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In this richly emotional novel, 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.

Intricate and beautifully written, The Pieces We Keep illuminates those moments when life asks us to reach beyond what we know and embrace what was once unthinkable. Deftly weaving together past and present, herein lies a story that is at once poignant and thought-provoking, and as unpredictable as the human heart.

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"Gripped me from the first page and didn't let go." Alyson Richman, bestselling author of The Lost Wife

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"The past collides with the present in this sensitive and multilayered story where the discovery of long-held family secrets leads to healing. The contemporary twist will be a treat for fans of World War II historical fiction." Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Me and Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

About the Author

Kristina McMorris is an award-winning author and graduate of Pepperdine University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons.

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Kennyspen, December 16, 2013 (view all comments by Kennyspen)
The Pieces We Keep is McMorris’ third novel and, I believe, her best so far. It has the elements I loved about her previous books ��" WWII setting, unconventional love story, gorgeous prose, and a bittersweet conclusion. It would have been simple to stick with a formula that has proven to work in the past. Instead, McMorris challenged herself (and her readers) by taking two seemingly unrelated story lines, one present day and one from WWII, and presenting them in alternating chapters. A careful reader will soon have theories about who is haunting Jack and why, but the puzzle is so cleverly unraveled that I doubt anyone will have all the pieces in place before the end.
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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, December 11, 2013 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
It’s been two years since Audra’s husband died, but she can’t let go of her grief and move on. Especially now that her seven-year-old son Jack is having night terrors and difficulty at school. In a chance encounter, she meets Sean, a combat veteran whose story and family history may lead to clues that will help Jack.

Decades before, during the turbulent times of World War II, Vivian is torn between two men: Isaak, who is trapped in Germany with the outbreak of war, and Gene, the brother of her long-time friend. Wartime separations and reunions complicate matters as she struggles with understanding her own heart.

The Pieces We Keep by Kristina McMorris follows the stories of both women, whose lives are intertwined in unexpected ways even though there is no obvious link. McMorris weaves in fascinating historical details while crafting a story that unveils clues of the connection as it goes along. When long hidden family secrets are at last unveiled, they bring the novel to a satisfying end.

Book clubs reading The Pieces We Keep will find topics for rich discussion, including the emotional bond between parents and children, the meaning of love and marriage at different times in history, spiritual beliefs about life after death, and the role family secrets can play in our lives.

The author gave me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Kim Bullock, November 14, 2013 (view all comments by Kim Bullock)
The Pieces We Keep is McMorris’ third novel and, I believe, her best so far. It has the elements I loved about her previous books ��" WWII setting, unconventional love story, gorgeous prose, and a bittersweet conclusion. It would have been simple to stick with a formula that has proven to work in the past. Instead, McMorris challenged herself (and her readers) by taking two seemingly unrelated story lines, one present day and one from WWII, and presenting them in alternating chapters. A careful reader will soon have theories about who is haunting Jack and why, but the puzzle is so cleverly unraveled that I doubt anyone will have all the pieces in place before the end.

I imagine a lot readers will reach the end much faster than they anticipate. There is simply no good place to set the book down. Each chapter ending left me feeling as though my toes hung over a virtual cliff and that I’d be forced to look down until I found out what happened. Of course, because the chapters alternated time periods, this meant I must read through another whole chapter before I could find out. Skipping ahead was not an option.

History buffs will enjoy reading about little-known WWII tidbits such as German saboteurs in America. The romance and mystery elements should have wide appeal. Books clubs will have several controversial issues to discuss and debate.

The Pieces We Keep is sure to touch an especially deep nerve for parents of “old soul” children. Jack’s fear of flying reminded me of my own daughter’s fear of bridges and storms. She’s been terrified of both since toddlerhood and it’s to such a marked degree that I’ve wondered if she’s having some sort of premonition. I had not considered the possibility of it being a memory before, but find that theory much more comforting.

There’s something for everyone in this book. I highly recommend it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780758281166
Author:
McMorris, Kristina
Publisher:
Kensington
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20131126
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.01 lb

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