It’s been ages since I’ve had a chance to sit down and write anything. Luckily, nightly reading has still been a priority and keeping me sane!
This year, I’ve been pretty obsessed with old school YA mystery like Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. They’re quick, interesting, intelligent and as a bonus, the whole family enjoys the audio books. While I do enjoy a good “adult” book now and then, the emotional strength needed for books like The Girl on the Train or Little Bee has just been too much for me this year. Even finishing The Maze Runner series proved too much emotionally, which led to a good browsing through the Kindle Unlimited section one night and an introduction to Kerry Lonsdale, a writer from California.
Lonsdale’s debut novel, Everything We Keep, follows Aimee and her childhood sweetheart through a compelling tale of love, betrayal, mystery and self-awakening. Lonsdale weaves a tale that is as romantic as it is mysterious. This story twists and turns in so many delicious directions that it’s impossible to put down while the characters are so perfectly flawed that you can’t help falling in love with them.
While most series start strong and fizzle out, Everything We Left Behind was even stronger (and better) than Everything We Keep. It feels like Lonsdale really hit her stride with Everything We Left Behind as she takes Aimee and James through a few more twists and turns. While these books aren’t high suspense thrillers, aren’t true mysteries or even true romance novels, they do borrow a little bit from each genre to create a good story.
If you’re looking for a little down time with a book by the fire but need some space from the big emotional riveting books this Christmas break, check out Everything We Keep, Everything We Left Behind or All the Breaking Waves.