The Things We Knew is one of the best books I have read this year. Catherine West’s writing and storyline kept me wanting to read each spare moment I had. Even while I was on my own book deadline, I finished this meaty story in only five days. I still think about the characters, and to me, that is the mark of a great book.
This is a story of three generations of the Carlisle family, most of whom live somewhere else now, except the patriarch of the clan and his youngest daughter Lynette who still abide in the family beach house on Nantucket Island. There are many undercurrents and secrets that are uncovered slowly. And more secrets revealed as the story unfolds and the other four children come home, with a few grandchildren, too.
Many of today’s society’s problems like addiction, sibling rivalry, and health problems plague this family, too. And, there is always an undercurrent of memories that are not so good. Yet, in the end, there is hope for the future, especially for Lynette and the returned next-door neighbor Nick Cooper, who was once like a brother to her.
Treat yourself to a great read! I highly recommend this book, especially if you have a long weekend to read, read, read Catherine West’s newest page-turner! I received this book from the author for review purposes, but that did not affect my opinion. And Catherine has offered to do a giveaway for one commenter on my blog, so we’ll give you a week from tomorrow to leave a comment since I’ll be at the ACFW conference next weekend. USA and Canadian entries only.