I would never turn down a trip to the seaside, especially with Heidi Swain in the driving seat.
Not only is her latest book a good read but it also has some important messages at its heart – including highlighting how essential it is to take care of your mental as well as physical health.
I could almost feel the weight of grief and stress pressing down on Tess’s shoulders but luckily she found her escape in the happy place of her childhood holidays.
Here’s the blurb:
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 . . .
As a huge fan of Norfolk and its coast, I was very excited when Heidi announced a new location for her popular books. Wynmouth plays a massive part in The Secret Seaside Escape – and I for one would quite happily move there (I hope it’s not the last we see of it in her books).
I had a huge sense of nostalgia for my own holidays on the Norfolk coast (as a child and adult, having been missing trips to the beach recently).
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).
While Tess and Sam are the main attraction, as usual, Heidi creates an eclectic, engaging cast with their own stories just waiting to be uncovered.
So glad to hear Heidi has been signed up for another four books with Simon & Schuster, which will bring the total published to 15 – a stunning achievement.
Format: Kindle (out April 16th).
Price: £3.99 (via Amazon).
My rating: Four stars.
My many thanks to Simon & Schuster (via NetGalley) for the ARC in return for an honest review.