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Things We Never Said by Samantha Young
Narrator: Amy Melissa Bentley, Alex Kydd
Series: Hart's Boardwalk #3
Published by Tantor Audio on May 31, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 14 hours, 25 minutes
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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…
Things We Never Said is another installment in the Harts Boardwalk series by Samantha Young. It’s a second chance romance designed to pull out one’s heartstrings and tie them all up in a knot. Although, seeing as it is Samantha Young, I totally expected that! I’ve eagerly awaited this book since Michael Sullivan’s cameo in the Every Little Thing (the second book in the Harts Boardwalk series ).
Dahlia McGuire is a confident, creative, independent business owner, known for cheering on her girlfriends and encouraging them to go after their dreams. She’s made a life for herself in the charming resort town of Hartwell, Delaware, hiding from the tragedy and heartbreak of her past. When Dahlia finds herself back in Boston, she’s forced to confront her estranged family and the recently divorced Michael Sullivan.
The story is told alternating between present day and ten years in the past. I normally dislike reading flashbacks, but it really is the only way the story could be told. The author does an admirable job of keeping the timelines distinct. Things We Never Said is a emotional whirlwind with a heavy dose of angst. Fury, heartbreak, passion, and betrayal encircle the couple as they sort through the events that brought them together and tore them apart ten years before. Amidst the regret and guilt is an intense desire to get things right this time around.
Although Michael and Dahlia’s story isn’t unfamiliar, it has depth and meaningful scenes that make it feel fresh and new. There is a little bit of a mystery and some action that provides the perfect excuse for Michael to move to Hartwell and keeps the story moving forward. I love that the author didn’t feel it was necessary to solve all of Dahlia’s relationship problems by the end of the book. It made the outcome more real because life doesn’t need to be perfect to find your happily ever after.
I enjoyed the narration for this story and appreciate the use of both a male and female narrator to read the alternating points of view. I liked that Amy Melissa Bentley was able to differentiate between the past and present Dahlia using her Boston accent. The pacing was spot on. I wanted to savor this story and listened at normal speed, although I think that if you were in a rush, you could listen to this at 1.25 speed without a problem.
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