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The Secret Seaside Escape By Heidi Swain

The Secret Seaside Escape ‘The Secret Seaside Escape’ is the latest book by Heidi Swain.

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.

I’ve only read two books by Heidi and both books were exactly what I needed. Heartwarming with lovely characters against the backdrop of the seaside.

Tess decides to return to her childhood holiday retreat when life in her busy marketing role becomes too much. Recovering from her mother’s death, she needs a change of scenery and goes to the sweetly named Crow’s Nest Cottage in Wynmouth. It’s whilst she’s there that she begins to relax and enjoy life whilst making new friends and becoming part of the bustling village.

This book is the perfect book to curl up with. Tess is a lovely, kind relatable character, she’s warm and immediately fits into the village with her enthusiasm and charm wanting to share her knowledge and skills with the locals to make their businesses thrive. It’s whilst she’s away on this retreat is that she makes some discoveries about herself and her family. Tess isn’t the only lovely character in the story, there’s also Sam, Joe and Sophie, who all add their own charm and warmth to the seaside story.

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.

You can buy ‘The Secret Seaside Escape’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Milly Johnson Reveals New Book – My One True North

My One True NorthMilly Johnson has just announced her book for 2020 called ‘My One True North’

What the back cover says

Laurie and Pete should never have met.

But fate has pushed them together for a reason.

Six months ago, on the same night, Laurie and Pete both lost their partners.

Struggling to manage the grief, they join the same counselling group – and meet each other.

From their sadness, Pete and Laurie find happiness growing and they sense a fresh new beginning.
Except, the more they talk, the more they begin to spot the strange parallels in their stories.
Then Pete discovers a truth that changes everything.

But, as surely as a compass points north, some people cannot be kept apart.

‘My One True North’ is a story of friendship and what love means, of secrets uncovered, teashops on corners and the northern lights.

You can pre-order ‘My One True North’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 5th March 2020.

Living My Best Life By Claire Frost

Living My Best Life‘Living My Best Life’ is Claire Frost’s debut novel.

Recently dumped by her boyfriend of ten years, Bell is struggling to move on with her life – and surrender the fleecy pyjamas she’s been living in since January. Haunted by #blessed on social media, she can’t help but compare her life to those she follows online, wondering where she is going wrong. In the world of social media, Millie is the successful online influencer @mi_bestlife. But in real life she’s just a regular single mum trying to make ends meet, while fending off the younger competition and tenacious internet trolls. Her Instagram feed is far more #BestLie than #BestLife, and soon Millie begins to wish her life was more like her filters. It isn’t until Bell and Millie’s paths cross that they begin to realise what they’re both missing. Can Millie prove to Bell that life online isn’t always what it appears to be? And in return, can Millie learn that she needs to start living for the moment and not for the likes?

I adored this book, it was a lovely story to curl up with. I met Claire at a Books and the City event earlier this year and she was warm and bubbly and her personality really shone through in her characters.

After suddenly finding herself single after the end of a ten year relationship, Bell finds questioning her place in life and signs herself up to a photography class where she meets new friends Laura and Ben and finds herself growing in confidence when she becomes the spokesperson for the local community hall. When she befriends local influencer and single mother Millie, the pair of them become strong friends as they deal with the realities of life.

I really liked the characters in this book and their new friendship was a joy to observe. As well as focusing on new beginning of life, the stress of motherhood, this book also concentrates on the negative impact of social media and how much pressure there is put on society for the perfect post and life.

With fantastic characters, adorable children and riddled with humour, this book is cleverly written that really pulls the reader in.

Deliciously heartwarming and fun, ‘Living My Best Life’ is a fantastic debut from Claire Frost. Filled with humour, warmth and relatable characters, this book shows the powerful portrayal of social media and the challenges of starting over.

You can pre-order ”Living My Best Life’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 5th September 2019.

If You Could Go Anywhere By Paige Toon

If You Could Go Anywhere‘If You Could Go Anywhere’ is the latest book by Paige Toon.

Angie has always wanted to travel. But at 27, she has still never left her small mining town in the Australian outback. When her grandmother passes away, Angie finally feels free to see the world – until she discovers a letter addressed to the father she never knew and is forced to question everything. As Angie sets off on her journey to find the truth – about her family, her past and who she really is – will enigmatic stranger Alessandro help guide the way?

Everytime I read a Paige Toon book, I always come away with the same conclusion, this is Paige’s best book and with ‘If You Could Go Anywhere’ I totally had the same reaction, I read this book in two seatings and my only regret was that I didn’t read it in one!

The story is seen solely through the narrative of Angie, stuck in small Australian mining town, she always wanted to see the world but became the sole carer for her grandmother and any dreams of travelling the world were quickly shelved when her grandmother became ill. When her grandmother passes, Angie wonders what’s next for her in life now that all her family are gone until she discovers a letter and finds out her father is alive and well in Italy.

So begins the opportunity of a lifetime, to finally travel and meet the family she never knew she had. It’s on this journey that Angie really begins to figure out her place in life as well as meet Allesandro, a man who who is part of her family and who has taken Angie underneath his wing, so much so that she wonders if she really wants to return to the old life that she had back in Australia.

I genuinely loved this story. Angie is a fantastic character, she’s funny, warmhearted and completely unaware of the effects of her simple, kind gestures has on others. As she settles into life in Italy, we see her develop into a confident woman, discovering her roots as well as understanding her heritage. Her interactions with her father, are emotional and occasionally awkward as he shares stories of her mother, that she tragically never met and likes her understand the type of woman she was. Allesandro was also a great character, not only was he Angie’s tour guide of the city, he was also the person that she felt most comfortable with.

Paige’s stories are always emotional and inspirational journey’s but I found it much more with her latest book. This story isn’t just a romantic tale, it’s magical, charming and with the vivid descriptions of Rome that made me instantly want to book a holiday! A brilliantly written story of love, grief and new horizons, ‘If You Could Go Anywhere’, is an uplifting and poignant story about finding your way in life.

You can buy If You Could Go Anywhere from Amazon and is be available to buy from good bookshops.

Alice Peterson Reveals New Book – If You Were Here

If You Were HereAuthor of tear-jerkers and emotional rollercoasters, Alice Peterson has revealed her new book for 2019 called ‘If You Were Here’.

What the back cover says –

When her daughter Beth dies suddenly, Peggy Andrews is left to pick up the pieces and take care of her granddaughter Flo. But sorting through Beth’s things reveals a secret never told: Beth was sick, with the same genetic condition that claimed her father’s life, and now Peggy must decide whether to keep the secret or risk destroying her granddaughter’s world.

Five years later, Flo is engaged and ready to pack up her life and move to New York with her high-flying fiancé. Peggy never told Flo what she discovered, but with Flo looking towards her future, Peggy realises it’s time to come clean and reveal that her granddaughter’s life might also be at risk.

As Flo struggles to decide her own path, she is faced with the same life-altering questions her mother asked herself years before: If a test could decide your future, would you take it?

An emotional, inspiring and uplifting novel about living life to the fullest, ‘If You Were Here’ will break your heart and put it back together.

You can pre-order ‘If You Were Here’ from Amazon and will be available from good bookshops from 22nd August 2019.