Everything We Keep, Kerry Lonsdale

Everything We Keep,  Kerry Lonsdale

Everything We Keep: A Novel by [Lonsdale, Kerry]

Genre:  Women’s Fiction, General Fiction.

What an amazing Debut, a fabulous, well written story! I’ve been lucky recently and read several great debut books – as a reader I love that, a “new” author to follow, books I’m pretty sure I’ll love…

Anyway – this book. Well, poor Aimee, I was gutted for her. Not only burying the man she loves on their wedding day but to have all those little quirks, pointers, mysteries suggesting that actually he may not be dead. Must be gut wrenching.
Having had my own lovely husband of 40 years die suddenly recently I know just how she feels, how we desperately want them to still be alive. I still wake and feel maybe its all a bad dream, but know that sadly its true.
Aimee though isn’t so sure, she didn’t actually see the body his brother Thomas brought home. Is it possible he was mistaken?

Her friends are sure she’s being duped by someone who’s a scam artist, and sadly that does happen far too much. Grieving people want things to be different and listen to those they’d usually ignore.
Then she meets Ian and he kind of opens her mind to things that may be considered impossible to believe, but somehow are true.

I loved Aimee, loved the way she hung on to her hope for James, wouldn’t just accept he was gone. There’s Ian though, he’s a terrific guy, talented and good looking, really kind, so supportive of her and its clear he feels more for her even though he’s been Friend Zoned.

Aimee is struggling to pick up her life, to carry on with the plans she’d made with James, and supported by her friends she opens her restaurant, but at the back of her mind is always “what if” and it’s the little oddities, coincidences, weird things that happen that keep drawing her to the possibility he’s still alive even though his family and her friends are convinced he’s gone.

Ian is just gorgeous, right from the outset its clear he wants Aimee, and he’s so, so patient, sitting back and waiting for her to realise what they have could be something very special.
When the secrets start to unravel they do so in a huge way, and though I’d a hint of what was going on I didn’t see it happening That Way, was taken by surprise by the way everything came out.
Its got a perfect ending too, one that fitted the story really well, and left me feeling happy but sad too, and that in a way was how I felt about the whole book, it’s a bittersweet story, such tenderness and yet full of heartbreak too.

Stars: Five, an amazing debut read, full of emotion.

ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher

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