Review: The Things We Knew by Catherine West

The Things We KnewThis was such a great book! The author did a wonderful job of making these characters feel real. The Things We Knew is a contemporary novel, yet the author used flashbacks to slowly reveal the truth behind this family and their large Nantucket home.

I loved that there was a primary story and developing romance between the characters of Lynette and her neighbor, Nick. However, there was also a very interesting storyline that captured me about Lynette’s brother, Gray, and what had happened in his life. I thought that the author did an excellent job of introducing all of the Carlisle family members to her readers, showing us where they were in life now, and then allowing us to realize how past events had been affecting each of their futures.

I was completely caught up in this book and could hardly set it down. And once I did, I truly regretted that it was over and that I couldn’t read more about these characters! There was also a ribbon of a faith that wove its way through the book in a very natural and realistic way.

This was the first book that I have read by this author, but I definitely plan to read more! Highly recommended.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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The Things We Knew
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.


About Brittany

I am a homeschooling mother of four children. I am an avid reader and have been for as long as I can remember. I truly enjoy reading and reviewing books I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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3 Responses to Review: The Things We Knew by Catherine West

  1. carylkane says:

    Great review, Brittany! This book is on my MUST read list!

  2. Pingback: Giveaway – The Things We Knew by Catherine West | Britt Reads Fiction

  3. Thanks for the recommendation. Congrats to Catherine!

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