Everything We Keep

Everything We Keep

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 famil...

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Title:Everything We Keep
Author:Kerry Lonsdale
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Edition Language:English

Everything We Keep Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    I’m absolutely floored that this was a debut novel. Kerry Lonsdale writes with the confidence and precision of a seasoned author, and its quite clear I’m not the only one who thinks so. After numerous glowing reviews prepublication, in addition to publishing 2 more books in the upcoming year, I think it’s safe to say that Kerry is here to stay. I can state without a second thought that I’ll be chasing down anything she publishes in the future and will not be able to get my hands on her work fast

    I’m absolutely floored that this was a debut novel. Kerry Lonsdale writes with the confidence and precision of a seasoned author, and its quite clear I’m not the only one who thinks so. After numerous glowing reviews prepublication, in addition to publishing 2 more books in the upcoming year, I think it’s safe to say that Kerry is here to stay. I can state without a second thought that I’ll be chasing down anything she publishes in the future and will not be able to get my hands on her work fast enough. Just for the record, I didn’t include this one in the genre of “Women’s Fiction”; although I think it fits nicely in that category, I fear it would scare off a number of guys who would enjoy this one as well.

    The characters are what makes this read a 5 star experience. Sure, the story is intriguing and suspenseful, the cover art is pretty, and the book wasn’t too long nor too short, but these characters and their development over a period of many years are what sealed the deal for my ride alongside. I felt a wide range of emotions for and with Aimee; I began with feelings of sorrow and horror for her immeasurable loss. As Aimee progressed in her grief cycle, she and I started to disagree a bit. Why was she so bent on not moving on from James? She continues to push away everyone who cares for her, to the point where I almost disowned her during the Mexico escapades. Don’t worry, I hung in there because I cared for Aimee and wanted the best for her, but it wasn’t easy. I finally felt relieved in the end, even after that plot twist in the epilogue.

    This story was a nice break from the dark thrillers and disturbing mysteries I tend to gravitate toward. I really enjoyed how it had all the thrilling elements of those former books I mentioned without feeling as heavy. Sure the pages were flying and the content wasn’t exactly fluffy, but it still felt lighter than most mysteries and crime fiction dealing with the same type of story. I would highly recommend giving this one a try; Kerry shows tremendous potential to grow in her future work, although I’m not sure how that’s possible based on

    . She knows how to weave together a suspenseful story with deep characters in meaningful relationships, romantic and platonic. I’ll be remembering this story for awhile and cannot wait to get my hands on her next novel!

  • Deanna

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    3.5 Stars

    Everyone is supposed to be excited and happy on their wedding day. All that waiting until they walk down the aisle to their beloved. However, twenty-six year old Aimee's wedding day has turned into a nightmare. Instead of walking down the aisle to marry the love of her life she is mourning the loss of him at his funeral. It's not just her fiance, James in the casket it's also all of their hopes and dreams that will

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    3.5 Stars

    Everyone is supposed to be excited and happy on their wedding day. All that waiting until they walk down the aisle to their beloved. However, twenty-six year old Aimee's wedding day has turned into a nightmare. Instead of walking down the aisle to marry the love of her life she is mourning the loss of him at his funeral. It's not just her fiance, James in the casket it's also all of their hopes and dreams that will be buried along with him.

    "Same Church. Same flowers. Wrong Ceremony"

    Meeting when they were eight years old, Aimee and James were first best friends then childhood sweethearts. After all those years together, they were the perfect couple. However, even though everything appeared to be perfect in their lives, things weren't exactly as they seemed. James and Aimee had a secret and James had secrets of his own, secrets that could devastate Aimee.

    At the funeral, Aimee feels like she's about to break down and decides to slip away from the mass of people offering their condolences. As she leaves she's approched by a woman who gives her some shocking information about James. She wants to tell her more but Aimee's friends come along and whisk her away...

    "Don't be naive, Aimee. People will take advantage of you."

    It was supposed to be a quick business trip. James said he would be back in less than four days. Instead...James was gone. After missing for two months apparently his body washed up on shore.

    What really happened on this business trip? Is James the man she thought he was? And what does this stranger know about what happened?

    Will Aimee be able to move on without James or will she be pulled back into the past? The secrets that are revealed have the ability to break Aimee or make her stronger, and she will have some very difficult decisions to make.

