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.
Wow.... What a story! The Things We Knew had me turning pages late into the night because I JUST HAD to see how this book would end! Lynette is the youngest of 5, and she cares for their father who is suffering from dementia and is also having financial issues. Like most people in this situation, you call in the family, right? Well Lynette did just that, and my oh my, she got way more than she bargained for! On top of that, an old crush of Lynette's also comes back in town and he seems to know more than he's letting on!!
To say this family is "dysfunctional" would be putting it mildly! The secrets, betrayals, and promises broken are enough for you to think the siblings may never find their way back to a healthy and loving relationship!! But Catherine West wrote this story beautifully and watching this family walk out their issues was just incredible! I love it when you see truth setting people free, and in The Things We Knew, that is exactly what happens!
I give this book 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s! Thank you Litfuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!!