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Everything We Keep

(Everything #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  104,759 ratings  ·  5,303 reviews
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 m ...more
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Published August 1st 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
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Emily May
Jun 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, contemporary
What was that?!

I was told this was a mystery.

It is not a mystery.

Everything We Keep is an extremely long-winded "getting over someone" story, complete with the logistics of opening a cafe and a boring romance. Well, two boring romances. It's like After You, except it doesn't follow on from a book that was actually good.

Aimee Tierney's fiancee, James, dies during a boating accident in Mexico. She attends his funeral, buries him, and spends the next two years opening a new restaurant and refusi
My thoughts and feelings were a constant ebb and flow. One minute I was enjoying the story and the next I couldn’t stop rolling my eyes. I'll admit there were some great moments mixed in, things that made me swoon, but they were overshadowed by the things that felt too convenient. Too contrived. Too unnatural.

My biggest issue with the entire story was Aimee. A lot of her decisions didn’t make sense to me. Her thoughts and actions were confusing. One minute she’s convinced her fiancé is still ali
While I didn't love this book, I do have to say that it had an original storyline and kept my interest. There were some highly predictable elements, but many things that also surprised me. The what didn't surprise me as much as the why did, if that makes any sense.

The story centers on Aimee, a lady that finds herself burying her fiancé on what should've been their wedding day. In the year that follows, she tries to piece her life back together. She opens a business, spends time with her girlfrie
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-publisher
I’m absolutely floored that this was a debut novel. Kerry Lonsdale writes with the confidence and precision of a seasoned author, and its quite clear I’m not the only one who thinks so. After numerous glowing reviews prepublication, in addition to publishing 2 more books in the upcoming year, I think it’s safe to say that Kerry is here to stay. I can state without a second thought that I’ll be chasing down anything she publishes in the future and will not be able to get my hands on her work fast ...more
Molly Ison
Jul 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Every now and then, a book comes along where I start gleefully anticipating my Goodreads review.

There was this Carolyn Hax advice column a while back where a man complained that he’d found out that a woman he’d dated had been calling other women “basic britches” on Facebook. ( And I thought, that is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard; who actually says “basic britches”. I take it back; that phrase is perfect. This book is basic britches. The main characte
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3.5 Stars

Everyone is supposed to be excited and happy on their wedding day. All that waiting until they walk down the aisle to their beloved. However, twenty-six year old Aimee's wedding day has turned into a nightmare. Instead of walking down the aisle to marry the love of her life she is mourning the loss of him at his funeral. It's not just her fiance, James in the casket it's also all of their hopes and dreams that will
Jul 09, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Preposterous. Absolutely preposterous. While I rate books on goodreads, this is the first time I have felt compelled to actually write a review and it is because this book is just so darn awful. The storyline is absurd, the characters are extremely one dimensional, the plot is contrived and the writing is so poor. A fellow reviewer commented that the writing seemed to be that of an 8th grader - I think she was being generous there! I grimaced my way through the book. I can't even recommend it as ...more
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This might be the dumbest book I've ever read but damn it I couldn't put it down. ...more
Jul 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Upon completing this book, it dawned on me the reason for its tedium and superficiality. It appears that the writer had, in her opinion, devised a very clever way to end a novel, but had no story to complement the ending. Consequently, she needed to create approximately 300 pages preceding her ingenious conclusion (something like a college term paper). The result is a dull, simplistic, empty and clichéd yarn narrated by a very confused, indecisive and foolish character due to the book being firs ...more
This book...I'm not sure how to review it. I mean, I didn't exactly hate it, but at the same time I kinda did. I'm not sure that makes any sense, but it's how I feel.

It started out well enough, and then about 2/3 of the way through, it just got so convoluted. Like really convoluted. The writing was uneven, sometimes it flowed really nicely, and at other times it was really choppy. The ending felt rushed, because it took the main character so long to act on her suspicions. Once she did, all these
Barbara White
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of EVERYTHING WE KEEP and wow. I inhaled it in two sittings while my life went on hold. It's hard to decide what I enjoyed most: Aimee's journey, the author's style (no words wasted), the suspense elements, the twists (yes, there's more than one), the psychological bent, the romance… It's a thumping good read, a perfect book club pick, and one of those gems people pass around with, "You don't need to know anything about the plot. Just read it and ...more
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Catherine McKenzie
In Everything We Keep, Lonsdale’s protagonist, Aimee is forced to attend her fiancé’s funeral on what was supposed to be her wedding day. James died tragically a few weeks before in a boating accident in Mexico. But as Aimee starts to rebuild her life, she can’s shake the feeling that James may not be dead. When some of his paintings mysteriously goes missing, and then appear in a gallery in a beach town in Mexico, she risks everything she’s gained in her new life to find out the truth. Is her f ...more
LeAnne: GeezerMom
Took one for the team. #bookclub
This book read like a Mary Higgins Clark novel or the written version of a Lifetime movie. Some of the scenes are so cheesy that I found myself rolling my eyes. The so-called talented photographer shoots sunrises and sunsets which sounds a bit cliché. Also, when talking about artist styles the author mentions Monet and Kincaid in the same sentence. I'm pretty sure that's blasphemy. Anyway, despite all of that, I enjoyed this book and was curious to see what would happen next. ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Childhood sweethearts Aimee and James have a perfect plan for their perfect life together.
But when James disappears in a boating accident in Mexico, Aimee finds herself at his funeral on the very same day that she was to walk down the aisle.
Leaving her unsettled she delves deeper into James disappearance uncovering secrets and lies that make her question everything about their life together.

