Book Review: 'Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay' by Katie Ginger

Are you sitting comfortably? Are you ready to load up your Kindle and purchase your next read? You best be, because you don't want to miss this stunning read from the amazing Katie Ginger.


Licking her wounds from her divorce, Stella impulsively buys a gift shop and two holiday lets in glorious Swallowtail Bay, hoping for a fresh start with her King Charles Spaniel Frank.
When the neighbours meet her with a warm welcome, Stella knows she’s found the new home she was looking for. Even gorgeous but grumpy local Miles can’t take the shine off things. But then her ex-husband announces he’s getting married again, and someone in the village starts gossiping about Stella…
Is Stella's dream over already? Or, with her new friends behind her, can Stella fight back and save her new life – and find the happy ever after she's been waiting for?

My Review

I fell in love with Swallowtail Bay from the get go. I immediately warmed to Stella and felt like I wanted to be glued to her side, cheering her on and making sure she stuck at her new project and didn't give up even when it got tough. I could relate to her wanting a fresh start and so I was very much invested in her and her journey, that and she was just a sweetheart and a lovely, kick ass character. All the characters Katie created in 'Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay' are rather wonderful. 

I adored Lexi and thought she was just the coolest. From her vintage style to her attitude and work ethic, I just thought she was so lovely and the nicest friend. I wanted her to be my best friend too. I thought the way she was with her kids was hilarious and so realistic. Lexi truly came across so down to earth, that you can't help fall in love with her and want all the most amazing things to happen to her. She has to go through a lot of bumps in the road which made my heart ache for her, but you'll have to give the book a read to see the reason behind her road smoothing out. 

Miles was a tricky one at first as I was mad at him for being so rude to Stella and I did not care very much for Keira one bit. Then I felt sympathetic towards him when every time he wanted to be nice to her he kept making it worse and embarrassing himself. I was very pleased and he scored points with me when he realized who Keira truly was and stuck up for himself and Stella. He was very cute and I was relived when he was finally able to start talking to Stella properly and being himself around her. They had such lovely banter and I loved that they encouraged and supported each other in going after their dreams. It was sweet that they both had similar dreams too and could learn from each other. 

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the people of Swallowtail Bay along with Stella. The cosy town felt so warm and magical that I was instantly sucked in and I very much want to go and visit. The cafe Lexi worked at sounded delightful. Stella's shop and the holiday lets were described so beautifully too and sounded like so much fun and like the perfect little getaway spots and I am very much ready to join Lexi and Stella for a girls day of wine and a delicious roast at the local pub. Furthermore, I loved how Stella could just walk over to the beach from her house and take Frank for a walk across the pebbles and how her and Lexi could just nip in to the shop and cafe with coffee and cake for each other when needed, it was all picturesque and idyllic and made me so happy. 

'Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay' is an absolutely gorgeous read by the incredible Katie Ginger. It's got the most heartwarming friendships, small town cosiness, dreams coming true after hardships and a beautiful romance too. 

I highly recommend you pick up a copy today! 

Happy reading!


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