I get giddy every time I read a new book in the True North series. Heading back to Vermont to spend time with these characters is like getting a warm hug and a piece of pie from Mrs. Shipley herself.
I swear, I fall in deeper love with this series with each new book.
Dylan Shipley is the most misunderstood of all of the siblings. He’s so hardworking and easygoing, it’s easy to miss the pain he carries after his father’s death.
While Dylan is at college during the week, he gets to be the fun-loving, carefree partier he was meant to be. However, on the weekends, he has to go back home to being the youngest brother in a farming family that doesn’t necessarily see him as an adult on equal footing.
Chastity is a family friend and neighbor who escaped from a polygamist cult a few years prior to starting college. She’s been sheltered and missed out on so many normal life experiences.
One thing is for sure, though, and that is Chastity is unequivocally and unconditionally in love with Dylan Shipley. Unfortunately, he’s never thought of her as being anything more than his best friend, so she has to suffer in silence.
Seeing Dylan and Chastity come into their own, both individually and as a couple, was my favorite part of the story. The character development is so realistic and believable.
Chastity has survived so much in her short lifetime, so seeing her experience college and her first boyfriend makes for emotional reading. Dylan is a bit dense when it comes to the emotional inner workings of the women around him, especially at the beginning of the story, but once he starts to clue in to Chastity’s feelings for him, it’s all swoony sweetness from there.
Not only did I enjoy Dylan and Chastity’s story, I really loved the side characters introduced in this book. They were some of my favorites yet and I can’t wait for the next book to see what happens with them.
I’ll gladly head back to Vermont for more of the Shipleys and I’m looking forward to Daphne’s book!
Thank you for the advanced copy of HEARTLAND by Sarina Bowen. All opinions are my own.
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date published : January 28, 2020
pages : 296
audiobook narrators: Lee Samuels, Erin Mallon
audiobook length: 9 hrs, 16 min
Dylan is my best friend, and the only person in my life who understands me. He doesn’t mind my social awkwardness or my weird history. The only glitch? He doesn’t know that I’ve been hopelessly, desperately in love with him since the first day we picked apples together in his family’s orchard.
But I know better than to confess.
Now that we’re both in college together, I’m seeing a new side of him. College Dylan drinks and has a lot of sex. None of it with me.
Until the night I foolishly ask him to tutor me in more than algebra…and he actually says yes.
But the cool morning light shows me how badly I’ve endangered our friendship. And I don’t know if anything will be the same again.
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