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- Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC (25 October 2016)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M59TSH3
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Keepsake (True North Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance, including the Ivy Years, Gravity, and Brooklyn Bruisers series, as well as two series of new-adult fiction.
Read by Erin Spencer, Kyla Garcia, Caitlin Davies, Amy Landon, and Soneela Nankani
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The two young leads both have a lot to deal with. Lark, May's best friend has been through a really traumatic experience while working in Columbia, she escapes her parents overbearing coddling and goes to help out on the Shipley farm.
Zachariah has been working for Griffin for a couple of years, he has had a really tough and unusual up bringing, being part of a polygamist cult, who eventually tossed him out and left him to fend for himself.
I adored Zach in the previous books and knew his story would be awesome. It was really wonderful getting inside his head to see his opinions and thoughts.
This was just a great story between two young adults being the balm each other needed, finding a real connection and a way through trauma to the other side. Love the True North series! And the audio's are excellent!
This 3rd book in the True North series is a bit deeper and darker than the first two. There is still plenty of fun and laughter and playful ribbing going on, but Lark and Zach's pasts are not all rainbows and lollipops.
I adore them both - especially the little twist in their tale. Two broken souls searching for happiness... and perhaps finding it in each other.
I adore everyone and everything about the Shipley Farm. I love that blood is not the only thing that makes you family with them. They are amassing a great big extended family around them, and their hearts just get bigger with each addition..
Plus, who wouldn't want to hang out there with all those hotties? Semi-naked apple picking anyone?
Keepsake is a beautiful, sweet, sexy story full of sadness and happiness, light and dark. I loved being taken on the journey with Lark and Zach as they search for their HEA.
Now I can't wait to see what Ms Bowen brings us next.
This book is truly a labour of love in all aspects and we can’t praise the author enough for offering us such an extraordinarily well-written book. It warms your heart, makes you smile, plunders your hopes only to pick you up and give you back everything you’ve ever wished for. It’s difficult to put down but at the same time, this is a read to be savoured. Don’t rush it; turn the pages as if it were the last one and simply sit back and enjoy. Can it be read as a standalone? I think we’re going to be adventurous and say yes! As the saying goes, “Every book tells its story” and it couldn’t be more true in this series.
“Your fine here, Lark. Everything is fine.”
Sometimes we love so much and are so concerned for the well-being of others that we have to take a step back and give them space and time to heal. Zachariah has the patience and faith to do this. Even though he’s innocent, he’s old beyond his years and has an acuity we could all learn from. A tough start in life doesn’t stop the poor lad from making an effort to better his position. The simplest of things we take for granted were for him, huge. But he’s astute, picks things up quickly and to say he’s hard-working would be putting it lightly. In fact, he wore us out just reading about his willingness to help everyone who had been so kind to him since he’d found his sanctuary. Zach is a thinker. He keeps his feelings to himself, every move he makes is calculated and not one of them was disputable. And listen to this. . . he’s built like a freakin’ brick-house! But that isn’t the reason we fell head over heels for him. His generous heart won us over.
“I’ll be your Apostate Farm.
Lark Wainwright isn’t the ‘Wild Child’ she used to be. The support and love her parents have for her isn’t enough to overcome a traumatic experience. She’d lost her self-confidence for reasons to be revealed in the story; nonetheless, she’s desperately trying to get her old sassy-self-back. She puts on a brave face and goes to visit her bestie. Her destiny’s place is her refuge. But is it? If we’d had the opportunity to land where she did, we’d be in our element and we thought it had the perfect ambience for her recovery. However, all is not what it seems.
“I was such a perfect wreck.”
Lark is surrounded by the most comprehensible family that anyone could ask for. They’re all delightful, so damn lovable and don’t ask questions. We have to include the man who runs the show with the precision of a Swiss watch and whose grumpiness never outweighed his concern for Lark. Or for that matter, the love of his life, his family or his workers. Griffin. Ooh, for the likes of our mere souls, this guy is in the whole of the series, our man!
“Have fun Wild Child. Stay loose, Zach.”
Since every single one of Griff’s family have their own well-developed characters and their own day to day problems exquisitely described by the author, you must read this book to appreciate the utter beauty of it. All the goings on at Shipley farm which for us, was paradise, is much more than we could have imagined. The scenery, orchards and the process of picking, distilling and getting the end product to the market is a lesson in itself. Reading this series will provoke your taste buds to try such as is the variety of apples grown on Griffin’s farm. You’ll want to taste the scrumptious apple tarts, mouth-watering cakes, jelly, jam or better still, their finest cider made from the best apples on the planet!
