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Having grown up in a faith background I’m wary of books where faith is part of the storyline. I’m very aware of the pro/cons of faith, where it goes wrong it’s vicious and things done in the name of God are unrecognizable to me in the God I’ve known. No need to worry here.
This feels like an accurate portrayal of a cult like upbringing subverted by experience with the “real” world.
Zach, our hero is just swoony. Perfect Beta hero. He is emotionally aware, if somewhat of a novice, he’s also aware of his weaknesses but doesn’t feel the need to overcompensate in a Rumspringer way. He takes the ribbing he gets well, and his “found family” only does it in love, it never feels like it’s to diminish him. He’s also
Lark’s backstory is pretty dark. A once fearless girl is shown what horror can look like. She heads to Vermont to see if she can escape her demons and find herself again.
This is a really tender romance, fairly low angst, definitely a slower burn. The area surrounding the orchard feels like another character in Sarina’s Series and makes me want to head to Vermont.