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The People We Keep

When we think of the word family our brains automatically might think blood relatives, DNA, and who is on our birth certificates. But family doesn’t have to be those things. Family can be how you define it. I know this very well as a military family. Sometimes family is the people we meet along the way. “The People We Keep”


Title: The People We Keep

Author: Alison Larkin

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: Historical Fiction (90s I know 🙄)

April’s father may of had a winning poker hand that won them the motorhome they call home, but April’s hand in life has been shit. So, one day she “borrows” a neighbor’s car to preform at an open mic night and realizes her life can be so much more than the little town of Little River, New York. After a fight with her dad, April sets out on a journey to find a life that’s all hers.

April has no destinations in mind, only to survive. But April’s been hurt so many times that she’s so afraid to let people in. She’s afraid she’ll hurt people the way she’s been hurt.

April finds healing in her music and writing lyrics. She writes songs about the world and people who feel like home. Will she finally discover that where you came from doesn’t have to dictate who you will become?

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What a beautiful late coming-of-age story. I just wanted to give April a big giant hug throughout most of the book! While, at times some of her decision making was frustrating I was always in her corner rooting for her throughout this entire story. I ended up listening to this one on audio and Julia Whelan narrates and she’s the best! #goat

This was an August pick for #mommaleighellensbookclub and we had a wonderful chat and zoom with the author! Find us on @instagram if you want to join in any future monthly book club picks!

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