A luminous debut with unexpected twists, Everything We Keep explores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us.
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 more unsettled than at peace.
As Aimee struggles to reconstruct her life, she delves deeper into James’s disappearance. What she uncovers is an ocean of secrets that make her question everything about the life they built together. And just below the surface is a truth that may set Aimee free…or shatter her forever.
Love and loss are the primary themes in Everything We Keep, and we are thrust into the center of Aimee’s loss when the funeral for her fiancé is held on what would have been their wedding day.
As time passes, Aimee begins to question what she thought she knew about James and his family, and as secrets begin to surface, she goes on her own quest to find the truth.
Meanwhile, a new possible love interest appears in the form of Ian who is a comfort and companion for her, especially as she starts a new life with her coffee shop.
Her exploration takes her to the last place her fiancé was living, and as she untangles the secrets and lies, she is able to begin again.
A story that was a bit predictable at times, I kept reading because I wanted to see what would happen. 4 stars.