Every time I hear that Sarina is coming out with a new novel that involves the characters from True North series, I get a little giddy because I can’t wait to read it. Heading back to Vermont to visit the Shipleys and Rossis in their little town always gives me the coziest of feelings.
Matteo Rossi left town immediately after high school, with only a few sparse visits in 14 years. He’s gone from a struggling ski sharpener to a successful entrepreneur who owns a guided ski adventure company, but he never got the girl he pined for all those years ago.
Leila Giltmaker also pined for a boy she couldn’t have and didn’t understand why he would suddenly disappear from her life after being friends for all through high school. They were thick as thieves, along with Rory, until Matteo moved and never returned.
Unfortunately, Matteo’s absence leaves a hole that Leila thought she could fill with a marriage to Rory—which turns out to be one of the biggest mistakes of her life.
When Matteo returns to town, it’s almost like he never left. His family accepts him back into the fold with only a little resistance, and their almost immediate banter and razzing is proof of that. He’s missed so much while away, but nothing as much as Leila.
Matteo and Leila have so much chemistry it leaps off the page. I love that they try to resist their feelings without realizing that the other is just as head over heels the entire time.
When Leila decides she wants a baby, a torrent of feelings is unleashed. I loved watching them navigate those feelings while also trying to maintain a professional distance throughout their ‘transactional deeds.’
There’s so much to love about this book, including Matteo’s pain from the death of his friend and business partner, Leila’s struggles with the timing of a pregnancy and her obstinate family, to the truly supportive family they all become.
I’m so happy that there is a spin-off from my beloved True North series, and we can continue to visit our favorite characters!
Thank you for the advanced copy of GOOD AS GOLD by Sarina Bowen All opinions are my own.
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date published : June 1st, 2023
pages : 312
audiobook narrators: Jason Clarke, Lessa Lamb
audiobook length : 10 hours and 43 minutes
What I meant to do: quietly divorce my lout of a husband and then have a child all on my own.
What happens instead: my crush comes back to town when I’m at my most vulnerable. After too many cocktails, I ask him to be my baby’s father.
In my defense, it’s been a rough couple of months. Seeing Matteo Rossi again after fourteen years has done a number on my emotions. And my libido.
In the morning, I’m hoping he’s forgotten the whole thing. But no such luck. In fact, Matteo has a few clarifying questions. And a few naughty ideas, too…
What I meant to do: visit Vermont for my brother’s wedding. Make amends to my family, and mourn the loss of a friend.
What happens instead: a hot affair with the one who got away. But it can’t last. My life is two thousand miles away, and Leila deserves everything. She’s as good as gold.
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