Book Review: The One Real Thing by Samantha Young

The One Real Thing Book Cover The One Real Thing
Standalone in Hart's Boardwalk #1
Samantha Young
Contemporary Romance
September 6th 2016

goodreadsWelcome 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…


My review

My review on Goodreads

It was my first book in a long time, which I read in print and in my own language. I don’t know whether it’s just me, but in English everything sound better. Nevertheless, 4 stars is the perfect rating to summarize my infatuation with this city and its people.

“It’s never too late to change the road that you’re on.”

About the plot: Doctor Jessica Huntington works in a women’s prison. She is lonely, overworked and has no family. One day she found letters in a book from the prison library, and their content touched her that much that she decided to give them to the recipient. That way she ends up in Hartwell, where she meets a handsome bartender, Cooper Lawson.

Cooper survived much after the divorce and now avoids relationships. However, the lady doctor has something that not allow him to pass up such an opportunity, maybe for true love.

Final thoughts: The story even though very slowly begins, has something that very quickly draws you in. The heroine background, her work and mysterious letters. And then a charming town with even more amazing hero and easy to like secondary characters. All this together created a beautiful backdrop for a well-developed and great love story.

“You’ve made your mark. You made your mark on me. No matter what happens between us now or in the future, I will never forget you. You’re inside me. Always will be.”

What is important to me is that in such a “ordinary” romance is something that touches me personally. And the book has something that reflects my own feelings or problems. Luck? Fortuity? Maybe, but I had already read two books in the series and she succeeded twice. So maybe Samantha Young just has a talent.

For those looking for thrills, it’s really an emotional story about finding what’s the most important in our lives. But very hot and wonderfully written scenes will please also fans of more sexual romances. Definitely a series worth of recommendations.


Samantha YoungAbout The Author

Samantha Young is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series, including Moonlight on Nightingale Way, Echoes of Scotland Street, and Fall from India Place, as well as the standalone novel Hero. She resides in Scotland.

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