Everything We Give: A Novel

Everything We Give: A Novel

by Kerry Lonsdale


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A Wall Street Journal bestseller.

From the author of Everything We Keep comes the final novel in the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling Everything Series. Brimming with suspense, mystery, and romance, Everything We Give brings to a powerful close the gripping series of love, lies, and the secrets families keep.

Award-winning photographer Ian Collins made only one mistake in life, but it cost his mother her freedom and destroyed their family, leaving Ian to practically raise himself. For years he’s been estranged from his father, and his mother has lived off the grid. For just as long, he has searched for her.

Now, Ian seemingly has it all—national recognition for his photographs; his loving wife, Aimee; and their adoring daughter, Caty. Only two things elude him: a feature in National Geographic and finding his mother. When the prized magazine offers him his dream project on the same day that Aimee’s ex-fiancé, James, returns bearing a message for Ian but putting a strain on his marriage, Ian must make a choice: chase after a coveted assignment or reconnect with a mysterious woman who might hold the key to putting his past to rest. But the stakes are high, because Ian could lose the one thing he holds most dear: his family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503902312
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Series: Everything Series , #3
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 341,245
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kerry Lonsdale is the Wall Street Journal, Amazon Charts, and #1 Amazon Kindle Bestselling author of the Everything series—Everything We Keep, Everything We Left Behind, and Everything We Give—as well as All the Breaking Waves. She resides in Northern California with her husband and two children. Learn more about Kerry at www.kerrylonsdale.com.