“What’s on the agenda today”
Now then, we have to mention how delightful is was watching Zach and Lark’s relationship blossom. Oops, pun unintended! It’s not an easy-peasy ride for these two young adults. Zach has trust issues and Lark is afraid she’ll break the most beautiful man who has ever entered her world. They have to find themselves, learn to reach out to each other and while the clock is ticking away, make some life-changing decisions. Their chemistry is undeniable, though. We were so grateful that the author held back on the passionate scenes. If you like reads where the protagonists jump into the sack and wham bam thank you ma’am, you might be a tad disappointed. That being said, their constant eye contact blinded us and we loved how the sexual tension simmered just below the surface. Wait for it though. . . it’s coming. When it does explode, we were left breathless! We never expected ugly cry moments which consequently reduced us to a babbling mess, so get your man-sized tissues ready!
“S** is ten percent skill and ninety percent listening. Who’s a better listener than you?
“What am I listening for?”
“You’ll know as soon as you hear it.”
The companionship, light-hearted ribbing and overflowing banter in a solid plot sold us lock, stock and barrel. The story is told in past tense which isn’t one of our fave narrative techniques. Nonetheless, never once was our reading enjoyment hindered by it. The dual point of view used was a real plus as we had the opportunity to delve into the thoughts of Zach and Lark.
“Is it egotistical of me to ask whether I’ve ever made it into your best dreams?”
“They’re all about you.”
After getting to know all members of this family so well, one of us was a bit concerned at the ending. There isn’t a cliffy as such but she felt there was space for more revelations and would’ve liked to have seen the celebration of an important event. With a sigh of relief on her part, a little dicky bird whispered in her ear and now she’s a happy bunny! Ms Bowen, this offering is a true KEEPSAKE! Keep on writing ‘cause we’ll definitely keep on reading. . . BRAVO!
On of our fave quotes:
“I’m so sick of being of afraid.”
“You don’t have to be anymore. If anyone wants to get you, they’ll have to go through me.”
Top international reviews
Lark Wainwright used to be brave and fearless. When she sends a summer overseas helping a charity her life changes forever. The nightmares won’t leave her alone and the overwhelming feeling of living is eating her up. She escapes to Vermont to join her friend at the Shipley farm. This summer apples are her focus.
Zach is a survivor of a different kind of tragedy. He grew up in a cult. When he was banished he made his way to the Shipley farm where he leads a simple life. No phones and no giving in to urges.
Lark needs someone when the nightmares come. Zach becomes her comfortable blanket. Only Lark can overcome her demons but could Zach offer her a new life?
Soooo good. We get more of the Shipley family and a glimpse into the next book. Lark and Zach’s story is sweet, bitter and beautiful.
A former cult member who has never had sex crushes on a troubled young woman who has been traumatised by an experience abroad.
The good and the bad:
It pains me to say that Keepsake does not live up to the high standard of the preceding two books in this series.
I found it unstructured, particularly in the second half, so by the last couple of chapters I was skimming through waffle.
Whereas Sarina Bowen's research for the preceding books Bittersweet and Steadfast seemed sound, in Keepsake I felt that she hadn't researched the subject of cult life in enough detail to write about it convincingly, so I didn’t understand the depth of Zach's problems in the way that I did Jude's drug addiction in Steadfast.
In fact, I didn't feel much of a connection with either Zach or the object of his desire, Lark – their characters just weren’t really that well-explored. It’s shame because I was really excited to find out more about Zach.
I was also disappointed that Bowen - a fab sex scene writer - passed up the opportunity to write some really original rumpy-pumpy scenes. Zach, having spent the first 19 years of his life in an oppressive religious cult, is a virgin when he meets Lark. In Bittersweet and Steadfast he is depicted as being incredibly shy about sex, so I was hoping for some hot scenes in which, following lots of tension, Lark spectacularly breaks downs his barriers and sexually awakens him by taking charge. Instead, he loses his shyness very quickly and their first and subsequent sex sessions are perfect, with "inexperienced" Zach making Lark come at the same time as him, like he's been bumping uglies for years. Not convincing.
If you are a first-time reader of Bowen, I recommend you start with Bittersweet – it’s excellent and it’s free.
If I could enter the world where a cast of book characters live, I would be packed up , moved & currently residing with The Shipley family and friends. Truly, the way Sarina Bowen writes is magical. I swear I could taste the apples, sense the cool Autumn air, see the mountains and feel the pure emotion that radiates from the pages of this book. In fact , each book in this series.
