The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

the things we keep

Photo Credit: St. Martin’s Press 1/19/16

This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Things We Keep

Anna is 38 years old. Too young to face the idea of Alzheimer’s. And yet- that is exactly what is happening. As this wretched disease begins to take it’s toll on her mind and memories, the idea of Rosalind House is not  the best- but the best of the worst case scenario plans.

At Rosalind House, Anna meets Luke. Around Anna’s age- he also has Alzheimer’s.

While Anna and Luke have trouble remembering things- they form a connection and fall in love. They may not “know” each other. They may not have the happily ever after life  that both of them deserve. But for reasons that only love and maybe fate can understand- they found each other and bring each other happiness- and as their memories fade- the allure of happiness is like a sweet melody.

When forces conspire to keep Anna and Luke from each other- a recently single mother, Eve, decides that if anyone deserves a small shred of happiness- it’s these 2. Eve knows, although not in the same way that Anna and Luke know, that happiness can be fleeting- and you should grab it with both hands.

Told in a current view point and a flashback view point- THE THINGS WE KEEP will make you consider all you thought about love and happiness.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

I’m an emotional wreck. THE THINGS WE KEEP has tugged at my heartstrings and made me wonder about so much.

Anna is young. She’s thought she’s been in love. But until she met Luke- she didn’t know what love was. How unfair to meet a man like Luke as she’s losing her memories.

I’m not going to ruin this book for you by going on and on. I’m going to say that Sally Hepworth did her research into Alzheimer’s, the idea of consent, legal responsibility of protecting people who can’t protect themselves, and so much more.

This book will make you think of ethical, legal and other thoughts about Anna and Luke. And it will tear you up into a million emotional pieces.

Utterly readable- but not an easy read. Save THE THINGS WE KEEP for a time when you are ready to be engrossed in a story that has no easy solution.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T by St. Martin’s Press. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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17 thoughts on “The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

  1. ondbookshelf says:

    I really liked this one, but I actually liked the stories of Eve and Clementine more than Anna and Luke. I found their love story sweet, but mostly born out of circumstance rather than true love. Still a great read that I highly recommend.

  2. I also really liked this book. All of the characters were wonderful. The circumstances definitely made me think about a lot of things. I wish I had read it with book club. It would be a great one for book discussions.

  3. Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I was sent an unsolicited ARC and it hasn’t made it to the top of my to-read pile yet, but I am interested in checking this out after reading your review 🙂

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