On Tour with Prism Book Tours
By Catherine West
Paperback & ebook, 362 Pages
September 10th 2019 by KDP
Sometimes we’re placed in the strangest of circumstances for the most important reasons.
After her carefully constructed life crumbles, Liz Carlisle finds herself back on Nantucket, picking up the pieces. With the family estate under renovations, the solitude she craves seems out of reach.
Matthew Stone intends to steer clear of his new tenant. She’s carrying a load of baggage, but as long as she pays the rent, he’ll let her be. He’s got enough to deal with caring for his wayward niece, Mia.
Liz doesn’t have time for teenagers and her track record with men is abysmal, but an unlikely friendship forms between the three.
When her former boyfriend is charged with assault, Liz is called to testify against him. But he knows the darkest secrets of her life—secrets she’d hoped to keep buried forever, and he’s ready to reveal them. Telling the truth is the right thing to do, but it may cost her everything she’s worked so hard for, and all she’s come to love.
(Affiliate links included.)About the Author
Catherine West is an award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband reside in Bermuda, and have two adult children and one beautiful granddaughter. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew). Where Hope Begins released May 2018, and her latest novel, As the Light Fades, releases September 2019.
Why I write Family Drama
“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Leo Tolstoy
When asked what type of fiction I write, I often respond with “Family Drama!” As most of us can attest to, families of all sizes will experience drama from time to time. In some cases, drama is the MO. I’ve always found family dynamics fascinating. Maybe that’s due in part to growing up an only child and always wishing for a brother or sister. As I got older, friends with siblings told me how lucky I was to not have to share anything or have anyone to fight with. I figured maybe there was some truth in that. But I think somewhere deep down, I still dreamed of that big family.
Some of my favorite television shows growing up in the 70’s were The Waltons, The Brady Bunch, My Three Sons, The Partridge Family, and of course, Family. I loved books about families too! So I suppose, when I began to write my own stories about family, it shouldn’t have surprised me.
I love exploring everything that makes a family so complicated. It’s not just about being related by blood; it goes deeper than that. Families consist of many different characters, though they may share similarities in looks, food preferences, artistic talent and the like, each member brings to the table their own set of unique qualities, beliefs, and values. And of course, not all family members see eye to eye on everything. Put that together around the table at Thanksgiving, and you’ve got a delightfully combustible equation that has all the makings of a truly interesting story.
The dynamic between parents and children is one I really enjoy writing about as well. I’m always amazed at how easily misunderstandings arise, how children find their parents often impossible to please, and parents find their children impossible to understand! Of course there are many exceptions to that rule, and not every parent-child relationship is fraught with tension. Just most of the ones in my books. J
Here are a few of my favorite author quotes on family:
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.” – Oscar Wilde
“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”
― George Bernard Shaw
― George Bernard Shaw
“Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules. They’re not like aches or wounds, they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material.”– F. Scott Fitzgerald
“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”– Mark Twain
Do you come from a large family? What do you love/not love about it?
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Ends October 23, 2019