Anna Forster is only thirty-eight years old, but her mind is slowly slipping away from her.
Armed only with her keen wit and sharp-eyed determination, she knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. But Anna has a secret: she does not plan on staying. She also knows there's just one another resident who is her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life.
As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke. Eve Bennett, suddenly thrust into the role of single mother to her bright and vivacious seven-year-old daughter, 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. Eve has her own secrets, and her own desperate circumstances that raise the stakes even higher.
With huge heart, humour, and a compassionate understanding of human nature, Sally Hepworth delivers a page-turning novel about the power of love to grow and endure even when faced with the most devastating of obstacles. You won t forget this book.
About the Author
Sally Hepworth is a former event planner and human resources professional. A graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Sally started writing novels after the birth of her first child. She is the author of Love Like The French, published by Random House Germany in February 2014. Sally has lived around the world, spending extended periods in Singapore, the U.K., and Canada, and she now writes full-time from her home in Melbourne, where she lives with her husband and two young children.
When I finished reading this exquisite novel, I turned right around and read it again. The compassion and care with which Ms. Hepworth writes about Anna pulls you in from the first page and as sad as the story is, there are also many laughs and wry humor. A lovely, funny, novel that you won't soon forget and I am grateful that I have read it. It reminds us all that love and being with our loved ones is paramount to life. In the long run, what else matters more? Susan Wasson, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM Sally Hepworth deftly covers a lot of ground with The Things We Keep-bullying, Alzheimer's, elder care, romantic and parental love-with insight, compassion and wit. How I loved the characters...I devoured this book. Marilyn Dahl, Editor, Shelf Awareness for Readers In the same class with Still Alice. I loved each of the characters in Rosalind House for their complexity and frustration with their ailments. Jack, Eve, Rosie, and even the teachers and mothers at Clementine's school clearly demonstrate that loving someone does not mean knowing what is best for that person. In fact, sometimes that love and the desire to protect can be the most damaging. Kristin Pidgeon, Penguin Bookshop With honesty and true understanding, Sally Hepworth pens this poignant story of one of today's nightmares: early-onset Alzheimer's...Sad in places, redemptive at times, joyous also, The Things We Keep begs to be read for its timeliness and authenticity. The discussion possibilities for book clubs seem endless. Nancy Simpson-Brice, The Book Vault Hepworth weaves a fascinating narrative that draws the reader into a personal relationship with these characters. As we come to care about them we learn about the depth of compassion that humans feel for each other and the resilience of the human spirit. Stephanie Crowe, Page and Palette The Secrets of Midwives is women's fiction at its finest. Sally Hepworth has written a wonderfully satisfying story about three generations of midwives. It's touching, tender and obviously meticulously researched, giving the reader a fascinating window into the amazing world of midwifery. A delightful read. Liane Moriarty, author of The Husband s Secret From the first page, I could not put The Secrets of Midwives down. Sally Hepworth delves into family secrets and family love in two different eras, adding mystery and plot twists at a breathless, exhilarating pace. I simply love this book! Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle The Secrets of Midwives is a compelling exploration of life, loss, and love. Family secrets test the bonds between three women - Neva, her mother Grace, and her grandmother Floss - as they bring babies into the world and navigate their own complex paths. The story deepens and enlarges as it moves through their varied perspectives to its powerful conclusion. Christina Baker Kline, author of The Orphan Train With empathy and keen insight, Sally Hepworth delivers a page-turning novel about the complex, lovely, and even heartbreaking relationships between mothers and daughters. The Secrets of Midwives is that rare tale that weaves together the past and the present in a totally absorbing narrative. Sally Hepworth illuminates one of the most important moments in a woman's life-when she becomes a mother-and spins a story that will hold you captivated till the very end. Emily Giffin, author of The One and Only Hepworth's debut enchants as three midwives unravel their secrets in the path of a classic New England storm.... Combines vibrant and nuanced characters with a breathtaking plot. Beatriz Williams, author of A Hundred Summers"