The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen book review
You ever read a book that you’ve never heard of, but you’re pleasantly surprised how much you enjoyed it when you’re don’t reading it? Well this is one of those books! :) The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen is about an idyllic small-town neighborhood where everyone has a story, everyone has a secret, and everyone is connected; we just don’t know how connected they are until the end of the book. :) From the outside looking in, 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.
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. The story starts at the pool one summer day when a near tragedy triggers a series of dark revelations for many people who witnessed the scary event. Little do we know that up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts.
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? Is it possible that one unexpected person could bring everyone together so that they can move on from their past mistakes? Is it possible for a Miracle when you’re buried in lies only hoping to dig yourself out? Maybe. :)
I really enjoyed this book. It pretty much held my interest the whole time reading it. I could have probably finished it within a week, but life got crazy and that didn’t happen, but it’s a VERY easy read that I highly recommend!