Bend Toward the Sun: A Novel

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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
8 reviews
Viper Spaulding
June 7, 2022
Expansive, enthralling slow-burn romance This was a terrific story, a deeply emotional look at what a romantic "trust fall" really looks like. Rowan has been horribly misused before, so her walls are sky-high and ten feet thick. Harry falls for her almost instantly, despite her reticence, and I absolutely adored his quiet, patient pursuit of her heart. Harry might have his heart and mind made up about Rowan, but he's still reeling from a professional setback that cut to the core of his self-worth. I appreciated the tender, thoughtful manner in which the author presented and resolved that issue. The supporting cast was magnificent, from Rowan's girl squad to Harry's love-with-open-arms family. The family dynamics were brilliantly subtle and we were given just enough information about each of the many siblings to make each one independently memorable. The "break up before the make up" seemed to go on a tad bit too long, but when they finally did talk things out it was clear that they each needed the time to sort through all the many internal obstacles in their way. Their HEA was sweet and all the more meaningful for how long it took them to get there. If you like angst-filled big-family contemporary romances, this was written just for you. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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Linda Dossett
April 20, 2022
This story pulled me in several directions. The descriptive scenery and prose spoke to me. Rowan and Harry were harder for me to appreciate. I understand emotional and trust issues, this whole book was full of them. However, the story is beautifully woven with great detail to the nurturing of the farm and vineyards. There is romance, steam and the HEA. A definite beach read.
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Sherri Williamson
February 21, 2022
I was given a copy of this book for my honest review. This was a beautiful story. It shows that no matter what kind of damage has been done to you in your past, when you find the person who can make you “whole” you can overcome that damage and become a better person.
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About the author

Jen Devon wrote her first romance when she was eight. Now she writes vivid, cinematic love stories about imperfect people finding their perfect match. A former biology academic and lecturer, she currently works in the tech industry and dreams of writing full-time. She’s an avid gardener, photographer, and boardgamer, a thrift store enthusiast and unapologetic nerd. She’s a mom of six (three kids, three rescue mutts) and lives in central Ohio with her engineer husband.

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