Can’t Wait Wednesday – ALL WE COULD HAVE BEEN by T.E. Carter


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is All We Could Have Been by T.E. Carter.  I’m excited for this one because Carter’s last novel I Stop Somewhere was such a powerful and hard-hitting read, and based on this synopsis, I’m expecting a similar experience with the new book.



Publication Date: April 23, 2019



From Goodreads:

Five years ago, Lexie walked home from school after her older brother failed to pick her up. When she entered her house, her brother sat calmly, waiting for the police to come arrest him for the heinous crime he had just committed.

Treated like a criminal herself, Lexie now moves from school to school hiding who she is—who she’s related to. She struggles with loving her brother, the PTSD she now suffers from, and wanting to just live a normal life. But how can she be normal when she can’t even figure out how to just live?

This is a powerful look at the assumptions we make about people. Lexie’s emotional journey to separate her brother’s horrific act from herself is stunning and heartbreaking. This is Lexie’s story and journey—not her brother’s—and it will stay with you long after you turn the last page.



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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂

34 replies
  1. Angela
    Angela says:

    What an interesting premise – when a crime is committed, we so often seem to focus on the criminal and the victim and their family, but what about the criminal’s family? They must be affected, too. Great pick.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      That other book was such an emotional read for me. I remember being so angry and upset about what was happening to the main character.

  2. Daniela Ark
    Daniela Ark says:

    this one sounds powerful indeed! We often forget that the families of perpetrators are as affected or more than the families of victims! They suffer a loss too and get no sympathy

  3. The Candid Cover
    The Candid Cover says:

    I still haven’t read this author’s other novel. It does sound like this one is going to be a very powerful read. I will have to give it a try myself. One more for the TBR! 😉

  4. Sophie
    Sophie says:

    Suzanne this seems a fantastic one! I have one of her other books on my shelf still unread but you reminded me that I need to read it!!!

  5. verushka
    verushka says:

    Oh my, Suzanne, this sounds beautiful — and heart-wrenching. I enjoy stories like this, with a different POV on a familiar-ish sort of trope.

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