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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  7,970 ratings  ·  945 reviews
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’ m
Published October 25th 2016 by Rennie Road Books
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Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!!


“Even the safest place in the world felt more elusive after you’d visited some of the ugliest ones.”

When I pick a book by this author, I always know what to expect – effortless storytelling, endearing well portrayed characters and a lovely romance that makes me smile and swoon. 'Keppsake' is the third installment in her 'True North' series and like its predecessors, it can be read as a standalone. This third installment much like the other two was well written, heartwarmin
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars!!!


After reading the first 2 books in this series, I was really looking forward to this one. Zach intrigued me and I was anxious to see how his story would go. It didn't disappoint- I loved Zach and his heroine, Lark.

Zach works at the Shipley's farm and has for several years. He's basically part of the family and he loves his life there. He loves it so much because he came from somewhere so different. Growing up in a polygamous cult and being sheltered, he's spent the last four years
Jennifer Kyle
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4 Stars

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Sarina Bowen brings readers back to Shipley farm just in time for apple season. The apples are ripe for the picking, the family is in need of some extra hands, and Lark Wainright needs to get away for a while.

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Lark is May Shipley’s best friend who went through a life or death situation when working for a not for profit during the summer. She’s safely home but struggles with nightmares and her hovering parents. Lark is happy to be on the farm and she’s hoping she
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sarina Bowen Fans, Romance
4 Lost Souls Found Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
What I love about the writings of Sarina Bowen is the complete ease of it all. I never feel like it if it's overworked or fussy. It leads us through a tale and we see it all develop and take off. Sometimes it is fast and furious... or in this particular entry to the series True North... it is a slow burn and the need between the two main characters. Both have been damaged, have been in situations which have left emotional scars... deeper than anything
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
It's live!!


4 Chewie Stars

I have been a huge fan of this Ms. Bowen since the first time I read one of her books. She creates unforgettable, unique and endearing characters and her stories are simply lovely. This one is no different.

Zach was thrown out of the compound he grew up at for a make out session with a girl at age 19. The cult he was part of just tossed him out on the road side. He made his way hitchhiking to his friends in Vermont and has found his place
Stacey is Sassy

A hand at your back can help steady the weight of your burden.

Are you inclined to suffer in silence or share your burdens? To be honest, I’m all for sharing. It’s not unusual for me to tell my deepest, darkest secrets to complete strangers...well maybe not complete strangers, more acquaintances. Yes, I almost always regret it (because I look like a loon) but the feeling of relief once I’ve shared seems to outweigh the regret. What if your burden or secret horror is so bad that your brain blocks
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
A S.W.E.E.T. Romance

Maybe a little too sweet for my ever growing need for angst and turmoil. I loved book two of this series "Steadfast," so when I picked this one up, I was going in with high hopes. This is Zach and Lark's story. As much as I tried, Lark was a character I could not connect with, so their romantic relationship was just ... meh.

I really did enjoy Zach, though. He is the quintessential mother's dream boyfriend/husband. Kind and caring to a fault, but gorgeous to boot. His upbringi
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

“I didn’t mind taking care of the people who take care of me.”

Zach was born and raised on a compound by a religious cult, until the age of 19 when they tossed him aside and left him homeless. Now at the age of 23 he lives and works on the Shipley farm, a place that he can call home. Lark is a family friend of the Shipleys, and after living a nightmare while working a job in a foreign country she needs a place to relax and put her demons behind her.

Lark's issues are a lot more signi
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a psychology student's wet dream come true. A girl with major PTSD and a guy who grew up in a polygamist cult who's a virgin and a little messed-up in the head as well.

Those kinda questions are just a ticket to being dropped in the middle of nowhere, boy.

And, hey, if you are a psych major, why can I fly in my dreams, but have to land by falling? Answer that one, Smartypants!

Who better to get together with than someone who is just as fucked in the head as you? Because, you know, accordin
Book boyfriends do grow on trees. Review to follow.

