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Everything We Left Behind

A Novel
Narrated by: Timothy Andrés Pabon
Series: Everything We Keep, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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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
  • 08-07-2017

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.

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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.

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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  • TAC
  • 29-08-2017

Another exciting read!

Another exciting read! Quick moving. Just a little confusing back and forth with then and now. But very enjoyablw.

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  • Juleybee
  • 19-08-2017

Ugh

Sounded good in the details but I was so confused with this book. It is not a good read.

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  • Christy McCurry (Radical Reads Book Blog)
  • 06-11-2017

Great follow-up.

So after the first book I was really curious as to what happened next. While things did not work out like I had once hoped I still enjoyed the story and the narration was excellent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-09-2017

interesting book...

did have hard time with the jumps back and forth in time though...story was good though

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  • Anna G
  • 05-09-2017

I am hooked!

I thought the second book was not going to be as good as the first one but I was wrong. I loved hearing the story from James / Carlos perspective.

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  • Brandi C. Diamond
  • 25-07-2017

A bit cheesy...

What did you like best about Everything We Left Behind? What did you like least?

I liked the first book, so I was excited to read the second. But - it was just a little cheesy. Might have been the way it was read, but I just didn't love it.

What could Kerry Lonsdale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Some of the details were unnecessary - like "lacing up his Nikes" - just sneakers would have been fine. Let us imagine some things. Particularly from the point of view of Carlos, it just seemed like a lot of cheesy metaphors, especially in describing the relationships. Although I know this was from James/Carlos POV, I would have liked a lot more interaction with Amy - the character readers already know and like. Maybe coming in another book?

What didn’t you like about Timothy Andrés Pabon’s performance?

I didn't like when he did his Carlos voice. It seemed so stereotypical and made me feel kind of weird and uncomfortable. It didn't lend authenticity to Carlos' voice. And I really didn't like when he did women's voices - it just didn't work for me.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not.

Any additional comments?

I think this series is based on an interesting concept, but particularly this second book spent a lot of time just saying the same thing over and over, and not really moving the story along.

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  • kc kona
  • 25-05-2020

Couldn’t finish it

First book in 15 years I haven’t finished. Found it confusing every time I opened it up I had trouble following the story may be because it moves back-and-forth to time but really unhappy with this book.

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  • scubagirl65
  • 28-01-2020

hard to get through

I have never been so happy for a book to the end. I read /listened to the first two books. I wasn't happy with the voices. I usually listened as a bedtime story and didn't care if I fell asleep - would set a sleep timer but ya didn't' have to worry about missing anything important. it seems drawn out going back and forth between the characters.

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  • Did a23
  • 26-12-2019

Great follow up.

Loved the follow up and the twist throughout the story. Wish there were more stories coming with these characters.

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  • Shelley
  • 14-07-2020

Please don't waste your time on this one

I very rarely leave a book half way through. This book was awful. complete waste