Book 3, True North
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A new stand-alone novel in Sarina Bowen’s True North series…
Lark Wainright used to be fearless. She led her life as a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her last overseas adventure was one too many. She’s safe now, but her family is still consumed with worry and 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 into her little car and heads to Vermont. But her night terrors 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. He’s good with animals, and he’s good with his hands. 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 more than farm labor.
"Fantastic." -USA Today
"This is a top series for me!" -Shh Mom's Reading
"Utterly fantastic. Well-written romance that runs the full gamut of emotions. Oh, and did I mention steamy? This series has it all." -Red Hot & Blue Reads
Keepsake by Sarina Bowen
And so we return to Shipley Farm for this third installment of Sarina Bowen's True North series. I love everything about this series and I have been oh so eagerly awaiting Zachariah's story and I have not been left wanting.
This book was beautiful and perfection, much like Zach. It's been four years since Zach was kicked out from the polygamist cult he grew up and hitchhiked his way to Vermont where he now works for the Shipley's. He keeps his head down, works damn hard, needs to know he's loved and needed, and just wants to belong. He felt an instant attraction the first time he heard Lark laugh (seriously, he's a unicorn) and now that she's back at the farm for the fall, he's not sure he can resist her and hold on to his virtue.
Lark has moved to Vermont to work at her best friends farm and also to escape from well-meaning but overbearing parents. She isn't coping with her harrowing ordeal that took place in Guatemala and is hoping some mindless work will let allow her some rest and wash away the memories. What she isn't counting on is finding comfort in the arms of the sexy blond farmhand.
The story of Zach and Lark is not an easy one. They both have a past that has shaped them and brought them to where they are now. Their road isn't not paved with gold and pixie dust or the aforementioned unicorns. It is, however, a raw and gritty love story that swamps you with an abundance of feelings. So many times I had chuckles and tears and almost every emotion in between and I loved every one of them. Bowen knows how to rip out your heart and then lovingly stitch it back together and she's a firm favorite of mine. If this lady has written a bad book, I've yet to read it. Keepsake is yet another five star read for me from Bowen and I hope she never stops. Im keeping my fingers crossed that there will be more to this series because I'm not ready to say goodbye to the Shipley clan! I absolutely recommend this standalone and series to all.
*arc received in exchange for honest review.
**Reviewed by Melinda for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.
True North - Keepsake
I loved this series, but this book - it made me cry. I’m so glad Sabrina Bowen wrote this book for me to read. Read the series and I hope you find that one of these lovely stories speaks to you too.