‘The Things We Knew’ by Catherine West: a Review

Grace. Forgiveness. Truth. A review of Catherine West's amazing new novel, The Things We Knew.The Things We Knew

by Catherine West

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 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.

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. Visit her online at catherinejwest.com, Facebook: CatherineJWest, and Twitter: @cathwest.

My thoughts:

Grace. Forgiveness. Truth.

The Carlisle family is a mess. But aren’t we all? We may not have the same struggles, but The Things We Knew tells of a family dealing with life and trying to grasp the deeper meaning of grace, forgiveness, and truth, much like the rest of us do.

The Things We Knew drew me into the story on so many levels. Not only did I like the characters and want to see their story play out, but in some ways each character represents a piece of each of us. Their struggles, their pain, their fears…

If you allow it, this is a story that will challenge your thinking, pushing you to take a closer look at the things that have a hold on your own life. And ultimately, how do you define and show grace?

The Things We Knew is a wonderfully well-told story that will be finding a place on my “keeper” shelf!

(I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)

9 thoughts on “‘The Things We Knew’ by Catherine West: a Review

  1. This one’s already on my must-read list, and your review made me more eager to read it. 🙂

    • It’s really good… 😉

  2. Melissa Henderson

    Yes, I agree with Brenda Anderson. I want to read this one.

    • I hope you have an opportunity to read it, Melissa. It’s so good!

  3. carylkane

    Sarah, thank you for the great review! This one is on my radar.

    • Definitely, Caryl! I think you’d like this one…

  4. This sounds like a great book.I would like to read it.

  5. Brenda Murphree

    I would love to read this book. It seems to be very interesting.

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