Friday, July 7, 2017

Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale ~ My Thoughts


Everything We Left Behind

Everything We Left Behind  by Kerry Lonsdale
Series: Everything We Keep #2
Print and ebook, 348 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Everything We Keep comes the highly anticipated sequel. Told from one man’s two perspectives, Everything We Left Behind effortlessly blends suspense, mystery, and romance in an exploration of loss, resilience, and the compelling need to protect the ones we love at all cost.

Two months before his wedding, financial executive James Donato chased his trade-laundering brother Phil to Mexico, only to be lost at sea and presumed dead. Six and a half years later, he emerges from a dissociative fugue state to find he’s been living in Oaxaca as artist Carlos Dominguez, widower and father of two sons, with his sister-in-law Natalya Hayes, a retired professional surfer, helping to keep his life afloat. But his fiancée, Aimee Tierney, the love of his life, has moved on. She’s married and has a child of her own.

Devastated, James and his sons return to California. But Phil is scheduled for release from prison, and he’s determined to find James, who witnessed something in Mexico that could land Phil back in confinement. Under mounting family pressure, James flees with his sons to Kauai, seeking refuge with Natalya. As James begins to unravel the mystery of his fractured identity, danger is never far behind, and Natalya may be the only person he can trust.

My thoughts about Everything We Left Behind ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"He dreamed about her again. Blue eyes so bright and hot they branded his soul."

I recently read, and loved, Kerry's first book Everything We Keep and immediately jumped into this one. The first book is from the perspective of Aimee, the women who buries her fiancé on their wedding day. She is heartbroken but tries to carry on with her life, never forgetting the love of her life.

Everything We Left Behind is a continuation of this beautiful but heartbreaking love story, this time told from the perspective of James, the man who was buried all those years ago. I read these two books back to back and loved every minute of them. I was totally drawn into the character's lives and love and devoured both books.

Kerry is a new-to-me author but has now been added to my must-read list. I love these stories! And it looks like Everything We Give is coming in July 2018. Yay!! I am so excited to continue this series.

I received an ARC of Everything We Left Behind in exchange for my honest opinion.

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