Review: The Truest Thing by Samantha Young (Hart's Boardwalk #4)

Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.

Samantha Young takes readers back for one last visit to Hartwell, Delaware with the fourth and final novel in her Hart's Boardwalk series, The Truest Thing. Emery Saunders came to Hartwell nine years ago to start over, and while trust was something she was hesitant to give anyone back then, she thought she would be able to do so with Jack Devlin. They shared a connection that begged to be nurtured and protected, but Jack is forced into making a decision that would see him cut ties with everyone around him--including the woman who already held his heart in her hands. Staying away from her, though, would prove to be one of the greatest challenges of his life, and through the years, he gave in to the yearning of his heart, in turn, breaking hers every single time he pushed her away once again. To protect herself, Emery has decided she's done with Jack, but now that Jack is broken free of the shackles that once held him, he refuses to squander this one last chance for her heart.

Emery and Jack's book has been one of the most anticipated releases for this year, and the story that Samantha Young has weaved together for these two certainly did not disappoint. There's a lot of angst, which, of course, made me a happy camper--ironic, I know--because I do love me my angst. For those who are familiar with the series and have seen Emery and Jack as supporting characters, well, now we all finally get their complete back stories and get a better understanding of how they became the people that we meet. Heartbreak is to be expected, considering how Jack treated Emery time and again, but their story is ultimately one of the healing power of love and how the truest kind of love is worth fighting for. Aside from celebrating love, this book also highlights the importance of friendship and the family we oftentimes create for ourselves because of those friendships. The Truest Thing was everything I could have ever hoped for. Kudos to the author for this five-starred read.

Release Date: 18 August 2020

Date Read: 17 August 2020

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