Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale – 306 pages
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.
My Review: 3.5 stars
Everything We Keep was a fast paced romantic mystery. I found myself flipping the pages furiously to find out the answers to the many twists that ensued throughout the novel.
There were many things I liked about this book and quite a few I didn’t. With that being said, it’s a hard book to review with out giving away spoilers. In a nutshell, I’ll just say Aimee, the main protagonist, was not the brightest bulb in the box, perhaps even the dimmest. That was extremely annoying! There were several instances where I just wanted to slap her because she ignored the clues right in front of her.
I was quite intrigued with the different diagnoses presented for personality disorders and thought they worked well in this story. I’m actually surprised I haven’t read about these disorders more often as they do make for a good vehicle to explain abrupt changes in a character’s life.
Not only is this a suspenseful romance, there’s also a mighty big love triangle involved. For those of you doing my 2016 Book Challenge, I took off reading a love triangle because many of you struggled with it in 2015. Well, here’s one for next year perhaps!
Overall, if you’re looking to be consumed in an engaging, suspenseful romance and don’t want to think too hard about the details and the likelihood or reality of this happening, then this is your book!
Quotes I liked:
I’d been rushing to a finish line, and I’d failed to enjoy the run along the way.”
-“I think your work likes you. You find beauty where others don’t see it. Or rather, they choose to ignore.”