stars
Maresa Pezzulo rated it- it was amazing
I loved this book, as well as, Sarah's song... I just bought a set to give to a friend. These two books are a must read... Warmhearted and wholesome... Can't find good books like this anymore. Will be looking for more books by this author.