Title: The Secret Seaside Escape (Wynmouth #1)
Author: Heidi Swain/ Narrated by Karen Cass
Genre: Romance/ Contemporary Fiction/ Womens Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 4.23
Source: Audible Audio
Following a shocking revelation within her family, Tess Tyler is looking to escape her hectic city life – and where better to hide than Wynmouth, the seaside town she visited as a child, with its sandy beaches, stunning rock pools and welcoming community. But little does she realise, Wynmouth isn’t quite the haven she remembers it to be, and her real life is still threatening to catch up with her . . .
Also returning to Wynmouth is Joe. Having fled over a decade ago after an accident that changed his life forever, he’s back and is determined to face his demons. But, like Tess, Joe realises that the town is nothing like he remembers and quickly his arrival brings old tensions to the surface.
As the pair begin to familiarise themselves with the town they once knew, they each realise that the secrets they carry are becoming harder to conceal – but will revealing them bring the answers they’re looking for? Will Tess and her new friends finally get the second chance they’ve been hoping Wynmouth will give them?
I honestly have my fellow book club friends to thank for this recommendation. After hearing a few of them talk about Heidi Swain’s books I decided to see for myself what all the fuss was about. I decided to do a free trial of Audible and start my Heidi Swain journey, thankfully a few of my friends told me about the different series so I started with the first one in the Wynmouth collection.
Whilst this may be my first Heidi Swain I am certain it won’t be my last! There is something very familiar about Heidi Swain and the way she writes. It’s like sitting down with an old friend and chatting over endless cups of tea and cake, you feel assured that you’re going to love every minute of it and I certainly had all the warm fuzzy feelings by the end.
The setting of Wynmouth was beautiful and the community was adorable. I could visualise Tess walking along the beach and heading to the local shops, being stopped countless times to catch up on local gossip. Heidi Swain created the perfect picturesque seaside town complete with its colourful characters.
I did feel for Tess at times, especially at the beginning when it was clear that she was overworked and felt very undervalued. I couldn’t blame her for running off to the one place that was filled with so many happy memories. The way Tess instantly started to gel with the locals and help the surrounding businesses was so heart warming to see and showed just how well she fitted in. Of all the secondary characters I think Sophie was my favourite. Not only did her home cooking have me salivating but her sunshine persona was a welcomed addition and her sound advice to Tess was the cherry on the top.
Just like Tess though I kept assuming that I knew the outcome to every scenario. You know what they don’t assume because it makes an ass out of ‘u’ and ‘me’. Well lets just say I was fully onboard with all of Tess’s theories and had I been there with her I doubt she would of been the only one left red faced.
The ending brought about a lovely conclusion to all the questions and worries. There were definitely a few surprises in there and some blossoming romances that I was keen to see start. I am really keen to read another Heidi Swain now and am looking forward to reading the next in the Wynmouth series with my book club! I have also just started The Cherry tree Café on audio so there is now stopping me now, I’m on a roll.