The Things We Keep

  • by Sally Hepworth
  • Narrated by Barrie Kreinik, Therese Plummer
  • 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease at only 38 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 another 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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Customer Reviews

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Beautiful story and skilled narration

This is original, poignant, and beautiful. It's a story that celebrates love in all its forms. The narration was superb!
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- Shannon

Heartbreaking, Humanizing, and Real

The Things We Keep is a beautiful work on the tenacity of life through hardship. It's characters are memorable and relatable - despite their unique circumstances. However, this book is not for the faint of heart. It is a stark and poignant look at tragedy in forms both familiar and unfamiliar. I cried several times - and at one point I had to pause the audiobook and walk away, because I could not handle what was unfolding ahead of me.

In terms of performance, the Berrie Kreinik and Therese Plummer do a wonderful job. Our three viewpoint characters have distinct voices, performed with a level of nuance that you will find yourself completely immersed.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially those who know or wish to understand better the mentally ill. This will open your eyes to the value of human experience in all forms, to the rich lives that those society so often dismisses continue to live.
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- Nick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-19-2016
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio