Review: KEEPSAKE by Sarina Bowen


Sarina Bowen

Series: True North #3
Genre: Romance, New Adult
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Pages: 326
Release date: October 25th 2016

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.

“Everywhere I look I see miracles.”

Keepsake is sweet. There is no other word to describe it. It’s the perfect installment to a series that’s become dear to my heart. It brings more of the funny dialogue we love so much, the hope during dark times, the wonderful set of characters, and the most adorable couple.

Sarina Bowen continues to win my heart with her great writing. This book still deals with some heavy themes, but it’s still so incredibly hopeful that I couldn’t help but smile throughout most of it. There is also more of the Shipleys, which is always a bonus!

For the third time, I read this in one sitting. I couldn’t help it. Zach has been my favorite character since I read Bittersweet, and I just had to know his story. Once again, I’m happy to say this novel grasps your attention right from the first chapter. The conflicts and struggles continue to be grounded, which is one of the things I appreciate a lot in this series. There is no unnecessary drama!

This is another novel told in dual POV. We finally get to read about what goes on in Zach’s head! Let me tell you, he is absolutely wonderful. His and Lark’s stories can get pretty dark at times, but their humor and hope shines through every line. Theirs is a story about recovering and finding their place in the world, and it’s amazing to go on that journey with them.

This awesome set of characters continue to make spaces for themselves in my heart. The character development is great, and doesn’t focus only on Zach and Lark. Everyone changes and grows as the story progresses, and we get little glimpses of everyone’s lives. There’s also a lot more of the Shipley family, and it’s great to see Zach’s perspective on them.

There are shifts in the timeline from past to present again. This time I found them to be executed pretty well. They don’t interrupt the pace and flow of the story, and give important insight into what Lark is going through. It’s pretty hard to read at times, though, but still enjoyable.

In the end, Keepsake is my favorite book in this adorable series. It brings back the sweetness from the first book, but still tugs at your heartstrings. It’s a very fast and funny read, and serves as the perfect ending. Highly recommend it to all Romance fans, for the third time!




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