Review, Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Everything We Keep

Posted August 2, 2016 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Reviews / 45 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review, Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Everything We KeepEverything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
Published by Lake Union Publishing on August 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction
Pages: 296
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

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.


This book was such a pleasant surprise for me. I was excited to read it but wasn’t expecting too much from it. Well, it sucked me in and kept me turning the pages until the very end and leaving me very satisfied.

Aimee has just lost her fiance, James  and has to decide what to do with her future. As she starts to build her new life and try to move on from James, she can’t help but find herself looking further into his death and disappearance. She stumbles on lots of secrets, some big and small and she will have to decide what she will do with the truth.

There were a lot of things I enjoyed about this one including the characters. Aimee was someone really easy to root for. While she was devastated about James, she never gave up on her dream of opening her own cafe and worked hard to get it done. It was also easy to understand why she had her doubts about his disappearance and how she felt the need to find the truth. She had two friends who were wonderful and supportive. There were some shady characters during her search for the truth but it added to the mystery.

Also, the settings were wonderful and beautifully described, the pacing was done well and I thought the mystery aspect was just enough to keep me guessing deep into the book. I did love that there was a romance storyline that I was a big fan of as well. One of my favorite parts were the flashbacks to Aimee and James growing up together and showing how their romance developed. My only complaint is some explanations were a bit over the top towards the end. Still, it didn’t take too much away from my enjoyment of the book overall.

In short, this was an easy read with a solid mystery, a good romance and lovely main character to get behind. I am really excited to read more from Kerry Lonsdale in the future.

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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.


One copy of Everything We Keep (US only)

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Kerry Lonsdale’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, August 1st: Good Girl Gone Redneck
Tuesday, August 2nd: Rebel Mommy Book Blog
Wednesday, August 3rd: Worth Getting in Bed For
Thursday, August 4th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Friday, August 5th: Palmer’s Page Turners
Monday, August 8th: A Bookish Way of Life
Tuesday, August 9th: The Reading Date
Wednesday, August 10th: Just Commonly
Thursday, August 11th: Books and Bindings
Friday, August 12th: Caryn, The Book Whisperer
Monday, August 15th: Why Girls Are Weird
Tuesday, August 16th: West Metro Mommy 
Wednesday, August 17th: FictionZeal
Thursday, August 18th: Chick Lit Central – author Q&A
Friday, August 19th: Not in Jersey
Monday, August 22nd: Kahakai Kitchen
Monday, August 22nd: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, August 23rd: BookNAround
Wednesday, August 24th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Friday, August 26th: I’d Rather Be at the Beach
Monday, August 29th: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Tuesday, August 30th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Wednesday, August 31st: Write Read Life
Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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45 responses to “Review, Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Everything We Keep

  1. The flashbacks here remind me of One True Loves and maybe Forever Interrupted too! Can I do another dead husband book this year? I’m still feeling the aftermath of One True Loves! I want to know all about the secrets and discoveries she makes though and I love that through it all she still went after her dreams.
    Adding this to my TBR!
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  2. I really have to stop judging books by their covers! I was offered this, but because it didn’t stand out to me, I passed. Now reading your review, I really wish I hadn’t! I love food, so reading about chefs is one of my favorite things. I love the fact that she has a dream of opening her own cafe, as well as the mystery aspect surrounding her husband’s death. I’ll definitely add this to my TBR!

  3. I was not sure if I was interested in this book until I read your review. You made it sound much more intriguing than the blurb did. I definitely am going to read it now. Also, I would like to compliment you on your ability to write a review, you have skills. I wish I was half as good at writing mine.

    Thank you for the giveaway, fingers & toes crossed!

  4. I saw this available for request and skipped over it, but now I may go back and request it! it sounds like a great read and I do love a good mystery.

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