Kerry Lonsdale delivers a brilliant debut with Everything We Keep, a magnificent, startling novel about dealing with terrifying losses, finding the strength to move on, the joy of experiencing love again and the consequences of finding out the real truth about the people we love and cherish. Aimee, the main character of the book, is a sous-chef, and she thinks that she's got just the perfect recipe for a happy life: she's planning to marry the man she loved ever since kindergarten, start a wonderful family and even buy out the restaurant owned by her mom and dad.
However, when James, her fiancé, the man she's supposed to spend the rest of her life with, is declared missing after a boating accident, her perfectly planned life falls down to pieces in the blink of an eye. So, instead of having the best time of her life and walking down the aisle with James, Aimee has to go to his funeral. And it doesn't bring her any comfort - no, it leaves her frustrated and knocked down.
She does her best to get back on her feet and move on with her life, find joy again, but, at the same time, she can't stop herself from digging deeper into her man's mysterious disappearance. Eventually, she uncovers a web of secrets that make her question the life that she wanted to have with James. Pretty soon, she finds out the real truth about him, something that could destroy her completely or set her free and allow her to move on and find true happiness.
Everything We Keep is a wonderfully written story about unconditional love, letting go, finding peace and dealing with the pain. The novel is suspenseful and full of tension and the mighty mix of grief, loss, hope, and faith will keep you up all night.