Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Keepsake by Kristina Riggle - 5 star Review!

Happy Tuesday!

TLC Book Tours presents:

Welcome to my stop at Keepsake blog tour! This tour is organized by TLC Book Tours and by the author Kristina Riggle. My stop includes a review and some information about the author and the book. Enjoy!

Author: Kristina Riggle

Title: Keepsake
Release date: 26th of June 2012
Published by: HarperCollinsPublishers
Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Literary
URL: http://www.kristinariggle.net/
Pages/Size: 384 pages in Paperback ARC
Source: Received from TLC Book Tours and from the author for blog tour


From the critically acclaimed author of Real Life & Liars and Things We Didn't Say comes a timely and provocative novel that asks: What happens when the things we own become more important than the people we love?

Trish isn't perfect. She's divorced and raising two kids—so of course her house isn't pristine. But she's got all the important things right and she's convinced herself that she has it all under control. That is, until the day her youngest son gets hurt and Child Protective Services comes calling. It's at that moment when Trish is forced to consider the one thing she's always hoped wasn't true: that she's living out her mother's life as a compulsive hoarder.

The last person Trish ever wanted to turn to for help is her sister, Mary—meticulous, perfect Mary, whose house is always spotless . . . and who moved away from their mother to live somewhere else, just like Trish's oldest child has. But now, working together to get Trish's disaster of a home into livable shape, two very different sisters are about to uncover more than just piles of junk, as years of secrets, resentments, obsessions, and pain are finally brought into the light.

My review:

I would like to start with the book cover. It's beautiful! If I wouldn't know what the book is about, then deciding only from the cover of the book you expect the content to be something else. It's a classy picture to put on a book which is about hoarding. Slightly misleading on the first sight, but elegant cover in my opinion.

Keepsake by Kristina Riggle is a wonderful book about family ties and relationships, different disorders people are struggling with, about pain, hope and love. Keepsake is a well written novel which is easy to read and it touches topics which many people are familiar with. Keepsake touches your heart deeply.

Regarding the plot:

Reader meets Trish whose life seems to be working fine, at least to herself. Trish is a divorced mother of two kids and she has built her own world where she feels safe and comfortable. Her world is highly influenced by hoarding, she gathers absolutely everything from everywhere and has surrounded herself with things she will never need. But it offers her safety and comfort and an illusion of that she is fine and her family is fine.

Until one day, Trish's son is hurt and Child Protective Services is behind her door wanting to take her kid away. One of the reasons is hoarding. So Trish needs to change her life and give up hoarding which seems unreachable target for her because giving something away is very painful for her. Being a compulsive hoarder, she needs to get help. If not, she will have to face tragical results.

Trish has a sister - Mary. Mary is everything, Trish is not, but also Mary has her hard challenges. She is suffering from the compulsive cleaning disorder.

Trish and Mary need to work together to get Trish out of her problems and as the result you have a fascinating story - Keepsake -  about two sisters who are two very different outcomes of a dysfunctional family.

I loved the story! I wasn't very familiar with hoarding before reading the book. I cannot even comprehend what the living of a hoarder would look like in reality, but that problem of mine was very detailed explained in Keepsake. I think Kristina Riggle did a wonderful work to visually show what a home of a hoarder would be. Author also did a brilliant job with the characters.

Regarding the characters:

I felt sorry for Trish. Her hoarding disorder was not understandable for me, but since the author put so many efforts to Trish, showing what she thought and how her world was functioning, she made her inner struggles so clear that Trish was believable for me. She seemed so real with her problems and challenges and that made her lovable character for me. I have to admit, that I am very far from her personality myself, but yet, I truly enjoyed her. I think there was an fascinating depth in her.

Mary was the opposite of Trish. While reading the book I found myself thinking that what an useful disorder to have -the house would always be cleaned and pristine, but as the story develops you see and realize how much it has damaged Mary. None of the extremes are admirable.

The best part of the story was how the relationship between Trish and Mary developed. It was strong, complicated and heart-wrenching. Well done from the author side!


Keepsake by Kristina Riggle is a great novel! I would highly recommend it! It is easy to read, it creates emotions and pulls you in! It shows you the colorfulness of humanity and it gives hope! Loved it!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.

Thanks goes to TLC Book Tours and to the author for providing me with the review copy!

Buy links:

Barnes and Noble
Book Depository

About the author:

Kristina Riggle lives and writes in West Michigan. Her debut novel, Real Life & Liars, was praised by Publishers Weekly for its "humorous and humane storytelling" and by Booklist as "a moving and accomplished first novel." The book was a Target "Breakout" pick and a "Great Lakes, Great Reads" selection by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association. The Life You've Imagined was honored as an "IndieNext Notable" book by independent booksellers.

Her latest novel, Keepsake, is about a hoarder and her estranged sister reluctantly united to clean out the hoarded home to keep Child Protective Services at bay, and much more than junk is uncovered.

Kristina has published short stories in the Cimarron Review, Literary Mama, Espresso Fiction, and elsewhere. She is also a freelance journalist writing primarily for The Grand Rapids Press, and co-editor for fiction at Literary Mama. Kristina was a full-time newspaper reporter for seven years before turning her attention to creative writing and freelancing. As well as writing, she enjoys reading, yoga, dabbling in (very) amateur musical theatre, and spending lots of time with her husband, two kids and dog.

You can find Kristina on the following places:


Details about the blog tour:

You can find the links and information about the blog tour here: http://tlcbooktours.com/2012/05/kristina-riggle-author-of-keepsake-on-tour-junejuly-2012/

Tuesday, June 26th: Kritters Ramblings

Wednesday, June 27th: a novel toybox
Thursday, June 28th: Sarah Reads Too Much
Friday, June 29th: Luxury Reading
Monday, July 2nd: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, July 3rd: Me and Reading
Wednesday, July 4th: Life is Short. Read Fast.
Thursday, July 5th: A Cozy Reader’s Corner
Tuesday, July 10th: Life In Review
Wednesday, July 11th: Proud Book Nerd
Thursday, July 12th: Peeking Between the Pages
Friday, July 13th: The House of the Seven Tails
Monday, July 16th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Kristina Riggle will discuss Keepsake on Book Club Girl on Air on Wednesday, July 25 at 7 pm ET.

Happy reading!

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you loved it! I can't imagine what it must be like to have to struggle with hoarding. It seems like having the threat of your child taken away would make you change, but it's never that easy.

    Thanks for being on the tour!