The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

The Things We Keep

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. 

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Anna – a 38 year ago woman who has been diagnosed with early early-onset Alzheimer’s. Her brother has just moved her into the Rosalind House, where she meet Luke, another resident that is fighting the same battle as her. She struggles day after day to remember what and who is important to her.

Eve – recently widowed and having to rebuild her life, she has taken a job as a cook and housekeeper at the Rosalind House. She is moved by the residents, especially by Anna and Luke. She struggles to accept why their families separate them.

Clementine – Eve’s 7 year old daughter who is struggling to understand her father’s death and why her classmates don’t treat her the same anymore.

This was such a beautiful story of how Alzheimer’s impacts all of those around us. I loved all of the character’s stories and liked that there was time difference between Anna’s story (1 year earlier) and Eve’s/Clementine’s (present day).

4 calculators out of a potential 5. A beautifully sad, yet hopeful Alzheimer’s love story.

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