The things we keep by Sally Hepworth
Release date: January 19, 2016
Publisher: St. Martins Press
My rating: 4.5
Buy here: Amazon
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 the love 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.
Wow. What an emotional, heart-wrenching read. This was the first book by this author that I've read, and I have to say, I'm hooked. I literally felt like I was a character in this book. Anna and Luke's story was so sweet that it brought tears to my eyes. I can't imagine going through what Anna is going through, especially at such a young age. She showed so much bravery and strength. The only thing that would have made this book better would have been if we had more of Luke's story, I felt like we just got the glossed over parts of him. That's just my opinion though. While reading I couldn't help but to feel sad for everyone going through this awful disease and their family members. I honestly can't recommend this book enough. I've already passed it along to a few friends and they've loved it as well.