My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Zach's story! I've been waiting for his book since the first sentence Sarina wrote about this man in Griff's book. Zach is a 23 year old virgin who was outed from the polygamist cult he was born into. While he has his own insecurities and uncertainties about life, his outlook is fresh, gentle and at times, downright adorable.
Lark Wainwright is a college friend of May's who comes to the Shipley farm to escape and hopefully heal from a horrible ordeal. Working for a not-for-profit in a foreign country, she experienced a life altering nightmare that now haunts her both figuratively and literally.
Lark and Zach's pasts couldn't be any more different than they are, yet they both share common emotions and through their ordeals, they understand each other. This was an easy read as Lark and Zach's friendship builds into something more. Lark is strong yet slightly messed up and Zach is there for her. This was a slow burn but also very realistic given the circumstance and the characters. I lost myself in the apples, great food and cider, playful ribbing and all around love and friendship of the Shipleys.
This can be read as a standalone although it's book three in the True North series. I must say, I'm thoroughly enjoying this series. The only commonality of these books are the Shipley's and their farm. The farm and the secondary characters are wonderful and a great backdrop, but every book is completely different. It truly is like reading a standalone book. If you haven't started this series, I'd highly recommend that you do!
**ARC generously provided by author in exchange for an honest review.**