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The Secret Seaside Escape by Heidi Swain

The Secret Seaside Escape is the perfect read this summer, promising sandy beaches, stunning rockpools and breath-taking romance.

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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 . . .

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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The Secret Seaside Escape by Heidi Swain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was immersed in this one.

I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance that’s sweet, light, hopeful, and just enough sentimental. The title also says it all if that is something that you’re looking for, it definitely delivers on premise and setting which I found super refreshing as I read by the pool.

The Story
I loved the revelations, how the minor character quirks played a role in the bigger picture without being belabored.

Sort of an unexpected ending, which I kind of wondered about… but what I figured was not spoiled by any means because it was a complete story portraying character vulnerability and was more dense and interconnected than what I expected which was refreshing in its own way. There’s even mention about social concerns, beach preservation, work stressors, teamwork, and community attributes that change overtime which made the overall story interesting, relevant, and realistic to me. There is a part of misunderstandings which I can’t decide whether they annoyed me or made me think, “Well that’s life” helping me to embrace them anyway.

The Writing
I love Swain’s writing. It’s very fluid and doesn’t babble on about nonsense.

The Setting
A beach setting, my favorite.

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