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The Things We Knew

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Highly acclaimed author, Catherine West, weaves a story of family and lies, secrets and repressed memories all against the stunning backdrop of Nantucket.

“An engrossing and ultimately moving novel, filled with mystery, romance, and drama.” —RT Book Reviews

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 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.

From Publishers Weekly

May 09, 2016 – West (Yesterday's Tomorrow) brings to life a familiar plot centered on memories of past family trauma papered over by secrets. In present-day Nantucket, Mass. Lynette Carlisle, youngest of five siblings, is carrying the family's burden, caring for her aging father as their home decays. She struggles with unclear, disturbing recollections from the day of her mother's death. Nicholas Cooper, her next-door neighbor and longtime crush, adds romantic tension and his own family issues as Lynette's siblings slowly straggle back to their childhood home, each bringing some weighty baggage. Reckoning and reconciliation ensue as the Carlisles uncover and acknowledge truths about the past and present and assume responsibilities. West is a good painter of atmosphere, making the foggy past ever so slightly sinister. The Carlisle family probably has one troubled child too many, diluting the story and requiring too many quick resolutions of underdeveloped plot threads and characterizations. But dysfunctional families are the irresistible hook of many novels, and West manages the central tensions well.

Customer Reviews


After the mother's death, the 4 siblings left home.Now 12 years later, the father's health is failing, and money problems. And their home Wyldewood is in disrepair. Lynette / Linny is now seeing them return, with secrets of alcoholism, drugs. Even the neighbor, Nicholas / Nick has returned. Linny always felt like he knew more about her mom' s death , then what he said Then his father Anthony offers to buy Wyldewood. How can two dysfunctional families, with all their secrets find healing. Very well done, bring each character to life and what they have gone thru. Many well enjoy this family type story.
Given ARC. by Thomas Nelson for my honest opinion of which I have given.

The Things We Knew
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jul 12, 2016
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
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