ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
Bittersweet – Sarina Bowen
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Release Day: June, 14th 2016.
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.
The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.
At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.
Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.
They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.
And once again Sarina won me over with her words. When I got this ARC, I knew it would be very different from her hockey series that is one of my all time favorites, and I wasn’t wrong. This book was very different, but the magic Sarina has that always captivates me was still there.
With an outspoken story, straight to the point and far from the usual plots, this novel totally wrapped me up, and in such way that during the moments I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it.
Griffin is that type of character that is perfectly imperfect. Very responsible with the duties that involve his family, but still a bad temper…with a giant heart. He gave up his dreams to support his family when they most needed him, but he never blamed them for that.
Audrey, in the other hand, is hilarious, charismatic and a great chef, so it was not unexpected that his whole family felt in love with her.
Bittersweet tells us a story of a love that wasn’t erased by time, but that actually was matured with it. In the past, Griffin and Audrey had a couple of nights of full passion in College. They followed opposite paths though, but destiny’s ironies made them meet again, and this time Griffin wasn’t letting Audrey escape from him.
I really love this kind of book in which authors don’t create a thousand of outlandish obstacles to prevent the couple of being together, or in which authors just keep randomly putting more and more drama and in the end the story becomes too heavy. In this book it is the exactly opposite of it. Things flow, the story grows naturally and our feeling during the reading is just utterly and pure passion.
I also thought that the whole universe where the story was placed was very interesting. Griffin was a farmer who planted apples and produced cider, and the story is full of details about this culture, flavors, notes and scents and I really enjoyed being inside of this world.
Audrey, being a chef, also presented us with several recipes, that had me mouth watering and I found myself wondering if I would be able to cook the things she cooked.
So, you put together these captivating characters, a unique plot that delights us and guides us to a world that we are not used to and you will have a 5 tasty and full of love stars novel.
The True North series rolls right along!
June 14th 2016: Bittersweet
July 12th 2016: Steadfast
Fall or winter 2016: Keepsake
Look for preview excerpts and a cover reveal soon in Sarina’s Reader Group.