Bountiful

Bountiful

by Sarina Bowen

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Overview

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.
Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara's bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling-a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.
Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.
Two years later, she's made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.
Hockey star Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he'd ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.
Or does it? Vermont's countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards-and hard won love-are Bountiful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942444480
Publisher: Rennie Road Books
Publication date: 10/15/2017
Series: Sarina Bowen's True North Series , #4
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 317,668
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty contemporary romance, including the Ivy Years, Gravity, and Brooklyn Bruisers series, as well as two series of new-adult fiction.

Seraphine Valentine is an accomplished audiobook narrator, credited with such books as Ethan by Nicole Edwards and Heart of Danger by Lisa Marie Rice.

Teddy Hamilton is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.

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Bountiful 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite
mom2crgk 4 days ago
Listened to the audiobook. Excellent story, wonderful performance, loved the crossover between the Brooklyn and Vermont series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Little drama but not too much so book was great. Now I need to read rest of series. Sarina is a great author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good story and writing. Great to read a story and not just sex. Will read more of this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book and the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
highly recommended... well written and easy read...!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great addition to the series. Loved it.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I had heard good things about Sarina Bowen but hadn't had the chance to read any of her work before this book. I can now see that I have been missing out and have a lot of catching up to do. This was a book that held my attention and never let go. I could not stop listening and finished the book in just a day and a half. I was totally swept away by this amazing romance. It is really hard to put into words my love for this book but I am going to do my best. I fell in love with these characters from the very start. As the book progressed, I loved them more and more. Dave and Zara just seemed to work well together. I loved the chemistry between them at the start of the story and thought that the awkwardness when they met again felt real. They just seem to be good for each other. This story starts out with Dave on vacation in Vermont where he meets Zara at the bar she runs. They have a fling over the course of a month but don't share details about themselves. Two years later when Dave returns for another vacation, he learns that he has a daughter. I am not always a fan of the secret baby trope but this works perfectly because Zara tried to find Dave but couldn't. She never makes any attempt to hide the baby from Dave. Dave is floored by the news but quickly adapts and learns that the things he wants in life may be different than he had originally thought. It was so wonderful to watch Dave and Zara fall in love. The chemistry between them was always off the charts but watching them really get to know each other and care for their daughter together was great. Zara is not used to having Dave's help and doesn't want to owe anyone anything while Dave wants to take care of things. Some of Zara's family are not thrilled with Dave since he hasn't been around but he never backs down and keeps his focus on Zara and their daughter, Nicole. This was the first time that I have listened to Teddy Hamilton and Seraphine Valentine's narration. I love romances that use two narrators and I thought that both of these narrators did a great job with their characters. There are a lot of emotions in this book and a few steamy moments and everything flowed flawlessly. I thought that they both did a great job with the different character voices. They both had very pleasant voices that made it easy to listen for hours at a time. I highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romances. This incredibly romantic story had all the things I was looking for when I decided to read it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Dave was a hockey player which only made things better since I love a good sport romance. This is the fourth book in the True North series and also fits into the Brooklyn Bruisers series but I had no problems reading it as a stand alone. Of course, I do want to read all of the other books now! I received a review copy of this audiobook from Blackstone Audio, Inc. via Audiobook Jukebox.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was just adorable. Zara and Dave are just amazing together.
amatate More than 1 year ago