    I thought this was a pretty good debut novel. It flowed fairly well and it was a quick read. We get to see just how James and Aimee's friendship started and developed over the years through flashbacks. I can't imagine how heart breaking it would be losing someone and burying them on what was supposed to be your wedding day. How hard it would be to go on after spending so many years together.

    The story had a decent amount of suspense. I was intrigued and really wanted to know what happened to James. With many twists and turns I wasn't even close to figuring out what actually happened and was quite surprised. However, I did find some of it to be a bit far-fetched.. Some of Aimee's decisions seemed a bit bizarre to me. But all in all I thought it was still an enjoyable story.

    When I read the book I didn't realize there was going to be a sequel so I was a bit frustrated with the ending. Now that I know there's going to be another book I'm not as irritated. "What we leave behind" is the sequel to this novel and will be published in 2017.

    Thank you to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and Kerry Lonsdale for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Candace

    While I didn't love this book, I do have to say that it had an original storyline and kept my interest. There were some highly predictable elements, but many things that also surprised me. The what didn't surprise me as much as the why did, if that makes any sense.

    The story centers on Aimee, a lady that finds herself burying her fiancé on what should've been their wedding day. In the year that follows, she tries to piece her life back together. She opens a business, spends time with her girlfrie

    While I didn't love this book, I do have to say that it had an original storyline and kept my interest. There were some highly predictable elements, but many things that also surprised me. The what didn't surprise me as much as the why did, if that makes any sense.

    The story centers on Aimee, a lady that finds herself burying her fiancé on what should've been their wedding day. In the year that follows, she tries to piece her life back together. She opens a business, spends time with her girlfriends and gradually begins to form a friendship with Ian.

    All the while, she has this niggling feeling that James isn't really dead. Right from the start, Aimee had her doubts about the story she was told. She never saw the body and things just don't add up for her. Add to that a self-proclaimed psychic that keeps seeking Aimee out and telling her that James is very much alive, and you've got a big mystery.

    As Aimee works her way through the clues, she discovers far more than she bargained for. Although some parts were predictable, others I found pretty surprising. In the end, I have to say I can't remember reading another story quite like it.

    All in all, I thought it was a good story. I would've liked to have felt more of a connection to the characters. Also, some of the "twists" were too far-fetched and convenient to be believable.

    The closing scene leaves this one wide open for a sequel. I'd probably read it. I have to admit I'm curious to see how things will work out now that the game has changed again. However, it won't be at the top of my TBR list.

  • Melissa

    One minute I was enjoying the story and the next I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes. I'll admit there were some great moments mixed in, things that made me swoon, but they were overshadowed by the things that felt too convenient. Too contrived. Too unnatural.

    My biggest issue with the entire story was Aimee. A lot of her decisions didn’t make sense to me. Her thoughts and actions were confusing. One minute she’s convinced her fiancé is still ali

    One minute I was enjoying the story and the next I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes. I'll admit there were some great moments mixed in, things that made me swoon, but they were overshadowed by the things that felt too convenient. Too contrived. Too unnatural.

    My biggest issue with the entire story was Aimee. A lot of her decisions didn’t make sense to me. Her thoughts and actions were confusing. One minute she’s convinced her fiancé is still alive, that the body she buried on their wedding day wasn’t him, and the next she’s opening a café and vowing to move on. She was adamant, she couldn’t start anything with Ian until she had concrete answers about James. Her solution, keep Ian at an arms length, for an entire year, and then sleep with him on the trip to Mexico. Of all the times to give in, she picks that one? When she knew what she was after was literally a few blocks away? I don’t get it. I was pissed off at the way she handled things and pretty unimpressed with the way things played out.

    The entire James storyline and the ensuing drama was completely ridiculous to me. I’m sorry, I just can’t get on board with what happened. Any of it. And again, I’m back to Aimee’s decision making. So many times she would be right there, about to get the truth and it’s like she would change the subject or ignore the elephant in the room. All in an attempt to enjoy the moment?

    I wanted to shake her and get her to pay attention. To focus.

    I feel like the majority of the plot rested on convenience. On things that just seemed to “happen” or work out in Aimee’s favor. I would have appreciated a bit more development. With more development, comes more depth and in turn, a more engaged reader.

    If I haven’t made it clear by now,

    Only to be compounded by the epilogue. I mean, seriously? That definitely tanked my rating a bit. There might be a second book in the works, but I won't even consider picking it up.

  • Jennifer

    This book...I'm not sure how to review it. I mean, I didn't exactly hate it, but at the same time I kinda did. I'm not sure that makes any sense, but it's how I feel.

    It started out well enough, and then about 2/3 of the way through, it just got so convoluted. Like really convoluted. The writing was uneven, sometimes it flowed really nicely, and at other times it was really choppy. The ending felt rushed, because it took the main character so long to act on her suspicions. Once she did, all these

    This book...I'm not sure how to review it. I mean, I didn't exactly hate it, but at the same time I kinda did. I'm not sure that makes any sense, but it's how I feel.

    It started out well enough, and then about 2/3 of the way through, it just got so convoluted. Like really convoluted. The writing was uneven, sometimes it flowed really nicely, and at other times it was really choppy. The ending felt rushed, because it took the main character so long to act on her suspicions. Once she did, all these hidden secrets came tumbling out, mostly via flashback, and it was just...so quick.

    Had the book ended before the epilogue, I'd have probably been a bit more generous and rated it three stars. Because, while I did have some issues with it, for the most part I was enjoying it. Oh, but that epilogue. It angered me. I deducted a star because of it. I won't go into it because of spoilers, but suffice it to say, I wasn't happy.

    Looking at the author's website, it appears she has a sequel planned for next year. Not sure if I want to read it or not.

  • Erin

    This might be the dumbest book I've ever read but damn it I couldn't put it down.

  • Navessa

    I should really begin this review by saying that I don't read a lot of mysteries or thrillers. As in, I just had to create a "mystery-thriller" shelf for this book, because I didn't have one.

    Recently I watched the movie

    instead of reading the book, because, like I said, I don't read mysteries or thrillers and therefore I didn't want to devote a dozen hours to something I might just end up hating. Two hours, however, I have no problem sacrificing, and so I watched the movie

    I should really begin this review by saying that I don't read a lot of mysteries or thrillers. As in, I just had to create a "mystery-thriller" shelf for this book, because I didn't have one.

    Recently I watched the movie

    instead of reading the book, because, like I said, I don't read mysteries or thrillers and therefore I didn't want to devote a dozen hours to something I might just end up hating. Two hours, however, I have no problem sacrificing, and so I watched the movie.

    And fucking LOVED it.

    I had no idea what was going on. The fact that everyone was slowly exposed as an unreliable narrator gave me an unexpected, slightly macabre thrill. And that ending? GAH. I never saw it coming. I was an instant addict. I wanted, no, I

    more. And so I decided to gobble up as many mysteries and thrillers with intriguing blurbs from our local used book store that I could carry.

    This book makes question that decision. It was...not good.

    That's the opening line. Holy shit, right? Way to immediately hook your reader. It set the bar for my expectations pretty damn high. Maybe that's why I'm so disappointed right now.

    Quick synopsis: Aimee and James are childhood sweethearts. A few months before the wedding, he falls overboard during a fishing trip and disappears. A body washes ashore that is identified as his, and his brother, Thomas, flies to Mexico to claim it and bring it home. In a coldly efficient move, his family decides to bury him on what was to be his wedding day, since the guests already have all their travel plans booked.

    Case closed, right? NOPE. Some woman (a psychic, it turns out) appears out of the blue at the funeral, harangues Aimee in the parking lot, and tells her that James is still alive and she has information on his whereabouts.

    The first 60% showed serious promise, but only because I had no idea what was going on. There were passages sprinkled throughout that made me question the reliability of Aimee's narration and wonder about her mental health. Was she lying about everything? Was the book intentionally misleading me? Then there were lines like this:

    It was spoken by what we're led to believe is either a psychic projection, or a hallucination brought on by alcohol and an MSG allergy. Yeah, you read that right. It was just weird enough that it worked for me. Right up until the big reveal.

    Suffice it to say, this ruined the entire rest of the book for me. It renders everything that came before it implausible. It reveals gaping plot holes that you could drive a semi through. Aimee, for me, became a highly unlikable character. Like, detestable because of her actions when the author's intent was clearly to make her relatable.

    On top of this, the incorporation of a slight paranormal aspect is never explained, plot threads are left dangling in wind, the "villains" are never held accountable, and yet, at the end, everyone still goes their merry way.

    Overall a frustrating and highly disappointing read. And I'm a newbie to the genre. I can only imagine what a die-hard mystery reader would make of this.

