When I first received this book in the mail, I wanted to open it up and carry it with me everywhere. The cover is absolutely beautiful! Whoever designed the cover did a fantastic job between the photo, the colors, and the fonts. It was stunning.
I was excited to read her most recent book, not having read anything else by her. It was easy to become attached to the story from the first pages. Lynette Carlisle’s story was very intriguing. Nicholas Cooper endeared himself to me as he first entered into the story. He came back to Nantucket, but Lynette has no idea as to why he left her family in the first place.
The strange thing about the past is that you can run from it but at some point, it has to be dealt with. As each of the Carlisle siblings left their home, they were hoping to run from the past. Now that their dad isn’t well, the siblings have a choice as to what their future will look like.
This part of the story was probably my favorite part simply because of the message. It is easy to relate to siblings having to decide how relationships should develop after the loss of a parent. Considering this has been on my mind a lot within my own family, I really appreciated that this was a topic discussed throughout the pages.
I’m glad to find another author to add to my list of favorites. Read more reviews on this book at http://litfusegroup.com/author/cwest.
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 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.
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Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border collie for long walks on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children.
I received this book from Litfuse Publicity Group and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.