Sunday, August 28, 2016

Secrets that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the family forever.

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About the book:

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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About the 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 on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children.

My Review:
Wow, "The Things We Knew" is an intense read from the start to the end filled with characters whom become so real and become wedged into your heart and life.  Catherine West does an incredible job with creating two families filled with members whom lives become intertwined once again after so many years and could be the last time or the beginning of a reconnection. 
Lynette is the youngest of the five Carlisle siblings and her memories are spotty, but bits and pieces are returning with the return of Nicholas Cooper and then Lynette's siblings as well.  As secrets, mystery, the past are all coming together along with the present and they are forced to decide if they can forgive and how strong their faith actually is.  There are some different issues discussed and faced by the characters giving so much depth to the characters and the ability to relate to the story. 

To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!

*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for the complimentary copy of this book and for including me on the blog tour.*

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