Everything We Keep: A novel by Kerry Lonsdale. Seattle: Lake Union, 2016. 329 pages. Book Club Discussion Questions. ****
Aimee Tierney has crafted an ideal life for herself: work in her parent's restaurant, marry her childhood best friend and sweetheart and buy her parent's restaurant when the time comes. What Aimee doesn't count on is the apparent death of her fiancée and attending his funeral on her wedding day. Accosted by a psychic and told that James is still alive, Aimee begins to question everything about her life. Is James still alive and if so, why hasn't he contacted her? Have her parents sold their restaurant to someone else?
I really enjoyed the many twists and turns in this story... well crafted and convoluted. There were just enough surprises to keep the story moving quickly. I like a story that keeps me guessing and yet is not contrived; I look forward to more from Lonsdale.
Kerry Lonsdale believes life is more exciting with twists and turns, which may be why she enjoys dropping her characters into unexpected scenarios and foreign settings. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is a founder of the Women's Fiction Writer's Fiction Writers Association, and an online community of authors located across the globe. She resides in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an aging golden retriever who's convinced she's still a puppy. Everything We Keep is Kerry's first novel. Connect with her at www.kerrylonsdalecom.