Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

A job as the cook at a home for people with dementia is exactly what Eve Bennett needs to keep her daughter in her current school and to help her finances. Soon, Eve becomes involved in the residents' lives, especially Anna, who is only 38 and has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Eve sees how Anna is emotionally attached to the only other person her age in the facility, Luke.  Eve, though, doesn't agree with the decision to keep Luke and Anna apart because she can see how much they mean to each other. Eve also has to cope with her own life changes, such as being newly single and the disapproval of many in the town for her husband's illegal financial activities. The Things We Keep was enjoyable, but is lacking the depth of character offered by similar authors, like Jo-Ann Mapson, Lisa Genova, and Elin Hilderbrand.

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