Friday, August 19, 2016

Book Review: The Things We Knew by Catherine West

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge, from Litfuse Group, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them.

A tragedy from the past resurfaces in this tale of family secrets and reignited love.
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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 hiding things 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.
By the third chapter of this book, you've already cast the Lifetime movie in your head, and by the fifth chapter, your praying it WILL be a movie! This is a lovely story of redemption, grace and the bonds of family- those we're born with, and those we find. I have to admit I was more interested in Nick and his backstory with Gray, than Lynette as a lead character. Maybe because she seemed a bit whiny (which I hate in characters). Lynette is overwhelmed and it shows. With her siblings home, each with their own issues to solve, to solve the issue of their home and Dad's future, she finds more problems than solutions. But in the end, this is a lovely story of God's grace, forgiveness for what we thought may have occurred and of family coming back together. making it a perfect read before the holidays begin! it will be interesting to see if Catherine brings out prequels, or adds for to the book to start a series! 
Be sure to check this one out!
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About the Author:

Catherine West is an award-winning author writing inspirational stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. Educated in Bermuda, England and Canada, Catherine holds a degree in English from the University of Toronto. When she's not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two college-aged children. Catherine is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America, and is represented by Rachelle Gardner of Books & Such Literary Management. Having previously published three popular romance and women's fiction titles, Catherine will publish her first novel through Harper Collins Christian Publishing in July, 2016.

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