ARC Review – A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink

26074209Title: A Walk in the Sun

Author: Michelle Zink

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: Rose Darrow never wanted to spend her life working on her family’s farm. But when her family is rocked by an unexpected tragedy she has no choice but to put her plans for the future—and dreams of escaping her small town—on hold.

Bodhi Lowell left home as a kid and hasn’t looked back. Years of working farm jobs has given him the one thing he wants most: freedom to travel without answering to anyone. He’s already looking past his job at Darrow Farm and plans on leaving in September—until he meets Rose.

Neither Rose nor Bodhi can deny the sparks flying between them, but with the end of summer looming, they must decide if it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all….

Huge thank you to Harper Collins for sending me an ARC for review!

River’s Review:

This book was so stinking cute! For me, it was an ode to what might have been. I grew up in small town rural Michigan. Not quite on a farm (a small farm with goats and chickens and a garden) but I could have easily stayed there, married a local farm boy, and enjoyed a simple (conservativerepublicansheltered) life with horses and farmers tans. Alas that was not the life for me, but this book made me hella nostalgic for when I was younger and in 4-H.

This book is pretty predictable and a very light (despite some heavy issues) read. It’s a beach read for sure. It has a very typical one parent dies the other can’t function kid takes over story line. But it does have a nice rural farm setting with characters that you can’t help but love and root for.

In this book Rose’s mother passes away at the tail end of her senior year in high school. Rose puts of college to work her family farm while her father slowly tries to pull himself out of his grief. They hire a farm hand for the summer who of course is super hot, mysterious and has a secret past. Rose is a nononsense type of girl and she tires to keep her distance from him. But they can’t help but fall for each other…

Like I said, this book resonated with me and I really enjoyed it because of that. I can see how other people looking for a deeper story might not enjoy this, but if you want a light contemporary read check this one out for sure!

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