Book Review: Keepsake by Sarina Bowen

Keepsake

Title: Keepsake (True North #3)
Author: @SarinaBowen
Reviewer: Michelle @Michelle6803
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 326 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis

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.

Michelle

The third book in the True North series can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend you read Bittersweet and Steadfast as well.  This is Zach’s story, so if you have read the other two, you already know about Zach.  I, for one, could not wait for his story to unfold.

For those who haven’t read the other two, Zach has been working for Shipley Farms for four years after escaping Wyoming and the polygamist cult he grew up in.  Did I mention he’s also a 24-year-old virgin?  He doesn’t get sarcasm or double entendres.

Lark Wainwright is May Shipley’s best friend and came to Vermont to visit and work at the Shipley farm.  She had a very harrowing and traumatic experience when she was working for her non-profit company in Guatemala.  She needed to get away from Boston, away from her very concerned parents, doctors and most of her nightmares.  Lark and Zach are paired off to work the farmer’s market and a budding friendship turns romantic.

Oh Zach, how much did I adore him.  Whenever he would hear Lark cry out at night, he would make sure to comfort her and tell her she was safe.  These two are polar opposites, but Sarina Bowen makes it work.  Although not known to be a talker, Zach tells Lark about his time in the cult and the horrible treatment he suffered, in the hopes of getting her to open up to him.  Lark doesn’t like going back to that dark time in Guatemala.  You begin to wonder … can two lost souls really find comfort with each other?

The book in writing in alternating POVs which I always love and as mentioned their friendship does lead to romance, but you cannot help to wonder if Zach can save Lark from her demons.  Out of all the three True North books, this one was a little more emotional, you’re rooting for Zach and Lark as a couple.  Zach who really hasn’t known about what true love is, he really is all in when it comes to Lark.

I love seeing the other characters from the other two books.  Shipley Farms is a place to pick apples and get some good home cooked meals and a way to escape everyday life.  So take a leisurely stroll through Vermont in your reading world.  Sarina Bowen is one of those one-click authors that you need to add to your TBR.  She’s a great story teller and makes you want to book a trip to Vermont.

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review.

PURCHASE LINKS:
Book 1, Bittersweet:  Amazon US – Amazon UK – iTunes

Book 2, Steadfast: Amazon US – Amazon UK – iTunes

Book 3, Keepsake: Amazon USAmazon UKiTunes

Goodreads

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