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.

I have mixed feelings about this book  A slow starter, it took me awhile to get into it.  Not only because of the actual story, but also because I did not like the sometimes monotone voice of the narrator (I listened to the audiobook).

Overall, I found the story to be predictable.  While there is a twist I did not see coming, the rest unfolded just as I thought it would.  I also felt there wasn’t any depth to the characters and often times found myself wishing Aimee would just get over it and move on.

A word of somewhat caution, this story is more romance than mystery.  By reading the synopsis, I assumed there would be more twists and turns as we dove into the past and discover what happened to James.  However, the romance aspect was the front-runner and tended to take away from the mystery that drew me to the book in the first place.

Everything We Keep is a fast read, one that can easily be read during a long weekend.


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