Reviewed by Louise Wykes
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....
This is a book that drew me in from the blurb. A set of old love letters found in a book in a women’s prison takes a young doctor to the boardwalk town of Hartwell in Wilmington to try and discover the intended recipient. Whilst there trying to correct an historical romance gone wrong, Dr Jessica Huntington finds her own life and ambitions changed forever by the charms of the wonderful town of Hartwell.
This book simply blew me away, having read one of Samantha’s previous books I knew that she was capable of creating heat and intensity with the passion in her writing but this book is so much more than a hot steamy story (Though there is plenty of heat too!). Samantha just drew me in, enchanted, just like Jessica herself into the beautiful descriptions of the lovely seaside town of Hartwell where she finds not only irresistible bar owner Cooper Lawson, she befriends Bailey the inn owner, Emery, the painfully shy bookseller and Ira and Iris and their beloved Italian restaurant. Jessica feels so much of a connection with the place that she realises she doesn’t feel in her own apartment and job at home.
I enjoyed the fact that the book was narrated from both Jessica’s and Cooper’s viewpoints as this gave the reader an insight into the events of the story so the reader feels really immersed in the events of the book.
I would highly recommend this book if you’re after a sweet, sassy and sexy story with plenty of heart. The descriptions of the place and the beautifully drawn characters of the town who all have their own secrets hinted at are so engrossing I just had to keep reading to find out what happened. It was like binge watching a box set!
I am looking forward to discovering more about the citizens of Hartwell as the next book relates to Bailey, the innkeeper. If this book is anything to go by, I am going to be in for a fun-filled, heart-warming, passion-inducing adventure!!