It's time for a book review! 'the things we keep' is a book by Sally Hepworth - a fiction book that brings you into the lives of people who have early onset Alzheimers and live in a residential assisted living facility.
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.
This is such a beautiful, heartfelt and well written book that I really loved reading. It deals with important topics like memory loss, caring for those with alzheimers, the effect it has on others, compassion, love and identity.
The book takes us through the main character Anna, a ex paramedic who is living in Rosalind House and how the disease affects her on a day to day basis. The frustration, confusion and cognitive decline of Anna's character is so real. Anna meets Luke another young resident of Rosalind House who is suffering from front temporal dementia which affects his speech. Their relationship evolves and they make a connection however can't be together.
There is Eve the new cook at Rosalind House and Clementine Eve's seven year old daughter who is learning to cope living without her dad. They have a story of their own and together the book takes you through their struggles, hope, love and compassion. The residents of Rosalind House are interesting and add something extra to the story, like Bert who saves a seat for his long dead wife at every meal.
Overall this was a excellent fictional book to read that kept me intrigued and wanting to know what will happen next the whole time. Definitely a great book that I recommend! Check out Sally Hepworth's website here.
What book do you recommend I read next?