The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth
(St. Martin’s Press, 2016, 338 pages)
Even though The Things We Keep is a fiction novel, there are a lot of truths to it. There are parts that are uplifting and made me smile but for me this was not a cozy “feel good” story. There is a lot of heartbreak but I still thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I thought that it had a great story line and the characters were developed so beautifully. It was as though Hepworth had spent a lot of time at a nursing home with the residents along with a few of the employees and decided to write a story about them, which maybe she did.
This book struck on a personal level for me because my grandmother is suffering from Alzheimer’s and it was very easy for me to relate with some of the characters. Hepworth focuses on the extreme challenges of everyday life for people who suffer from Alzheimer’s and the tough decisions that their caregivers must make for them while trying to keep their loved one’s best interests in mind. I would highly recommend this book, especially to anyone who has been affected by Alzheimer’s in some way because truly, love never forgets…
“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 other resident her age, Luke. What she does not expect is thelove 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.”
– publisher description