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The One Real Thing (Hart’s Boardwalk #1) by Samantha Young

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Harts Boardwalk #1
Samantha Young
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
September 6th 2016

Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts…

While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life. Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm—and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.

Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations. But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her. Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there’s only one real thing in life worth fighting for….

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Maria’s Review

➦This is a story about taking chances, opening yourself up to new experiences and finding happiness in unexpected places.

➦Jessica, the heroine of this novel works as a physician at the women’s correctional facility where, one day, she finds a stack of love letters. She then realizes that the woman who wrote said letters has passed away but never had the chance to send out the letter to the love of her life.

➦Being overwhelmed by the tragic love story, Samantha takes a much needed vacation to the small town in order to give the letters to the man who they are addressed to.

➦What she finds there is very unexpected – a friend in a hotel owner where she’s staying, a lover in a sexy bar owner who gives her shelter from the rain, a place where she feels content and happy in a small touristy town.

➦So when the three weeks of vacation are up, will Jessica take a chance and stay? Change job, may be? Try something new?

➦I enjoyed this book just fine. It’s a bit on the long side with angsty and, at times, somewhat depressing undertones, but I was committed to finishing it. Some parts might have left me a bit teary-eyed. If you enjoy emotional reads with troubled heroines and sweet/affectionate heroes then, by all mean, give it a shot! Samantha Young’s writing is, as always, fantastic.