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Now–I’d like to welcome Catherine West as my guest blogger! Cathy’s latest release is THE THINGS WE KNEW, and here’s a synopsis:
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.
Sounds great, right? Now I’d like to welcome Cathy, who has written a few words about the power of memory. Take it away, Cathy! (Photo credit: Sarah E. Photography).
The Power of Memory
Memories shape us, help define us, make us smile, and sometimes they make us cry. Some memories are vivid, as though they happened yesterday. Some have faded into sepia, still there, but harder to recall, while others have long since disappeared, only to return quite unexpectedly, triggered by a song, a particular smell, certain scenery or the sound of somebody’s voice.
Memories serve as powerful reminders of who we are and where we’ve come from. Often it’s the hardest times in life we have the most trouble forgetting. (What’s up with that?). But what if you couldn’t remember things at all? What if there were things about your past you desperately needed to know, yet the events you lived through remain a blank space in your mind?
In my upcoming release, The Things We Knew, Lynette Carlisle finds herself in this predicament. Somehow she knows the key to her past lies buried beneath the things she can’t remember. While her ageing father begins to lose his memory, Lynette wishes she could get hers back –
The house was always filled with laughter and heady conversation, people coming and going in a whirl of social activity. In its glory days, Wyldewood had been whatever one wanted it to be—a paradise, a sanctuary, or a playground. “I remember one year”—Lynette laughed a little—“Mom had a bet going with Mrs.Cooper that—”
Dad put up a hand. “I’m tired now, Lynnie. I think I’ll go upstairs.” He rose, steadied himself, and sent her a small smile.
She watched him head in, let out her breath, and closed her eyes.
If only she could get those days back.
The life she remember ed ended abruptly, twelve years ago, when all their dreams turned into siren-screeching nightmares.
Nightmares she could only recall in flashes.
Flashes of the ferocious storm. Flashes of huddling in darkness,
hands clapped over her ears. Flashes of long dresses hanging above
her, perfume tickling her nose.
Then finally, David, reaching, pulling her from the depths of the closet where she’d hidden.
Hidden from what, exactly, she still didn’t know.
ÓThe Things We Knew, July 12th, 2016 – Harper Collins Christian Fiction.
So what about you? How important are your memories? Do you have things you wish you could remember? Things you wish you didn’t?
I’d love to hear from you, and I hope you’ll read The Things We Knew to continue Lynette’s journey into the past.
Author Bio: Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border collie for long walks on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children. Visit her online at catherinejwest.com, Facebook: CatherineJWest, and Twitter: @cathwest.
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