things we keep

This is a powerful tale of love ❤ and memory. I adored the characters, particularly the gentle old man who believes his long-deceased wife is still sitting by his side after 30 years.  A real insight into the frailty of life, the book captures your heart.

It’s not an easy read, each of the main characters have suffered a loss. From Anna, who has early onset Alzheimer’s to Luke who is losing his speech through to the newly-impoverished Eve and her 7 year old daughter Clementine, who has suffered losses no child should endure.

As the same time it is tearing at your heartstrings, the story gentlyweaves its magic and gives you a totally different angle on the spectre of Alzheimer’s Disease.

I don’t really want to say more for fear of spoiling the story, but I read parts with tears in my eyes.

Highly recommended, another must-read.

MetLineReader Rating: 5***** (Metropolitan)

About this book

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.


The Things We Keep is published by St Martin’s Press on 19th January and is available from Amazon .

I received an advance copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.




Author: metlinereader

I am obsessed with books.  In fact, I'd rather be reading than doing anything else.   I enjoy trying out new books and new authors; I do like to "mix and match" genres.  I often have access to books before they are published and would welcome the opportunity to review most books... just not horror or sci-fi, please :)