The Things We Knew (Thomas Nelson, July 2016)
A tragedy from the past resurfaces in this tale of family secrets and reignited love.
After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to harbor animosity toward their father, silently blaming him for their mother’s death. Nobody will talk about that dreadful day, and Lynette can’t remember a bit of it.
But when next-door neighbor Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, he brings the past with him. Once her brother’s best friend and Lynette’s first crush, Nick seems to hidingthings from her. Lynette wonders what he knows about the day her mother died and hopes he might help her remember the things she can’t.
But Nick has no intention of telling Lynette the truth. Besides the damage it might cause his own family, he doesn’t want to risk harming the fragile friendship between him and the woman he once thought of as a kid sister.
As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets begin to surface—secrets that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question all they ever believed in.
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“The Things We Knew” is a a beautiful story of family, redemption, faith, and forgiveness. This is the first book I have read by Catherine West, but it certainly won’t be the last. Filled with some heavy subjects, the book is about a family dealing with real issues life brings their way and reuniting with one another. West pulls the reader in from page one and takes you on a journey filled with a depth that pulls at the heart strings throughout the book, and finds you relating and feeling like you are a part of this family. I highly recommend this read and I hope that West decides to write a sequel because I want to spend more time with these folks.
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