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The Pieces We Keep

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  3,229 ratings  ·  420 reviews
In this richly emotional novel inspired by extraordinary true accounts, New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris evokes the depth of a mother’s bond with her child, and the power of personal histories to echo through generations.

Two years have done little to ease veterinarian Audra Hughes’s grief over her husband’s untimely death. Eager for a fresh start, Audra

Paperback, 464 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2013)
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Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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To say words have defied me once i finished reading Kristina McMorris’ latest book is an understatement. I was literally jumping with joy when it showed up in the mail but I forced myself to wait to read it on the metro the next week. And I devoured it – in fact, I realized about 20 seconds prior to the train leaving the station that I needed to get off if I wanted to make my connection…(and I totally tweeted that to Kristina). But I had to ponder my review – not be
Dec 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Oh, this was very bad. Very bad. I downloaded this based on the rave reviews on Goodreads, and sadly, I was very disappointed. A few pages in I had to confirm that this wasn't a romance novel because it sure read like one. The kiss of death for me was coming across this line in Chapter 2: ".... necked passionately". I had to reread that .. necked passionately? And then, "she felt faint from the lavish aroma of his aftershave, ....blah, blah, blah." By then, I was laughing out loud. I tried to re ...more
Caren ~ the misfit geek
I loved this book. It is lovely, poignant, and masterfully crafted. Past and present are intricately woven into a beautiful whole. It flows nicely and her writing is phenomenal. I didn’t want it to end. It has been days since I finished and the story and characters are still in my thoughts. To my thinking, that alone is worth 5 stars.

The characters and their stories are compelling and memorable. I didn’t connect with Audra immediately but as she changed and opened up, I grew very fond of her. It
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Friends: Listen to me. Stop whatever you are doing and RUN to your closest bookstore pronto! You HAVE to read this book- it is simply stunning!

Kristina McMorris has done it again! With a style that is very unique in its richness and fluidity, the author tackles a theme I'm positive you've never read about in any other historical fiction novel! Not only do you get the romance, and war setting you expect, but TPWK delivers a huge lesson in American history that you'll be reliving long after the la
Therese Walsh
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of an early read-through of The Pieces We Keep. It is a stunning book. Beautifully written, suspenseful, and extraordinarily compelling. I predict big things for this one. A must read.
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I received this ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I was excited to request this book as I had previously read Bridge of Scarlett Leaves by McMorris and really enjoyed it

Finally! I have found that elusive 5 star book that I have been looking for. Although I have read a lot of good books of late they were missing the certain something to push it on to my 5 star shelf which remains surprisingly small
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traveling-book

Audra Hughes has been trying to hold on to her life after losing her husband. Their son, Jack has been having terrible nightmares and Audra is at her wits end trying to figure it why this is happening. THE PIECES WE KEEP brings the past smack right into the present with Jacks nightmares.

One day, while getting ready to fly to a job interview in Philadelphia, Jack seems very upset about having to get on the plane. Once on the plane, Jack has a major meltdown and the pilots decide to turn back and
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Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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“Two years have done little to ease veterinarian Audra Hughes’s grief over her husband’s untimely death. Eager for a fresh start, Audra plans to leave Portland for a new job in Philadelphia. Her seven-year-old son, Jack, seems apprehensive about flying—but it’s just the beginning of an anxiety that grows to consume him.
As Jack’s fears continue to surface in recurring and violent nightmares, Audra hardly recognizes the introverted boy he has become. Desperate, she traces snippet
Erika Robuck
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been a long-time fan of McMorris’ popular war stories, and I was eager to read this multi-period novel set in the present day and during WWII. From the first page I was drawn into this story of family bonds, and the deep pain we feel when we are out of sync with those we love.

In the present day, Audra is a strong and struggling character, and while her obstacles are unique, the reader will identify with her complicated relationships. In the past, Vivian’s love affair with the mysterious I
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advanced reader copy of "The Pieces We Keep." I found myself instantly pulled into the story which swept along at a quick pace. McMorris simultaneously tells two different stories in two different eras, both of which are captivating.

The characters in this book are real, believable, honest, and flawed in intriguing ways. A mystery is at the root of the book, and as the characters gradually uncover the truth, they transform and develop, spurring the novel's action on.

Though the sto
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Pieces We Keep
By Kristina McMorris
Provided free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Available for Purchase 11/26/13

Finish Time: too long for me. I’ve been exhausted, so I don’t want my time to finish to be any sort of indicator to how this book is. It was a very enjoyable read, but the last 2 weeks, my droopy eyelids beat out wanting to read on, thus the longer time between reviews. I’m almost tempted to go back and read it (and I may) as there are so many little details that are
Kim Bullock
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Pieces We Keep is McMorris’ third novel and, I believe, her best so far. It has the elements I loved about her previous books – WWII setting, unconventional love story, gorgeous prose, and a bittersweet conclusion. It would have been simple to stick with a formula that has proven to work in the past. Instead, McMorris challenged herself (and her readers) by taking two seemingly unrelated story lines, one present day and one from WWII, and presenting them in alternating chapters. A careful re ...more
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written story of two women, one in the present and one in the past, whose lives seem inexplicably intertwined. As the story progresses, things from one life seep through to the other, enhancing the story until it becomes fully complete.

