I love this cover, it’s so simple yet tells a grand story. You can see the longing in the woman’s demeanor, and yet you may not have any clue what this book is about. The cover just pulls you in, at least it did for me. Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale is a wonderfully bittersweet story, with an ending that didn’t quite meet my expectations.
Aimee and James were so close, and they had been their entire lives. From the age of seven they were inseparable, never leaving each other’s side. Then James decided to take a trip to Mexico to show off his artwork, and doesn’t come back. The two had been engaged to be married, and were soon going to walk down the aisle. Instead, on the day that was supposed to be their wedding day, Aimee buries James. Or so she thinks. When a mysterious stranger named Lacy catches up with Aimee after the burial of James, she tells Aimee that James is still alive and that he is still in Mexico. Now Aimee can’t let go of that nagging feeling, and she has to find out what the truth is for herself.
After a year of wondering, Aimee finally takes into her own hands the fate of her love life and almost marriage. She flies to Mexico to discover James’ secrets, because after all this time Aimee still can’t move on and date anyone else- even though one man has caught her eye-because she feels that James could still be alive somewhere. She needs to know the answers before she can continue on with her life. She wants to open her heart for someone new, but can’t until she has closure. That’s when she decides to find out the truth for herself, and when she gets to Mexico she finds out something that is beyond anything she could have fathomed.
At first this book caught my attention very well, I had to know what happened to James. Then the trip to Mexico happened about half way through the book, and it completely threw me for a loop, and not in a good way. It seemed like what happened from then on was so far fetched and out there that I couldn’t get a handle on it. I felt like I pulled back from this book and couldn’t enjoy it as much as I had in the first part. Even though I didn’t quite enjoy the ending, I do feel that others may like it. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars, the writing is great and the characters are real, but the plot was a little too crazy. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.