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!

  • 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.

  • 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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