Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Keepsake: A Novel by Kristina Riggle....Review & Give Away!

I am getting ready to move.  Over the next week or two, I will be moving from the house we have been house sitting in to the house we have been renovating for the past few months.  It has been a long haul!  Right now I am in the thick of weeding through lots of our "stuff".  I try not to get too over the top about holding onto things but I am a romantic at heart and it is often hard for me to part with things for sentimental reasons.  When I picked up the new release Keepsake:  A Novel by Kristina Riggle, I found myself alternately cringing and relating to one of the main characters, a hoarder.  Here is the scoop...

From the critically acclaimed author of Real Life & Liars and Things We Didn't Say comes a timely and provocative novel that asks: What happens when the things we own become more important than the people we love?

Trish isn't perfect. She's divorced and raising two kids—so of course her house isn't pristine. But she's got all the important things right and she's convinced herself that she has it all under control. That is, until the day her youngest son gets hurt and Child Protective Services comes calling. It's at that moment when Trish is forced to consider the one thing she's always hoped wasn't true: that she's living out her mother's life as a compulsive hoarder.
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The last person Trish ever wanted to turn to for help is her sister, Mary—meticulous, perfect Mary, whose house is always spotless . . . and who moved away from their mother to live somewhere else, just like Trish's oldest child has. But now, working together to get Trish's disaster of a home into livable shape, two very different sisters are about to uncover more than just piles of junk, as years of secrets, resentments, obsessions, and pain are finally brought into the light.

I could not put this book down.  Riggle created characters with a whole lot of depth.  Trish is obviously struggling with some emotional issues and I found myself rooting for her, horrified by her and also "getting" her when she couldn't face getting rid of her children's baby things (I SO get that!).  On the flip side, I also could relate to the character of Mary and how she had done everything to not repeat the hoarding history in her own life and how repulsed she was by her sister's situation.  This book was incredibly interesting, emotional and a study in how  your family shapes you but can't define you.  This one gets two thumbs up from me!  Pick up your copy today....



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37 comments:

aLilLacey said...

I read in bed at night. My hubby claims the lamp keeps him awake but he's always fast asleep in seconds so i get to read forever : )

SueBE said...

I live within a family of readers but that can also make for crowded book shelves. Fortunately, we are redoing our family room which is giving us an opportunity to sort and give away.
--SueBE

HannahAchrissmile said...

I carve out some time in the late evening before bed.

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helpful heather said...

i just make time! heather.loftus@aol.com

Samantha Remington said...

I read on the subway everyday.

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Lkay107 said...

I usually read in the evening as a way to wind down.

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gail said...

read while on treadmill
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Lana Bradstream said...

I read on my lunch break.

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Jennifer said...

i stay up a little while at night and read after i put the kids to bed
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Miss LaMonte said...

I have a difficult time getting rid of baby clothes too:( Luckily I have 2 boys so I can pass some of them on a second time but for my lil' girl I can't bear to get rid of her pretty outfits. I read any chance I get:)

Danielle said...

I take my Kindle Fire with me everywhere so I can read in the car while waiting for my kids to get out of school. And in the Dr's office. And waiting for our food at a restaurant...and everywhere else!

Linda Kwolek said...

I read faithfully on my lunch hour. I can drawn out the unwanted conversations of others, and be in y own little world. This way I have the option to engage in a conversation orsit in the quiet room at work.

Anonymous said...

I read while my kids are napping
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ani hearts japan said...

I try and read before bed.

samantha said...

i like to read in bed before i fall asleep

Jenny OSU said...

I like to read before bed. It's my guilty pleasure. futurajen@yahoo.com

kaye lake said...

i read before bed

Lupita said...

I read in bed once the kids fall asleep or I can when I manage to have both my kids take a nap at the same time

Lupita said...

I read in bed once the kids fall asleep or I can when I manage to have both my kids take a nap at the same time

Amanda Lilly said...

I read when it is quiet...........not often enough! amandalilly@hotmail.com

Jessica Barnett said...

I will get to school a little early to pick up kids and read in the car rider line!!

Karen Hewitt said...

I love to read in the tub :)

Iliana R said...

I find time to read while waiting for doctors appointments or while I wait for one of my classes to start!

mylifeaworkinprogress said...

I read while taking a bubble bath while hubby watches the baby!

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Renee G said...

I read in the morning as I eat breakfast and drink a cup of tea before everyone else gets up.
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Laurie said...

I too stay up late-love it when the house is quiet and I can get lost in a good book

Colleen Fuller said...

After everyone finally goes to bed and I usually have a hour! Thank you! Mattandcolleen Fuller on FB

Country Cookin' Mama said...

I read whenever I have spare time.
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carole said...

like to read after the late news and all is quiet

rachel bedrock said...

once my toddler goes to sleep

Jeni Mitchell said...

I like the quite time first thing in the morning with coffee or in bed at night as I'm trying to fall asleep. When I visit my mom, we will take our respective books outside on the deck and sit with coffee for a good hour or so and read. Sometimes it's the only way I get my mom to take some "me" time for herself.

jadavis said...

I sit at the table while the kids i watch do homework and read during that time.

Victoria said...

I read late at night.

Sarah Yurga said...

I read late at night when I should be sleeping, cleaning, etc..

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