Mallory Westerman and her boyfriend, Sam, were just beginning their lives together and everything was going perfectly for them. The couple had just bought their dream home and were planning the rest of their lives when tragedy strikes. When Sam was late returning home Mallory was beginning to worry when there is a knock at the door and she gets the worse news of her life, Sam had been in an accident and didn’t make it.
With Mallory’s world shattered she really doesn’t know how she’ll move on without Sam in her life but finds comfort where she least expected from a local man she had just met before Sam’s accident. Greg wasn’t the friendliest of the locals at their first meeting but after losing Sam Mallory finds that she and Greg have that grief in common as he had recently lost his love too. The unlikely friends soon find themselves leaning on each other but Mallory is hesitant to let her feelings go deeper so soon after the loss of Sam.
A Seaside Escape by Lisa Hobman is a contemporary romance read that takes readers on a roller coaster ride of emotional ups and downs all throughout the story. As much as I liked about this book and Mallory’s story there were things that I just didn’t care for along the way too. For the good in this one I did quite enjoy Greg and his musical side. The author brought in playlists all throughout the book which went right along with Greg’s feelings and actions at the time. The setting is also quite nice and dealing with grief in the story had it’s ups and downs and Mallory’s feelings were realistic in her struggles to cope with her loss.
However, on the other side of things I felt that the author really could have cut out a lot of the flashbacks with Sam after he was gone in the story. This seemed a bit distracting to building a new relationship to continue to focus on the old to great lengths. I would expect Mallory to remember Sam but this could have been done in a paragraph or two here and there. Also, I struggled with liking Mallory overall as a character since at one moment she would be someone I’d feel for and want to find happiness and the next she would seem to go overboard to the annoying side and I’d start to dislike her which would really bring down the book yet again. In the end I’d probably rate this one at 2.5 stars, some good parts but they did get overshadowed unfortunately.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.