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In this Bridges of Madison County for teens, Michelle Zink weaves a magnetic tale about summer love that stays with you long after the seasons change.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 hoIn this Bridges of Madison County for teens, Michelle Zink weaves a magnetic tale about summer love that stays with you long after the seasons change.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.......

Title : A Walk in the Sun
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ISBN : 9780062434463
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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A Walk in the Sun Reviews

  • Sarah
    2018-12-11 10:26

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)“Anything can happen. Take hold of this moment. The future will take care of itself.”This was a YA contemporary romance about a girl who had recently lost her mother.Rose was quite a strong character, and it was admirable the way she had taken over the farm after her mother’s death. The storyline in this was mainly about the romance, and we did get a bit of a low-key love triangle with the boy next door having feelings for Rose also. The pace in this was about right, and it was a nice easy read.The ending to this was okay, and things seemed to work out pretty well.6.25 out of 10

  • Stacee
    2018-11-30 05:56

    Everyone knows I'm picky about contemps, but I've enjoyed the last couple of Michelle's books, so I was eager to read this one.I loved Rose and Bodhi. They're both strong, yet struggling with different types of grief. I loved the slow burn of their relationship. It was satisfying to read the delicious build up. There are some great secondary characters {I adored Rose's BFF, Lexie} and everyone felt fleshed out and there for a reason.Of course there's some angsty times, that's to be expected in a story like this. But it's not too bad and it's not for too long and there's a glorious letter that had me swooning. I absolutely love letters in books.Overall, it was a fantastic story with some great life lessons I wasn't expecting to get. It was exactly what I want to read at the time.**Huge thanks to Harper Teen and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review****Squishy hugs to Michelle for sending me the arc**

  • Jen Ryland
    2018-11-25 11:38

    This isn't going to be for everyone. It was a little slow-paced, but kind of sweet, with nice details about life on a farm. But after reading a book where all the characters' actions and feelings seemed completely contrived, A Walk in the Sun presented the exact opposite: characters who felt honest and sincere.This is definitely a grief book of sorts - Rose's mom has died, and while Rose is managing as best as she can, her father isn't. Rose should be going off to college and testing the waters of independence, but her guilt and her love for her father are keeping her on the family farm, working and keeping an eye on him. When an attractive young farmhand shows up to help (stop smirking!) she's drawn to him. After a summer of romance, Rose will have to choose between family and loyalty vs. adventure and love. P.S. The Goodreads blurb calls this Bridges of Madison County for teenagers. (lol, because no teenagers alive today were around in 1992 when that book came out.) While I think that comparison does this book a huge disservice, I see the parallels. I mean, there's the whole farm girl meets attractive drifter thing in both, but the woman in that book was married and Rose isn't cheating. Yes, there's another guy who clearly likes Rose, but she's a person of integrity and there's no triangle at all.If you're in the mood for something sweet and romantic and a touch old-fashioned, give this a try!Read more of my reviews on YA Romantics or follow me on BloglovinThanks to the publisher for providing a free advance copy of this book for me to review.

  • Once Upon a Twilight
    2018-12-13 04:38

    A Walk in the Sun was the perfect contemporary novel all rolled into one. Rose and Bodhi are forced together when Rose’s aunt hires Bodhi to help on their family farm. Rose is close to graduating high school but her hopeful plans for travel after graduation are put on hold after the death of her mother that has left her father in a deep depression and Rose feels responsible for taking care of the family farm. Cue Rose’s aunt hiring on Bodhi for the summer. While Rose is dealing with heavy grief, Bodhi is dealing with his own different grief. They're both reserved and standoffish towards each other for a good time but that helps make the relationship feel organic once it starts. A lot of contemporary novels rush into the romance part of the story since there’s not a lot of time to work with and Zink built a friendship for our characters first, and then their feelings bloomed into more.This was the perfect summer contemporary read. I've read Michelle Zink’s Lies I Told series and fell for her storytelling then and couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. And with no surprise it captured me right away and I couldn't wait to hear both Rose and Bodhi’s story.

  • Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
    2018-12-16 09:55

    This is my first summer read and I have to say it was a great read considering I was reading it in the middle of a winter storm and thinking about the farm and love in the air. Not to mention I lost an aunt while I was reading this so it did hit home for me. I thought I would cry through it but I did cry but mostly I was rooting for Bohdi and Rose.Rose has her life all figured out. She is going to leave her family's farm and small town and move on to bigger and better things. Only a tragedy strikes her family and she can't leave because she has to stay and help her family's farm. She knows she wants a new life but family first.Bohdi has always lived his life on the road. As a teen he left his house and never looked back. He never liked rules so he made his own and followed his own rules. Going from farm to farm job he never stayed to long just long enough to make money and move on to the next farm. That is until he comes to the Darrow farm and meets Rose. Things change for him because he starts to have feelings for her. He knows this is a temporary job but is he willing to give that up to stay or will this be a summer romance for the both of them......

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-07 06:44

    3.5/5 starsA Walk in the Sun is a YA contemporary romance. It is a standalone and my first book by this author.The book is told in third person narration. There are two narrators: Rose and Bodhi.The book is set on a farm in New York.The story is sweet and cute. It is sort of light, although there are a few heavier issues addressed. After reading some really heavy and emotional books lately it was a nice change to read something a bit lighter.Rose is 18 and graduating from high school. Her mom has recently died. Her dad has checked out emotionally. Her family owns the farm where she lives. The other narrator is 19 year old Bodhi. He is hired by Rose's aunt to work on the farm.Even though the characters have problems I just found that their friendship and the rest of the story just has a light feeling to it.The book was an enjoyable read. Both Rose and Bodhi were very interesting characters. Rose was basically forced to handle a lot after her mom died. I found her to be very strong.Bodhi did not have a very good childhood, yet he was well mannered and a hard worker. I really enjoyed both of them.There were also a bunch of very fascinating supporting characters. Maggie (the neighbor). Lexie (Rose's best friend). Rose's aunt. Will (Rose's friend).Overall, it was a nice story. The setting was quite different from most books I read. I liked seeing how a farm was run and learning about various aspects (particularly the farm animals). The ending was okay. But I guess I wanted a bit more, maybe an epilogue. It felt a bit rushed. But a charming read!Thanks to edelweiss and HarperTeen for allowing me to read this book.

  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    2018-11-30 09:50

    Rose just graduated high school and lives on her family's farm. Instead of traveling this summer or going off to college, she is staying put in order to help her family run the farm. This is especially important since things haven't been going smoothly since her mother died. Her father really hasn't bounced back and taken over the responsibilities, so it's up to Rose to hold things together. But the fact of the matter is, she is still grieving over the loss of her mother. Then a mysterious stranger comes to the farm to help out for the summer. His name is Bodhi and he is a quintessential cowboy who also has secrets of his own. There's an undeniable attraction between Bodhi and Rose, but he has plans to leave in September. What will become of their summer romance? Michelle Zink's A Walk in the Sun is a sweet romance that is perfect for an indulgent day at the beach.Read the rest of my review here:http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c...

  • Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
    2018-11-23 04:42

    Putting on hold 2/24/16: I read about 10% of this and I'm just not getting into it. I didn't realize this started with the death of a family member (Rose's mother) and was thinking it would be a bit lighter. I may come back to it once more reviews come out but for now, this isn't really the book I'm in the mood for.

  • Elaina
    2018-12-17 09:30

    2.5 StarsThis book was alright..not my favorite, but it was okay :)

  • Hannah Martian
    2018-11-19 04:35

    DNF at page 40. I just couldn't get into it for some reason. Too much exposition and dialogue at the beginning maybe?

  • Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
    2018-11-18 04:56

    *ARC kindly provided by Harper Teen thru Edelweiss for review*New York was always known as the concrete jungle. A city full of buildings, graffiti’s and subways that’s why I’m so surprised that A Walk In The Sun was set in a country-side -  specifically a ranch -  in New York. Surprising right?Told in alternating point of view, A Walk In The Sun is not your simple summer love story. The story has its own share of tragedy and heartbreak.Before everything happened, Rose Darrow had a life outside Milford.She will finish High School and get off her family’s farm to get to College. But a tragedy puts her dreams on hold and she’s suddenly managing her family farm. She’s all alone on the responsibility except for the help of her aunt. Managing a farm was a huge responsibility but she did not hesitate to take care of it while her father was still coping up with her mother’s death.Right from the beginning, I feel sympathy with Rose at the same time I admire her strength and love not only for her dad but for their farm as well. She has a very strong and admirable character.“Being lonely has been as natural as breathing since he’d left home at fourteen without a word to anyone.” Bodhi Lowell is a drifter. He’s been living on his own from city to city working from one job to another ever since he left home at a young age of fourteen. He love’s to read. He may not finish High School in a normal environment but his will to learn is there.However, my only comment is that Bodhi’s character felt a little flat. Yes, I get that he’s silent and shy but I was expecting more from him. Not a grand gesture, but a little more. “A lot of life is about momentum. You let yourself stand still too long, you get stagnant, forget there are other places to see, other ways of thinking and doing things. And the worst part is, you start to lie to yourself. Make excuses why it’s just fine to be standing still, telling yourself you didn’t want anything different anyway.” As the story progress, we see the growth in Rose and Bodhi’s characters. They not only learned something about each other but more about their lives ahead.Rose learned that she needed to step-forward to reach her dreams and not just settle. She needs to live. While Bodhi learned that sometimes, relying in someone might be just what he needed.Rose and Bodhi’s story is more than just a summer fling. There is no insta-love but a slow burning crush and attraction that will definitely makes you cheer for them.The story was well-written and engrossing however, I wish that the overall feel of the story was changed. I don’t know how to explain this that all of you can understand but I’ll try. So, uhm, as I was reading, I feel gloomy. I imagine the ranch setting to be a gloomy one what with tragedy the tragedy that Rose’s family has experienced. But as the story progress, the gloomy aura was not removed. Yes, there are a lot of happy moments here and there but the overall aura was still gloomy and sad. I just wanted to feel the sun that is to shine on the story.“They were all scared sometimes, but they were brave. They were living.” But overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I liked how the story wrapped up. I loved Rose and Bodhi and I’m really keeping my fingers crossed for a Book 2? A European Adventure would be awesome to read. ;)*For more reviews, please feel free to visit Reads and  Thoughts*

  • Megan
    2018-11-22 07:42

    An okay beach read kind of book. Rose was a good heroine, (view spoiler)[I liked how she was determined to save the calf (hide spoiler)]. I thought the romance, though it took a while to start, seemed to move very quickly. The ending was nice, but a little unbelievable.

  • Deniz
    2018-11-17 09:41

    3.5 StarsA Walk in the Sun did touch me deeply. A story about loss and moving on. Yet also story about love and new beginnings. This is not a cute & fluffy, nor is it exciting and fun. It is a slow paced story that examines first love, coming of age and dealing with loss. And also in the end the reality of fear and new beginnings. It's beautiful. My favorite part about this is definitely the way Zink managed to actually convey these themes. And also her descriptions of the farm and the life surrounding it. It's so far removed from all the glitz and glam, all the melodramas and excitement. I felt the solitude of the location and I could vividly imagine the way it feels being there. The plot was slow, at times a wee bit too slow for me. I kept switching between the other books I was reading, which was for said reason. But also because this isn't a light read. It's not complicated or heavy. But I felt it needed my complete attention. I read at the ocean or first thing on my balcony on sunrise. Somehow it felt appropriate to, it enhanced the beautiful setting, the slow pace and it made me appreciate the beauty of the book more. The character building was done extremely well. In fact this it totally character driven. There are a interesting side casts. And then there are the two MCs. The story is told in third person in alternating POVs. I think I would have prefered a first person narration. This is such a personal book, I felt like the third person was keeping me at an arm's lengths. Bodhi and Rose are both interesting and alone. But also somehow wise beyond their years. I loved their love for farming but also could relate to their yearning for traveling. They seem at opposites to each other in the beginning, but slowly as they get to know each other their similarities become apparent. The romance was ok. I loved the slow burn of it. But I am not sure how I felt about their insta-connection...Then there is Will. He felt kinda planted in, well at least the issues with him. Somehow in compare to the story, it was like Zink decided she wanted to throw in some drama. In my opinion it was superfluous- in fact at times it was a bit annoying. It's a book for someone who is looking for something beautiful, touching and romantic.

