It is Aimee’s wedding day but instead of celebrating the family is attending the groom’s memorial service. The reader is right into the first plot twist and the mystery of this romantic love story. A mystery woman tells the tearful bride that James is still alive at the reception!
The first part of EVERYTHING WE KEEP is about Aimee’s loss and her sadness and her resolve to hang on to the possibility that James just might be still alive. They have truly been a couple since they were young children and have been committed to each other for nearly their whole lives. Aimee’s parents own an Irish Pub and James’ family is very wealthy and own an Import/Export company. The groom’s family has very high expectations for their sons and are demanding with their rules and enforcement. Aimee’s family is more relaxed and easy going and they offer James a haven where he can explore other options for his life.
Aimee has wonderful supportive friends and she begins exploring her own life options and opens a gourmet café and coffee shop. She loves to bake and the foods the author shares are quite delicious. She also meets someone who thinks she is pretty special too. The new fellow is very respectful of her feelings and they become good friends.
Part II of the story is the unraveling of the mystery and the return of the mystery woman. It is very interesting to figure out how the story unravels and the points of trauma, which produced this outcome.
The writing is very good and the story moves at a nice pace; not just escape reading but some interesting thoughts and developments. I could have enjoyed this book on vacation or on a rainy weekend. There was enough about beautiful clothes and hair to even keep younger readers interested.
TLC Book Tours sent me an e-copy of this book to read and review. This book already has over 2,200 4.5 star reviews on Amazon. It is free for folks who have Kindle Unlimited.
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.