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A Walk in the Sun Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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Gr 8 Up-Rose Darrow has dreamed of traveling, seeing a world beyond the cows, hay, and mundane farm life she has known for 18 years. Her future is uncertain now that her mother has died and her father has entered into a debilitating depression, leaving Rose to take care of the farm herself. Help for the summer is just what Rose needs, and when it shows up in the form of 18-year-old Bodhi Lowell, Rose finds herself falling for the handsome stranger. Bodhi has spent most of his teenage years running from a painful past, but when his alcoholic father shows up at the Darrows' door, Bodhi must open up to Rose and face his future. He purchases two plane tickets for him and Rose to start their journey together in Edinburgh. Rose must choose between the duty she feels to her family and an uncertain adventure with her summer love. Zink takes care to build Rose and Bodhi's relationship without sacrificing Rose's journey through grief and the struggle to let herself love and be loved again. Their relationship is consummated with both actively choosing to participate and the focus being on their emotional connection throughout the book. Rose is a strong female protagonist, making choices for herself and putting her family first-readers will not find a fainting belle here. Ultimately, this is a story about love of all kinds, including love for oneself. VERDICT Romance seekers will be rewarded with this charming summer love story.-Carrie Fox, South Park High School, PAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
Michelle Zink lives in New York with her four children. Her first novel, Prophecy of the Sisters, was chosen as one of ALA Booklist's Top Ten Novels for Youth of 2009 and as one of the Chicago Public Library's Best Books for Young Readers. It has also been listed on the New York Public Library's Stuff for the Teen Age and the Lone Star Reading List.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
A Walk in the Sun is a sweet story about two people who deserve to be loved and cherished. Both Rose and Bodhi have such good hearts and they are kind and caring. I liked them immediately. I love reading about animals and Michelle Zink's vivid description of the farm made it come to life very well. I enjoyed reading about the cows and the horses, about the daily routines and the way they handled the crises. I fell in love with the setting straight away, it's beautiful and it's the perfect background for a romantic story.
A Walk in the Sun is an easy read, but the topics Michelle Zink writes about are quite deep. Rose has lost her mother and she's grieving while she also has to keep the farm going. Bodhi had a rough past and it broke my heart to read about everything he went through. Michelle Zink describes everything in a compassionate way. The story is intense, but due to the fact that her writing has a good flow the story never becomes too heavy. If you're looking for a wonderful love story with kindhearted main characters and a stunning background you should definitely give this book a try.
Rose Darrow gets up every morning early to care for the animals on her family farm. Since her mother died her father has retreated into himself and rarely gets out of bed. The work has fallen to Rose. In fact it is overwhelming to her. Her aunt has hired someone for the summer to help Rose.
Bodhi has walked across the country from Montana to New York where the Darrow farm is. He plans to spend the summer working on the Darrow farm then he is going to Europe for a fresh start.
When he gets to Milford he is surprised how nice the people are and how concerned for Rose they are. Then the farm was nothing like his expectations. It is intimate and loved. Rose and her father have lost a lot. Rose has buried her pain and taken over the farm afraid to really live her life. Her father has sunk deeper into his depression.
Bodhi has his own secrets but does what he can to help Rose. He decides to help her live. She fights him every step of the way. Then his past makes an appearance and reality comes crashing in.
This book started pretty heavily with the result of the death of Rose’s mother. Sadness, depression and duty were in the forefront of the storyline. The reader feels for Rose. Her loss is present and the tone is set.
Bodhi comes in and presents a bit of hope to the reader and then to Rose as the story progresses. I loved how he treated her. His patience and understanding were definitely a ray of light in an otherwise sad story.
I like Rose and Bodhi together. The author created a sweet love story. It was a realistic story that could happen to any family in any small town. The emotions were believable as were the fearful reactions of moving on with life after such a great loss. Great story with strong emotions. I give it a 4 out of 5.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We are introduced to Rose who lives on a farm with her father.Read more
A 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.Read more
I loved Rose and Bodhi.Read more