Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favourites as well as sharing books that you want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it.
Today, I’m showcasing a book I read four years ago that I really loved!
In this richly emotional novel inspired by extraordinary true accounts, New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris evokes the depth of a mother’s bond with her child, and the power of personal histories to echo through generations.
Two years have done little to ease veterinarian Audra Hughes’s grief over her husband’s untimely death. Eager for a fresh start, Audra plans to leave Portland for a new job in Philadelphia. Her seven-year-old son, Jack, seems apprehensive about flying—but it’s just the beginning of an anxiety that grows to consume him.
As Jack’s fears continue to surface in recurring and violent nightmares, Audra hardly recognizes the introverted boy he has become. Desperate, she traces snippets of information unearthed in Jack’s dreams, leading her to Sean Malloy, a struggling US Army veteran wounded in Afghanistan. Together they unravel a mystery dating back to World War II, and uncover old family secrets that still have the strength to wound—and perhaps, at last, to heal.
Audra Hughes has been trying to hold on to her life after losing her husband. Their son, Jack has been having terrible nightmares and Audra is at her wits end trying to figure it why this is happening. THE PIECES WE KEEP brings the past smack right into the present with Jacks nightmares.
One day, while getting ready to fly to a job interview in Philadelphia, Jack seems very upset about having to get on the plane. Once on the plane, Jack has a major meltdown and the pilots decide to turn back and get Jack and Audra off the plane. Jack’s nightmares get worse after that and while trying to calm him down Audra picks up bit and pieces of a mystery that goes way back to World War II.
Vivian is living in London with her parents. She is American and finds herself falling in love with Isaak. Lately, he seems preoccupied and she needs to find out why. When he isn’t forthcoming, she decides not to waste anymore time with him. What happens with these two will blow your mind. I am not giving anything away but the way Kristina weaves Vivian’s life into Jack and Audra’s, will amaze you.
THE PIECES WE KEEP alternates between the 30’s and 40’s and the present with each chapter. A stunning story that you can’t help but getting wrapped up in. I can easily see this being made into a movie! I loved all the characters and while my heart was breaking for some of them, I was cheering them on at the same time.
Kristina is one of my favorite authors and THE PIECES WE KEEP proves exactly why. I couldn’t stop flipping the pages and couldn’t wait until the mystery was solved. I had no idea it would end the way it did but I absolutely loved the ending!