Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth


A thirty-eight year old with early stages of Alzheimer's disease and in an assisted living facility...very difficult for Anna as well as her family.

Anna lived with her brother and his family once they found out she couldn't live alone, but then it got to the point where she needed constant supervision, and the assisted living facility was the only safe place for Anna.

Anna had enough wits about her to know she needed to be at Rosalind​ House​, but also was sad she was there.

While she was there, she met another young patient, Luke, as well as Eve who was a single mother that had lost everything when her husband was involved in a Ponzi Scheme.

Eve became very protective of Anna and Luke, the two young residents of Rosalind House, and secretly allowed them to meet against the family’s wishes.

Eve had trouble and worries of her own, though, but made the best of her current situation until her daughter started having trouble at school because of the situation they were in.

As you read, you become attached to all the characters and sympathize with their situations.  You will learn about Alzheimer's disease and how it affects the patient as well as the family.

THE THINGS WE KEEP is a book that makes you begin to think about all the times you have forgotten things and about how love can be the best medicine.  :)

THE THINGS WE KEEP is different from THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES, addresses a well-known problem, and is well researched by Ms. Hepworth.​ 

The ending was heartbreaking but redeeming.  Break out the tissues from the warmth you will feel and from the sad but wonderful ending.   

THE THINGS WE KEEP is a reminder that memories are "the things we should keep." 4/5​

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation in return for an honest review.

29 comments:

  1. Have you read this book?

    Thanks for stopping.

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  2. Am looking forward to reading this book. Hearing really good things. Alzheimer's is a terrible disease, but like many things, bits of light and joy can be found.

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    1. I think you will enjoy the book.

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  3. This does sound good but sad. I'll remember the tissues!

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    1. It was good but sad as you said.

      I hope you like it if you read it.

      Thanks for stopping, Kathy.

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  4. Thanks for sharing your great review Elizabeth. I have this book on my 'ToRead' list. I've read other positive reviews.

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    1. I think you will like it, Pat.

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  5. 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.

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    1. Eve and Clementine were quite likable, and they did have a good story.

      Thanks for stopping, OnDBookshelf.

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  6. I agree, it sounds good. Adding it to my TBR list.

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    1. I think you will like it, Mary.

      Did you read her first book, The Secrets of Midwives?

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  7. Glad it was redeeming despite the heartbreak.

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    1. It was very good, but get out the tissues as I mentioned. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Nise.

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  8. Just read an interview with Sally Hepworth and how she got her idea for the book. No secret - I loved this book.

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    1. Yes...I enjoyed that interview too.

      Thanks for stopping, Kathryn.

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  9. this sounds good, but I'm not sure could read it, having been one of those family members who watch a loved one forget.

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    1. It might be too much for you, Irene.

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  10. This sounds very touching. Thank you for your honest review, Elizabeth.

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    1. You are welcome. Glad you liked my review.

      Thanks for stopping, Suko.

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  11. Having worked with Alzheimers patients I know that love is truly the best gift we can give them. Their losses are so great. This books sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It is good.

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  12. Not too many books make me cry but I'm sure this one would do the trick. :)
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    1. It most likely will.

      Thanks for stopping, Diane.

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  13. I like realistic fiction like this. It sounds like it was a great book.

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    1. It was very real. I think you would like it, William.

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  14. This book sounds so good. Is this a 2nd book in a series?

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    1. No...not in a series.

      It is her second book.

      Thanks for stopping, The Truth About Books.

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  15. I've been hearing such great things about this book but the sadness scares me away right now!

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    1. It is sad, but it is good.

      Thanks for stopping, stacybuckeye.

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