Everything We Left Behind: A Novel

Everything We Left Behind: A Novel

by Kerry Lonsdale


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477823972
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Series: Everything Books , #2
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 212,486
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kerry Lonsdale is the Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Kindle bestselling author of Everything We Keep and All the Breaking Waves. She resides in Northern California with her husband and two children. Learn more about Kerry at www.kerrylonsdale.com.

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Everything We Left Behind 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
runnergirl83 10 months ago
Here is the second one in a trilogy, so if you haven't read the first, Everything we Keep, you will want to go read that one first or you will be confused of what's going on. In the first book, James disappears two months before his wedding. On the day of what was supposed to be his wedding, his fiance is at his funeral as they assume he has died at sea. Eventually they find him in Mexico living as Carlos. He doesn't remember being James, that memory is gone, and he is living a new life. He even fell in love with someone else, but she dies giving birth to their child. In this book, Jame's memory comes back and he goes back to California. His finance has since married someone else and has a daughter. The chapters rotate between him being Carlos, right after his fiance had found him in Mexico and she went back to California and him waking back up as James 5 1/2 years later. How scary for the children when Jame's memory comes back and he has no idea who they are. They are young, have already lost their mother, and now the father that they love suddenly no longer remembers them. And then Carlos, now realizing that at any moment his memory of being James might return and his whole life of Carlos will disappear. He has made a good life in Mexico, loves his children, and genuinely loved his wife and misses her. If his memory disappears, those memories will disappear. Another interesting series, that has a nice depth of characters, even the on person who is two distinct characters.
Tracey_L More than 1 year ago
First and foremost, you must read the first book in this series, "Everything We Keep" or else you will not know what is going on. This second book is just as interesting as the first, and I enjoyed it greatly. My only real complaint was that it was a bit difficult to differentiate between Carlos and James at times. They were similar enough to create a bit of confusion, especially since other characters were present in both of their lives. But overall this was a well written and engaging story which has left me eager to read the next volume when it is published later this year.
SairaM More than 1 year ago
I am seriously loving this series. The characters, the plot and plot twists. It’s exciting and emotional. So excited to get some questions answered and the next book read. I received an ARC e-copy of this book through NetGalley.
Darcy714 More than 1 year ago
Following on the heels of her highly successful Everything We Keep, author Kerry Lonsdale continues the story of Aimee and James in Everything We Leave Behind. Six years after the accident that robbed James of any memory of who he is by putting him in a fugue state, James, wakes one day to two little boys in a beachside Mexican town where he is known as Carlos but with no memory of how he got there. The story picks up from there shuffling back and forth between James in the present and Carlos in the past who realizes he is rapidly running out of time as his nightmares bring him closer and closer to confronting the truth his brain is shielding him from. While in the present, James must wade through his anger and betrayal with his brother for having given him this alternate identity, deep anguished loss at Aimee’s having moved on, married and with a daughter, and intense confusion at the odd connection he feels to a woman he loved as Carlos. As James struggles to sift through his emotions and acclimate to his new life, his brother Phil is soon to be out prison and his brother Thomas is desperate for him to remember what happened so they can put Phil away for good. I have to confess to liking this book less than the first. On the one hand, I recognize the impossibility of the author creating yet another mystery with tense scenes and nebulous half-truths, but unfortunately that is what I loved about the first and had me excited for the sequel. I’m not sure if it is fair to judge on a disappointment in plot when it would have been impossible to continue to sustain another conspiracy without becoming ludicrous, but there it is. That being said, the characters were real and believable and grappled with the very real fallout that someone waking from a fugue state would create. However, the back and forth and the intensely frustrated emotions of James were a bit wearing and it took me considerably longer to finish this book as I found it harder to stay with it. Lonsdale writes characters well and is not high-handed with the steamy romance scenes which are sure to be a pleaser to romance readers. I think for me though the previous book was both romance and mystery, and this book was more just romance/light fiction. I would be very interested in following other mystery/suspense books that Lonsdale writes in the future, but am not likely to continue this series as the main appeal to me was the in the suspense. Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review.
