Bountiful by Sarina Bowen is LIVE!
Standalone Series: True North #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 19th October, 2019
Published by Rennie Road Books
Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.
Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.
Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.
Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.
Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.
Bountiful is LIVE! Read the first chapter HERE or one-click.
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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
Sarina’s books are a sure one-click for me. Just the right amount of angst, solid storylines and always perfectly paced, what I love about this series is the dual narrative, giving the reader the opportunity to connect with her protagonists’ thoughts. Bountiful is in the same highly visual and outstanding setting of Vermont as in previous books, but this time her fruit of choice are pears! Gosh, I had no idea how pears were harvested and makes for interesting trivia. She’s also introduced a sports character which I liked one of a hell of a lot–a hockey player no less! Lol, I had a feeling that Sarina couldn’t resist seeing as she’s co-authored Him and Us on a totally different line with Ellie Kennedy. And more important, you don’t need to read the the True North series in order which to my mind of thinking, is a huge plus.
Bountiful isn’t all about pears! Ooh no, there’s much more to keep the reader stuck to the pages. Zara sold me. Not only was I taken with her frankness, her stance towards the opposite sex I found refreshing. Like any young person, mistakes are made, but she’s the first one to own up to them and isn’t afraid of discussing her past with family members or who would become her bestie and business partner, Audrey. Yep, as per usual, the author’s secondary character development is first-rate. Zara’s tight-knit family are a peculiar bunch. Having protective brothers is great up to a certain point; she knows she has everything to be thankful for but one of them is a tinsy-winsy straight-faced. Now, that doesn’t mean I didn’t like him, he’s just deep–difficult to fathom out. So their concern for her well-being is understandable under the circumstances she’s in, and they’ll bend over backwards to do anything to make her life a tad easier. I didn’t even dislike one of her grumpy and opinionated uncles whose lack of filter made me chuckle until the red and white Vermont cows came home! Her lovely mum isn’t short of a few words either, and this folks isn’t a spoiler, but it did seem to me as if history was repeating itself as far as mother and daughter were concerned. However, after reflecting on Zara’s attitude regarding having a steady relationship saddened me because I thought she deserved the world. Question is, would she find her prince charming; someone special to make her change her mind and take that big step?
In he walks excluding an aura like he owned the phrase, ‘sex on legs’. Then he walks out. Leaving behind him the unimaginable, when Dave does come back, he’s going to have the shock of his life. And this folks, is when the heat of an emotional moment is turned up to a richter magnitude scale. Strappingly gorgeous, copper-haired with fathomless green eyes… notice I’m NOT swooning here, I wasn’t the only one whose knees turned to jelly. Although Dave is a very likable guy, I did have my doubts about how he’d handle his personal and professional issues. Here steps in his younger bubbly sister with sound advice and buckets of enthusiasm. Hmm, whether he listens to her is for you to find out though. I wonder if the author’s going to give me the pleasure of Bess’ own story…nudge, nudge!
There is so much more to this story than meets the eye. All the character’s involvement literally melted my heart, twisted me into pieces, teased my soul. Since I’m not partial to giving anything away, I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for a grey area I came across in the story, I would have given this read five stars at the drop of a hat. I wish I could make myself clearer about what happened. Many of you might not give importance to a detail in a scenario which I thought could have been better executed. I was left hanging, wanting to know more. Who caused such ructions and why all of a sudden it dwindled out, left me with my suspicions or better said, frustration. Saying that, this editing hiccup didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying the story. As always, Sarina’s writing is worthy of being savoured… Never convoluted, always hitting home, making the likes of me content to read her damn good stories, I have to say, Bravo!
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Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.
Her Ivy Years and Brooklyn Bruisers books are hockey romance novels. These two connected series began breaking hearts in 2014 with The Year We Fell Down. See http://www.sarinabowen.com for updates.
HIM and US are the bestselling, hockey LGBT novels co-written with Elle Kennedy. HIM is also a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award.
For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.
Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.
She would be honored to connect with you at http://www.sarinabowen.com