Review of The Things We Knew by Catherine West

Lynette Carlisle has been forced to be so strong for so long and now things are beginning to collapse around her. At just twenty-four, she’s had to be the lone caretaker of her family’s crumbling estate and her father, whose failing health she can no longer ignore. When a family meeting becomes necessary, Lynnette soon learns that her siblings have also been dealing with their own struggles and burdens since leaving home. The family reunion becomes a cathartic and eye-opening opportunity for them all.

eBook Review Gal Book Review of The Things We Knew by Catherine West

I can’t say enough great things about The Things We Knew. It’s a beautiful family story that tugged at my heart. The author has expertly woven an immensely appealing tale that follows the lives of some extremely likable and believable characters. The character development is flawless. I was drawn in immediately and was easily able to connect with each character.

This is a story that shows a family that is nowhere near perfect and that’s what makes it so believable. Some very difficult topics are tackled here – alcoholism, infidelity, drug abuse, domestic violence, just to name a few. Yet, it never comes off as soap opera-ish. Families can be messy and this book hits all the right notes.

There’s a lot to take in and there’s a lot going on, but since the author’s writing style is so breezy it never feels bogged down. I especially found the dialogue to be genuine and sincere, it’s written in a way that family members actually to speak to each other.

Although The Things We Knew is listed as Christian Fiction, I wouldn’t say it’s overly so. Yes, there are several references to God’s grace, prayer, etc., but it’s not at all overwhelming or preachy. It never completely takes over the book. Some of the characters are clearly followers of Christ and some aren’t, but they’re working on it. The Things We Knew is a wonderfully uplifting and inspirational story of family, forgiveness and love.


5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

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