  • Princess Bookie
    2018-12-15 09:56

    My Thoughts: This one was so sweet!!! It’s a little country novel that just makes your heart melt!We are introduced to Rose who lives on a farm with her father. Her mother passed away shortly ago and Rose is doing her absolute best to keep the farm going on. She takes care of the day to day tasks, with the help of one of her neighbors! Well, they decide to hire a little bit of help! Another boy comes into the picture named Bodhi! I just knew from the minute I met Bodhi I was going to like him! He had his inner demons but he was also such a sweetie. Bodhi and Rose are both dealing with a lot in life and you put them together, and WAM! A lot of chemistry but also a lot of confusion. I loved the moments they spent together, rather it be just working on the farm or going out in town. I just loved this one. It was super cute and country! I always felt like I was right there with them having to deal with the day to day stuff and than their own problems in their own lives. I also loved seeing how strong they both were. Things got confusing but they found a way to talk, even if it took a while. I thought this one was cute and just what I needed, something light and fun. Overall: I really liked this one a lot! Such a good contemporary! It did get slow in a few parts but it would speed right back up and I’d be into it again! Cover: Adorable!! I love how they are standing there, love the colors, it’s cute! What I’d Give It: 4/5 Cupcakes___________Taken From Princess

  • Christy LoveOfBooks
    2018-11-16 04:41

    Even though YA contemporary hasn’t necessarily been my thing lately, I couldn’t resist A Walk in the Sun after reading the blurb. It gave me a touch of nostalgia. Luckily, it turned out be a good one. I didn’t fall head-over-heels in love with it, but I did like it.Rose’s mom recently passed away, and she’s had to put her plans for college and traveling on hold in order to help her dad with the farm. Loss, grieving, and depression are issues Rose is dealing with, especially when it comes to her dad. While Rose is struggling to keep the farm afloat, a new ranch hand arrives for the summer. Bodhi is running from his own past and doesn’t stay in one place for too long. Despite all of this, the story doesn’t feel too heavy. It’s actually a pretty sweet romance.I liked Rose and Bodhi and their slow-build romance. It takes Rose awhile to warm up to Bodhi, in fact, she’s kind of cold towards him at first. She has her reasons, though. I enjoyed watching them grow closer while dancing around the chemistry between them. At the same time growing as individuals.And of course, gotta love the small town setting. Well, when they went into town, that is. There are some wonderful secondary characters, as well. Like Maggie and Marty, who are both strong older women who give great advise.Overall, A Walk in the Sun a nice, quick and enjoyable read, perfect for summer.

  • Nicolette (FallingOverBooks)
    2018-12-14 09:34

    This book touched me in a way that I cannot explain. I really liked it!!

  • Kenzie
    2018-11-21 08:48

    This book only took me about 3 hours to read but those 3 hours were so beautiful. This book showed me that happiness is possible beyond the sadness that is faced in life and that it is possible to get through rough times. I hadn't thought this book would hold the symbolic meaning of something different but with moving on from the past, its shown that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Rose was an inspirational character for this novel and the way she changed over the course of the book showed how to move on and open up. Falling in loved helped to show her that new possibilities can rise from anything.

  • Mandy
    2018-12-17 04:32

    this book is one of the best books i have ever read the emotion in this book makes you want to read it all over again you never want the story to end Michelle Zink has rocked my world the people in this book are so well put tog. Rose the girl the story follows is so closed off and just not happy Bodhi is a gentleman he is a farm boy with a hidden story what happens when there line crosses one more note you should know is this book is in third person but it brings out the story more and you see both reactions and not a change in point of view

  • Gabby Citronnelli
    2018-11-25 10:32

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. It was a pretty simple story line dealing with death, grief, and love. But the way Michelle Zink writes about these things in the storyline is captivating. I legit read the whole book in one day, as I could not put it down. The character Rose is a sweet soul, and I loved her from the very beginning.

  • Kelly
    2018-12-04 11:30

    I really enjoyed this book. It is a mostly clean YA love story. You know what's coming, but that didn't really bother me. I loved the characters, Bodhi and Rose (who's a red head like me) and enjoyed being on the farm with them. I doubt I would read it again, which is why I only gave 4 stars, but it was an easy, pleasant read.

  • Kendra
    2018-11-30 05:36

    I have two words for this book..Slow and predictable. This book has a feel good ending. There wasn't a lot of conflict.

