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 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.

Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9781410486868
1410486869
Branch Call Number: FIC HEPWORT 2016
Characteristics: large print,rda
463 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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wendybradley
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.

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Kmum1
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.

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fadzie
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.

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pktab
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!

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muffinpopcorn
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 .

ehbooklover Apr 19, 2016

An emotional, heartfelt, and uplifting read about love, loss, and dementia that is told from the point of view of three different characters (all of whom I loved). I have personally witnessed some of the horrifying symptoms of dementia, and this book actually helped me to understand how my loved ones might have felt as their symptoms got progressively worse. An obviously well-researched book that I finished in just 24 hours.

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jfd5
Mar 30, 2016

Though it is a sad, scary subject for most of us, this book did a wonderful job at capturing many emotions from many angles. A "nice story" despite the subject.

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