Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of publication: August 2016
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.
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.
In Everything We Keep, Aimee was set to marry her fiance James one day in July. Instead, she buried him. She has been left to pick up the pieces and move on. At the funeral, a mysterious woman tells Aimee that James is still alive.
For the most part, I liked this debut. It was compelling enough for me to read through to the end. I wanted to know what happened to James. The mystery was suspenseful with a twist. I also enjoyed the relationship between Ian and Aimee. I was happy that they developed a friendship that built over time. It allowed Aimee time to realistically grieve over her loss.
That all being said, I was left with some questions. Why did it take Aimee over a year to look for James. I'm not sure I would have taken so long to get answers. If Lacey had information about James, why didn't she give it all to Aimee at once? Why spread it out and give it to her a little at a time? The ending was a little far-fetched and was kind of too neat for me. There was an epilogue that leaves it open for the possibility of another book. So maybe some questions will be answered then.
This was a quick read and I would recommend giving it a shot. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
About Kerry Lonsdale
Kerry Lonsdale believes life is more exciting with twists and turns, which may be why she enjoys dropping her characters into unexpected scenarios and foreign settings. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is a founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, an online community of authors located across the globe. She resides in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an aging golden retriever who’s convinced she’s still a puppy. Everything We Keep is Kerry’s first novel.
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Monday, August 22nd: Kahakai Kitchen
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Tuesday, August 23rd: BookNAround
Wednesday, August 24th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Friday, August 26th: I’d Rather Be at the Beach
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