Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Review: Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

A luminous debut with unexpected twists, Everything We Keep explores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us.

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James’s funeral—a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.

As Aimee struggles to reconstruct her life, she delves deeper into James’s disappearance. What she uncovers is an ocean of secrets that make her question everything about the life they built together. And just below the surface is a truth that may set Aimee free…or shatter her forever.

Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published August 1st 2016 by Lake Union Publishing 
Genre: Fiction/Mystery/Romance

Kristine's Thoughts:

I read this book a while ago and am just now getting to write my thoughts about it. I'm not sure it is fresh enough in my memory to do it justice.

Everything We Keep had two parts and two distinctly different feels to it.

The first half was about Aimee moving on after the loss of her fiancee and childhood sweetheart. It started at his funeral and even though she was approached by a psychic telling her that James was still alive, she was unable to deal with it. The story was moving and emotional as Aimee learnt how to survive and move on without the man that had always been a part of her life. I was caught up in her struggle and I could feel her every emotion. My inner romantic self was routing for her when she met a new man and developed a close friendship. I was hoping it would turn into more. Although she was showing signs of moving on there was still that voice that was telling her that James was still alive and she couldn't fully move on until she knew for certain. I have to admit that I struggled with this part a little bit. I loved James when the book would go into their past to tell their story but in the present I was one hundred percent behind the new love prospect. I shamelessly wanted them together.

The second half of the book was where Aimee went in search of answers and to possibly find her dead (or alive) fiancee. The entire feel of the book changed and it went from emotional to suspenseful and question after question kept coming to my head. It almost felt like a completely different book because the feel changed so dramatically.

I will stop myself there and I won't continue to tell any more of the story. Honestly, the less you know going into it the better. However, I will admit that throughout the entire book I was a fan of Aimee's new love interest and that I was hopeful of a future for the two of them. I wasn't sure what I wanted Aimee to find or discover because of it.

Everything We Keep ended with a huge question mark/cliffhanger and the possibility of a sequel that I am anxious to read. Could a messy and complicated love triangle be in store for Aimee? I can't wait to find out! I really enjoyed this book.

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