Published by Self Published on October 25th 2016
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Source: Nina Bocci
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.
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Book Review: 5 stars
Oh my goodness! My poor heart has to recover now… What a beautiful book. So tender and beautiful, so heartfelt and passionate. Whereas the plot was totally different, I would compare the emotional level to “Archer’s Voice” – yes, I just went there and did that.
This was the third book in the “True North Series” by Sarina Bowen. Her books are always a true feast for my emotions, because they are really realistic and tender but strong at the same time. I have no better words to describe them. She created a whole little world with these characters. It feels for me, as if I’m reading about friends. And that’s something only a few authors can do for me.
In “Keepsake”, Sarina Bowen created two characters, who were so flawed and broken but stronger than anyone I know at the same time. Most of all Zach, the male MC. He stole my heart with his pure goodness and his big heart of gold. Simply amazing, I wouldn’t change a single thing.
Yes, I have really no complaint here. Believe it or not, but I can only say good things in this review. Drum roll, please LOL All in all, I rate “Keepsake” with 5 stars and can recommend it wholeheartedly. But even though you can read each book as a standalone, I would highly recommend to start this series with “Bittersweet”, because of the characters and the whole scenery. You won’t regret it.