keepsakeTitle: Keepsake (True North #3)
Author: Sarina Bowen
Genres: New AdultRomance
Release Day: October 25th 2016
ARC was kindly provided from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Lark Wainwright used to be fearless. But her recent overseas adventure was one too many. Now she’s home and in one piece. 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.

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.

3 stars! 

“You can be my problem anytime.”

So sweet! Keepsake is the kind of book that you read in a warm day, a book that keeps you company and makes you feel nice afterwards despite the few dark elements of the story. In order to fully enjoy this I recommend you read the previous two books although it can be read as a standalone but there are a few inside stuff you might miss otherwise.

This book is about Zach and I’ve been so curious about him since I started this series. Zach is a survivor who escaped a polygamist cult and found shelter on the Shipley’s farm; he’s a low-key guy, keeps to himself, and he’s a reader – he makes so many Harry Potter references, which I loved.

“Once in a while some well-meaning person in my life would point out that after living the first nineteen years of my life on a dusty property in Wyoming, I still rarely left the farm. But they were wrong. I’d been to Middle Earth and Hogwarts and Dickensian London all in the past month or so.”

Lark is a survivor as well, she had an overseas adventure gone wrong – won’t spoil but holy wow – and now she, too, is looking for some down time at the farm. Only problem is, her nightmares. She has awful vivid nightmares and Zach is there to wake her up at night and comfort her.

Unlike the other two books I didn’t feel the same connection with the characters and the romance didn’t really captivated me, but it was such a sweet book with so many adorable moments between the two and Bowen’s usual vivid writing with all the farm details I expected and the little humoristic pieces between the characters.

other books in the series

bittersweet steadfast


4 thoughts on “Keepsake by Sarina Bowen”

  1. I have Bittersweet on my TBR but haven’t got to it yet (haven’t even downloaded it yet, actually – need to do that soon). I just recently read the synopsis of this one and thought it sounded so good. Even though it can technically be read as a stand alone I think I’d rather read all three in order – get the full effect. It’s too bad you didn’t feel as connected to the characters here as you did in the others but it still sounds like such a good read.
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