Keepsake (True North, 3)
by Sarina Bowen
Release Date: October 25, 2016
5 SWEET CROWNS
With Keepsake, Sarina Bowen has created another smash hit in the True North series. Zach and Lark’s story is one of sweet romance and healing, and I loved every single minute of their journey.
One of the aspects of this novel that made me fall in love with the story is the characters. Zach is unlike any character I have encountered in a long time. He is introverted, a hard worker, and a virgin, but underneath these surface level observations, he is a man still struggling with atrocities committed against him in the past that still affect his psyche. His insecurities, as a result of his past, make the reader’s heart ache for him, and we fall in love with him because through it all he is the kindest, sweetest, and most honorable hero I may have ever encountered. Just as lovable is Lark. She, like Zach, is suffering from a tumultuous experience in Guatemala, and she is trying to find her way back to who she was before the traumatic event. Unlike Zach, she is a “wild child.” Lark exudes a love of life and experiences, and it radiates off of her and is infectious. These two together balance each other out, and their relationship, even with their steamy scenes, exhibits love in its purest and most romantic form.
The Shipley clan, as always, is completely entertaining. Not only do they provide comedic relief in the story, but they also serve as an impetus for the plot, and ,boy, does Sarina Bowen drop some unexpected pieces of information to intrigue the reader and make me desperate for more from the True North series.
As always, with every Sarina Bowen book, the writing is absolutely impeccable. The way in which she constructs her stories draws the reader in and doesn’t let them go. The characters she thinks up are always endearing, leaving the reader no choice but to invest in them and the resolution to their story. And, particularly in this series, the setting and the integration of farming and the orchard peaks the interest of the reader. Finally, her writing style is among the best I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Her words are so vivid and descriptive that the images fly off the pages into my head, and I am become immersed in the worlds she creates, never wanting to leave.
Keepsake is another fantastic book, a must read, and absolutely perfect for a fall weekend escape. So grab your apple cider, get a blanket, and take in the changing colors of the leaves as you devour this beautiful story of the love and its ability to heal.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
There’s a first time for everything.
Lark Wainwright used to be fearless. Her life was a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her recent overseas adventure was one too many. Now she’s home and in one piece. Mostly. But her nights are filled with terror.
When her best friend offers her a stay at the orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps at the chance to spend fall in Vermont. But her nightmares don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of the Shipley Farm to soothe her when her dreams prove too much.
Zachariah is a survivor, too. It’s been four years since he was tossed aside by the polygamist cult where he grew up. He’s found a peaceful existence on the Shipley’s farm, picking apples and fixing machinery. But getting thrown away by your own people at nineteen leaves a mark on a guy. He doesn’t always know what to make of a world where movie quotes are the primary means of communication. Before hitchhiking to Vermont, he’d never watched TV or spoken on the phone.
Actually, there are a lot of things he’s never done.
Zach and Lark slowly grow to trust one another. One night they become even closer than they’d planned. But Lark may still be too broken to trust anyone. When she pushes Zach away, he will have to prove to himself that he’s good for much more than farm labor.
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About the Author:
Her Ivy Years and Brooklyn Bruisers books are hockey romance novels. These two connected series began breaking hearts in 2014 with The Year We Fell Down. See http://www.sarinabowen.com for updates.
HIM and US are the bestselling, hockey LGBT novels co-written with Elle Kennedy. HIM is also a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award.
For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.
Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.
She would be honored to connect with you at http://www.sarinabowen.com.