Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale

Setting: California
Genre: Women's Fiction/Romantic Mystery
Publisher; Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: August 1, 2016

So far, I've loved just about every book to come from Lake Union Publishing. It's providing itself to be a force to be reckoned with in the world of fiction. Kerry Lonsdale's Everything We Keep is another gripping read. It's a touch romance, women's fiction, and mystery.

Aimee Turner has it all. She's a chef, her parents own a restaurant, and she's about to marry the love of her life. That's not how the story goes, however. Instead, on the day she's meant to be marrying James Donato, she's instead attending his funeral.

In a surprise, last-minute trip to Mexico, James falls into the water and drowns. It's just not that easy though. A mystery woman comes up to Aimee as she leaves the church and announces that James is alive.

Hoping to move on with her life, Aimee finds herself questioning what she's been told. What if he really is alive?

The premise to Everything We Keep is engrossing. I also really enjoyed Aimee's new relationship with a photographer that progresses long after James' funeral. That said, there were aspects of the book that I didn't find as convincing.

Without giving away too much of the plot, there's a scene where Aimee is thrown to the ground with her face pushed into the dirt, and she mentions landing on her back. That doesn't mesh. I wasn't fond of the resolution either, but I can't go into that without giving spoilers.

In the end, I still really enjoyed Everything We Keep. I loved the romance between Aimee and Ian. I wish it had remained more of the focus in the second part of the book.


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