The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
Published: September 1, 2016
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Format: via Prime reading
From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house.
Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts—until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors’ intertwined lives begins to unravel.
During the course of a sweltering summer, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the neighbors learn that it’s impossible to really know those closest to us. But is it impossible to love and forgive them?
The Things We Wish Were True is a story of neighbors and what secrets lie behind the closed doors. We meet the neighbors, told in alternating voices each with a story to tell but all comes full circle one summer at the community pool.
What I like most are the interesting characters and how each one had a rich and intriguing story that you can't help but keep reading to find out what happens next. Like most small town it seems like everyone one is in each other business and just when you thought no one knew it seems like everybody does. Let it be known there are a number of characters but don’t be scared off by thinking you will get confused, you won't the author makes it all come together and you never seem like you're lost at all. If you want a great storyline and a cast of unforgettable characters pick this one up you won't be disappointed.