Standalone Sunday is a fun feature created by Megan at Bookslayerreads where each Sunday you feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend. There’s so much focus on books that are part of a series… she thought it’d be nice to focus on some standalone novels, too!
Feel free to join in on this weekly feature by creating your own Standalone Sunday post! And be sure to check out Megan’s very creative blog and leave a link in her Standalone Sunday comments section so she can add your blog to the list
My Standalone Pick this week is:
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 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 an awesome story. THE THINGS WE KNEW hooked me from the very first page and never let me go until the very last. Once I started reading, it was very hard to put this story down. Catherine West has written a contemporary story that takes place on Nantucket And is filled with strong, caring characters that everyone will be able to relate to and care about. Soon, you will feel as if you are on the island with the Carlisles, struggling to figure out where their lives are going.
Lynette is trying to keep it all together despite numerous tries to get her family involved. Their mom died years ago and their dad has been a mess ever since. He was gambling and drinking heavily and squandered most of the money. Their childhood home is in disrepair and Lynette needs help. She goes to the bank for a loan and there sits her childhood crush and neighbor, Nick Cooper. THE THINGS WE KNEW is all about family and the past and the secrets that come out are heartbreaking. Everyone is trying to protect Lynette from the truth but it is something keeping her up at night and she needs to remember what happened.
THE THINGS WE KNEW is filled with twists and turns and had me flipping through the pages like a woman on a mission. I had to know what was going to happen to Nick and Lynette and all the secondary characters. I hope there is going to be another book and that this becomes a series or at least a trilogy. I want and need more contact with this family. The characters are all well written and totally believable.
THE THINGS WE KNEW is without a doubt one of the best books I’ve read in 2016 so far. I was instantly emotionally invested in all of the characters and especially with Gray. I need more of his story. My heart broke for Lynette and Nick and for all they were dealing with but Gray shredded me. Something from their past effects them all and once the truth comes out many lives will be changed. Catherine West really knows how to write about family drama, heartbreak, and forgiveness. I can not wait to read more by this wonderful and heart tugging author. Well done Ms. West, you have a new fan.
Thank you for reading! Happy Sunday!!