About The Book:
Sometimes we’re placed in the strangest of circumstances for the most important reasons.
After her carefully constructed life crumbles, Liz Carlisle finds herself back on Nantucket, picking up the pieces. With the family estate under renovations, the solitude she craves seems out of reach.
Matthew Stone intends to steer clear of his new tenant. She’s carrying a load of baggage, but as long as she pays the rent, he’ll let her be. He’s got enough to deal with caring for his wayward niece, Mia.
Liz doesn’t have time for teenagers and her track record with men is abysmal, but an unlikely friendship forms between the three.
When her former boyfriend is charged with assault, Liz is called to testify against him. But he knows the darkest secrets of her life—secrets she’d hoped to keep buried forever, and he’s ready to reveal them. Telling the truth is the right thing to do, but it may cost her everything she’s worked so hard for, and all she’s come to love.
About Catherine West
Catherine West is an award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband reside in Bermuda, and have two adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew, 2017 and Where Hope Begins, 2019, and a Carol Award Finalist for Where Hope Begins. Her latest novel, As the Light Fades, released September 2019.
My Rating: 5 Stars!
‘We like to pretend we can handle things we’ve got no business trying to.’
Liz Carlisle returns to her Nantucket family home after her life disintegrates. She moves into the carriage house of Matthew Stone, who is now caring for his 15 year old niece, a surly teen who is hiding great pain. Add a set of parents who were mostly absent from Matthew’s life, a father with dementia, an ex boyfriend bent on revenge and you have all the necessary ingredients for a powerful story.
Catherine West handles this so very well indeed. Emotions are explored, pain is brought out into the open and maybe healing can begin for all involved. West has created a cast of characters that weave their way into your heart and you find yourself cheering for these folks whose lives had been turned upside down and sideways. You wish them well in these dismal seasons of their lives. I was captivated by West’s deftly women story here and her handling of sensitive and compelling issues is top notch. A heart-grabbing story is exactly what it is. I highly recommend it.
*My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of this book. I received no compensation and the opinions stated here are entirly my own.