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Bountiful

The True North Series, Book 4
Written by: Sarina Bowen
Series: True North (Bowen), Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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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.

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.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 2018-06-16

🌟🌟 5 Stars 🌟🌟

I loved this book and stayed up all night to finish it. Sarina Bowen is a must buy author for me! This series has been great from book 1 but this one was my favorite I think. I loved the characters, they were both so good and normal, like they could be your friends. Dave and Zara are incredibly HOT together and they have a great connection. I loved them together from chapter 1. They have such amazing chemistry that you can't help but fall for their love story. I have a huge soft spot for Men with children in my books. This book was sweet, sexy, realistic and my favorite... Not overly dramatic!!!! I also love that all of these series are entwining but even if you don't remember the other books this could have been a stand alone.

The narration was great! Teddy Hamilton was the PERFECT choice for Dave. He really brought Dave to life for me! Seraphine Valentine was also very good, not sure if I have ever heard her before but I would absolutely buy another audiobook if she was narrating!

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  • Cyndi Marie
  • 2017-12-02

✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

I loved this book and stayed up all night to finish it. Sarina Bowen is a must buy author for me! This series has been great from book 1 but this one was my favorite I think. I loved the characters, they were both so good and normal, like they could be your friends. Dave & Zara are incredibly HOT together and they have a great connection. I loved them together from chapter 1. They have such amazing chemistry that you can't help but fall for their love story. I have a huge soft spot for Men with children in my books. This book was sweet, sexy, realistic and my favorite... Not overly dramatic!!!! I also love that all of these series' are entwining but even if you don't remember the other books this could have been a stand alone.

The narration was great! Teddy Hamilton was the PERFECT choice for Dave. He really brought Dave to life for me! Seraphine Valentine was also very good, not sure if I have ever heard her before but I would absolutely buy another audiobook if she was narrating!

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  • Misty
  • 2017-12-08

Feel Goods

The True North Series has been such an emotional, inspiring and sexy journey with a lot of very entertaining and interesting characters. Although the characters do show up from book to book, they do truly stand alone.

Although this book had not a great deal of action and goings on, i still couldn’t turn it off. It had my attention through and through. The characters were endearing, their chemistry palpable and the storyline was so sweet. I really, truly loved it.

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  • 🎧Pam Audio-Fanatic🎧
  • 2018-11-25

Beautiful!

Zara & Dave

There are some series you are just invested in and this is one of those series for me. I love everything about it.

The small town feels, to the character’s in it. I am in love with it.

We meet Zara pretty early on in the series and you are intrigued by her and her story. I love how this story gives us the before, the meeting of Dave the hot hot, hot, f -buddy relationship to the now.

It really helps us to see the progression of the book but also the growth of both characters. This book unfolded so naturally there wasn’t any over drama which I loved. It wasn’t predictable either, and that was refreshing.

Lovvvved the narration it was exactly what this book needed. Teddy :)

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  • Readaholic19
  • 2020-01-24

Zara and Dave

Zara manages her uncles bar and as a rule she does not enjoy any extracurricular activities with the bar patrons. That is until one summer when Dave decides to visit the bar on a regular basis. What starts off as a one time thing turns in to an all summer thing. But Zara is adamant that she's not looking for a relationship and doesn't want to know anything personal about Dave. They have an insane chemistry and keep it all on the surface. They part ways at the end of the summer on good terms, but really without finding out any personal information about each other.

Flash forward to two years later and Dave is back in Vermont. He has some time off from the Brooklyn Bruisers and decides to take his teammates on a vacation destination to the place he fell in love with one summer. He's about to get the wake-up of his life - not only did he leave that summer with memories of Zara, but he also fathered a baby - his baby with Zara.

I will admit, I'm not usually a fan of the secret baby trope but I really enjoyed this story between Zara and Dave. Here were two people who really really enjoyed each other, but didn't want anything serious. Turns out they got more than they thought they would, but the question is can they make it work? And is it that what they really want?

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The audiobook of Bountiful was narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Seraphine Valentine. Teddy Hamilton did a great job voicing Dave and other various characters throughout the book. I could hear the way Dave was happy, irritated or sad. Seraphine Valentine did an excellent job voicing Zara. She did a great job voicing Nicole and the other various characters throughout the book. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook of Bountiful.

I've enjoyed reading the True North series and am excited to read the rest of the books. Although Bountiful is parts of the True North/Brooklyn Brusiers series it stands as a standalone.

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  • ShannonVM
  • 2020-01-21

Oooh Daddy

Great addition to the True North series.
I didn't expect Dave to be such a dirty bird, but like Zara, I was here for it!
Normally I'm not a big fan of books that feature babies so predominantly, but I really enjoyed this one. I think the fact that we meet Zara in the previous books and I went into this knowing she was pregnant helped. And the fact that it isn't a "secret baby" book, really helped!
I liked that Dave and Zara were adults about things, once Dave returned to Vermont after their one hot summer together and discovered he was a father. I loved that Zara didn't hide Nicole from him, that she told him about her right away.
Dave made my heart ache, as he relived some really painful memories from childhood. His childhood really colored the way he lived his life, at least in regards to relationships. But it made me so happy to see him come into his own as a dad, and to realize he was worthy of a real relationship.
Zara's brothers, especially Alec, irritated me with how they treated Dave. It's not like he was a one-night stand who shirked his fatherly duties- he and Zara, together, decided on the no last name, no personal info summer fling. So how was he to know he had a child? And Zara was the one who didn't offer any details to them, when she found out she was preggers- be mad at her, not him! Zara's a prickly one, and I did have a few issues with her, when it came to how she treated Dave and her expectations about him. Considering he walked into a major life-changing event, I think he handled it extremely well, She didn't seem to want to trust him, even though he was proving he was all-in. It was a lot to take in, for both of them.
I enjoyed seeing Zara and Dave navigate all the facets of their relationship- as parents, and as lovers getting a second chance.

Narration by Seraphine and Teddy was terrific. I sound like a broken record when it comes to gushing over Teddy, so I'll refrain. Seraphine did a great job as Zara. She brought the toughness to her character, as well as the softer, more vulnerable side. I really enjoyed listening to this one.

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  • JCT
  • 2020-01-15

enjoyed it

a good listen but probably won't make the relisten/reread category. Thank goodness for audible escapes.

I like the sound of Seraphine Valentine's voice(s) but I was constantly increasing and decreasing the speed between the two narrators. She doesn't have a good flow between the sentences, they seem disjointed with the hard stop at periods.

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  • Jessica {NoobChic}
  • 2019-12-25

Loved this story

This was super damn cute and totally deserved for Zara after the start that this series gave her. A second chance at a fling that gifted them an adorable baby with copper curls? Sounds like a dream come true yes? Ok so it’s painful and there’s a lot to work through but still I was crazy into the premise and I could empathize with Zara in a big way so it was so enjoyable to be in her head.

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  • Michella L. Patane
  • 2019-12-21

A definite must listen in this series!

Oh I absolutely loved this one! Dave and Zara’s chemistry is off the charts scorching hot! Their storyline is emotional and swoon worthy. A definite must listen in this series! Narration is once again fantastic!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-14

Poor female narrator choice

Having 'heard' Zara in the previous books in this series, and getting to know her personality, the choice of female narrator for this story struck me as odd. She was very mousy sounding, not fitting for a prickly and feisty woman. Male narration was fine.

Story itself was solid. Not the best of the series, or the best of Sarina Bowen, but it was fun to see the overlap of Brooklyn Bruisers and Vermont