One of our favorite authors, Kerry Lonsdale has a July 4th gift for us. Today EVERYTHING WE LEFT BEHIND (LakeUnionPublishing) is being published. It’s the sequel to her bestselling, EVERYTHING WE KEEP. Once again, Kerry intrigues readers with suspense, mystery and romance. And of course, Kerry has lots of surprises along the way.

So the question, we all want answered: What the heck is going on with James-Carlos or Carlos-James?

Before I continue, I suggest readers read EVERYTHING WE KEEP first. You’ll have the background on what’s happening in EVERYTHING WE LEFT BEHIND and it’ll be a much richer read. If I hadn’t read the first book, I would have been totally lost, but maybe that’s just me.

So far we know, James/Carlos didn’t die, when he was lost at sea. After six plus years, Carlos, now totally James is out of his fugue and leaves behind “Carlos Dominguez” in Mexico for Hawaii. There as a widower, he lives with his twos and sister-in-law, Natalya. As he starts regaining his memory, things becomes clearer and he begins to remember the past, he knows some kind of danger is biting at his heels, and he doesn’t know who to trust.

There’s something kind of surreal reading this series. I feel as if I’m watching a telenovela – a Latin soap opera. All the drama is heightened and the most outlandish things are happening. We have money-laundering, people being lost at sea, another losing his memory and entering a fugue, and of course, someone is in prison and might be getting out to wreak havoc. I can’t help but chuckle a little while reading, EVERYTHING WE LEFT BEHIND, because in many ways, it’s all so concocted, I just want  to sit back and enjoy!

I appreciate author Kerry Lonsdale’s ability to keep all the plot lines straight and to keep the action moving forward. Again, I’d suggest reading EVERYTHING WE KEEP before reading EVERYTHING WE LEFT BEHIND. You’ll be happy to know a third part of the series is coming out next year, so you have time to read up. I suggest a nice margarita would be a perfect companion during your read.



Kerry Lonsdale believes life is more exciting with twists and turns, which may be why she enjoys dropping her characters into unexpected scenarios and foreign settings. She graduated 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, two children, and an aging golden retriever who’s convinced she’s still a puppy.


Here’s a picture of me with the lovely, Kerry Lonsdale last year at BookExpo 2016 in Chicago with her book EVERYTHING WE KEEP. Thanks to Lake Union Publishing we have one copy of her new book, EVERYTHING WE LEFT BEHIND to giveaway to one lucky winner. Tell us your plans for this July 4th and the rest of the month. We’ll announce a winner next week.

Happy 4th of July. Be safe and have fun.




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14 thoughts on “EVERYTHING WE LEFT BEHIND by Kerry Lonsdale & GIVEAWAY

  1. The town, my mother lives in, had their fireworks display last night. Today, I am catching up on English Comp 2 homework. It has decided to rain and nice steady pattern, so after homework, I will settle back into “Persons Unknown”. The rest of the month I will begin prepping for my surgery in August.

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  2. I live in Canada and we recently had Canada Day 150 years. We had a great bbq. And I hope to have many more days this month with family and friends. Happy 4th. to all.

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  3. We are in Corolla, it’s becoming a tradition. It’s rainy though so we’re hoping the fireworks are still on.


  4. The 4th was spent with grilled foods and reading. Would be nice to spend the whole month that way, but more than likely, daily routine will take over. Sigh. Thank you for the giveaway chance!


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