Ever since book one of the True North books, I’ve wanted to know Zach’s story and for him to have his turn at love (because he’s just so loveable!), and finally I got his story and I devoured it!
There’s a first time for everything.
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.
Zach’s and Lark’s story begins in the early fall, when apple picking season starts. After being missing for a month, Lark escapes to her best friends farm to try to get away from the memories and nightmares. Enter Zach, who has had Lark on his mind ever since he first glimpsed her at the Shipley farm not long before she had left for Guatemala. Both have survived some pretty horrific events, and are on paths to recovery.
Ever since Sarina Bowen introduced Zach in Bittersweet, I’ve been wanting sweet Zach’s story. As everyone in the book kept saying, he is the perfect guy. Okay, maybe not the perfect guy because no one’s perfect, but you get the drift. He’s this sweet, quiet, innocent, hardworking guy that you can’t help but love! I have to say I think he might be my favorite protagonist Bowen’s ever written.
Honestly, it was a great ending to this trilogy!
My Rating: 5/5 stars