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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

    Thrillers and science. memoirs sometimes. and then I actually write cookbooks, or I did. I'm more of a reader now.

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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.<br/><br/>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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    Amazon Customer 07-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "no where near as good as the first book."

    eh... not so good. I could have missed this one and not felt badly. I believe the author struggled to come up with a sequel and fell flat.

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    Joyce 07-16-17
    Joyce 07-16-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Everything we leftb behind"

    I loved the story and the mystery. The only thing that disappointed me was the cursing and overly descriptive sexual thoughts and acts. I wanted to like the characters but by the end it was getting so filthy it overshadowed a great storyline. Author, please give readers credit for enough imagination to make the characters real without you filling it with unnecessary smut. The story was so good it is a shame for me to question if I want to continue with the next book.

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    Colleen Taunton, MA, United States 07-10-17
    Colleen Taunton, MA, United States 07-10-17 Member Since 2010
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    "A disappointment, too much jumping around"
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    I read the first book, and was excited to read the second book from the point of view of James. The second book has been a disappointment for a couple of reasons. First of all, the back and forth in time is way too much, and is very disjointed. Five years ago, 6 months ago, last week, 6 years ago, present day...etc. It jumps around way too much. I think you can tell the story of past and present without jumping around so frequently, it made the story very hard to follow. I am an avid reader and Audible listener, and I found I had to reread/ re listen to passages frequently to understand what was going on. Secondly, what was the purpose of Rachel? In addition to the time jumping, first he is with Natalya, then Rachel, then back with Natalya, but in love with Aimee, too many girls in the picture. The story could have been told with just Natalya, adding Rachel just added another layer of unnecessary confusion. Lastly, I think the description of the loves scenes were disgusting. It took an interesting story, and added this level of adult romance novel, that balanced on the line of soft porn. Completely unnecessary. I am not a prude,and do not mind a description of an intimate scene in a book, but I found myself skipping ahead whenever such a scene started in this book. I think it took away from the plot. I liked the book for the most part, was glad to hear the "what happened next" but overall it was a major disappointment from the first book.

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