The Secret Seaside Escape by SJV
Escape to the seaside with the brand new novel from Heidi Swain, the Sunday Times bestselling author of feel-good women’s fiction!
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…
The Secret Seaside Escape is the perfect read this summer, promising sandy beaches, stunning rockpools and breath-taking romance.
Kirsty kicks off the #blogtour with her review here saying ‘If you want a book that is packed with friendship, family and community then this book is definitely for you. If I could give The Secret Seaside Escape more than 5* it’s obvious I would so I am giving it 5*/5*’
Karen hosts Day 5 of the #blogtour, with her review here. ‘I loved this book. It was a total escape from life and I loved the characters – Heidi always makes them so likeable and I just jump into her novels with both feet.’
On Day 6 of the #blogtour, Gemma posted her review, and says ‘The Secret Seaside Escape is a breath of seaside goodness – filled with buckets of wit, romance, secrets and drama, which ultimately left me so full of warmth for my own childhood holiday memories.’
Jessica hosts the #blogtour on Day 7, posting her review here. ‘This is one of the best books I’ve read to date this year and I believe this is Heidi Swain’s best book yet! Seriously her books just get better and better. Pure perfection!’
Stacy hosted Day 8 of the #blogtour, posting her review here. ‘The Secret Seaside Escape was everything I expected from a Swain story. It gave me all the romantic feels with the greatest first kiss to go down in history described to perfection.’
Day 9 of the #blogtour was hosted by Trish, who posted her review here. ‘This is a gorgeous book with perfect characters and a dream location! Just what we all need right now! I urge you to buy this book! 10/10′
Kirsty hosted Day 10 of the #blogtour, posting her review here. She says ‘I loved meeting Tess and following her on her adventure as she runs away to Wynmouth, a tiny village on the North Norfolk Coast. One thing Heidi does particularly well in her books is that she builds up a community that you come to love with a host of delightful characters and this was no exception.’
Linda hosted Day 11 of the #blogtour with both a review and a guest author post ‘The three places I would like to visit when the lockdown is over…’. Linda says ‘When it comes to feel good fiction, Heidi Swain is an absolute expert. She makes her readers laugh, and cry, and leaves them feeling they have had the highest quality entertainment along the way. The Secret Seaside Escape is an utter joy and I loved it.’
Day 12 of the #blogtour stops at Emma, with her review here. ‘This book has Heidi’s stamp all over it. I love Heidi’s writing style. I love the community feel and the beautiful locations. I really loved reading this book and I can’t wait for another Heidi book later in the year.’
Hayley hosted Day 13 of the #blogtour, posting her review here. She says ‘If you want a perfect summer read to while your time away then look no further, as this is the perfect heartwarming story. A smashing 5 star read for me!’
Day 14 of the #blogtour stops at Laura, who posted her review here and says: ‘Heidi never fails to brighten my days with her beautiful, descriptive writing of idyllic settings and characters that feel like you can friends with.’
Last stop on the epic #blogtour is Shelby, who posted her review here. ‘By far one of the best read’s for me this year so far. 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.’
Rea says : ‘One thing Heidi always manages to do is create an idyllic setting with such a strong community spirit and characters who I become so fond of I just want to fall into the pages and live my life amongst them, and this is exactly how I felt reading this book.’ Read her full review here.
Simona says : ‘The setting is absolutely gorgeous and I love how present and past connect in the story. It’s full of ups and downs, but I always felt a warmth. It’s the perfect summer read!’ Read her full review here.
Tara Greaves says : ‘There are so many interesting twists and turns in the plot to keep you transfixed (and I could never have guessed the route the story eventually took).’ Read her full review here.
Karen says : ‘Great characters, lots of stories within the story and a couple of dogs too. I recommend escaping to Wynmouth as soon as possible.’
Rebecca says : ‘The Secret Seaside Escape by Heidi Swain is a jolly-jaunt of a novel, marvellously uplifting and joyfully warm, much in-keeping with the previous books by this author I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Combining friendship and relationships, family and self-discovery, dreams and hopes and wishes, this is an inspiring story, encouraging readers to take control of their lives and go after whatever it is that makes their hearts happy, no matter how hard the decisions that need to be made along the way.’ Read her full review here.
Jen says : ‘Couldn’t love this more if I tried. Heidi Swain creates such wonderful communities with gorgeous characters. This is such a special one, loved every word!’
Karen W says : ‘This is the perfect book to read on your summer holidays this year. Or simply to cheer you up when the sky is grey and raining, or you’re not feeling quite your best. Retreat to the pages of this book and I promise you’ll feel better in moments.’
ConfessionsOfABookWorm says : ‘I absolutely love all of Heidi Swain’s books that I have read, but I must admit I think this one is the best one yet!’
Sara says : ‘This is a book that has everything: the perfect-setting, characters, storyline and it really empathizes the importance of friendship, priorities, communicating with each other better, and in ‘taking that chance in life!’ It also has plenty of drama and surprises, too.’
HeadInABook181 says : ‘This book was absolutely magnificent! I couldn’t put it down and fell in love with the residents of Wynmouth straight away. The Secret Seaside Escape has left my heart full of warmth and happiness!’
Trish says : ‘This is a gorgeous, sweet, funny, dramatic and perfect book by a BRILLIANT author!’
