Saturday, February 4, 2017
THE THINGS WE KNEW BY CATHERINE WEST
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.
REVIEW AND THOUGHTS ON THIS READ: I am going to start by saying Catherine West is a new to me author. I received this read free from Thomas Nelson as part of their Fiction Guild. I have noticed a trend in Christian Fiction where the authors take real life issues that families face and write a book about it and yes they don't always end with happily ever after just like real life.
This was an excellent read in that Catherine West has addressed so many issues and how each family member deals with them. I like how she has really taken the characters and developed them that you feel like that you are not left hanging, but you walk away knowing them and what they are facing. This book deals with: (1) Dementia, (2) Addictions, and (3) Repressed Memories.
Catherine's writing style draws you into each character to the point that by the end of the book that you know each one of the family members even the neighbor Nicholas Cooper. This teaches you that each family member can grow up in the same household and each one does not have the same memories.