KEEPSAKE by Sarina Bowen – Jenn’s Review



One word…. Zach.


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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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How do you even begin to talk about a book that moved you like you had never expected?

I read because I love the escape it gives me. I read for the love story. Too often, books get bogged down with sex scenes, and you are not given a chance to fall in love with the characters who are falling in love. Sometimes, I think authors forget that the love story is the backbone to every romance novel. Without out, what’s the point?

Keepsake is ALL about the romance. It’s about first glances, lingering touches,  and cross-room gazes.   It’s about butterfly swarms in your stomach, hand holding, and that incredible first kiss.  Stories like Keepsake are the reason I read romance novels.

There are simply no words I could use to convey the emotion, longing, and passion in Zach and Lark’s story. None. I’m not even going to try, because I just cannot do it justice. What I can tell you is Sarina Bowen is a master writer. Everything is done to perfection. She manages to change up the story each time, never giving you a dull, recycled story. Her words jump of the page, painting such vivid imagery, you can close your eyes and picture yourself on the Shipley Farm, or at the Hanover Market. The love between Zach and Lark is not just a slow burning love. It’s a love that builds, and builds, and builds, until it explodes with a fiery crescendo.

Zach and Lark are unique, multi-dimensional characters. Each has suffered from unimaginable traumas, yet put on a brave face, and try to conquer the day. The nights are where they are free to be themselves with each other, and where they start to fall in love.  I loved their midnight conversations, and how they could bring each other peace by just lying together. They brought a calm to their otherwise chaotic minds.

Keepsake is the perfect book to curl up with on a fall day. Grab a blanket and a cup of tea. Get lost in Zach and Lark’s story… you’ll find, you may never want to leave.

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