Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale + Giveaway

Title:  Everything We Keep
Author: Kerry Lonsdale
Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing
Release Date:  August 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Fiction


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.

A story about loss, finding answers to questions, and the exhilaration in finding love again. Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale takes us on a journey from the very beginning. We open at the funeral of Aimee's fiancé, James on their intended wedding day. From that moment on, your heart aches for Aimee. You want to console her.  You want to give her a big hug.  Or you just want to keep your distance, not knowing what to tell someone that have just lost the love of her life and having to say goodbye on the what was suppose to be the happiest day in her life? An emotional opening it was, and it doesn't end there. That was just what it was, the beginning. 

Kerry did a fabulous job drawing us in, and she didn't stop there. She continues to evoke different emotions from me with the various characters we encounter, as well as the soul development of Aimee. In truth, as the story progress, I had mixed feelings for Aimee. There were times I wish I could shake her, or do a Gibbs' snap (NCIS reference there), yet, like the opening, I feel for her. I understand where she's coming from, despite what I may not agree with. I continued on the road with Aimee (and Kerry) till the very end, and then WHAM!! That's all I shall say.  The ending did not feel like an ending, but it did. I'll tell you straight out: it may confused you, but when you think about it, it was hinted early on. Will there be more or is just one of those stories that leave an open ending for you as the reader to imagine?  I would like to think the author had opt for the later explanation, because yes, that ending was ---.

In all, Everything We Keep is about loss, rising above that and finding strength in your self to move on despite what the outcome may be. Secrets, lies, misunderstandings, and whatever "loss" constitutes, sometimes, letting go is just letting go.

For my clean readers, there are mentions of some profanity in casual language, as well as very intimate scenes. 

NOTE:  I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, through TLC Book Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



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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 around 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.

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  1. I think to keep memories alive you have to talk about them once in a while.

  2. To keep memories alive, I keep a physical thing that means something to me about the person or event I want to remember. It can be small, like a stuffed animal my mom had when she was little, or a bookmark my friend made for me.

  3. I've written first year diaries for both my children for them to keep and know what they did. I also made a book about my grandmother with pictures, interviews, recipes and poems she wrote. Had copies made for all my cousins as well as myself.

  4. I try to take lots of photos and blog about our family trips!

  5. Ooh... I love the sound of this. I love stories about chefs (I watch waaaay too much Food Network) and I already have a theory about a possible twist.
    Thanks for bringing this to my attention!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  6. I like to write down memories, but I don't do it very often.

  7. I keep memories alive by scrap booking. TY for the chance.

  8. I've kept some things that meant something to my parents and also we follow some of the holiday traditions we observed as a family.

  9. I would keep the memory alive with lots of photos.

  10. LOL the Gibbs slap! There is a long list of characters I'd like to do that to for sure!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.


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