Author: Michelle Zink
Published by: HarperCollins
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Genres: Young Adult
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...
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.