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
I’ll start by echoing comments of other reviewers and recommending that readers read “Everything We Keep” before reading this one. This is a series (trilogy?) that definitely should be read in order. The structure of this book is different from Everything We Keep, and covers some of the same territory and time frame, but from James’/Carlos’ point of view rather than Aimee’s. Everything We Keep ended on a huge cliffhanger, and this book takes up where that left off. From there it takes us back and forth in time. Lonsdale alternates between Carlos’ journals that catch James up with what’s happened while he was in his dissociative fugue state, and James dealing with being thrown back into “himself” with no memory of what’s happened to him during the past 6 years. The setting shifts between Mexico and California, as the first book did, and adds Hawaii to the mix. Most of the characters are the same. The mystery of James’ past is revealed, lots of family dysfunction (even more that we’d realized from the first book) and the surprising truth of what happened on that boat to send him into his fugue state. I enjoyed this one as much as the first one (both were 4-star reads for me). It kept me interested and not quite sure of what had really happened on that boat (and which family members James could really trust) until near the end. And once again, this ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. l’ll have a wait, but I look forward to Lonsdale’s third installment. Copy provided by Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This is the continuation of the series "Everything We Keep". The first book dealt with Aimee who attended her fiance's funeral instead of her nuptials on her wedding day. This book tells us what really happened to James in Mexico. Well, eventually. James is now Carlos and living in Mexico, has two sons, a deceased wife and owns an art gallery. He knows nothing of James. Freaky, but true. Luckily, I had this book on my TBR pile right after I finished the first in the series. I picked it up right after finishing the first book. I could not wait. This one continued the flow, with some overlapping - which is to be expected, and I was right back into the story again. I'm not sure whether there will be more in this series. I could see that there could be. Telling the story of Aimee's life after finding James would be my guess if there is another book. I thoroughly enjoyed this series. This was the first time that I had read this author and will definitely be adding her name to the list of authors to read. Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Jolie More than 1 year ago
***Do Not read any further if you haven’t read Everything We Keep. There will be spoilers. So if you decide to read past this, consider yourself warning*** My review: Everything We Left Behind is the heart wrenching 2nd book in the Everything We Keep series. This book focuses on James/Carlos and his recovery from the dissociative fugue state (click here for a full explanation)that he had been in for 6 1/2 years. The reader is taken on a journey from Mexico to California to Hawaii as James struggles to come to term with what happened to him and trying to remember exactly what happened on that boat, 6 1/2 years ago. My heart broke for James. I couldn’t even imagine waking up one day and having no memories of the past 6 1/2 years. No memories of Marcus’s birth or Julian’s adoption. No memories of his dead wife and no memories of Natalya. The only memories that he had were of Aimee and that was 6 years earlier. Thankfully, Carlos (James’s other identity while he was in the fugue) kept a diary and wrote everything down for 6 years. So when James started reading that diary, he was filled in on everything but still, it was a shock. As much as Aimee annoyed me in Everything We Keep, I couldn’t help but feel bad for her. She resolved her feelings for James after finding him in Mexico while in the fugue. Then he comes back, 6 1/2 years later, with no memories and still madly in love with her. The scene where she shows up at James’s childhood home made me cry and then the scene at the graveyard where she showed James his headstone and told him that they could never be friends, that she was happily married with a child….again made me cry. Normally, I hate it when the author chooses to go back and forth in time in a book. It drives me nuts because I can never follow along. But, in Everything We Left Behind, the author chose to change from 3rd person to 1st person….on top of heading the chapter with Carlos–three years ago or James—-present day. I was never confused about who I was reading about or what time period. Which was wonderful. The whole Phil and Thomas storylines were also heartbreaking (a word I am using a lot in this book). Thomas is doing everything in his power to keep James safe and Phil, well let’s just say that what I thought about him totally changed at the end of the book and I looked at him in a different light. The romance between Natalya and Carlos was breathtaking and all-consuming. I could understand where she was coming from when she kept turning him down every time he asked her to marry him. When/if he came out of the fugue, he wouldn’t know who she was. Even though they were completely in love with each other, she kept him at arm’s length. So when James and the boys came to stay with her, after finding out that Phil was out of jail, I could totally get how hard it was for her. How her heart was breaking and it was hurting to be near him. Totally get it. I will say that the end of the book was pretty interesting. Mainly the part about how James came out of his fugue. Again, while some of the storylines were wrapped up, a few weren’t. I am hoping for book 3!! How many stars will I give Everything We Left Behind: 4 Why: Great storyline with great characters. Will I reread: Yes Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes, but with a warning to read Everything We Keep first Age range: Adult Why: Sex, violence, language **I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
Ratgirl24 More than 1 year ago
