Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale

March 20, 2018
Everything We Left Behind Book Cover Everything We Left Behind
The Everything Series
Kerry Lonsdale
Lake Union Publishing
July 4, 2017

An Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
From the 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.

Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale
Review by Dawn Thomas
Rating: 5 stars

348 Pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: July 4, 2017

General Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction, Relationships, Family Dynamics

Carlos and James have something in common. They share the same body but not the same memories. James is suffering from a psychological fugue. In this state, James disappears and Carlos emerges. He lives in Mexico with his two sons.

When his former fiancé, Aimee arrives asking questions, Carlos must be told the truth. He doesn’t ‘t believe any of it. He confronts the woman he believes is his sister. She confesses to him and he is enraged and he has been used as a pawn. He researches fugue and begins to worry about the future. If he comes out of the fugue, he would lose the memories of his sons and his life in Mexico. To help James, Carlos begins to keep a journal of everything along with pictures and newspapers.

This is the second book in the Everything Series. The book is well written and the characters are very developed. It is written in first person point of view with changes in voice depending on whose story is being told. The author’s research on psychological fugue is very good and makes the subject understandable.

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