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Friday, October 6, 2017

Kerry Lonsdale's - Everything we Keep & Everything We Left Behind

Told in two books I am doing the reviews consecutively so that there is structure. I myself did not know there were two books till I got the first book and then went on to the second.

Aimee loses her husband, she then opens a restaurant and keeps it going at the same time disinterested in men and anything else. The story opened slowly and continued at a very slow pace because it was totally focussed on a single character and the  subject was restaurant, food and art.
It did not quicken the pace at all and maybe it should have because what was to follow was anything but ordinary.

For me the book was so so rather lukewarm.

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Lake Union Publishing.

Now this one was a complete contrast with the first book. The characters were full of spirit and the storyline was very good.

Continuing from the first (which is a must read before you get to this one) we continue our story of Aimee and how she is still trying to come to grips with her loss.

James (the husband)  has metamorphosed into Carlos and the confusion and anger is overwhelming. He is not dead and coming to terms with that is alone huge and naturally dramatic. Equally dramatic is that he is now the father of two young sons. Aimee's life after six years has also moved on. She is now married and mother of a young son.

Trying to put all these different and jarring elements together is not an easy job. Making a story of a convoluted mess is also not easy but this author does it all and presents a rather dramatic story with a lot of sexual overtones rather well!

Definitely enjoyed the pace of this second story as against the first book.

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Lake Union Publishing.


  1. Hm, I'm not sure I'd want to wade through the first one in order to get to the second one.

  2. Glad the second one was a better read for you!