The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth
To be published on January 19, 2016.
Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease at only thirty-eight years old, knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. She also knows there’s just one another resident her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life at Rosalind House. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke.
When Eve Bennett is suddenly thrust into the role of single mother she finds herself putting her culinary training to use at Rosalind house. When she meets Anna and Luke she is moved by the bond the pair has forged. But when a tragic incident leads Anna’s and Luke’s families to separate them, Eve finds herself questioning what she is willing to risk to help them.
I could not put this book down. The writing and the characters were so compelling. I finished it in two days. There are two main stories in this book that are heavily intertwined. Anna and Luke are both younger people suffering from dementia. They meet in a residential care facility. Their story is told from Anna’s POV in 1st person starting 15 months earlier. It was very interesting to watch the progression of their diseases.
Eve is a young widow who comes to work as the cook at the facility. She is raising her 7 y/o daughter alone after her husband committed suicide to avoid going to jail for investment fraud. She and Clementine (her daughter) both have chapters told in 1st person. The persecution they face for Richard’s crime is tragic.
The pacing of this book was perfect for me. The back story was shared only when needed and did not bog down the story at all. The characters and their voices drew me in right away. I really enjoyed Anna’s slightly sarcastic tone. And I felt for Eve and especially for Clem. I was routing for all three of the main characters. The other residents at the care facility really rounded out the story as well. There was enough about them for me to care, but not too many characters as to be confusing.
I really struggled with rating this book. I wish I gave half stars! The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is that the ending was a little cheesy. But I thoroughly enjoyed it anyway. I need to check out Sally Hepworth’s other book ASAP.
My Rating: 4 Stars
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