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Everything We Left Behind Audiobook

Everything We Left Behind: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Kerry Lonsdale Inc. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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    Lindsay S. Nixon 07-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I'm as Disoriented as Carlos. Not what I wanted"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The constant back and forth from past to present and going between "James" and "Carlos" (same person different personalities) confused and disrupted the story rather than enhanced it. Perhaps if the narrator had completed "Carlos" chapters with a Spanish accent it would have worked better.


    What could Kerry Lonsdale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book felt like sloppy seconds. We already know what happened to James to turn him into "Carlos" no more on that front needed... but that was what the book became about. Book 1 ended with "Carlos" waking up as James, and getting his memories back. This book should have covered that process. The struggles through getting his memories back, finding out what happened the last 6 years as "Carlos", what was next, how is life moved on. To some extent, that happened just not in a fluid way and much of what was most anticipated was skipped over. We start 6 months after he woke up and acclimated. It was a disappointment but even shelving my expectation. The story was weak and often became a droopy, plotless, romance novel.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my most anticipated novel of 2017, it pains me to write this after loving and devouring the first book. That book was top 20 last year. This book won't make my top 100 this year.

    The author has difficulty writing men. It felt unnatural, unbelievable---like a woman was writing a male character, which is true, but now how the experience should be.

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    Deanna Franklin SC 11-19-17
    Deanna Franklin SC 11-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "amazing"

    I love the way this book is written. what a great story. Your turn now!

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    K. Eldredge 11-18-17
    K. Eldredge 11-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great sequel to the first book!"

    Hearing the story continue from Carlos'/James' point of view was both clever and fascinating! I thought I'd miss Aimee and Ian too much, but the richness of the story and its characters did NOT leave me disappointed.

    The multiple arch plots and mini-plots weave an intriguing, exciting story that makes this book a page-turner and left me wanting more!

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    Christy McCurry (Radical Reads Book Blog) 11-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great follow-up."

    So after the first book I was really curious as to what happened next. While things did not work out like I had once hoped I still enjoyed the story and the narration was excellent.

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    Mz Toya Mobile, AL 10-27-17
    Mz Toya Mobile, AL 10-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautiful story"

    I must admit I got angry with Amy several times during the first book because I didnt understand why she didn't give up on James already. But this book gave a picture of a truly decent man and was very heart warming.

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    Angela M. Dokos Georgia 10-12-17
    Angela M. Dokos Georgia 10-12-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyed this story."

    Great story. I like how everything comes together. Wonderful conclusion. It’s predictable, but I still loved it.

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    Donna A Massachusetts 10-03-17
    Donna A Massachusetts 10-03-17 Member Since 2008
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    I found the story and narration rather disappointing, at times the writing was rather juvenile.

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    Amazon Customer 09-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting book..."

    did have hard time with the jumps back and forth in time though...story was good though

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    Anna G 09-05-17
    Anna G 09-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I am hooked!"

    I thought the second book was not going to be as good as the first one but I was wrong. I loved hearing the story from James / Carlos perspective.

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    TAC Wilmington, Delaware, US 08-29-17
    TAC Wilmington, Delaware, US 08-29-17
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    "Another exciting read!"

    Another exciting read! Quick moving. Just a little confusing back and forth with then and now. But very enjoyablw.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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