The Things We Knew by Catherine West (review by Cathy)

The Things we Knew

About the book:

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 review:

Catherine West has written a wonderful story about the difficulties the Carlisle family faced after the unexpected death of their mother.  Some have had successful careers and some haven’t fared so well.   Lynette, the youngest in the family has taken on the responsibility of caring for their dad and the family home.  Things begin spiraling out of control and she has no choice but to reach out to her siblings. 

There’s so much heartache and unresolved issues they must face when they gather at their family home in Nantucket.  Finally, Lynette could discuss the financial burdens and their fathers declining health with her family.  I believe that at some time in our lives we will likely have some of the concerns and discussions this family had.

I received of copy of this book from the publisher for my honest opinion.


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