Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Jen Devon’s well-written but emotionally harpooning debut Bend Toward the Sun inspired one of my recent memes about angst lol.
The rural Philadelphia setting & love of nature are evocative (I felt like I could see the mist over the vineyard & the spiders’s webs glinting with dew & smell the dirt). The moments of the leads falling in love & noticing things about each other are lovely (not to mention when he gives her a flower or fixes her bun).
It’s one of those books where so much is intricately captured & rendered.
But boy did this read hurt often, from beginning to end, with a heroine biologist & nature-lover, Rowan McKinnon, who’s sooo stubborn about admitting she needs occasional help & admitting that she has lost her heart to the other lead Harry Brady, an OB who’s temporarily not working due to lingering trauma over losing a patient. Then Harry is sooo stubborn.
Both leads could have benefited from regular therapy—I don't mean that flippantly.
In short, in case you haven’t gotten the point , this book is so angsty. It’s relieved by those moments of loveliness plus shining friendship & found family, but damn, I was so relieved by the reconciliation (which was hard-won) & the Epilogue (so sweet).
If you’re an angst-lover check this one out. There’s a lot to commend it. But it was a lot for this angst-wimp.
3.5 ⭐️. Out 08/09.
CWs: Harry lost a patient immediately after labor & there are on page flashbacks. References to the end of other relationships. Anxiety attacks.
Give me that HEA, please.
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