BOOK REVIEW: THE SECRET SEASIDE ESCAPE BY HEIDI SWAIN

*Thank you to Netgalley, Heidi Swan and Simon & Schuster for the free copy of this book*

Tess Tyler needs a break. Weighed down by her high-pressure job and her demanding father, she’s left little time to take care of herself. But after a shocking discovery sends her spiralling, she flees to Wynmouth, the seaside town she fell in love with as a child, to escape it all.

With its sandy beaches, stunning rock pools and welcoming community, Tess feels like she can finally breathe again. And as she grows ever closer to local barman Sam, she dares to dream that she might never return to her real life. But when a familiar face returns to town, Tess realises that there are secrets in Wynmouth too, and that her own past may be about to catch up with her . . . 

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This was a phenomenal novel from Heidi Swan, enabling you to escape from the real world and in to the pages of Wynmouth, a gorgeous seaside town.

Tess was such a lovable character, consumed with a lot of grief, confusion and all in all, burnt out from the long working days she had put on herself, to forget about her own problems. After a shocking revelation coming to light, it was well and truly time for her to take that well-deserved break she was in need of, which included returning to a place that held many special memories for her.

Despite being on a break, Tess still managed to find herself enthralled in the complications within Wynmouth and the locals. She found so much passion in supporting the people she had grown incredibly fond of, including the handsome Sam, who carried a heavy past on his back.

The secrets within Wynmouth were shocking to say the least, with a plot twist around every corner as the book came to an end. I was stunned by how much Tess’ life changed during her stay and how much of her knowledge was far from the truth. The character’s connected more than you’d ever believe and for that, I was over the moon, because everybody was an absolute delight to read about, along with the cosy pub Sam owned and the stunning and vibrant beach cafe, owned by the darling Sophie.

By far one of the best read’s for me this year so far. Once you start, you can’t stop and I’ll be sure to check out Heidi’s other books, because I have no doubt they are just as wonderful as this one.

Shelby x

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