Author Kerry Lonsdale
Kerry Lonsdale is the Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon Kindle bestselling author of EVERYTHING WE KEEP. She believes life is more exciting with twists and turns, which may be why she enjoys dropping her characters into unexpected scenarios and foreign settings.
Everything We Keep: Book Review
Finally I have the time to review this book properly. If you want the short version, this is amazing fiction with so many twists and turns you’ll never see the big ones coming. Yes, not only am I in love with this book, I’ve added it to my top three books list.
Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, I would have the rug pilled out from under me… This results in an usually fast-paced story
The story summary
Aimee Tierney is madly in love with her childhood sweetheart, James. They grew up together, he protected her at every turn and they became engaged. Just before the wedding, James must go on a business trip to Mexico. A trip that only his body returns from. So, instead of saying their vows, Aimee ends up burying James on their planned wedding day.
Devastated, Aimee spends over a year refusing to accept James death and move on with her life. Adding to this are the strange messages from a physic telling her that James is not dead.
Pushed by her friends to at least start working on a life without James, she opens a specialty café. They also drag her kicking and screaming back into life beyond her home and the café. Here, she meets Ian, a photographer that she immediately develops feelings for. Feelings that are certainly mirrored by Ian.
But the feelings and messages that James is not dead, persist. Feelings and verification of his death that she must resolve if she is ever to move on. So, two years after his purported death, Ian joins her, as she travels to Mexico to find her fiancee, who she is now certain is not dead. When you bury your fiance on your wedding day and someone puts doubt in your mind that his body is really NOT inside the casket, how do you go on?
As she and Ian search for James, and the truth; secrets from their past and James’ family surface, along with her feelings for Ian and realization of what her life with James was really like.
Everything We Keep not only has a unique plot, it is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing, especially toward the end as she and Ian seek the truth in Mexico. It is also exceptionally well written with little to no errors (I think I found one), wonderful character development and an author who has mastered show, don’t tell. Everything We Keep is also a bit of a mystery novel, and it’s one particularly large looming question that keeps the characters and the readers guessing.
Speaking of characters, Kerry’s cast is incredibly well-developed and they feel like real people with virtues, weaknesses and plausible back story. She even made me fall in love with two men at the same time…which I knew wasn’t going to end well for me! Add to that settings so vivid I want to pack up and live there and you’ve got an amazing story.
An excellent novel that kept me up until 2:30 AM to find out how it ends.
I also want to say something about the epilogue because so many people have cited it as a reason for giving the book a low rating. No spoilers, don’t worry.
A) No matter what happens in the epilogue, that alone shouldn’t be a reason to trash and book if you otherwise enjoyed it.
B) This is the first book in a series, so you can’t expect everything to be neatly tied up.
C) Women’s fiction is different from romance in that it doesn’t require a happily ever after. You may still get one, but life is complex, and so fiction should be as well.
I can see this book being made into a movie.
Kudos to Author Kerry Lonsdale for an incredible debut that has made me a life-long fan.