Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

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 family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donat...

Details Everything We Keep

TitleEverything We Keep
Release DateAug 1st, 2016
PublisherLake Union Publishing
Number of pages306 pages
GenreFiction, Mystery, Romance, Contemporary

Reviews Everything We Keep

  • 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. ...
  • 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 fu...
  • Melissa
    My thoughts and feelings were a constant ebb and flow. 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 confusi...
  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...3.5 StarsEveryone 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 ...
  • 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. (https://live.washingtonpost.com/carol...) And I thought, that is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard; who actually says “basic britches”. I take it back; that p...
  • 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 The Girl on the Train 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • John
    Upon completing this book, it dawned on me the reason for its tedium and superficiality. It appears that the writer had, in her opinion, devised a very clever way to end a novel, but had no story to complement the ending. Consequently, she needed to create approximately 300 pages preceding her ingenious conclusion (something like a college term paper). The result is a dull, simplistic, empty and clichéd yarn narrated by a very confused, indecisi...
  • Barbara White
    I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of EVERYTHING WE KEEP and wow. I inhaled it in two sittings while my life went on hold. It's hard to decide what I enjoyed most: Aimee's journey, the author's style (no words wasted), the suspense elements, the twists (yes, there's more than one), the psychological bent, the romance… It's a thumping good read, a perfect book club pick, and one of those gems people pass around with, "You don't ne...
  • Catherine McKenzie
    In Everything We Keep, Lonsdale’s protagonist, Aimee is forced to attend her fiancé’s funeral on what was supposed to be her wedding day. James died tragically a few weeks before in a boating accident in Mexico. But as Aimee starts to rebuild her life, she can’s shake the feeling that James may not be dead. When some of his paintings mysteriously goes missing, and then appear in a gallery in a beach town in Mexico, she risks everything she...
  • Erin
    This might be the dumbest book I've ever read but damn it I couldn't put it down.
  • Katharine
    This book read like a Mary Higgins Clark novel or the written version of a Lifetime movie. Some of the scenes are so cheesy that I found myself rolling my eyes. The so-called talented photographer shoots sunrises and sunsets which sounds a bit cliché. Also, when talking about artist styles the author mentions Monet and Kincaid in the same sentence. I'm pretty sure that's blasphemy. Anyway, despite all of that, I enjoyed this book and was curious...
  • Randi
    *spoilers*It did keep me interested enough to want to find out what happened. But...1 - so much of what the characters do is not how a real person would act. After 2 years you think you are in the same town as your husband who was declared dead... so you go have a couple of drinks at the hotel, and then take a stroll to the place you think he will be? Hell no, you take a cab from the airport directly there.2 - the whole book she just can't unders...
  • LeAnne
    Took one for the team. #bookclub
  • Laura Rash
    First off, thanks to Kerry for sending me an early copy of her book! WOW! Just wow! This book grabs you with the first sentence & takes you on a roller coaster ride til the very end! I loved every word & couldn't read it fast enough! Don't miss this book!
  • lucie
    On our wedding day, my fiancé, James, arrived at the church in a casket. Holy bananas, what a book!!I liked it since I have read the opening sentence. In the middle I was just curious but by the end breathless with anticipation. After first chapter I knew what kind of story it will be, but the resolution was way to different than I expected. I would like to say, that I need sequel (you just cannot end it with such a prologue, Kerry!), but it wou...
  • Ola Abiodun
    I really wanted to like this book. Based on the high reviews it got, I built an expectation...sadly, that expectation was not met. If you have ever suffered a terrible loss, the kind of loss that Kerry portrayed (best friends for over or about 20 years, lover, partner, fiance), then, if there is the slightest chance, that the person is alive, you will explore it; no matter how slim, no matter how insane you might look. It took Aimee 19 months to ...