“Everything We Left Behind” by Kerry Lonsdale is Carlos/James’ story. It picks up right where the first book of the series “Everything We Keep” left off with Carlos coming out of his fugue state. He remembers nothing of the last six and a half years… not his marriage, wife or children. It is as if the last six and a half years never happened. I did read the first book, but if you didn’t, don’t fret. I think you would be OK. You would miss tiny details (and a great book), but the author fills you in on the large picture of what happened in the first one. It was well written and was interesting till the end (read it in less than 24 hours). I figured this book was going to end one of two ways… wrong again. Lots of twists and turns and a very satisfying ending. There were a couple of heartbreaking scenes with Carlos/James and his son. He does not remember being a father or his sons. He was quite smart and loved his sons enough as Carlos to attempt to assist himself if he ever did emerge from his fugue state. He kept extensive journals and spoke to his older son so he would know what to do if Carlos, at some point, did not know him. Release/Publication Date: July 4, 2017 Genre: Romance, suspense Cover: Great. Source: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read this great book! Rating: 4 stars
IrishEyes430 More than 1 year ago
This novel is told from two different points of view, as Carlos has been in a fugue state for six years. As he is remembering his former life, he is torn between the man that he was and the man he is now. This is a story of love, intrigue and passion. As with the previous novel in this series, there are many twists and turns. Although this can be read as a standalone, I would urge you to read the first novel in the series. It will make the second one even more enjoyable and riveting.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Everything We Left Behind is the 2nd book in the Everything series! We pick up when James / Carlos wakes up from his fugue state to realize that he has been living in Mexico for the past 6 years and has two boys. As the story goes back and forth between James point of view in the present day to Carlos point of view over the past 6 years, James / Carlos struggles to understand what had happened to him and who he can really trust. It all leads to a surprising ending with answers that will hopefully heal this broken man or will they? This book was amazing!! I so wasn't expected for all the emotion that this book in this series will bring and here I was thinking that the first book was super emotional for what happened! This story is just one of those stories that draws you in and won't let go until the last word is read and even then, I'm still thinking about this story and how is it all gonna end in the third book! I so can't wait for next summer to read the next book just to see what happens to everyone involved! The more I read this series, the more I want it to be a TV Series or a Movie just to see it play out on the screen! Thank You to Kerry Lonsdale for a great 2nd book in this series and for making me want to stay up late just to see what happens to James / Carlos!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the Author! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Everything We Left Behind is a fascinating story that captivated my attention from the very start. For six years, after surviving an attempt on his life, James Donato from California lived in a dissociative fugue state. His brother, Thomas, assisted him in starting a new life. He set James up with a new identity, as Carlos Dominguez, an artist living in Mexico. Carlos, having no memory of his prior life as James, and no recollection of Aimee, the love of his life, married a Mexican woman. Although Carlos is now widowed, he’s content living with his two sons in Mexico; that was, though, until, Aimee showed up in his life, cracking his dissociative fugue state. Carlos’s world comes apart when he learns that he is James Donato, a man from a crooked, untrustworthy family. Carlos is petrified for his family’s safety. James will have no memory of his life in Mexico, his children or Natalya. Carlos’s real fear, however, is what the Donato family will do to his sons. The family member who tried to kill him is due out of jail, soon. If James doesn’t know that he has sons, how will he protect them? Carlos knows that his time is running out. The increase in vivid dreams and headaches are positive indicators that his true identity is trying to break through. So, Carlos starts to write his life down in excruciating detail for James. Carlos desperately wants James to know just how much Natalya and his sons mean to him. Everything We Left Behind is about a man searching for who he is, letting go of what is no longer his, and finding acceptance and happiness in life once again. The story is told from both James and Carlos’s point of view. I was so engrossed in the character’s lives that I couldn’t put the book down. I loved everything about this novel and highly recommend giving it a read. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!