Jeannine Allison
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I have been a fan of this author ever since I devoured her Ivy Year series almost a year ago. I love the writing, her characters, and the way she can make seemingly OTT plots seem normal. She can integrate crazy things (like being raised in a cult, and being kidnapped in a foreign country) and make it seem typical, like it could happen to anyone. Just as she can take simple plots and make them interesting enough for an entire novel. It's truly impressive.

I was definitely excited for
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I've been a HUGE admirer of Sarina Bowen's work. It started with the The Ivy Years, continued with her first collaboration series Him, and from there on transferred to True North and WAGs. Each of these series has been different, captivating and addicting. 

I finally got around to read Keepsake (True North, #3) when I received the audiobook from my library. I love listening to audiobooks and Keepsake was a treat and a pleasure from beginning to end.

The entire True North series has been a wonderfu
Hannah G
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm rating this book 3 stars. What originally drew me into reading this was Zack in the book description. I was curious on how the author would incorporate Zach growing up in an occult in the book. I really really liked Zach in the book. His story I loved as well. His character was unique and different which was something I loved. Lark was the character I had trouble with. I couldn't connect with or understand her at all. I tried to connect with her as a character but all I had was indifference. ...more

Title: Keepsake
Series: True North #3
Author: Sarina Bowen
Release date: October 25, 2016
Cliffhanger: No
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Even the safest place in the world felt more elusive after you’d visited some of the ugliest ones.

I didn't know what to expect with Keepsake other than the fact that I would get more quality time in with the lovable Shipley family on the farm. And that was enough for me. Zach has always been quite the mystery so far. We know that he's had an unconventional u
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
Keepsake is the third standalone novel in the True North series. With each book I fall more and more in love with the Shipley family, life on the Shipley farm, the Shipleys’ friends—basically anything Shipley related. I’ve been curious about farmhand Zach, and now we finally get his story.

Zach has always been the quiet, kind, and hard working one. Other than the fact that he grew up in a religious cult and he’s a 23-year-old virgin, little is known about his past. Lark is May’s friend. She’s wor
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This series has been a bit of a mixed bag for me so far; Bittersweet didn't blow me away, Steadfast did, and Keepsake is nestled right between the two.


Zach is no stranger to those of us who have read the series and, because I knew of his history, I must admit that I went in with a certain level of expectation; a hero who has escaped living in a cult isn't one you meet everyday. You can't deny the fact that the man is a complete darling and he and Lark have a lovely chemistry which is s
Wil Loves Books!
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sweet and cute like most of Sarina's book. Beautiful writing. Not my favorite of hers but still a solid 4 stars. If you're looking for the one book in this series that will blow you away, that would be Steadfast . I loved the hero lots, not quite sure I liked the heroine as much, don't get me wrong, she was likeable, just a bit meh. Recommend if you're looking for a sweet virgin hero story! ...more
Jacqueline's Reads
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-books
4 Healing Stars

Keepsake is a standalone and is part of the True North series. I super love this series. It makes me want to drink a cup of coffee and curl next to a fire. It’s filled with romance, slight angst and apples!

Lark is damaged. She volunteered overseas and after a terrifying experience she needs to regroup and heal. At least she wants to try to heal.

We know a little of Zach from the previous books. He’s the soft spoken guy with a lot of baggage. It’s the quiet ones I love I tell you!
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to Zachariah’s story so much!

In Keepsake, Lark Wainright has just escaped a kidnapping in a dangerous country and after not being able to find her footing upon her return to the states, ventures to the Shipley’s farm to escape a bit. She puts on a brave face as she tries to show everyone that she’s okay – but Zachariah sees much more than what’s on the surface. After all, it wasn’t that long ago he was escaping his own past, finding a home on the same farm.

When she can’t
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series
3.5 - "You're my happy thought..." Stars!

