Thank you for joining me today for my stop on the blog tour for A Seaside Escape by Lisa Hobman. Before you catch my review let's take a look at the description for the book...
All work and no love can make for a dull life. But cupid's arrow has a habit of striking when you least expect it... A heartwarming, feel-good romance to curl up with this winter. Perfect for the fans of Marian Keyes and Veronica Henry.
Mallory Westerman is the successful proprietor of Le Petit Cadeau, a gift shop extraordinaire in thriving Leeds.
Concentrating solely on her business, she has almost given up on finding someone to love. That is until she literally falls into the arms of a handsome, intriguing stranger who becomes her Knight in shining armour.
The whirlwind romance that ensues changes her life-path irrevocably. However, the road to true love is never smooth and things don't always turn out how you expect...
*Shortlisted for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year 2014*
This book was previously published as A Bridge Over The Atlantic.
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I don't want to go too much into the plot as I really don't want to ruin it for anyone so I will try to be as vague as possible. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and how they both dealt with the sudden change of direction in their lives.
I also have to say that I love Mallory as a name and it was even one that we considered for our daughter. I actually loved that we got the added bonus of seeing Mallory's life with Sam I think it gave me a deeper connection to Mallory and understanding of her character. Greg left me smiling every time he was on the scene. At first you think oh he's just plain grumpy but the more you get to know him the more layers to his personality are revealed. Showing a different character to the one we are first introduced to with a depth that is so appealing.
My heart broke for both of them and their tragic pasts but they both have determined personalities. I loved the use of songs throughout the book, songs can evoke memories and so many emotions so this tied in perfectly with the story. There is also a lovely humour within the story that left me smiling and on quite a few occasions it was when Greg kept putting his foot in it when talking to Mallory.
There is sadness, love and hope too that made this story all the more engaging. A seaside Escape moves at a lovely pace and one of the things I enjoyed the most was the friendship that slowly builds between Greg and Mallory.
A delightfully heart warming story!
Four stars from me!
With thanks to Melanie at Aria Fiction for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Lisa’s debut novel was shortlisted in the 2014 RNA. Her stories centre around believable, yet down to earth characters and the places in Scotland she has visited and fallen in love with. She is a happily married mum of one with two energetic dogs.