Friday, July 29, 2016

The Things We Knew by Catherine West

When their tragic past begins to resurface, can he help her remember the things she can’t?
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 blame their father for their mother’s death, but nobody will talk about that tragic day. And Lynette’s memory only speaks through nightmares.
Then Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, bringing the past with him. Once Lynette’s adolescent crush, Nick knows more about her mother’s death than he lets on. The truth could tear apart his own family—and destroy his fragile friendship with Lynette, the woman he no longer thinks of as a kid sister.
As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets surface 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 their faith, their willingness to forgive, and the very truth of all the things they thought they knew.

My Thoughts:
Having never read any novels by Catherine West, I really enjoyed this book. First, I think if you are looking for a summer read, I would put this book on your list. Second, I loved the story and theme of Grace mixed throughout the dysfunction of this family and I also loved plot twists, which was was enough to keep me on my toes. This book has a careful balance of good characters with depth that will pull you in, but also gives you these hidden secrets, which leads an overall interesting and beautiful story of family I give this book 5/5 stars as this was a new author for me and I really enjoyed the book. This is one that I will be thinking about long after I have finished it and cannot wait to get my hands on another story by Catherine! 
Thank you the publisher for providing me a complimentary copy for review purposes. I was not compensated for a positive review. 

About the Author:
Catherine West
Award-winning author 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 or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine’s novel, Bridge of Faith, won the 2015 Grace Award. Her new novel, The Things We Knew, releases July 12th, 2016, through Harper Collins Christian Publishing.
Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at

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