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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (January 12)

First Chapter

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

This week the opener comes from The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth and due to be published on 19 January 2016.

The Things We Keep


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. NetGalley

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

Chapter 1

Fifteen months ago…

No one trusts anything I say. If I point out, for example, that the toast is burning or that it’s time for the six o’clock news, people marvel. How about that? It is time for the six o’clock news. Well done, Anna. Maybe if I were eighty-eight instead of thirty-eight, I wouldn’t care. Then again, maybe I would. As a new resident of Rosalind House, an assisted-living facility for senior citizens, I’m having a new appreciation for the hardships of the elderly.

Note this excerpt comes from a proof edition of The Things We Keep

So what do you think? Do you want to know more?

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A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

35 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (January 12)

  1. This is an interesting context for a novel, Cleo. And there are so many layers and personalities that can be explored. Some difficult ethical choices, too, that are absorbing. I’ll be really interested to see what you think of it.


  2. I have a copy of this one and plan to read it before long. Yes, I know what it’s about, but I am drawn to stories about memory issues. Nice pick, Cleo!


  3. I can’t even imagine how difficult that must be for her. I would keep reading. I’m curious to know why she’s there and want to know more about Luke and what happened that the two of them have to be separated! Thanks for sharing!


  4. There are a lot of novels or movies about this disease. I would read another one, I think. Then, I would have to rest from the subject for a while.


  5. I do want to read this one. Having had family members that had dementia and spent years in a nursing home, I have an interest. I hope I don’t end up in assisted living.


  6. I can’t imagine having Alzheimer’s at such a young age. Wow. How hard it is to see your loved one go through that and not having the same kind of bond with him/her.


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