Zach is one of the loveliest, sweetest, vulnerable, strongest and loveable heroes I have ever had the delight of reading. I felt so protective of him and his tender heart. OMG, he shredded me sometimes with his vulnerability. Despite his romantic inexperience, he has a fabulous mischievous streak (and the man is quick to learn). Zach loves and is incredibly loyal to the small group of people he is surrounded by. They return this and that is a key element to the success of these books. They are stories about good people. About loyalty and love and a world where you are valued for who you are and how you treat those around you.
Lark is such a cleverly written heroine. Her & Zach are practically the same age but she has way more life experience, yet Zach catches on quick and he is very, very much her rock to lean on.
Lark is recovering from a traumatic experience and stays with the Shipley's for the Summer to recover. (May is her best friend from college) Seeing both Lark' s distress and Zach' s vulnerability made me cry at times. I don't often cry at books but this one provoked visceral reactions.
The secondary characters do not feel secondary in this book and nor should they. As much as I cried , I laughed a lot more. I adored the chat, camaraderie, banter and hilarity that ensues when this lot get together. Perfect.
There is lots of heat, passion and intensity. There is a gorgeous ending. There are twists I did NOT see coming.
I absolutely loved it.
I've never met Ms Bowen, but honestly, as a reader , it felt like she put her heart & soul into this novel.
Open this book, turn off the phone, grab an apple and go to Vermont & spend some time with The Shipley's.
Can be read as a standalone, but why on earth would you want to do that??? Get the series. It's awesome.
This is awesome.
Lark is suffering from PTSD after being kidnapped in Guatemala, tired of her parents hovering over her she comes to visit her college roommate May at her family's cider farm in Vermont. Zach has being living and working at the farm for four years, ever since he was kicked out of the cult where he grew up. Along with missing out on much of the minutiae of daily life in the USA Zach is also a virgin.
In the day Lark is fine but every two or three nights she has nightmares and wakes the bunkhouse with her crying and screams. Zach takes it on himself to sit by her bed and hold her hand and help her go back to sleep. Can the original rich kid Wild Child who has returned home slightly broken ever have a relationship with a dirt poor boy with no family and no education?
Oh Sarina I think this might be the best one yet I loved Zach with every fibre of my being.
I think the tall dark stranger may feature in the next True North book - Can. Not. Wait.
If Bittersweet and Steadfast were the perfect books to read during the summer then Keepsake is the book to take us into the cooler months. I'm more convinced with each True North book that this is Sarina's best work. I am hoping for many more books.
Ever since we met Zach in Bittersweet I've wondered what kind of girl would capture his heart. If two people have ever needed each other more than Zach and Lark needed each other then I'm not aware of it.
Keepsake opened my eyes to a life style I hardly knew existed much less knew anything about before I started reading. Zach was a quiet but steady presence on the side lines of the previous books so I kept an open mind about how his book would go. When it came to Lark and himself he stepped up to be stronger than I thought possible. Plus Zach is just damn nice which is exactly what I needed and for that he has a special place in my heart.
Like the previous two books, the eclectic Shipley family helped make this book one of my favourites. Many of my questions about some of the characters were answered or expanded on here and so many more were raised. This really is a wonderful series and I can't to see how it continues to grow.
I thought i loved Griff until i read about Jude and he stole my heart but now Zach has pushed Jude right out the way and stole my everything!!!
This book just made me devour every single word until there was no more to read!!! And is one of the reasons Sarina Bowen is and always will be one of my favourite authors!
This is the story of Zach who has joined the
Shipley family after leaving the cult where he grew up.. after being kicked out with just the clothes on his back when he was 19 he had nowhere to go and no-one to rely on.
Lark has been through alot over the last few months and comes to the farm for work and to get out the big city... can these pair help each other or will they make each other worse???
This book is jammed packed full if emotions and gets right into your heart!!!! LOVED it!!!
It was such a good feeling to be back to Vermont and the Shipley's farm! This book even though there was so much sadness due to the demons from both characters pasts was giving me such a lovely place to be... you can feel the smell of apples in the air, taste the food they all eat together, hear the laughter from their banter and teasing and mostly family love and care...
I love the True North Series it's like visiting family
I loved Zach from previous books he is such a sexy sweetheart and I'm so glad finally he found the love and feeling of belonging which he so much deserved! Lovely book!
I love these books they transport you to a place where you would love to live, with people you would like to share a coffee.