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What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Gwen Castle has never so badly wanted to say good-bye to her island home till now: the summer her Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, takes a job there as the local yard boy. He’s a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island’s summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she’ll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen’s dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

I am a huge Huntley Fitzpatrick fan, her books are literally perfect for me, cute, mildly cheesy romance is my favourite. This one was the last of her three books that I had to read, but as I’m sure all book bloggers know, TBR piles are never ending and I only just got around to reading it. I loved it so much, I never wanted it to end. Even though at almost 500 pages it was already a long book. I just fell in love with the story straight away, just like I did with My Life Next Door and The Boy Most Likely, Huntley’s other books.

Huntley’s storytelling is wonderful, her writing style makes the books super easy and enjoyable to read, the characters were great, Gwen and Cass made great mains, but I loved Mrs E, Emory, Nic, Viv and all of the side characters, they really added to the story without taking away from the main characters.

The novel focuses on Gwen, a teenager from a family who live in a small beach town and don’t have a lot of money. The island where they live is mainly occupied by rich families who vacation there in the summer, that’s where Cass comes in, his family own one of the large houses on the island, but he decides to take a job as the ‘yard boy’ for the summer, much to Gwen’s surprise.

Cass and Gwen already have a past, Gwen seems to have a bit of a reputation, but their story is so cute and lovely, I was really rooting for them the who way through. They made a great book couple, they’re romance was relatable. 

I loved the descriptions in the story, it created a picture of this gorgeous little island beach town in my head, it really was a great summer read!

This book really captures how people can change, and sometimes they do things that can hurt the people closest to them. It also shows how it’s always important to hear both sides to a story before jumping to conclusions, something I think that everyone is guilty off at times. 

It shows how families can be complicated but at the end of the day, they’re still family. 

I highly reccomend this this book. If you want a book that will show you a different side to the typical contemporary books, read this. I loved the depth to the characters the history and how everything was so well thought out. 

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