A wonderful debut novel that I didn't want to put down until I turned the very last page. And then I want
Deborah Whipp
Jul 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Laura Rash
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, thanks to Kerry for sending me an early copy of her book!
WOW! Just wow! This book grabs you with the first sentence & takes you on a roller coaster ride til the very end! I loved every word & couldn't read it fast enough!
Don't miss this book!
Diane Yannick
Oh dear heavens above. This book was not well written AND the plot was totally ridiculous. I gave the author a star for completing her first novel and me a star for completing the danged thing. I'll start with the overwrought writing which stopped me in my tracks. Here are a couple examples: "A gentle breeze scented with wet pine and wood smoke whispered against my flesh, puckering the skin. I fisted my hands. "Cold here."

"Then reality let itself into the room, and the euphoria of last night's l
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-english, 2016
On our wedding day, my fiancé, James, arrived at the church in a casket.

Holy bananas, what a book!!


I liked it since I have read the opening sentence. In the middle I was just curious but by the end breathless with anticipation. After first chapter I knew what kind of story it will be, but the resolution was way to different than I expected. I would like to say, that I need sequel (you just cannot end it with such a prologue, Kerry!), but it would ruin the mystery I would like to keep.

If you
Wow! The twists and turns in this book had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down. I was invited to read Everything we Keep via Netgalley. Romance novels are my usual read, but I try to avoid sad stories. I'm so glad I gave this one a chance.

Aimee's life is about to fall apart before her very eyes. Her family sold her future job, and her husband to be is going to be buried on her wedding day.

This book is about the future you didn't see coming. I don't want to give anything away so th
Judy D Collins
A very special thank you to the author, Lake Union, and NetGalley for an ARC (paperback) in exchange for an honest review. Also my July "Kindle First" Pick (e-book).

Kerry Lonsdale delivers a riveting debut EVERYTHING WE KEEP, a woman who attends her fiancé’s funeral instead of her wedding. From intrigue, mystery, secrets, and betrayal; being true to oneself. 4.5 Stars

Aspiring Dreams. Second Chances. From letting go, to healing, forgiveness, and love.

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has been planni
Ola Abiodun
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Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever since P.S. I Love You cured me of my apprehension over widow novels, I’ve devoured a bunch of them. Some have been heartbreaking and others inspiring. Then there are the ones that stand out above the others, and Everything We Keep is in that category. While the book starts with a funeral and then moves into the lead character trying to pick up and move on, there’s more to the situation that is keeping her in a rut. When she gets to the bottom of things, readers will be shocked, to say the l ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Everything We Keep
Kerry Lonsdale

EVERYTHING WE KEEP is the first book I've ever read by Kerry Lonsdale. The twists and turns keep coming and I had to know how it was going to end! Every time I thought I knew where this story was going, a few pages later, Kerry Lonsdale threw me for a loop and I knew I was wrong! I'm kicking myself for not reading this wonderful debut novel sooner.

EVERYTHING WE KEEP is a quick read and unputdownable! There were quite a few times when reading it that I wanted to r
This is the story of Aimee who has to attend her fiancé's funeral on the day that should have been her wedding day. Everything We Keep follows Aimee over several years as she tries to get over losing James, tries to get on with her life, but ultimately is unable to do so until she finds out what exactly happened to James when he went on a business trip to Mexico and vanished.
I didn't hate this, but I didn't love it either. I thought the premise sounded quite interesting, but the further I got i
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Aimee is a woman with her whole life ahead of her when she finds out her fiancé has been found dead. After she buries him a woman comes to her and tells her that James isn’t dead and that she can find out where he is? But is that the truth or is this woman leading her on and lying?

Over the course of 2 years Aimee must find herself and find out who she really is without James. She has friends and family to help her along the way but she must venture to the ends of the earth to find who she really
Erin Clemence
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an electronic ARC of this novel.
“Everything We Keep” is the debut novel for Kerry Lonsdale. The novel tells the tale of Aimee, a young woman who has what she thinks is the perfect life- a fiancé whom she loves and a future as the chef in her parents’ restaurant. But everything changes when, instead of getting married, she is at the church for the funeral of her fiancé, who she is told was killed in a boating accident in Mexico months before thei
Jul 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book's synopsis promised an exploration of loss, and I indeed feel devastated for the time I lost. As the book suggests, if after a few chapters you're not feeling it, don't be afraid to let go. ...more
Lynn Barnett Seigerman
Formulaic and cliched, from the writing to the plot. Screamed aloud and almost threw the book (except it's electronic, and I didn't want to break my device) when Lonsdale is describing art and includes Thomas Kinkade in the passage (alongside Van Gogh and Monet). ...more
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Kerry Lonsdale is the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Amazon Charts & #1 Kindle bestselling author of standalone and series-based emotionally charged domestic drama. A mash-up of domestic suspense, family drama, and contemporary romance, her novels straddle genres, and with over twenty-seven foreign language translations, they appeal to a wide, global audience. She lives in Northern Californ ...more

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