Bountiful features an overlap of two of Miss Bowen’s current series when Zara, a Vermont native and True North character, falls for a hockey player from the Brooklyn Bruisers while he's on a summer vacation in Vermont. Though the book features characters from both series, this is a standalone and readers need not be familiar with either series to follow along and enjoy Zara and Dave’s story. I really loved these characters and couldn’t help but fall for Dave’s easy demeanor. I also really enjoyed the surprise baby plotline. It didn’t feel awkward or secretive, but rather made for an interesting storyline that gave Zara and Dave a second chance at a lasting relationship. There was a nice balance of angst and emotion driving the plot without it ever feeling overblown or dramatized, making for a wonderful story that was easy to get lost in. I had to admire Zara’s strength and really enjoyed watching these two navigate their shot at love. Miss Bowen has a true gift with pacing that was readily apparent in Bountiful. The book begins by going back to tell of Zara and Dave’s initial encounter two summers ago. Although there was enough detail to flush out the characters and build a chemistry that carries into the present, the pace never lingered so long as to lose my interest. I was also struck by the secondary characters. Because Miss Bowen was pulling from two series, there were previous characters and couples as well as a host of new characters. And as much as I was really enjoying Dave and Zara’s romance, these new characters definitely grabbed my attention and left me eager to see if we’ll eventually get a bit more about them in the future. There’s a reason every book in the True North series finds its way onto my physical bookshelf as well as my e-reader…and it’s not just because of the gorgeous covers. This series boasts incredible stories that alight a hundred different emotions in me. Bountiful was more of the same- an emotional, sweet story with wonderful characters and stellar writing that was next to impossible to set down. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can wait to read the next book .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bowen’s latest book in the True North series, Bountiful, is a huge disappointment. Part one of the novel was just ok. I have been dying to hear more about Zara since I read Bittersweet and fell in love with Vermont. But I learned nothing new in the opening chapters. And Dave Beringer, with an “e”, is yummy. He is one sexy, ginger hockey player. The sex scenes were hot, but I have come to expect that from Bowen. However, part 2 was exceedingly boring. It moves at a snail’s pace. In addition, after a while I was beginning to wonder if Ms. Bowen was trying to write a guide to nursing for breast feeding mothers. I am only 64% into the book and I stopped reading. Not only was I extremely bored because of all the repetition, but Bowen goes into her fifth detailed breast feeding scene in this section of book. I get it, the kid is hungry! Is it really necessary to repeat the same scene again and again? It stagnates the story and is completely unnecessary. These scenes felt like an amateur writer had taken over the helm and was looking for page fillers to meet a designated length. Not sure if I will finish this book. Even after reading more than half of the book I have not been able for a bond with any of the characters enough to read to the end of the book. It literally pains me to write this review. I absolutely love this series. It is so unique, with great character development and steamy sexy times. I have re-read the other three books in this series several times, each time picking up new details. However, I would highly suggest skipping this book in favor of reading one of the other three again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun story. Really enjoy the True North series. It is obvious the subject matter, characters and setting are where the author is most at home. Sarina's writing really shines.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Four and a half stars. Sarina Bowen knocks it out of the park again in this novel where the Brooklyn Bruisers and True North series collide. Two years ago Zara had a chip on her shoulder after Griffin did the whole "It's not you it's me" speech and then started dating Audrey. She ended up having a short-lived fling with a guy who was holidaying in Vermont with his mates called Dave. Zara didn't want to know who Dave was, what he did for a living or his life story, even though they were together fora few weeks. Dave (or more properly David Beringer of the Brooklyn Bruisers) liked it that way, Zara had no idea who he was and seemed to just like him for being himself. Unfortunately, after Dave leaves, Zara discovers that she is pregnant and has no way of contacting Dave from Brooklyn. Two years later Zara no longer serves behind the bar at the Mountain Goat, instead she and Audrey run a coffee shop and she has a little girl called Nicole with auburn hair just like her daddy. David has never forgotten Zara and when he gets the chance to organise the team's summer break he immediately chooses Vermont - imagine his surprise when he finds Zara and she announces he left more than just his expensive watch behind. I love a good secret baby trope, especially when the man doesn't think he is cut out to be a father and this one doesn't disappoint. Dave came across as a genuine good guy with family issues who nevertheless was pretty much All In with Zara from day one, he obviously had a nurturing spirit and took care of his younger sister Bess and his team-mates. I loved every part of this, the sumptuous Vermont scenery, the cutsey town, the farm to table attitude of the community, the delectable Dave, sassy Zara and cute-as-a-button Nicole. But I am really intrigued to find out what is going on with Benito (Zara's twin), I hope/ suspect that he is the subject of Sarina's next book but I can't tell if we have seen his potential love interest. Easy to read as a stand-alone.
