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Samantha wrote an easy to follow, very hopeful and positive book about forgiveness and love.
I love the way that Samantha Young builds her stories and layers on subplots. Her "background characters" are always my favorite and it was no different in this book.
I had a hard time with the ending. It's hard to write why without giving up the plot but I can say that I thought there was a big to-do about nothing.
That being said, it's a Samantha Young book, therefore it's very well written and extremely entertaining!
Tad and Angelica are dream narrators. I have not one criticism to give them, excellent choice for this book!
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I am probably one of the ONLY people who has never read/listened to On Dublin Street, Samantha Young's most famous novel. But this first edition of the Hart's Boardwalk Series piqued my interest, and I'm so glad it did.
Jessica is a doctor at a women's prison, a career she seems to thrive in. At least, in her own mind. When her coworker reminds her that she never takes any time off, Jessica plans a vacation to a spot not too far away in Hartwell. She books three weeks in a seaside inn and prepares to restore her inner peace. The homey, small-town atmosphere in Hartwell takes her by surprise, making her wonder if she is, really, happy in her job, or in her life.
Cooper owns the local pub on the Boardwalk, and from the very first time they lay eyes on each other, the sparks start to smolder. Neither of them is looking for anything long term--Cooper is still trying to get over finding his ex-wife in bed with his best friend. But fate has other plans.
I found this to be the whole package as far as contemporary romance goes. Great characterization, some mystery throughout, development of a relationship in a slow, believable manner, and some hot sex scenes. I totally enjoyed it, and will NOW be going on to listen to On Dublin Street.
As far as narration: I enjoyed the story being told by two narrators, male and female. It was interesting how Jessica's chapters were told in the first person, where Cooper's were told in third. Threw me a little at first, but the author kept us invested more in the heroine than the hero that way. My only criticism is that Angelica Lee, at least, in the mastering of this audio, had a slight lisp. I found that distracting and it took a while for me to ignore it.
I highly recommend this story to any true fan of full-length, contemporary romance.
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