7 Sept 2016


Blog Tour Book Review / The One Real Thing by Samantha Young

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….

Published:    1st September 2016
Publisher:  Piatkus
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Book 1, Hart's Boardwalk
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher


What I loved about this book...  I was so excited to get to read this for the blog tour.  I had previous read Hero by the same author and adored that one.  There were so many great things about this book I really don't know where to start!   You have Jessica who at the start of the story seems like she is maybe stuck in a rut and looking after everyone else's needs apart from her own.  When she discovers letters written by an prisoner and decides to deliver them personally, that is when the story became great for me.  Jessica gets swept into this town where she meets so many characters who become friends and one that becomes more than that!  Along with the romance and new friendships, there is also an enemy in the midst wanting to come in and upset the town and its inhabitants.

What I didn't like about this book...  I would have loved to have had more of a story with the letter Jessica found and wanted to deliver, the whole reason she want to Hartwell in the first place.  Now that I know that this is book 1 in a series, maybe there will be more on that and maybe not but it seemed like that part of the story was just put in there so Jessica has an excuse to go to Hartwell in the first place.  I would loved to have learned more about who the letter was destined to and more about that story.