a new novel from leora krygier





When a water main bursts in rain-starved Los Angeles, Maddie and Aiden's worlds collide in a whirlpool of love and loss

 Do you believe in meant-to-be?



Destiny doesn’t factor into seventeen-year-old adoptee Maddie’s rational world, where numbers and scientific probability have always proven to be the only things she can count on as safe and reliable. But Maddie is also an artist who draws on her instincts and intuition to create the collages she makes from photographs and the castoff scraps she saves. When her brother falls in with a Los Angeles street gang, though, something happens to Maddie - she loses her ability to create art. 

   Then fate deals Maddie a card she can’t ignore: Aiden, a young filmmaker she meets when a water main bursts inside a camera store. Aiden is haunted by the death of his younger brother, and a life-changing decision he must now make - whether or not to keep his baby daughter. Caught in a whirlpool of love and loss, Maddie and Aiden find that art and numbers, a mission to save endangered whales, and a worn-out copy of Moby Dick all collide to heal and save them both.



What Readers are saying about KEEp HER


" Krygier's vivid, immersive prose ...a recommended read for creative romantics everywhere."

---School Library Journal

"Keep Her will engage fans of contemporary fiction. Fans of meant-to-be romance stories will not be disappointed."

---Voya Magazine

"Krygier writes like she knows the characters personally..I have never read a story as filled with passion and regret as this book."


"This vibrantly dazzling literary cocktail on the restorative powers of love will leave reader's hearts renewed."


“Leora Krygier weaves an eloquent story about two star-crossed lovers. I absolutely loved this heartbreaking but uplifting tale.”

--- Linda Schreyer, author of Tears and Tequila

“A riveting, complex tale of adventure and love. Maddie and Aiden, both unmoored by loss, make their way—together.”

--- Sarah Lamstein, author of Hunger Moon

A flood, a drought and saving endangered ocean animals are gently woven into Leora Krygier's new novel, Keep Her—a beautifully told tale of Maddie and Aiden, who discover themselves while navigating the magical world of meant-to-be love.”

--- Jackie Hirtz, co- author of Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush and New Girl on Salt Flat Road

"Krygier perfectly encapsulates all the emotional struggle that comes with losing a loved one - the guilt, the loss, the anger, the sadness. I really enjoyed reading Keep Her, and I think it's one book I would like to read again and again... it's the kind of book you would like to take your time over, while lying on the grass in the warm sunshine, unpicking and savoring emotions and secrets."

--- Marilyn Chin, The Salonniere's Apartments

"Leora Krygier is an artist, and words are her medium....Keep Her is a book that will draw you in with its wonderful story line, characters you will champion and cry with, and a new respect for how the classics, like Moby Dick, can still inspire us and touch our lives. Leora Krygier never disappoints."

--- Stephanie Corbett, Head of Circulation Services, Holmes County District Public Library, and Goodreads Reviewer

"An outstanding adventure about teenagers who heal through love and shared passions. Keep Her will leave you mesmerized until the last word is furiously devoured by your heart. Oh, and whale lovers, you'll want this one."

--- 12 Fall YA Novels to Obsess Over,, from our friends at Booksparks.

"Discussing topics such as environmental protection and adoption, Keep Her is a refreshingly honest read."

--- BuzzFeed

"This compelling fall book will have readers glued to the page and rooting for Maddie along the way."

---SheKnows, The Best Books written by Women you Need to Read This Fall.









Inspired by the true story of a 2008 Greenpeace mission to save whales in the Southern Ocean.