We return to Vermont and the Shipley Farm for the third book in Sarina Bowen’s True North series. This is Zach’s book, and although he features in the previous two, it was great to finally get in this guy’s head.

Spending the first nineteen years of your life living in commune type conditions under a cult style dictatorship gives Zach Holtz a slightly different outlook in life in comparison to his peers on the farm, this is a quietly spoken, stay in the ba
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Zachariah Holtz is a gorgeous sweet guy that has an innocence about him. He grew up sheltered on a religious compound at a big ranch in Wyoming that was like a cult. When he was 19 they threw him out of the only home he'd ever known. It was a shock to be alone & on his own. He makes his way to Tuxbury, Vermont & slowly builds a life for himself. It's been four years, & Zach now lives with the Shipley's on the Shipley Farm. He works hard & is trying to live a
Princess under cover
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bought this one too. Worth it.

Zach is my favorite kind of hero (even if he is kinda beta). Just a deeply KIND and GOOD man. Innocent, pure, true. The best possible kind of man. The kind I'd like to relieve of his virginity and have forever - like the heroine, what's her name? oh right, Lark - did.

Honestly I read romance books for the Heroes, I never think too hard about the women. But I do like a heroine who doesn't annoy me.

5 stars for Zach, despite his almost immeasurable patience and kindness
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I might just be a tad biased when it comes to the True North series. I love love the Shipley's farm setting and the inclusive of the family, especially Griff. I'm happy to say that he appear plenty. I'm more than happy to read about their farming activities, like apple picking, cider pressing, attending farmer's markets and not to forget Kyle's blabber mouth.

Keepsake is Zachariah's story, the virgin boy who ran away from a cult community. We read about him since Book 1 and we all know
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 ✨

The first book in this series to make me cry. Little slow start, but I ended up loving it. I hope there are more books to come in this series!
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.75 -awwww- Stars
This author has perfected the art of writing sweetie pie, cutielicious Beta heroes who can melt your heart with their earnestness and sincerity.

As much as I loved both MC's and their wonderful development, I could have done with a little less page fillers on all the mechanics of cider making, and a little less detail on how every farm chore is worked. Don't get me wrong; it was still interesting to learn, and I appreciate the backdrop/scenery that the author was painting, but
Claudia Fosca Stahl
It’s a Keeper

I love this book. I love this series. This is the third installment in the True North Series and it keeps getting better and better. This is the story of Zach and Lark, a mismatched pair made in the beautiful wilderness of Vermont. Both vulnerable and hurt by their past, they develop an unexpected connection, a friendship fueld by a powerful attraction that, soon enough, leads to fireworks. The timing couldn’t be worse though, and each of them will have to confront their past to be
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
4.25 Sweet, healing stars!

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First and foremost, Keepsake is the third installment in the True North series and can be read as a standalone. Each book revolves around life in rural Vermont, specifically the Shipley farm. We'd met Zachariah right in the series beginning. The farmhand that found himself in Tuxbury, Vermont as a castaway from a religious cult community. A 24-year old virgin, he was shy and sweet and I couldn't wait for his first chance at love. He got that with Lark.

Lark Wainr
Another awesome installment!
Review To Come!!
It's ok.

Nothing much to say really.
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: virgin-heroes
★★★ 3 Stars ★★★

Ex-cult member, Zach has been working on the Shipley farm ever since his escape from the horrific commune that he lived on for the first nineteen years of his life, and three years later he is discovering feelings that he has never experienced before when Lark comes to stay for apple picking season.

Lark is familiar with the farm, her best friend from college is the daughter of the hospitable Shipley family who love to welcome people into their fold. After being kidnapped in Guatem
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Sarina Bowen is the sixteen-time USA Today bestselling author of three dozen books, including: the True North series, and the Brooklyn Bruisers. She's the co-author of Him/Us and the WAGs series with Elle Kennedy. She's the author of The Ivy Years series, and more!
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