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars -- OMG!!  I am in love with Dave Beringer!!  I mean, like, “go to Brooklyn and look for Gingers in the hopes that one is the fictional Dave Beringer” kind of love.  Because I did that.  Today.  I have no shame. I have not read the previous 3 books in the True North series (though it will be happening soon, I just ran out of time), but I have read the Brooklyn Bruisers books, and so I had an in on that side of things.  And this book just made me want to read the rest of the True North series even more!  Though I honestly don’t know how Ms. Bowen can top this story.  Like, it was f-ing sexy, and funny, and heartwarming, and none of the characters pissed me off (because there was potential, but it didn’t go that way), and even though I read this over a week (which is unheard of) because I am on vacation, so I had to sneak in reading time whenever I could, I still fell in love with it.  Honestly, it just makes me excited for when I reread it and truly devour it from cover to cover.  Probably when I read the rest of the series, b/c I’ll no doubt have a different perspective on Zara. Zara was her own special brand of stubborn, and feisty, and damaged.  I really enjoyed having a heroine who is really in touch with her own sexuality, but isn’t necessarily comfortable with it...it was a weird dichotomy.  Like, she was interested in sex from a young age, but she was also branded as a slut because of it, so she wasn’t self-accepting, you know?  She just kind of believed the things that people judged her for.  It was kind of heartbreaking.  But I kind of loved it.  Because you know in so many romance novels there’s a girl that gets slut-shamed…  Zara might have been that girl, you know?  So it shows that side of the coin.  But her story was so much more.  She was a product of how she was raised, and she really didn’t have a lot of direction in life.  It was interesting to see the changes that becoming a mother wrought in her, but at the same time she still had a lot of healing to do. And Dave.  *swoon*  Like, I don’t even know why he does it for me so much.  Maybe because he’s just so unapologetic.  Like he said at one point, he’s a bit slow to learn and grow, but he’s not a dick.  He had his own damage to get past, and I enjoyed that his bachelor ways had a...reason, I guess.  I loved (in a tore my heart out way) learning bits and pieces of his tragic childhood, and how that shaped him.  I loved his relationship with his sister.  Honestly, I wouldn’t have minded a more clear resolution with his past...but I might have missed something because I had to intersperse my reading.  Did he ever tell Zara about his past?  I can’t remember.  ANYWAYS.  I have a soft spot for Gingers (sssshhhh, don’t tell my hubby), and holy *bleep* was his bossy take charge attitude in the bedroom sexy as *bleep*.  Like *fans face*.  AND then there were all the times he grinned during sex.  I can’t even, you guys...like can’t even. There was just something about the way Dave and Zara fit together that had me on board right from the start.  I LOVED the “past” section.  I fell in love really soon.  And I LOVED the way the present played out, from the start right to the very end.  I loved the secondary characters (and I’ll probably like some of them even more when I get to read their stories).  Basically it was just all sorts of goodness (with a few minor things I was confused on, but again...could be just me -- like the car thing). Anyways.  I want a Dave.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bountiful An absolute gem. I loved bossy Dave and prickly Zara. Over protective brothers, grumpy farmers, and one adorable baby and I couldn't put the book down. I was so excited that you merged two of your series together, these two were fun together. It was great to catch up with some of the other characters just like family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book.
BooksCoffeePassion More than 1 year ago
Bountiful is the fourth book in the True North and it can be read as a standalone. Zara is an independent woman, running her uncle’s bar, she’s a tough bartender trying to get over her ex and, well, a eye candy green eyed hottie doesn’t go unnoticed at her bar. She has watched Dave watching her and she can’t resist him after a particularly rough night. But she has no doubt that his grin means… trouble. Dave is a hot cocky hockey player, he’s spending a few weeks in Vermont and the hot bartender with an exotic name definitely caught his eye. Dave knows he isn’t relationship material, so he’s hoping to have a few fun nights with Zara but she’s not exactly what he’s expecting since she lays the rules even before him: no life stories, no strings attached. But sometimes life happens. Literally. I absolutely loved Zara! She was strong, feisty, independent but she knew she needed help as a single mom and the way her family supported her was so heart warming. She was a great mom, an awesome friend and it was amazing to see how she changed after becoming a mom. Dave was a sweetheart, I loved how unsure he was around his daughter at first and how he gradually fell in love with her, their moments together were so sweet! I really liked the way Zara and Dave were absolutely perfect for each other, how they slowly opened up to each other and how they were falling in love without realizing it. Bountiful was a captivating, emotional, sweet love story with steamy moments and with an utterly perfect ending. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Tiff_MostlyYALit More than 1 year ago