  • Tammy
    2018-11-25 06:46

    Is it wrong to say my lasting though with this read is what a putz Will was? What an ornery whine butt! Bodhi and Rose are cute together but I'm thinking the best part of their story is yet to come.

  • Brittney
    2018-12-06 11:42


  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
    2018-12-07 10:45

    This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional BookviewsA Walk in the Sun made me feel the feels! Rose was a strong, young woman, one who didn't realize her strength until the end of the storyOne of the main themes of A Walk in the Sun is how grief can change us! Our outlook on life, our plans, our wants even, up to a point, our needs. After Rose's mother passed away, her father became a shell of his former self, and the only person left to take care of the ranch, the animals and the house - on top of finishing high school - was Rose. She worked herself hard, and while she was tired more often than not, she also felt some kind of satisfaction because she was able to do it all. But at what cost? Before her mother's passing, Rose's dreams for the future always included traveling far. Both in the US and abroad, to live her life to the fullest and experience things she wouldn't be able to do in her small hometown. Afterwards, though, the only thing that mattered was to keep the ranch going, all the while hoping her father would shake himself out of his depression and start taking an interest in the living once more.I have nothing but admiration for Rose and her strength - I don't think all teenagers would mature and feel so involved in the future of the ranch that had been her family's for generations. When her aunt managed to get paid help for the ranch for the summer, Rose never imagined that she would go through a second transformation in less than a year! Tender family relations, friendship and new love kept me hoping that things would work out for Rose while she was dealing with her grief as well as being so busy. It seems that one of the ways she managed to keep the grief at arm's length was to work hard, then crash into bed in order to start all over again the next day.Bodhi changed all of that, though. With him, he brought a sense of more, of hope, of a different future than the one she had foreseen in the past months. With his air of mystery and detachment, Bodhi also brought with him a lot of knowledge, both about the animals and the ranch land, and he was very mature for his age. Having had to battle his own demons by living on his own since he was fourteen, he managed to still keep his focus outwards and towards the future.With a dash of mystery, and more heartache both when it came to family matters and friends, A Walk in the Sun still managed to be pretty light-hearted most of the time. Living with grief, and then learning to live without a person she loved made Rose a lot stronger than she thought she was, and when she was able to open her heart, she learned that she still had different opportunities ahead.Written in third person point of view, mostly from Rose's perspective and in past tense, both the story itself and the characters - including the secondary characters - was well done, and I enjoyed getting to know them all.People had been telling Rose that she looked like her mother since she was old enough to walk. Same red hair, same green eyes, both of them a little on the tall side. She hadn't liked it when she was younger. She'd wanted to look like herself then. Like Rose, Not Kate Darrow's daughter.She laughed. "Hardly. It's just... Well, everything's going to change." It wasn't really the truth. Everything had already changed. But high school was one of those places where she could still see her mother, waiting to drive Rose home after school freshman year, walking the halls during Open House, cheering Rose on the one season she'd played volleyball.Lexie laughed. "Feed that line to someone who doesn't know better. I've seen your stash of travel brochures. Lie to me if you want. I love you. I can take it." She hesitated, then opened the door. "Just don't lie to yourself."

  • bubbles
    2018-12-10 10:35

    3.5Bodhi is admirable for being brave enough to leave his home and travel around finding work at farms.liked the ending, that Rose decided to leave for adventure in the end.

  • Maggie
    2018-11-19 03:53

    I really enjoyed reading this book by Michelle Zink, i feel i can really relate to this book as it is relaisitic fiction. My favorite thing about the book is that all of the relationships in the books are slowly developing as the book goes on and i liked that because it made me feel like i could relate to the book as the characters and relationships developed as the story did. overall i really liked this book and would highly recommend it if you are into to romance and real life events.

