After their mother’s death twelve years ago, the Carlisle family unraveled. One by one, all but one of the four 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. Their father’s failing health and financial concerns finally bring the Carlisle siblings back home.

I enjoy Christian Fiction but didn’t realize this book would fall into that category until I picked it up and began reading. While prayer, etc. are sprinkled throughout, it is not forceful or shoved down your throat. I don’t mind a bit of shoving and found the touches here nice.

There are touches of romance as well. There is also a bit of mystery regarding their mother’s death, which I found the most interesting portion of this story. The mystery is solved, but the reveal is not anything jaw dropping.

The Things We Knew was a 3-star read throughout. Why? I never solidly connected with any of the characters because the story bounced back and forth too much. With too many characters and way too much drama between them, there didn’t seem to be a solid focus. And most disappointing to me? The ending because I thought it very unsatisfying. There were things I still wanted to know that I don’t feel the author gave me the answers to. If you’ve read my reviews before, you know I need answers. I don’t want to walk away assuming anything. I want everything in black and white on paper.

The Things We knew is a decent read if you’re looking for something quick and not too in-depth.

I received an uncorrected proof of this book from Book Expo America in May 2016. And yes! I’m only now getting to read it. You know how TBRs are, right? 🙂


Rating: 3 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The Things We Knew

Author: Catherine West

Release Date: July 2016

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