Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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.

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4 Stars

Definitely my favorite book in the series. Zach and Lark have both been through struggles in their life, although Lark's are much more recent. Zach does his best to help Lark work through her traumas, but eventually realizes that she needs more than can provide.

Zach worries throughout the book about his status with the Shipley family; he's always afraid of being tossed away, much like he was 4 years ago. He think he hides it well, but luckily one conversation initiated by Griffin sets Zach's mind at ease. Even so, Zach still struggles with what he wants to do with his future....other than having Lark at his side.

Lark is a genuinely likable character. She's trying to be strong and it's getting harder for her to hide her dilemma from those she cares about. She doesn't want to impose on anyone and feels like she's a burden to so many people.

Again, definitely my favorite book in the series, and I think a good end to this series. That being said, I really, really hope we get Zara's story in the future.

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