Keepsake – Sarina Bowen
Meet the Author:
Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of New England.
With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of the RITA award winning HIM, and its sequel, US, as well as the WAGs novels.
Sarina also has a new Vermont contemporary romance series, True North. She’s also unrolled new hockey novels from Penguin Berkley including Rookie Move.
Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.
True North Series
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
I’ve been a HUGE admirer of Sarina Bowen‘s work. It started with the The Ivy Years, continued with her first collaboration series Him, and from there on transferred to True North and WAGs. Each of these series has been different, captivating and addicting.
I finally got around to read Keepsake (True North, #3) when I received the audiobook from my library. I love listening to audiobooks and Keepsake was a treat and a pleasure from beginning to end.
The entire True North series has been a wonderful and unique experience. Bittersweet (True North, #1) made me fall in love with the rugged men in rural Vermont. Their charming down-to-earth personality were enchanting and so very attractive to me. In an ocean of alphas, hotholes tycoons, billionaires, jocks – regular farmers that made my heart swoon were a sight for sore eyes and ears.
I honestly ADORE authors that go against the grain. Writers that write outside the box, outside the trend, and most of all who write characters that are like you and me.
Keepsake was perfect in it’s pace and voice.
It was finally time to read Zachariah’s story. He had been a part of the Shipley family and the True North series from the very beginning. Zach, wowed me with his quiet but charming personality. His approachable and humble demeanor was easy to fall in love with. He was an utter delight.
Lark, turned out to be a great match for Zach. Even though she carried a big secret with her and struggled with the consequences day and night, her time with Zach was heart-warming and healing in the best of ways. Lark had a long way to go until she was ready for anything lasting. But neither Zach or Lark were willing to give up. Especially Zach, he was the epitome of steady and a man that Lark could lean on even in her darkest hours.
I truly loved the way the author set the pace of this book. Any other way would have felt rushed. Honestly the last 1/4 of the book was my favorite. It was touching, deeply emotional and satisfying.
I can’t wait to read more about the Shipley’s. Thank you Sarina Bowen for creating such a large and loving family. 😀