Bountiful (True north #4) by Sarina Bowen. No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.
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.
A new story by Sarina Bowen is the gift that you give yourself when you deserve to be pampered because the feeling that you get is that of comfort, warm and loving, wrapped in a soft quilt before a roaring fire with your feet up and your favorite drink.
The True North stories bring characters who have become friends and a country setting complete with apple orchards and starry nights. The author weaves the story around you using phrasing and timing, so beautifully visual. “His strong arms held me like a scaffold, not a cage” engenders a feeling of comfort and support rather than control. My favorite fuzzy phrase was when Dave told Zara “Turning you into a needy girl is my favorite thing in the world”. I especially enjoyed the breadcrumbs about Kieran leaving clues to a future story, perhaps?
You cannot go wrong with Author Sarina Bowen!