The Things We Knew by Catherine West (review)

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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. Continue reading

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The Pressed Fairy Journal of Madeline Cottington by Brian & Wendy Froud (review)

pressedfairy_froud_abramsbksFairies are real!  That’s what Maddi learns as she discovers the legacy of her Cottington ancestors. Madeline Cottington is a 17 year old American girl, whose British father decides to move their family back to England.  Since she’s temporarily without a computer, she uses a journal to record her thoughts and feelings as the spots she sees out of the corner of her eye slowly become more plentiful and defined.

There was a train at 7:00 am, and I’m on it writing this.  It’s like talking to myself, only people don’t think you’re crazy when you’re just writing.  I’m beginning to see why people used to write journals a lot.  It’s like tweeting all the time. (Maddi, June 5 journal entry)

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