The Things We Knew by Catherine West *PLUS Giveaway*

the-things-we-knewWhat a great book from a new-to-me author! This was an emotionally moving story, as the Carlisle family has known more than its share of tough times. I kept reading long into the night to find out what had happened in the past and how they would all overcome it. I thought the author did an excellent job with the pacing, revealing details gradually throughout the story.

From the Back Cover: 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 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.

The romance between Lynette and her first crush, Nicholas Cooper, was subtly done. The story revolved just as much around the two families and their relationships. While there wasn’t a strong spiritual thread, it was a fairy clean story that dealt with some difficult issues. I loved getting to know Lynette and her siblings. I would love to see more of their stories in future books.

I would highly recommend this story to anyone, though I’d suggest having some tissues handy, just in case. I will definitely be reading more books from Catherine West.

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review.

I’m giving away one copy of this book to a lucky reader! Just leave a comment to enter. Become a subscriber to my blog or share about this review and giveaway on Facebook or Twitter for extra entries. (Say if you did so in your comments.) Due to higher shipping costs, this giveaway is open only to US mailing addresses. Giveaway ends at midnight Oct 5th. Good luck and happy reading!

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