  • Lori

    Preposterous. Absolutely preposterous. While I rate books on goodreads, this is the first time I have felt compelled to actually write a review and it is because this book is just so darn awful. The storyline is absurd, the characters are extremely one dimensional, the plot is contrived and the writing is so poor. A fellow reviewer commented that the writing seemed to be that of an 8th grader - I think she was being generous there! I grimaced my way through the book. I can't even recommend it as

    Preposterous. Absolutely preposterous. While I rate books on goodreads, this is the first time I have felt compelled to actually write a review and it is because this book is just so darn awful. The storyline is absurd, the characters are extremely one dimensional, the plot is contrived and the writing is so poor. A fellow reviewer commented that the writing seemed to be that of an 8th grader - I think she was being generous there! I grimaced my way through the book. I can't even recommend it as a fast, fun beach read, it is just that bad!

  • Molly Ison

    Every now and then, a book comes along where I start gleefully anticipating my Goodreads review.

    There was this Carolyn Hax advice column a while back where a man complained that he’d found out that a woman he’d dated had been calling other women “basic britches” on Facebook. (

    ) And I thought, that is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard; who actually says “basic britches”. I take it back; that phrase is perfect. This book is basic britches. The main characte

    Every now and then, a book comes along where I start gleefully anticipating my Goodreads review.

    There was this Carolyn Hax advice column a while back where a man complained that he’d found out that a woman he’d dated had been calling other women “basic britches” on Facebook. (

    ) And I thought, that is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard; who actually says “basic britches”. I take it back; that phrase is perfect. This book is basic britches. The main character? She is… the least interesting woman in the world. I don’t always like art, but when I do, I like photographs of sunsets. (Edited: Basic Britches is much more fitting that Basic Bitches, because Aimee isn't a bitch in any way - she is the human equivalent of a pair of Belk khakis.)

    Was it ever said explicitly that the story was set in the 90s? Capped sleeves and sheath dresses. New World fusion (said completely unironically). Speciality coffee shops as a creative business idea (“Aimee’s Cafe”, seriously). I kept trying to put myself in that mindset, but it didn’t feel like the fun kind of nostalgia.

    If a Thomas Kincaid painting has ever made you tear up a little, this book is for you. Someone reading this is saying, “A Thomas Kincaid painting HAS made me tear up a little, you hipster asshole”. I’ll own it.

  • Emily May

    What was that?!

    I was told this was a mystery.

    .

    is an extremely long-winded "getting over someone" story, complete with the logistics of opening a cafe and a boring romance. Well, two boring romances. It's like

    , except it doesn't follow on from a book that was actually good.

    Aimee Tierney's fiancee, James, dies during a boating accident in Mexico. She attends his funeral, buries him, and spends the next two years opening a new restaurant and refusi

    What was that?!

    I was told this was a mystery.

    .

    is an extremely long-winded "getting over someone" story, complete with the logistics of opening a cafe and a boring romance. Well, two boring romances. It's like

    , except it doesn't follow on from a book that was actually good.

    Aimee Tierney's fiancee, James, dies during a boating accident in Mexico. She attends his funeral, buries him, and spends the next two years opening a new restaurant and refusing advances from guys who keep asking her out. That's the fist two hundred pages of the book. Aside from a strange encounter with a psychic at James' funeral, who claims James is still alive,

    .

    It took forever to go anywhere. I cannot believe how many pages I sat through of Aimee talking about food and art and maybe opening a cafe and how she could date if she wanted to but she's not ready to let go of James.

    Plus,

    . She is the standard blushing white romance novel heroine who feels her cheeks heating every time a guy talks to her. Mention anything sexual and she's red from the roots of her hair down to her *cough* lady parts. I lost count of how many times she blushed.

    How much do you want to read a slow tale of cafe management? Because that's a large percentage of this book. In "Part 2", we start to finally get somewhere as Aimee digs deeper into the possibility that James is still alive. This takes us away from the cafe at last, but it's still dull. There is very little drama or tension; no climax either - Aimee's story simply seems to end with a shrug that says "Oh well, that's it then."

    The problem is that the book isn't thrilling or fast-paced enough to be a mystery, but it also lacks the detailed characterization and excellent writing required for a successful family drama. I am fine with slow character studies like

    and

    , but

    is nowhere near strong enough to sit among those either.

    I found it to be a

    without a single memorable character.

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