I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.The Secret Seaside Escape by Heidi Swain
Also by this author: Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair, Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market, Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square, Snowflakes and Cinnamon Swirls at the Winter Wonderland
Series: Wynmouth #1
Also in this series: Underneath the Christmas Tree
Published by Simon & Schuster UK on 30th April 2020
Genres: Chicklit, Contemporary, Humour, Love & Romance, Women's Literary Fiction
Source: from Netgalley
Until recently, Tess Tyler thought she had life licked, but now she’s on the run back to Wynmouth on the north Norfolk coast. Shocked by the unexpected revelations about her parents apparently ‘not so perfect’ marriage, Tess is heading back to the seaside in a desperate bid to recapture the essence of her idyllic childhood family holidays. But she soon realises that the village isn’t anything like she remembers. The local folk are far from welcoming and the landlord is gruff and dismissive.
Joe is also back in Wynmouth and he’s got a whole heap of baggage with him. After the untimely death of his older brother, Charlie, Joe finds himself sole beneficiary of the coastal family farm and on the receiving end of the locals’ suspicions.
A stormy night, a power cut and a spooky local legend throw Tess and Joe together, united against the hostile local community. Until Tess meets local businesswoman, Hope, who begins to show her things aren't quite what they seem, and not everyone is telling her the truth ...
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of this book via Netgalley. I am a big fan of Heidi’s work so I was excited to read this book and on top of that, we have a new location with lots of new people to meet!
The main character in this book is Tess. Tess is overworked and hasn’t taken a break in years. She decides to take off to Wynmouth. Tess is such an easy character to like. I can see why the Wynmouth locals are so quick to become friends with her. She is such a fun character and I just loved being around her. She has such great ideas and really put the community first.
I loved all of the locals. Once their walls came down and they let Tess in they really were a lovely bunch. I could see myself living among them, visiting Sophie’s cafe and the pub. It’s a great little community.
This book has Heidi’s stamp all over it. I love Heidi’s writing style. I love the community feel and the beautiful locations.
The theme of this book is not to jump to conclusions which is something that we should all take on board. Heidi also wanted to put across the message of slowing down and making sure you have a good work-life balance
I really loved reading this book and I can’t wait for another Heidi book later in the year.
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