REVIEW – KEEPSAKE (True North #3) by Sarina Bowen

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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.

*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Zachariah Holtz is a gorgeous sweet guy that has an innocence about him. He grew up sheltered on a religious compound at a big ranch in Wyoming that was like a cult. When he was 19 they threw him out of the only home he’d ever known. It was a shock to be alone & on his own. He makes his way to Tuxbury, Vermont & slowly builds a life for himself. It’s been four years, & Zach now lives with the Shipley’s on the Shipley Farm. He works hard & is trying to live a normal life. He is a 24-year-old virgin who keeps to himself since he was taught touching was bad & shameful. When a woman he met once before named Lark Wainright shows up to stay at the Shipley’s, Zach gets flustered. She’s gorgeous & makes him feel desires that make him question his celibacy.

Lark is from Boston. She went to college with May Shipley, & when May invites her to come stay with her family for the rest of the harvest season Lark jumps at the opportunity to escape the watchful eye of her overprotective parents. Lark was kidnapped while working in Guatemala, & went through a traumatic ordeal. Desperate to get away & feel normal again, she hopes spending time with her best friend will bring back her sanity. Vermont could be her salvation.

Since returning four weeks ago, Lark has been having nightmares, & doesn’t know if she’ll ever be the same fearless person she used to be. She’s sleeping in a room at the Shipley’s bunkhouse & keeping busy working on the farm. When she finds herself paired up with Zach to work the farmers market she suddenly has a lot of alone time with this mysterious beautiful guy. He’s easy company & gives her a sense of comfort.

-Zachariah was a thing of beauty.

-Chemistry was something I hadn’t felt in a long time. It was even nicer than I remembered.

-Lark was the most enchanting woman I’d ever met.

-There was no part of her that didn’t make my eyes want to linger.

During Lark’s time at the farm, Zach becomes her safe place & they grow extremely close. She can be herself & doesn’t have to pretend to be ok when they’re together. Things turn intimate & holy hell is it hot! Zach is so delicious!!! He’s never felt so much for another person & falls hard for Lark. His love helps to heal all her broken pieces & makes her feel whole again.

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