If you're into family stories and stories of unexpected/surprise pregnancy, this is totally your book. Bountiful is the fourth book in Sarina Bowen's fantastic True North series, about a group of people living in rural (or near rural) Vermont. Zara Rossi is a side character in all three of the first novels, tending bar at The Mountain Goat at first, and then becoming the business partner of the heroine of book 1 when they open a cafe together. Throughout those books, you find out that Zara is pregnant, but not much about how and when and where. Bountiful answers all of those questions in one of the most heartwarming romances I've read this year. It starts in 2015 with a special summer that Zara spends with Brooklyn Bruisers hockey player Dave Beringer (yes, this is a crossover!), and then fast-forwards to July 2017, when they meet again. And that's all I'll tell you about the premise, because the details and the theming are where this book comes alive. You get a true sense of the family and community that binds both these characters, which is what Sarina Bowen does best. Zara and Dave are both incredibly rounded, with a lot of past baggage, but also an undeniable attraction and tenderness towards each other. It's really, really hard not to love Zara's prickly, take-no-prisoners attitude and how she's softened by her daughter Nicole. And if you're not in love with Dave's easygoing but slightly bossy nature by the end of the book, you might not have heartstrings. Even though Bowen includes a lot of steamy love scenes (more than in her other books!), for some reason, this one didn't get me as much in terms of the swooniness. I think because I was so invested in the characters finding a way to be together that the love scenes almost became a distraction. This is NOT my usual approach to romance (usually the sexier, the better), so it was a fascinating change for me. Overall, Bountiful is probably the sweetest, most comforting romances I've read. It's a book that epitomizes fall coziness to me. Even though it takes place during summers, I craved apple cider, orchards, fall leaves, and cozy blankets the whole time reading. I raced through this one in one (very late) night, and you will, too. Worth it!
anapjm02 More than 1 year ago
The True North series is an emotional journey that it is such a joy to read! In this book we know more about our favorite bartender Zara and how she gets pregnant with her adorable daughter Nicole. One night a handsome, hot, darkened copper hair guy enters the bar she is managing for her uncle and they decided to have a fling over the summer and no shared details. 15 months later, Nicole is born and now Dave re-enter Zara's life... He is a famous hockey player from the Brooklin Bruisers, a bit older and came with a big baggage. They so good together and this is a well-written story with engaging characters and so much love! We even get to be part of a Shipley wedding! The books of this series are all standalone but you will want to read them all!
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was absolutely FANTASTIC! Once I picked it up, I could not put it down. I loved watching these amazing characters come together. I love when a story really makes me feel and this book just gave me so much and I felt so full. The perfect mix of emotion, love, and heat! I can't begin to tell you how excited I was to read this, I’ve been looking forward to Zara’s story since the first book, Bittersweet. The beginning was awesome - a seriously incredible way to kick of a story. Explosive is a good word. Everything around me faded away as I got to know Zara and Dave and it was absolutely perfect. These two had an unconventional start and I loved their off the charts chemistry and how they really got under each other's skin. Zara was so tough and in charge but so guarded. I was pretty much loving Dave from the start with his commanding attitude and strong presence. He was such a good guy and I really loved his walls coming down bit by bit, it had me so full of emotion watching him truly open up. Zara was amazing as well. I loved how she softened as a mom, how she'd grown and changed but still guarded her heart. How everything unfolded was exciting and fun but sweet and sexy, filled with moments of tension and and so much feeling. The writing was spot on. I absolutely loved how the details were presented. It had a wonderful flow. I was so pulled in and filled with anticipation as I learned Dave and Zara’s histories and watched them fall in love. It had excellent development. I was thrilled when the timeline started so we really got to see Zara from the beginning. I loved all the secondary characters and getting updates from other characters in previous stories in this series. I also adored the connection to the hockey series, The Brooklyn Bruisers, and seeing Dave's teammates. That was was a fun addition. I liked the bit of drama that Zara's family brought to the table as well, it added just the right amount of tension. I loved Dave's sister and his relationship with her. I adored the baby… seriously, those daddy-child moments were the most precious things ever. Bountiful was exciting and entertaining with some seriously awesome heat mixed in. It was just a wonderful story about these slightly broken people healing and coming together and falling in love and embracing the future and letting go of the past. It was AMAZING and hands down my favorite in the series so far! I loved this and the ending, man, it was exactly what I wanted. Absolutely perfect! Complimentary copy received for honest review.