Everything We Keep (Everything #1) by Kerry Lonsdale

Everything We Keep (Everything #1)

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 (Everything #1)

TitleEverything We Keep (Everything #1)
Release DateAug 1st, 2016
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Mystery, Romance

Reviews Everything We Keep (Everything #1)

  • Emily May
    What was that?! I was told this was a mystery. It is not a mystery. Everything We Keep 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 After You, 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Erin
    This might be the dumbest book I've ever read but damn it I couldn't put it down.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • LeAnne: GeezerMom
    Took one for the team. #bookclub
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Wendy
    Childhood sweethearts Aimee and James have a perfect plan for their perfect life together.But when James disappears in a boating accident in Mexico, Aimee finds herself at his funeral on the very same day that she was to walk down the aisle. Leaving her unsettled she delves deeper into James disappearance uncovering secrets and lies that make her question everything about their life together.A wonderful debut novel that I didn't want to put down ...
  • 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...
  • 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! 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Danielle's
    Wow! The twists and turns in this book had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down. I was invited to read Everything we Keep via Netgalley. Romance novels are my usual read, but I try to avoid sad stories. I'm so glad I gave this one a chance.Aimee's life is about to fall apart before her very eyes. Her family sold her future job, and her husband to be is going to be buried on her wedding day. This book is about the future you didn't se...
  • Judy D 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Susan
    Everything We Keep Kerry LonsdaleEVERYTHING WE KEEP is the first book I've ever read by Kerry Lonsdale. The twists and turns keep coming and I had to know how it was going to end! Every time I thought I knew where this story was going, a few pages later, Kerry Lonsdale threw me for a loop and I knew I was wrong! I'm kicking myself for not reading this wonderful debut novel sooner.EVERYTHING WE KEEP is a quick read and unputdownable! There were qu...
  • 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...
  • Mandy
    Aimee is a woman with her whole life ahead of her when she finds out her fiancé has been found dead. After she buries him a woman comes to her and tells her that James isn’t dead and that she can find out where he is? But is that the truth or is this woman leading her on and lying?Over the course of 2 years Aimee must find herself and find out who she really is without James. She has friends and family to help her along the way but she must ve...
  • Eduardo
    The book's synopsis promised an exploration of loss, and I indeed feel devastated for the time I lost. As the book suggests, if after a few chapters you're not feeling it, don't be afraid to let go.
  • Lynn Barnett Seigerman
    Formulaic and cliched, from the writing to the plot. Screamed aloud and almost threw the book (except it's electronic, and I didn't want to break my device) when Lonsdale is describing art and includes Thomas Kinkade in the passage (alongside Van Gogh and Monet).