Also by this author: Bittersweet (True North, #1)
Keepsake (True North, #3) by Sarina Bowen
on October 25, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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There's a first time for everything.
Lark Wainright 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.
Keepsake can be read as a standalone but it is the third book in the True North Series by Sarina Bowen. We first meet our Hero, Zach in the first book, Bittersweet. While you certainly can read this without the others, I recommend reading the first books because you really start to itch for more of Zach’s story as soon as you meet him.
Zach has been at the Shipley farm for the past four years. He showed up in Vermont after being cast away from the cult that he grew up in. He’s had to completely learn a new way of life over the past four years but he’s been very happy. He’s always been a pretty quiet guy who stays out of trouble and is one of the hardest working and loyal employees anyone could ask for. Despite the fact of never being with a woman, he really hasn’t had the urge since he’s been in the real world. Until Lark shows up in his life. Briefly a few years back but now more permanently and he wants everything to do with her.
Lark has always been the venturous one. She’s May Shipley’s best friend from college and has always loved the Shipley family. When her adventurous side takes her to Guatemala, things quickly turn bad, causing her to have nightmares and difficulty with specific situations. While trying to recover from the horrific events that happened to her, she ends up at the Shipley farm for some much needed quiet and good ole farm work. What Lark didn’t know, was how desperate she was for comfort and she found it in the one person you wouldn’t expect. Zach. Their relationship quickly turns into comfort and ease and the two start to fall for each other. However, Lark has always been a wander. Will she recover and move on to her next adventure or will Zach be able to tame the wild girl and keep her with him forever?
So I’ve always wanted to know more about Zach. He’s been the quiet boy that that everyone teased but he has the most beautiful soul. He’s so loyal and hardworking. His background keeps him humble and he’s grateful for everything in his life. He’s just the overall nice guy that everyone wants to be around. I couldn’t wait to find out more about him and watch him fall in love with someone. I feel like everyone needs a Zach in their life.
Lark was a little harder for me to connect to. I really can’t pinpoint it. Sometimes I just felt like she was was too clueless. I did like her snark and how easily she could roll with the boys at the farm. How she liked to be just like the boys and do just as much work and joking around as they could.
There were a couple of side stories here that I feel like are being developed for future books and I’m looking forward to seeing where Sarina takes them. Especially with May. She’s dealing with more than we know and I really want to see how her story plays out.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. If you are looking for a humble, down to earth lovable hero, then Zach and this book is what you need.