Melisa says : ‘Another winner from Heidi Swain!’
Anita says : ‘With romance, mystery, secrets and misunderstandings you won’t be disappointed.’
Sarah G says : ‘This is a lovely read to just relax with’
Nicola says : ‘This is a great read to remind us not to take things for granted and to follow your dreams.’
Angela says : ‘This is the first book I’ve read by Heidi and I was looking forward to trying a fun romance and I was pulled into one immediately, and into a delightful seaside setting of Wynmouth. I wanted to be there joining in with the parties!’
Karen says : ‘I loved this book not only because I love the author’s other books but it was nice to visit a new setting, and I hope this is not the only trip there!’
Naomi says : ‘I didn’t think I could fall in love with a Heidi Swain book any more than I have previously but how wrong was I? This book was utterly captivating from start to finish. The characters were not only relatable, funny and engaging but they also really felt like they were real to the reader due to their depth and authenticity. The book is full of love, humour, heartache, food, connections and it has some really clever twists and turns that I didn’t see coming! It has an overall, really poignant message of the importance of “just talking”. I utterly adored this book and I’m hoping it’ll be the start of a new Heidi Swain series…’
Sharon says : ‘This book was amazing! I flew through it. I love Heidi books – they always make you feel good.’
Rosamond says : ‘There are some great twists and turns you don’t see coming!’
SJ says : ‘I would recommend to anyone wanting to read a great romance book! Not just a summer read it’s an anytime of the year read!!’
Stacey says : ‘I absolutely adored this book!’
Sally says : ‘The plot is intriguing and draws you in with some very unexpected revelations that really help to emphasise that you really do only live once and that you should pursue your dreams as you never know what may happen!’
Sheelagh says : ‘I love all of Heidi’s books and this one is no exception. In fact it just might be her best ever!’
Annette says : ‘I loved this book from start to finish. I fell in love with the characters and the tranquil seaside setting. I thought it was going to be predictable but I was so wrong – it was full of twists and turns that I just did not see coming and kept me wanting to read more’
Elaine says : ‘It’s a vividly descriptive book, beautifully written, with a very engaging cast of characters that I want to know!!’
Rebecca says : ‘A fabulous book which makes me laugh, smile, cry and get angry!’
Daniel says : ‘A really enjoyable book , with so many twists and turns with many secrets being found out along the way.’
Charlotte says : ‘I couldn’t put this one down! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!’
Claire S says : ‘Complex characters, beautiful scenery, and loads of twists and turns.’
Leane S says : ‘I was captivated from the first page, full of warmth, romance, drama and wonderful characters. I absolutely loved everything about this charming beautiful story. The plot was brilliantly thought out and I loved the little secrets that kept popping up.’
Shelby says : ‘This is a phenomenal novel from Heidi Swan, enabling you to escape from the real world and into the pages of Wynmouth, a gorgeous seaside town.’
Trudi says : ‘My favourite book so far this year!’
Sarah M says : ‘This is a perfect summer read!’
Kay says : ‘I highly recommend this lovely hug of a book!’
Louise says : ‘Thoroughly enjoyed and will recommend.’
Alexandra says : ‘I give this book 5* – Heidi Swain never fails’
Stacey L says : ‘I literally couldn’t put this book down! I just wanted to be there, I loved all the characters.’
Georgina says : ‘I really recommend this book if you want to escape. You will love Tess and the whole story from beginning to end.’
Kirsty C says : ‘I loved it. Perfect setting on the Norfolk Coast with brilliant characters. I loved the twists and turns as the story played out’
Rebecca H says : ‘This is the first of Heidi Swain’s books I have read and certainly won’t be the last. I got so attached to the characters, and the story was so much more than what I was expecting from it.’
Gemma says : ‘The Secret Seaside Escape is a breath of seaside goodness, that’s filled with buckets of wit, romance, secrets and drama, which ultimately left me so full of warmth for my own childhood holiday memories. Be sure to pop it on your spring/summer reading lists.’ Read her full review here.
Kathryn says : ‘This book is just like hugging an old friend! I really enjoyed it… an excellent summer read.’
Christine says : ‘Great story. Great characters.’
Heather E says : ‘This book is full of surprises – it’s a must read!’
Karen K says : ‘I couldn’t put it down. I loved being transported to Wynmouth!’
Susanne B says : ‘Brilliant characters and some secrets that kept you on your toes throughout made this book completely addictive!’
Kelly T says : ‘This was such a good book. I really loved the characters and I enjoyed trying to figure out where the storyline was going. The last couple of chapters even brought a tear to my eye… brilliant ending!’
Claire W says : ‘Fantastic!’
Rosie W says : ‘A book with a feel good factor that makes you want to pack a case and head off to the seaside!’
Kelly M says : ‘I love Heidi Swain books and this was no exception, I love the characters and the warmth they generate.’
Karen H says : ‘I loved this book! It was a total escape from life and I loved the characters, Heidi always makes them so likeable and I just jump into her novels with both feet.’
Bronagh says : ‘Heidi has written a gorgeous heartwarming and fun love story about family secrets and new beginnings against sandy beaches, with such vivid imagery that you can almost feel the sand between your toes. The perfect escapism story to enjoy right now.’ Read her full review here.