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The One Real Thing

Book 1, Hart's Boardwalk

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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....

From Publishers Weekly

25 July 2016 – Unfinished business, a past crime, and the need for personal redemption all lead to Hartwell, Del., the fictitious city that provides the setting for Young's (Moonlight on Nightingale Way) new contemporary series, Hart's Boardwalk. When prison doctor Jessica Huntington attempts to deliver 30-year-old letters to their intended recipient, she runs into bar owner Cooper Lawson. Cooper and the other residents of Hartwell are being pressured by Ian Devlin, Cooper's former best friend's father, to sell their businesses. Cooper's strong attraction to Jessica makes him believe that he can finally have the family he's always wanted. When Ian learns a damaging secret about Jessica, he tries to use the info to blackmail her into convincing Cooper to sell. She has to decide whether to walk away and leave Cooper with good memories of her, or tell him the truth and risk his feelings for her changing irrevocably. The intricately woven subplots make up for Jessica's frustratingly secretive nature and will make a smooth transition to the next in the series.

Customer Reviews

Lovely read

The One Real Thing is Samantha Young’s eagerly anticipated introduction into her new Hart's Boardwalk series. It’s a charming small town romance set in an idyllic town full of characters who are begging for their stories to be told. In short, post reading I can confidently say, be prepared to loose your heart in Hartwell.

For Jessica Huntington, Hartwell is the perfect location when she finds herself at a crossroads in her life. Working as a Doctor in a women’s prison, she is lead to Hartwell when she discovers some letters embedded in one of the library books. Intrigued and taken with it’s tragically romantic undertones, she embarks to deliver the letters to their intended recipient. Once in Hartwell however, the letters take a back seat when she becomes enamoured with he town and it’s residents.

Along with the town’s attractions comes Cooper Lawson. His interest in Jessica goes beyond that of mysterious tourist, and his unashamed pursuit of her made me a fan almost instantly. It’s a sweet relationship that progressively blossoms, but it’s Jessica’s past that contributes to the dramatic element of the story.

It in some ways it reminded me of Kristen Ashley’s Colorado Mountain series. Samantha cleverly weaves snippets of some residents story into proceedings. Combined with the ever present community spirit, it succeeds in hooking the reader into the next potential book whilst still be immersed in the present one.

The One Real Thing was a delightful reading experience and another string to Samantha Young’s bow. The town, it’s residents and it’s author guarantee that i’ll be visiting again soon.

5 Stars is not enough

If I could give this book more than 5 stars I definitely would. I was sucked in from the get go, the characters, the story, the writing, all perfect. I have read and loved many of Samantha Young's books, and this has by far topped them all. When Dr Jessica Huntington decides to holiday in Hartwell, she gets so much more than she was expecting, she gets family, and family is something that Jess has not had in a very long time. Following his divorce from his cheating wife 18 months earlier, Cooper Lawson has been coasting from woman to woman not looking for anything more. Then into his life enters the beautiful, happy, selfless Jess and she rocks his world. All is not quite as peaceful as it seems though in the town of Hartwell and in Jess's life. Hartwell has the power hungry Devlin family wanting to take over the businesses of The Boardwalk, and they're willing to do anything to get what they want. Jess has secrets about her past that she wants no one to know about, ever! The question is, is she willing to risk her own happiness and that of those she has grown to love to protect her secrets? Beautifully written in duel POV, this story has left me wanting for more. Cooper Lawson exceeded all my expectations in a book boyfriend, thus the chemistry between Cooper and Jess is scorching hot. The interactions between all the characters has been written so perfectly, I feel like I know them all personally. I can't wait to read future stories, the characters have all weaved their way into my heart, just like they did to Jess, and just like Jess, I too wouldn't want to leave Hartwell.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The One Real Thing
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  • £4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: 06 September 2016
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Hart's Boardwalk
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