Sunday, June 4, 2017

Everything We Left Behind

Everything We Left BehindTwo 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 fiancĂ©e, 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.

I tried so hard to love this book as much as I enjoyed the first, Everything We Keep, but I just did not.  While I appreciated the effort, it just felt forced, overly complicated and at times unrealistic.  I just wanted to get to the end to find out what happened, yet I really didn't care how.  It was fast paced, but the constant back and forth at times were confusing, even though I usually enjoy this style of storytelling.  I feel bad, giving a negative review, but I just enjoyed the first book so much and what it created but then that all was lost.  

  * I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review *

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