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.Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
Published by Lake Union Publishing on August 1st 2016
Genres: 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.
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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