Tuesday, October 25, 2016

5 STAR REVIEW... KEEPSAKE by Sarina Bowen

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.

This Book Nerd Says: 

Oh good gracious where do I begin?!
I love (read LOVE) me a beta guy... and I knew Zach was about to steal my heart from the moment he appeared in Bittersweet. I wasn't disappointed at all. 

Lark comes to Shipley Farms looking for solace and shelter. Her usual adventurous spirit is wounded but not broken (because Sarina always writes some seriously strong and fantastic female heroines) and is drawn to Zach. 
Now if you're familiar with the preceding books in the series you know we were privy to some basic history when it comes to Zach... it was enough to make my heart call out for his book. This book. I quickly found myself more enraptured with him. His life is the furthest thing from easy yet his heart is so sweet and sensitive. 
I'm not going to lie Zach is my favorite person in this entire series... yeah he's that incredible. 

For me the story builds gradually and gives us time to see the natural pull of chemistry between Lark and Zach. Lark has some things going on that kept me guessing and ready for answers but nothing was ever too much or not enough. The balance of angst, love, resolution, and connection all works together to give us yet another five star book to this series.


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