Everything We Left Behind by Kerry Lonsdale @kerrylonsdale
“I sucked in the pungent air and a palette knife of pain sliced through my skull as though my brain were a glob of acrylic paint”
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.
After reading Kerry Lonsdale’s first book, “Everything We Keep”, we felt a part of James and Aimee’s story. In chapter one of the first book we meet heartbroken Aimee as she stood at the very church on the same day she was supposed to get married to the man of her life but instead stood at his funeral.
Now years later, Carlos (aka James) awakens in his bed in Oaxaca Mexico to the sound of his little boy yelling “papa, tengo hambre”! (I am hungry). But Carlos is disoriented and slowly realizes that he isn’t “papa”, he isn’t Mexican, he is James. James Donato. Why is he here? Who are these kids? Where is Aimee!!!!
It was a powerful start to the second book as we learn what happens to Carlos as his corrupt brother in law is supposed to be released from jail. And as the story unravels, and he is forced to hide away in Kauai with his family, Carlos is always looking over his shoulder. Danger is imminent and he has to solve the mysteries of his past in order to live for the future!
We enjoyed both of these stories by Kerry Lonsdale!
Kerry Lonsdale is the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the EVERYTHING series and ALL THE BREAKING WAVES. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and is a founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She resides in Northern California with her husband and two children. Connect with her at http://www.kerrylonsdale.com.