Review: KEEPSAKE by Sarina Bowen @sarinabowen

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Review: KEEPSAKE by Sarina Bowen @sarinabowenKeepsake by Sarina Bowen
Series: True North #3
Published by: Rennie Road Books
on October 25, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.

my thoughts

An absolute no-brainer right here! I knew I would love it and I did! I loved it even more than the last one, if that’s even possible! The True North Series has become one of my absolute favorites and these characters are just EVERYTHING to me! Sarina Bowen gives us, yet another UNPUTDOWNABLE romance, that will tear at your heart and mend your soul…a romance that will leave you with such a great sense of hope and wonder…a romance that you will not soon forget. Epic, incredible, beautiful from the very first page.

“I’m so sick of being afraid.” she whispered.

“You don’t have to be anymore.” Her hand was still in mine, and I gave it one more squeeze. “If anyone wants to get you, they’ll have to go through me.”

OMG! Zach and Lark’s story was just as beautiful and heart wrenching as could be. A once fearless girl has lost all sense of adventure when tragedy strikes. Needing to get away, she takes up her best friend’s offer and heads to Vermont where she helps out at Shipley Farm. She knew he would be there, and yet the sight of him brings out something hopeful in her.

Zachariah is one of the most dedicated and hardworking men on the farm. Being pushed out of his home years ago, has put him in survival mode. Fearful that he will be pushed out once again, he works harder than ever to make himself invaluable, but he knows it’s coming. He’s not really family, and there is only so much work that can be done. Then he sees her, and hope is brought back into his life. He will do anything to make her smile, to chase away her demons, but will that be enough? When Lark and Zach collide, it’s magic, but it also shatters both of them. Together AND apart, they must work to pick up the pieces to become whole again. Only then, will they be prepared for the love that will surround them both.

“I want you for my very own.”

KEEPSAKE is the type of heartbreaking and beautiful romance that will hurt your heart, and yet, it will make your heart so full. It’s bursting with so much hope and love, you won’t be able to turn away. This can be read as a standalone, but WOW, this entire series is a CAN’T MISS! Believe me, you will fall in love with all of these characters instantly!


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About Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance from Vermont’s Green Mountains. (Her ancestors began logging and farming Vermont during the 18th century. These were rugged, outdoor types without benefit of a laptop or a good latte. It boggles the mind.)

Sarina enjoys skiing, skating and good food. She lives in Windsor County, Vermont, with her family, eight chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

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