Chick lit

The Secret Seaside Escape by Heidi Swain

Several times in a reader’s life, they feel the need to read something that cleanses all that came before and also to submerge into something happy and predictable for a while. The situation was not as dramatic as my description might lead one to believe, but when I saw that there was a lighter book scheduled to release in the first week of June, I thought it served multiple purposes simultaneously, so I picked it out of my own arbitrary queue and completed it from cover to cover in two sittings.

I say predictable not in a deprecating way, it should be noted. Just because I saw the ‘twists’ coming (except one which did surprise me), my enjoyment of the time I spent in this little seaside town did not diminish. Our overworked and extremely emotional leading lady works for her father’s company, and she is daydreaming of her childhood haunt and hidden memories. On an impulse fueled by things she finds in her late mother’s belongings and a chance acceptance, she runs away. Hidden away in a cottage, things do not necessarily go the way she imagines, but that is not completely bad. The events that follow involve a lot of interesting local characters who have their own quirks and backstories. The author narrated the entire thing in a straightforward and appealing manner. There are many happily-ever-afters, but the journey to them is fraught with many misunderstandings and jumping to conclusions that any average person would do making the narrative more believable.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received the ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience

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