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Everything We Give: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
booklover6460 11 months ago
This book is difficult to rate and review. I just thought the book was okay. Part of that may be that I have not read the first two books in the series. Ian’s insecurities grated on my nerves and Aimee’s contact with James made me angry. I agree with some of the other reviewers that this book does not work well as a stand alone…you need to have read the first two books to have a clearer picture. I’m not sure this was a good use of my reading time. But might give the author another chance with a different book…especially if it’s part of a series and I can read the first one. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Holly More than 1 year ago
Wowzers! I wasn't expecting the last book in this awesome series to be as emotional as it was, it's the book that ties everything from the first two books together in a way that will leave you wanting more! You would think that Ian Collins has it all with a gorgeous wife named Aimee with a beautiful daughter named Caty; along with his award winning photography career but he's hiding a secret from his childhood that not even his wife knows the full details of. Even after everything that had happened with Aimee's ex, James coming back from the dead; nothing will prepare him for this last venture of achieving his dream of being in National Geographic and finding his mother. As we go back and forth between the present day and when Ian was growing up, we learn the truth about his mother and what happened that forced Ian to raise himself. I don't want to spoil too much about this but this book will pull on your heartstrings and might make a tear fall from your eye for what Ian had to endure during that time he had to grow up, faster than expected. If anything, this book is the perfect way to end a series but I'm still holding out hope that we get another book about how this book ends!! The more I think about it, this whole series would make for the perfect TV series just to see it play out on TV! Thank You to Kerry Lonsdale for the fantastic way to end this awesome series that I dearly love! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!
Meemo_B More than 1 year ago
This is the final installment of the Everything trilogy, and Kerry Lonsdale has given readers a satisfying and emotional finish for the characters. This time it’s Ian’s story that we hear, and the mysteries of his past are revealed, both to him and to the readers. It’s difficult to get into too much detail without throwing around spoilers about the first two books. Suffice to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this series, and loved the way things turned out for all involved. I also enjoyed the afterword, which included a link to some gorgeous photos of the Rapa Das Bestas, an event that played an important part in this book. I highly recommend the entire trilogy - which should be read in order!! Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for providing a copy for an unbiased review.
JHSEsq More than 1 year ago
The journey of Ian Collins, Aimee's husband, is showcased in this concluding installment. James re-emergence and reappearance upended Aimee and Ian's relationship. But they have spent several months trying to get back on track -- Aimee is busy with plans to open two more cafes, while Ian has enjoyed successful gallery showings of his photographs and has an opportunity to shoot pictures for a story in National Geographic. Even though they are confident of their love for each other and commitment to their marriage and four-year-old daughter, Caty, Ian is ill at ease. One night he realizes what has been troubling him. While he has been frustrated that Aimee has not achieved complete closure concerning her relationship with James (his photos still hang in the cafe), Ian has not come to terms with his own troubled relationship with his parents. For years he has carried the guilt of believing that his actions cost his mother her freedom and tore their family apart. He's been completely estranged from his family for sixteen years and hasn't seen his mother for many more. He has no idea of her whereabouts and has sworn to himself that he will find her, but never made a concerted effort to search for her. As he leaves on assignment for the National Geographic feature, he knows that he must finally find his mother and make amends. But James turns up yet again with a message from the elusive psychic who has intervened in their lives before. Time is of the essence. The assignment will not wait, and the psychic has designated a date and time when she will be available to meet with him -- at his childhood home in Idaho. At stake are Ian's career trajectory and information that might at last bring him peace about his tumultuous childhood. Kerry Lonsdale reunites readers with Aimee, Ian, and James. As the story opens, James has fallen in love and settled in Kauai to raise his two sons, but returned to Northern California to tie up some old business. That includes delivering a message to Ian from Lacy, the would-be psychic who found him on the beach in Hawaii a month earlier and told him she knew someone who needed her help. Just as Ian is about to leave for Spain for the most important assignment of his career, forces seem to converge in an attempt to derail him. Aimee is tense, consumed with preparations to expand her successful business. But she is not devoted to the venture and questioning whether she has made the right decision. She is also bothered by the fact that Ian has not moved past her interaction with James months ago, despite her having explained it, apologized, and reassured Ian numerous times that she is devoted only to him and their family. Through narration from Ian as a young boy, Lonsdale reveals the details of his traumatic childhood with a frequently absent photographer father and his mother, Sarah, who struggled with mental illness. Lonsdale conducted research to understand and write about Sarah's condition from the perspective of her child. Ian became the de facto parent in the relationship, caring for and watching over his mother while simultaneously needing what every child needs -- a loving mother to nurture him. Lonsdale's writing is best in the chapters describing Ian's harrowing childhood.
tracygib More than 1 year ago
Kerry Lonsdale has impressed me again with the third in the Everything series, Everything We Give. In the first two novels, she explored a traumatizing and complicated relationship distorted by unusual circumstances, touching my heart in a way that no other series has. Her third (and final) book delves into one of the most loved characters entertwined into that very contorted relationship triangle. I turned every fascinating page entranced by the unfolding of Ian's present, past, and future life. Exploring a different aspect of the circle detailed for me what made Ian the impressive and authentic person that he portrayed in the first two novels. Ian, torn and confused by the dedicated love of his wife and her undying devotion to him while she unraveled years of pain and confusion in the first two books, is internally motivated to face the tragic events of his childhood and the adult life that has shaped the man he has become. It is not essential to read the first two in this series before starting this one, although I highly recommend reading the entire series in order to understand each character and angle. I encourage any reader who craves an unconventional love story with the perfect twist to start reading this book and series.
SairaM More than 1 year ago
This has been a wonderful series to read. Starting with the first book and up till now each story has been astounding. Everything We Give is a wonderful story with deeper meaning, this story has given me insight into real life issues of mental health, (The whole series has really done this wonderfully). I very much enjoyed reading about real life festivals that I had never heard of before, they are quite interesting. But of course the best part about this series is the characters, I have loved reading about these characters from the beginning with Everything we Keep to Everything we Left Behind and now Everything We Give. To watch these characters from when they have been broken to see them heal and to see them find love, it has been a wonderful journey. I can not wait to see what Kerry Lonsdale writes up next. This series is best read in order. I received this book through NetGalley. #NetGalley #EverythingWeGive:anovel
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Everything We Give is the third novel in Kerry Lonsdale’s Everything Series. Although each one of these books, can be read as a standalone, they are much more enjoyable, clearer, and richer, if they are read in order. Each novel builds upon the one prior. The first book is Aimee’s story, the second, James’s, and the third, Ian’s. I loved every book in this series, but I think book three is my favorite. Aimee was content. She had a wonderful husband, Ian, a successful business, and a beautiful daughter. Aimee thought she had moved on from her ex-fiancee, James, the man she thought was dead, but found out, was alive; living in Mexico, under the name of Carlos. When James showed up in her life again, Aimee’s unresolved buried emotions, surfaced. Ian is a professional photographer, and one of his dreams was about to come true. National Geographic was interested in his work. Ian wanted his wife, Aimee, to be the first to know about it. Aimee, however, was nowhere to be found. She was with James. Ian was afraid of losing his wife; every woman he’s ever loved has left him, including his own mother. His mother didn’t want him in her life anymore, or at least, that’s what his father told him. But, circumstances and people aren’t always what they first appear to be. Ian’s childhood was lonely and heartbreaking. He was an only child of a mentally ill mother and a traveling workaholic father. Ian’s mother suffered from Dissociative Identity Disorder. Ian felt responsible for his mother’s safety against her most dangerous alter personality, Jackie. When Jackie’s behavior finally landed Ian’s mom in jail, Ian blamed himself. He was led to believe that he was the cause of his mother’s worsening mental illness. Ian lived under a heavy weight of guilt for many years until he finally discovered the truth. Book three, Everything We Give is an engaging well-written novel, with developed and colorful characters, natural dialogue and an emotional but satisfying ending to the series. I read the book in one day because I couldn’t put it down. I absolutely loved this book. It’s bittersweet, heart-wrenching, touching, and thought-provoking. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
MY REVIEW OF “EVERYTHING WE GIVE” BY KERRY LONSDALE LAKE UNION PUBLISHING JULY 3, 2018 “Everything We Give” by Kerry Lonsdale is a captivating, intense, and intriguing novel. This is the third of a series, but can be read alone. The Genres for this story are Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, and Romance. The story is told in the present and goes to the past only when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. . Ian Collins is an award-winning photographer. He is married to the love of his love, Aimee and has an adorable young daughter Cathy. Ian has two important goals, one is to photograph for National Geographic and the other is to find out what has happened to his missing mother. There are deep secrets and twists and turns. Ian gets an opportunity to photograph what he loves for National Geographic, but certain situations can cause major problems for Ian and his family. Ian knows that he has to find his mother, and make peace with his estranged father. This search could be dangerous and cause Ian problems with his family. Some of the characters from the past are in this story. We see a visit from Aimee’s ex-fiance and Ian’s ex- significant other. I highly recommend this story for those readers who enjoy a suspenseful, mysterious story with tense twists and turns. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.