  • Deborah Whipp
    I'm supposed to believe in this overwhelming love Aimee had for her dead fiancé, but even after hearing he might be alive the day of his funeral, she waits a year to start to investigate? And Ian - a gorgeous, successful photographer - falls instantly in love with Aimee and is willing to put his job on hold to be a barista in her café and is satisfied with being friends for a year?! Ridiculous. On top of that, the writing appears to have been d...
  • Judy Collins
    A very special thank you to the author, Lake Union, and NetGalley for an ARC (paperback) in exchange for an honest review. Also my July "Kindle First" Pick (e-book). Kerry Lonsdale delivers a riveting debut EVERYTHING WE KEEP, a woman who attends her fiancé’s funeral instead of her wedding. From intrigue, mystery, secrets, and betrayal; being true to oneself. 4.5 StarsAspiring Dreams. Second Chances. From letting go, to healing, forgivenes...
  • Petra
    This is the story of Aimee who has to attend her fiancé's funeral on the day that should have been her wedding day. Everything We Keep follows Aimee over several years as she tries to get over losing James, tries to get on with her life, but ultimately is unable to do so until she finds out what exactly happened to James when he went on a business trip to Mexico and vanished. I didn't hate this, but I didn't love it either. I thought the premise...
  • Melissa
    Ever since P.S. I Love You cured me of my apprehension over widow novels, I’ve devoured a bunch of them. Some have been heartbreaking and others inspiring. Then there are the ones that stand out above the others, and Everything We Keep is in that category. While the book starts with a funeral and then moves into the lead character trying to pick up and move on, there’s more to the situation that is keeping her in a rut. When she gets to the b...
  • Erin Clemence
    Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an electronic ARC of this novel. “Everything We Keep” is the debut novel for Kerry Lonsdale. The novel tells the tale of Aimee, a young woman who has what she thinks is the perfect life- a fiancé whom she loves and a future as the chef in her parents’ restaurant. But everything changes when, instead of getting married, she is at the church for the funeral of her fiancé, who she is told was...
  • Liz
    My mind is blown!!! Must Read.
  • Letty
    I was fortunate to receive an advance review copy of Kerry Londsdale's debut novel, and I found it riveting from the first page until the last!! The story begins with Aimee attending her fiance James' funeral on what should have been their wedding day. James had traveled to Mexico a couple of months prior on a business fishing trip, vanished and was presumed dead. At said funeral, she is approached by a woman by the name of Lacy who tells Aimee s...
  • Pia
    For me, the problem with romance books that have a thriller component is that they are just too pat. What I mean is that mostly they are just soft. There's not much mystery and not much action, and if you just have the romance, it falls flat. Although this book was better then most of the kind I described, and I enjoyed reading it at first, when I finished I was quite annoyed.Aimee is burying her fiancé on the day they were supposed to be marrie...
  • Diane Yannick
    Oh dear heavens above. This book was not well written AND the plot was totally ridiculous. I gave the author a star for completing her first novel and me a star for completing the danged thing. I'll start with the overwrought writing which stopped me in my tracks. Here are a couple examples: "A gentle breeze scented with wet pine and wood smoke whispered against my flesh, puckering the skin. I fisted my hands. "Cold here.""Then reality let itself...
  • Tooter
    2.5 Stars
  • Madison
    3.5 starsI have mixed emotions finishing this book. I loved some sections, disliked others, liked the main characters and then wanted to slap them for being so stupid. I had no trouble slipping into this book. I was captivated by Aimee's story and then intrigued by the mystery. It was a true rollercoaster of emotions. Aimee's life is turned upside down when her fiancé is proclaimed dead after being missing for months. Gone are her dreams of marr...
  • Karma
    In EVERYTHING WE KEEP Kerry Lonsdale brilliantly explores the grief of loss, if we can really let go of our great loves, and if some secrets are better left buried. With a good dose of drama, a heartwrenching love story, and the suspense of unanswered questions, Lonsdale’s layered and engrossing debut is a captivating read.