by Bobbie Jean Huff
Publication Date January 18, 2022
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Genres: Fiction / Family Life / General, Fiction / Women
An emotional debut for fans of Elizabeth Strout and Diane Chamberlain, The Ones We Keep follows the splintered lives of four family members in the years following an unthinkable tragedy, and the choices they must make to find their way back to each other.
One family. One tragedy. One incredible decision to change their fate.
A quiet lakeside resort in Vermont seems like the perfect summer getaway for Olivia and Harry Somerville and their three young boys. But in a single moment, their idyllic family retreat becomes a mother's worst nightmare. Returning from a solo hike one afternoon, Olivia learns from a passing stranger that one of her sons has drowned—but not which one.
In that moment, Olivia makes a panicked decision that will change her family forever.
If she never knows which son has drowned, can Olivia convince herself that none of them have? By shielding herself from reality, can she continue to live in a world where all three boys are still alive?
An emotional and heartfelt meditation on the nature of loss, the gift of recovery, and the bonds of love, The Ones We Keep tells the story of one family as they learn to face their grief and fight for hope.
Your next gripping book club read exploring the depths of a mother's love, the endurance of family, and the mind-bending paths we take to shield ourselves from heartache.
Four and a half Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭒
The Ones We Keep by debut author Bobbie Jean Huff is an emotional, and heartbreaking novel, and also a fascinating look into grief, and what it can do to a woman’s mental health.
Olivia and Harry Somerville and their three young boys take a summer vacation at a peaceful lakeside resort in Vermont. When Olivia takes off for a hike one day, she returns from the hike and learns that one of her sons has drowned. Not knowing which of her sons has drowned, she makes a panicked decision that changes her life, and the lives of her remaining family.
This book is sure to bring on very strong emotions from readers. The decisions, Oliva and the family make in the wake of such a tragic loss is as unfathomable as the tragedy itself. The brain sometimes does extraordinary things in order to protect itself, and this is one example of how far the brain can go to do that.
The book is very engaging and I had trouble putting it down as I wanted to find out how this family survives. Although reading about grief can be tough, I found that this author handled it in a very compassionate way, and one that didn’t have me bawling my eyes out. (although I did have a few sniffles).
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an emotional book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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