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.
This was a brilliant book. From the end of the first chapter I was glued to the story, loving the characters and not wanting to put the book down.
No family is without its problems and skeletons in the closet but yet this family has strength behind them and determination to succeed and that is a really nice message to hear. They never give up.
I admit I am a sucker for a happy ending and a bit of a love story, clearly a romantic at heart, and I found The Things We Knew a really easy read with a really great message behind it, regardless of the tragedy that is bestowed upon the family they still manage to find that warm fuzzy over emotional drive that always pulls you through. No family is without its problems and skeletons in the closet but yet this family has strength behind them and determination to succeed and that is a really nice message to hear. They never give up.
West’s writing flows easily over the pages drawing the reader in, with a few shocking truths and a very decent plot this story will warm your heart, make you smile and recommend to all your friends. The characters are all very unique and well developed. The siblings in particular are all individual with very different traits from each other. I found the relationships within the siblings interesting to read with a very realistic feel, I really felt that the housekeeper played a very important part in both the family and the story.
I look forward to reading more from Catherine West, her writing is very engaging indeed.