The One Real Thing by Samantha Young ~ Amy’s Review

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Samantha Young is one of my all time favorite authors!  I have really, really loved a lot of her work so when she announces she has something new releasing I get really excited!


3 stars


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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Samantha Young’s writing has always been impeccable.  I can read through her books and never find an inconsistency or error.  You can tell she puts her heart and soul into each book and strives to make them perfect.  That is why I love to read her stories, because I know going in she’s given it her all.

The concept for The One Real Thing and the background for the story were amazing.  Small town embracing someone new, charming her, and drawing her into their way of life.  It had the makings of a unforgettable story.   It started off with this amazing scene that grabbed me and pulled me into the story.

Unfortunately once the story progressed I had a hard time staying focused on it.  It was strange for me because I liked the storyline and the characters but, I found myself easily distracted from them.  It took me a lot longer than usual to read the book because of it.  I can’t really pinpoint anything in particular I didn’t like, it just didn’t hold the same kind of wow factor that a lot of her books have for me in the past.

The One Real Thing was a very well written book with fantastic characters and a great storyline.  I think this book will do well with her readers it just wasn’t the right book for me.

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