Book Review Of “Everything We Left Behind” By Kerry Lonsdale
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. (From Goodreads)
***I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars***
So I was approached by the wonderful Amazon Publishing to review this book, I had owned the first book and had not read it, so I took it as a sign to start. Thank you so much for sending me a finished copy to read and review!
This series has blown my mind, and exceeded every expectation that I had. I love Carlos/James and Natalya, they were my favorite characters in this series. The scenes with Carlos/James and his boys were absolutely heart wrenching. Can you imagine not remembering anything about the past 6 years with your children, waking up and not knowing who they are? Who you are? And those poor boys being terrified of the man that’s not their papa!
Kerry Lonsdale executed this book perfectly, with absolute precision, and urging you to keep reading page after page. I HAD to keep reading, it wasn’t an option, I needed to see these characters get the ending they deserved. The way that Kerry wrote from Carlos’s and James’s point of view, from both past and present, and pulled it off seamlessly says a lot for her writing skills. This is a series I can see myself reading, over and over. Kerry Lonsdale, thank you for making me fall in love with your books!
Now I am sad that I have to wait for book three!!
“Dying is a whole lot easier than coming back to life.”
― Kerry Lonsdale,