Planning a funeral is nothing like planning a wedding. Aimee, the protagonist in this marvelous debut, has loved her fiancé, James, since childhood. She’s elated to be finally planning their wedding. But her plans are interrupted by earth-shattering news: James has disappeared and is declared dead after presumed foul play. Aimee finds herself at James’s funeral, her dreams of forever turned into an eternal nightmare.
Everything We Keep is absolutely mesmerizing. It’s a thrilling roller-coaster ride into the dark heart of a relationship and a family—I was astonished by the startling secrets, and how author Kerry Lonsdale wove everything together in the end. But most of all, it’s a ride that binds us to Aimee. It’s her journey from relying too much on others to finally depending on herself and learning what to let go of and what to hold on to that grabbed me from the beginning and relentlessly held me captive.
I’d rather escape into reading about family drama than live one. Buried secrets, the lies we tell, and what we do to protect what’s ours…there’s nothing that changes us quite like family.
— Kelli Martin, Editor