Bend Toward the Sun: A Novel by Jen Devon

Title:  Bend Toward the Sun: A Novel
Author: Jen Devon
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre:  Romance, Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages: 376
Date of US Publication: 9 August, 2022
My Rating:  5 Stars

My Thoughts 

Bend Toward the Sun is such a fantastic debut novel! 


I wasn’t completely sure I’d like this one at first, romances between two issue-laden people is so not my thing, but this novel kept grabbing at me and I kept reading.

This story had a lot that I really do enjoy - healing with the help of nature / gardening, botany, realistic, emotional, beautifully descriptive writing, and characters you truly come to care for.

There was also a lot of humor  - personally, I adored the nod to Joan Wilder (thee Joan Wilder?) 🤣

I enjoyed this one so much.  

eARC kindly provided by St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


Jen Devon's Bend Toward the Sun is a gorgeous, emotional love story about taking unexpected paths, accepting loss, and finding strength in the transformative power of love.

“Heart-warming, sensual, beautifully written.”—Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis

Two imperfect people. One year under the sun. A love story you won't ever forget.

Rowan McKinnon doesn’t believe in love. With a botany PhD, two best friends who embrace her social quirkiness, and some occasional no-strings sex, she has everything she needs. But she hides deep wounds from the past—from an emotionally negligent mother, and a fiancé who treated her like a pawn in a game. When an academic setback leads Rowan to take on the restoration of a winery's abandoned vineyard, she relishes the opportunity to restore the grapes to their former glory.

She does not expect to meet a man like Harrison Brady.

An obstetrician profoundly struggling after losing a patient, Harry no longer believes he is capable of keeping people safe. Reeling, Harry leaves Los Angeles to emotionally recover at his parents’ new vineyard in Pennsylvania.

He does not expect to meet a woman like Rowan McKinnon.

As their combative banter gives way to a simmering tension, sunlight begins to crack through the darkness smothering Harry’s soul. He’s compelled to explore the undeniable pull between them. And after a lifetime of protecting herself from feeling anything, for anyone, Rowan tries to keep things casual.

But even she can’t ignore their explosive connection.

"A lushly drawn portrait of two people with a magnetic, soul-deep connection."—New York Times bestselling author Rachel Lynn Solomon

"A gorgeous love story full of lyrical writing and raw emotion."—New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst


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