**ARC Provided in exchange for an honest review**
Series: Harts Boardwalk #3
Read: May 2019
Rating: 4 1/2 Caffeinated Stars
Local metalsmith and gift shop owner, Dahlia McGuire, likes her quiet life in Hartwell, Delaware. It’s the perfect place to hide from her family and the tragic events that led to their estrangement. However, when her father, the person she loves most in the world, needs her Dahlia has no choice but to return to Boston to face her ghosts. One of those happens to be her ex-boyfriend’s best friend, Michael Sullivan. The man she was never supposed to fall in love with.
Michael Sullivan has never forgotten Dahlia McGuire. Some might say he’s never gotten over her. For years he lived with the anger of her desertion, and now, newly-divorced, he’s finally ready to move on. That proves impossible when Dahlia returns to Boston and reawakens their explosive connection. Despite everything, Michael wants her back, but Dahlia can’t seem to let go of the tangled emotions of the past. When she flees home to Hartwell, Michael follows, determined to do everything in his power to convince her they belong together.
However, when the unthinkable hits the quiet seaside town, Michael finds himself trying to unravel more than the mystery of Dahlia’s broken heart. It’s time for truths left unsaid to finally be spoken or Michael and Dahlia might find themselves torn apart forever…
I’ve been in a reading slump the past few weeks so I was excited that I could dive into the ARC of Samantha Young’s newest book. I started reading Samantha Young back when she first published On Dublin Street, and I’ve been a fan ever since.
While reading this book, I finally was able to figure out what I love about Samantha Young’s writing style, and it’s the fact that each story reads like your best friend is telling you the story. It’s almost like you sit down and spend 4 hours listening to your best friend’s dirty jokes, setbacks, and love life. It’s truly a fantastic experience. I love how conversational her books are, and I always feel like I’m saying goodbye to a friend when I finish a book. This book was no different.
Things We Never Said is the third in the Hart’s Boardwalk series. We learn about Dahlia McGuire’s past, her heartbreaks, and her family. Dahlia was never a character I connected to in the other books, so I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as her other books. Luckily, my hesitancy was misplaced. Not only did I start to connect with Dahlia as a character but I also truly enjoyed the plot. We got to see more of Dahlia’s background, and I couldn’t help but cry for her and her experiences.
I loved Dahlia’s messy background, and I couldn’t help but cry for her and her family. I enjoyed learning more about her history and see how she could overcome some of her hardships. With all of Samantha Young’s books, the characters and relationships were the shining stars of this story. I think many readers will be able to connect with Dahlia and Michael. They were realistic, and I loved the character growth they both had to do throughout the book.
All in all, I’m giving this 4 1/2 Caffeinated Stars! The plot was interesting, the characters superb, and I really can’t wait for the next book in the series.