We share Vivian's emotional rollercoaster, and her uncertainty about Isaak, while Audra's story draws the past even closer, binding the two women together.

All the characters are drawn in loving detail, with real emotions, doubts, conflicts, fears and
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Two years ago, Audra Hughes lost her husband and is left to take care of their seven year old son, Jack. Just when they both are about to move to Philadelphia, Jack is plagued by horrible anxiety and nightmares. Audra desperately follows the snippets of clues for Jack’s nightmares and led her to Sean Malloy, a wounded US Army Veteran who served in Afghanistan. Together, they unearth a mystery that leads back to WWII. Within a love story are secrets that threaten to dest
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Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When this ARC arrived at our shop, I was thrilled because I LOVED the author's prior book, "The Bridge of Scarlet Leaves"! Kristina did not disappoint me … I am going to have a hard time waiting patiently (not one of my strong-points when I am excited about something) until December for this new book to come out, but won't have the least bit of a hard time hand-selling it! Dealing both with past and present lives, the story is woven into a compelling tale of tenderness, love, war, and the possib ...more
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book that not everyone else has? Kristina McMorris is one of my top 10 favorite authors and I always enjoy reading her novels. This is definitely one of the best. The characters are very likeable and you find yourself rooting for them throughout the story. It's an emotional tale and you'll be drawn into the plot in no time. Once that happens, you might as well plan on a long stint on the couch. You'll want to read until you can't read anymore. This book it that good!
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First I want to thank Kristina for sharing this book with me. The story caught me from the first page and I loved every minute of it. This book has two stories that break your heart and make you smile...and in the end....well pick up the book and find out for yourself. You wont regret it.
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The Pieces We Keep by Kristina McMorris

Audra has not had an easy 2 years since her husband unexpectedly passed away. Raising Jack without him and still dealing with grief- Audra decides that what she and Jack needs is a fresh start. A brand new page in the life of Jack and Audra shall begin in Philadelphia- Audra will continue her work as a veterinarian and Jack will go to a new school, with new friends. This is the plan- until they board the plane. Jack
Jul 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read The Edge of Lost first. And thought I would give this author another go. Hoping for better writing. Disappointment again! I won't bother with another round. She tries to end every chapter with a suspenseful what's next. And some of the questions I had during the book were never answered. I'm sure some people will love this type of book. NOT for me!
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
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Note: My sincere thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

My Review: This book, right off the bat, has two of my favourite things going for it. It's a historical fiction read (one of my favourite genres) and it's set in WWII all the while successfully using two different points of view in two different eras
Victoria George
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical-fic
How do I even begin to review this book? With some gif usage.




OOOOHHHH KRISTINA. Why you do dis? Why? Do you enjoy my tears? Do they help you write these amazing, heart-destroying books? (If so, take them because apparently I love it).

I hadn't read a McMorris book since I read Bridge of Scarlet Leaves last year. I absolutely loved that one, and wasn't able to put down Letters from Home, the first book of hers I'd ever read. The reason I didn't want to start this one is because I didn't want to f
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Audra Hughes is still grieving her husband's death and feeling alone in the world when her son Jack starts exhibiting some strange behaviors. He starts having night terrors and talking about things a young boy should not not have knowledge of. Audra struggles to find answers to help her son and move on with her life.

London England 1939: Vivian and Issak fall in love but it is war time and that changes everything. Will they find the peace and love they desire or will the secrets tear them apart?

Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book and the end of each chapter kept you reading to find out what happens. A girl falls in love with a German during WWII but says he wants to get his family out of Germany to American and wants nothing to do with the war. Book goes back and forth between what is happening now and 1940, all related.
Franci Hillsman
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Good but not great. It's a romance with some historical influences.
This was an interesting one, set in the present with flashback to WWII. At first it didn't seem like the two story lines connected at all and I'm really not sure if I buy into the previous lives theory that was discussed. What I did like is how fiercely Audra loved her son Jack and how she did what she needed to to find a way to keep him safe. Sure along the way there were lots of bumps, but she discovered much about herself and her son along the way. By the end of the book they were in a good p ...more
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so well-written. Each chapter jumps to two different eras, seemingly unconnected. The author then connects them. The author leaves the conclusion to the reader. That seemed like real life because people don't always know why things happen.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A little slow starting but an amazing story!
Jul 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is your typical “World War II and modern day timeline mixed together” novel. A nice story line where all loose ends are tied up and everyone ends up happy.
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r-ng
Review first published on my blog:

The time is 2012. The place is Portland, Oregon. Audra is a single mother, still trying to recover from the devastating death of her husband Devon. She is attempting to rebuild a life for herself and her seven year old son Jack. Meredith and Robert are Devon's parents attempting to hold on to their son's memory and their grandson. Jack is suffering from fears and anxiety. The fear is manifesting itself in nightmares, dist
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The Pieces We Keep by Kristina McMorris with its World War II setting, exceptional love story, comfortable writing style, and a sentimental ending makes it an enjoyable read. It is a marvelous book that traces two seemingly unrelated stories shifting time periods in alternating chapters. One story happens in the present day while the other story takes place during the World War II.

Many readers will understand the dilemma confronting veterinarian Audra Hughes, a young single mom and widow, who is
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