  • Jamieson
    2018-12-09 07:36

    Rose Darrow is lost. After her mother passes away, the running of the family farm falls to her. Her father, John Darrow, is just too grief stricken to do much of anything except exist in a cloud of depression. So the running of the farm falls on her shoulders. She spends every waking moment tending the cattle, working the crops and what little time is left over is devoted to school. Her graduation is coming up. Normally a source for excitement, Rose doesn’t feel any joy at all. Her life had been filled with plans, places she wanted to go to, things she wanted to see. Now it’s filled with the endless hours of taking care of the farm, the livestock and her father. There is no room for anything else. She puts her dreams aside, never to be seen again. Bodhi Lowell is trying to escape his past. Growing up as the son of an abusive and alcoholic father has left him with a few scars, most of them invisible to the world. After his mother passes away, he leaves home and fends for himself, mostly working on farms to get what experience he needs. He even changed his name to leave his past behind. When Rose’s aunt Marty hires Body for the summer to help out on the farm, he thinks this will be just what he needs. Make a little money before his dream of flying off to Europe comes to life. What he doesn’t plan on is Rose. There is something about her that calls so him, that’s like Bodhi already knows her. He senses her pain and sorrow and knows that something has happened to her, but Bodhi doesn’t push. If she wants to tell him, she will. When the two meet, there are sparks and those sparks turn into fireworks. However, will those fireworks be snuffed out when Rose learns of Bodhi’s plans to leave? Or will they prosper? When love is involved, it’s anybody’s guess. Some dreams have a way of coming true…I love this book. Nope, I heart it. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that touched me so deeply and on so many different levels. Michelle Zink delivers a powerhouse of a novel, that touches on a lot of subjects that aren’t in your typical young adult novel: death, abandonment, abuse, alcoholism, isolation. At the same time, she’s written a novel that shows the healing powers of time and, most importantly, of love. Rose isn’t your typical heroine and Bodhi isn’t your typical hero. The two have their own issues, their own pasts, and together they find a way to move on from those pasts and form a bond with each other. The secondary characters of Lexi, Will, John Darrow and Marty add spark and life to the novel, but make no mistake, this is Rose and Bodhi’s book. The journey they go on together is so believable and so all consuming that I found myself cheering at this book, laughing out loud and, quite a few times, crying both out of sadness and out of joy. In the end, it didn’t feel like I was holding a book. It felt as if I were holding life itself. I really connected with Bodhi. His struggle mirrors my own and the emotional depth that she brought to him is so real, so powerful, that I couldn’t help but be moved by him. And which one of us hasn’t lost a family member they love? The emotion encased within A Walk in the Sun is so real. I implore you to read A Walk in the Sun. Discover how one summer of love can change a whole life and that love really can make miracles happen

  • Ally
    2018-11-27 03:38

    YABCYA Contemporary, A WALK IN THE SUN is a sweet story of a girl who is grieving because of her mother's death and a boy trying to escape a haunted past. It's a massively entertaining and engrossing tale that starts with two paths and ends in one. Let's dig in. First of all, I have to point out the setting. My gosh, I have never known such things about living in a very rural area/small town. It's nice to read the descriptions and it's even nicer to be taken to a whole other place. Rose Darrow is a girl going through the motions. Nothing is ever the same after her mother's death, and her father is not coping well either. She is empty, cold, and different. Everything seems down and about until she meets Bodhi, who changes the entire dynamic of her home and her life. She lives again, and that is the main point of the story. To begin again and not just survive but also live. It is to believe that good things can happen again even after all the darkness.And there is Bodhi Lowell. He is running from his past, and it is a terrible past at that. He's trying to escape, and he finds good in Rose Darrow. Though Rose is the more prominent character of the duo, I find Bodhi much more easier to empathize and understand. He is, at first, an outsider peering into Rose's life until he becomes a much larger part of it. Both characters change because of each other and their experiences, and they cling to each other. (So adorable those two characters are, by the way.)The story unwinds slowly but steadily. The exposition provides a very nice opening to the book, and the tone of it is rather sorrowful (especially on Rose's end but also on Bodhi's). When the two characters meet, everything changes. It is as if a light has been switched on, and happiness, laughter, and all the good things in life comes into the book, and it's a glorious shift in tone to read. Though the two characters go through internal drama, family drama, drama stemming from romance, and drama because of grief, they are stronger because of it. They are hopeful. And the change is well-written and absolutely exciting to read. The romance brings together two people who are lost in their own ways. One, in grief. The other, in escapism (by traveling frequently and never looking back but not quite settling in one place). The pair have great chemistry, and I swear that I smile at certain moments and scare other people because of it. ("Why are you smiling at a book?" Because my OTP is adorable. "Wait, what? What's an OTP?" One true pairing. "Huh?")The ending is a perfect conclusion to not just the story, the romance, but also the individual character arcs. I can't end the book any better. This ending is so satisfying with all ends tied up and a HEA to boot. Overall, A WALK IN THE SUN is a character-driven story that starts with melancholy and ends with the most important thing of all: hope. This is for anyone who loves a story of moving on but also never forgetting the ups and downs of life. Rating: Three out of Five

  • Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
    2018-11-23 10:27

    I wanted to read this one because I like the sound of a summer romance and a bit of a lighter contemporary read than I have been reading. Plus the cover is super adorable, so it caught my eye.Rose's has been handling things on the family farm because her mom passed away and since then her dad hasn't been able to really handle things. so with the help of a neighbor she has been learning the business and the animals and what needs to be done. she's taking on a lot of responsibility but she realizes it and she wants to help even if it does seem like she resents it a bit. She's missed out on college applications and deadlines and that sort of thing and it's also limited her social life. As the novel is beginning Bodhi is just wandering into town. we learn about him that he's also from a pretty rough past and was kind of hiding out and the solitary life. He wanted out from under his dad house and not in foster home so he learned ways for that to happen. He's found his home working with animals on farms and ranches having a roof above his head and somewhere to stay and food and he's been fine with that life.I liked Rose's friendship with lexie. She keeps her honest and brings a new perspective to boys, trying to get her to focus on things outside of the farm, and remember that there is another kind of life she could strive for.There was a lot of tension between Rose and Bodhi and I really liked it and I also like the fact that they questioned this attraction and the awkwardness and if the other one was interested. it was just kind of a fun and give and take and I was wanting for things to work out for them. I liked their timing and progression of their relationship. Both learned to let go and let someone new in even if it meant that they might part ways, and leave the other's life at the end of the summer.I liked the resolution, and could see how the whole novel was pointing that way. It helped show a family's timeline through grief, and the different things that opened their eyes and illuminated the unhealthy ways they were coping, and I was glad to see progress in their life. Seeing how they can keep a memory alive and still stay in the land of the living- life that changes and develops, and brings different people in at the right times. Bottom Line: Liked the sweet romance and the emotional touches. Source: Harperteen via edelweissDisclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being by Brandi Breathes Books

  • alice (arctic books)
    2018-12-17 11:34

    find this and other reviews at!!Thank you to HarperTeen for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review.actual rating: 2.5/5 starsTHE WALK IN THE SUN had a beautiful cover, so I knew I was going to be interested. I’ve been trying to read more contemporary romance, for myself and for one of my 2016 reading challenges! Unfortunately, I was not very impressed with this novel.The thing about this book was that it was good; it had a lot of new elements that aren’t very common in YA, but the plot was just so cliché. This tale has been told a thousand times over again, and frankly, I’m getting bored with it. The plot is a popular trope throughout young adult literature: the girl is hurt. The boy comes along. They hate each other, then they fall in love. The girl and the boy have a fight/have a rift between them. They make up. Happily ever after. I’ve just seen this sort of concept everywhere, so I feel like if I had never read a book like this, I would enjoy it so much more.Let’s talk about the characters. We first get introduced to Rose, who is obviously the gorgeous, sweet, kind, caring main character, whose mother has just passed away. In turn, her father is not working on the farm, and Rose has to take everything under her belt, but she’s stressed. That’s where Bodhi comes in. He’s the tall, attractive farmhand who helps out around the property and who also has a troubled past. Do these character descriptions sound familiar? They should because they’re literally the reincarnations of every young adult character ever. That being said, the romance was cliché. They fall in love while Rose’s friend (who is like a brother to her) feels jealous and wants to “protect” her because he’s just so desperately in love with her.If you want to take one interesting thing from this novel, just know that this takes place on a farm. I haven’t read any books that are set on farms (now that I think of it, I’ve never read any of those kinds of books), and reading about their daily routines and farm responsibilities was pretty cool.Overall, this book did not meet my expectations. I would assume that if you’re looking for some contemporary fluff set on a farm, then this one might be the one for you. I just suppose that I wasn’t in the mood for any contemporary romances when I read this, so I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped.