Do y’all have certain types of summer reads you gravitate towards? I’m not one to have “pool” type reads. Just give me a book and I’m happy! As I’ve mentioned that often includes family stories and this newest release from Cathy West fits the bill.
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.
This book definitely made me want to jump on the next plane to Nantucket. My parents and I were just talking about that little island too, so it was fitting that I read a book featured there! West’s ability to set the scene and describe the scene before the reader was done so fabulously.
While there was a lot the whole family was dealing with (and I really wanted to certain characters to communicate better!), I think West used this to pave the way to their story of redemption and reconciliation. The road isn’t always easy, but as many of our characters saw, it’s always worth it. If stories of families connecting, dealing with the painful past and moving forward interest you, this might be worth checking out!
What’s a family drama you’ve recently read?
(Thank you to Thomas Nelson for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)