Review: BEND TOWARD THE SUN by Jen Devon
Published by Griffin, St. Martin's Griffin on August 9, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
Bend Toward the Sun by Jen Devon is one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve read in a long time. It’s a moving story about two people, both of whom have been broken by events from their pasts, who unexpectedly connect with one another.
Rowan McKinnon is a botanist who doesn’t believe in love. Rowan finds solace in plants and in academia, and has no interest in emotional entanglements of any kind. She’s a one-night stand girl all the way. Little does she know, but Harry Brady is about to try to change that. Harry is a doctor who has taken a leave of absence from his job. His self-confidence is shattered after losing a patient, and he has come home to work on his family’s new vineyard and to hopefully heal and recover his self-confidence. A surprisingly intense encounter with Rowan at a family game of hide and seek turns Harry’s world upside down.
I was fully invested in Rowan and Harry from that intense first encounter. The sparks between them were insane and it was clear they were attracted to one another in spite of themselves. The sexual tension between them only continues to grow when Rowan accepts a job at the vineyard and spends months there getting the grounds into shape. I’m a sucker for watching two people grow closer after they’ve gotten off to an initial rocky start, so I just soaked up every scene that brought Rowan and Harry together since it was so obvious that they really needed each other. Rowan, in particular, has built walls around herself, and I loved watching Harry try to break them down. It was truly an emotional tug of war between them at times.
Watching to see what would happen between Rowan and Harry was captivating on its own, but I also just absolutely loved the author’s writing style. Every sentence is lush and beautiful without feeling overdone, and I loved how vividly she brings the setting to life. I could practically smell the grapes and reach out and touch the vines, and that sensation just immersed me in the story all the more.
Equal parts heart-wrenching and heartwarming, Bend Toward the Sun is an intensely emotional story about love, family, grief, and healing that will ultimately leave you with a smile on your face. This one’s a gem that romance fans won’t want to miss! 5 STARS
I’m envisioning this as a Netflix movie😁 And the vineyard setting would definitely be a draw for me.
Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy recently posted…The Friday Face-Off: The Quest
Wow, it’s obvious how much you loved this one. This one wasn’t even on my radar until I saw Sam’s review. Two five star reviews from two trusted sources can’t be ignored. I’m going to have to check this one out.
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Wonderful review, Suzanne. This sounds like an emotional story.
Oh this sounds like a beautiful story! it’s great you rated it so highly too, I love stories that make you feel like you are there! 🙂
Hope you are having a good weekend 🙂
Mica – Away From The Blue recently posted…Black, Burgundy and Grey Jeans Outfits With Turquoise Bag
I agree. The writing was lovely, and I was swept away, time and time again as I read this beautiful story
Sam@WLABB recently posted…Discussion: Changing Tastes
Another one to put on my TBR list! I really like the sound of Rowan’s and Harry’s romance. 😀
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OK OK, you convinced me with that review!
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I’ve yet to finish reading this one! But between this review and Nick’s, it motivates me to pick it up!
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Whew this sounds an emotional journey. I’m happy it was such a hit!
Yes, this one is a real gem of a book. I hope it will get the love it deserves.