The Things We Keep

The Things We Keep

Large Print - 2016
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press,, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410486868
Characteristics: 463 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.


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Dec 19, 2018

Took a while for me to get into it and almost put it aside. So glad I stayed with it because once I got past that point it was an enjoyable read and I couldn't put it down. Compared to other books about Alzheimers though I must say this is one is more obviously fictional but I did find myself wanted to keep turning the pages.

Sep 02, 2018

Wonderful book dealing with Alzihimers disease and living in a long term care home. This story deals with early onset Alzheimer's in two of the residents. The author also shows the personality of the elderly residents in the home. Some seem grumpy, or withdrawn but their personality is drawn out by the seven year old daughter of the cook-housekeeper. Each of the characters in the story have a story of their own. This book has laugh-out-loud funny passages, deep emotions dealing with loss, in health as well as personal death. Two love stories as well as dealing with intolerance and cruelty and how mean children can be. You can also understand where children get their ideas of intolerance from. They are not born that way!

Aug 20, 2018

Recommended by Luanne

Apr 09, 2018

The characters did not seem real,but made up to make a story.

Sep 20, 2017

Quite by accident, I picked up two books on early onset Alzheimers. Because of a bad neck I tend to pick at random some days, so perhaps the gods are trying to tell me something.

I now know more than I might want to about this horrid disease. 'Still Alice', to me was a far better book. Still, if you want to know how it is to live with deterioration of the mind then this will help you learn.

May 26, 2017

Having read "Still Alice" I did wonder how this book would compare. This book is very different. The main character Anna is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's in her thirties. She decides that she will relocate to a nursing home where there happens to also be another patient with early onset Alzheimer's with whom she strikes up a friendship with. The other storyline involves the nursing home's cook. While the book does discuss Alzheimer's and some of it's symptoms I found the nature of the book less serious than "Still Alice" and the ending much more optimistic. It made me feel that sometimes there really is a light at the end of the tunnel.

LoganLib_Dove Dec 12, 2016

This book is captivating and will leave a mark on your soul. It is enchanting and magnificent. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a story that they will never want to let go. Florrie, the main character is honest and witty, and the story is made by her strength of character and perseverance to be true to herself and her life.

Jun 13, 2016

This book is bitter sweet, telling the story of 38 year-old Anna who has early onset dementia, and how rapidly the disease takes hold. And yet it's also a love story, two love stories in fact, and the effect is beautiful and uplifting.

May 04, 2016

I loved this book. Like "Still Alice", it is haunting. Like "Still Alice", the subject is Alzheimer's but with a totally different twist. Thoroughly enjoyable, page-turning story!

Apr 25, 2016

Excellent story ! Can tell it was well researched on Alzheimer's
and it's effects . A very touching and insightful story and covers a variety of characters and their emotions , thoughts and feelings . Makes one think of how the person with Alzheimer's could possibly be feeling and coping , along with the caregivers and family members . Loved this book and would highly recommend it . One of those stories you hated to see end but also couldn't wait to see what happens .

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