Friday, February 24, 2017

Review: Keepsake by Sarina Bowen


Series: True North Book #3
Format: Ebook
Rating: 5 Stars
How I Got It: Purchased
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self-Published

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads

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 Shippley 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 went in thinking this would be my favorite in the series. It might be, but I'm very conflicted. THe series is unified but each book has it's own tone. The first one is very fun and sexy. The second is filled with so much heart-wrenching emotion. And this one is kind of a combination, but also shows how great human beings can be. I can easily see myself reaching for any of them when my emotions demand it.

Zach is just amazing. He was everything I expected and so much more. This is how you write a complex and multi-dimensional character. And I love him. He's basically my catnip.

Lark has my catnip all over her too. She's dealing with some PTSD which is always interesting to read. She's also sex-positive and a good friend. I shouldn't be surprised, she's a Sarina Bowen heroine after all. I connected with her so easily.

I've really loved this series and the Shippleys of course. I would be so happy if there were more books or a spinoff series just for them.

Thanks for reading!

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