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Secretly Yours by Tessa Bailey: FAQs + Books Like It

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

Do you have an author that when they release a new book, you don't think twice about buying it? You just do. It doesn't matter what it's about, what the tropes are, or even what the cover looks like. It's just an automatic add-to-cart.


For me, Tessa Bailey is one of those authors and Secretly Yours was one of those books. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)


And now that I've read it, I'm here to answer the questions I anticipate future readers will have about it, as well as recommend a handful of books like Secretly Yours for you to consider reading next. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

Secretly Yours by Tessa Bailey

What Is the Book Secretly Yours About?

Tessa Bailey's book, Secretly Yours, is about the love story of a free-spirited landscaper and an ultra-regimented professor turned novelist. Still reeling from the loss of her beloved grandmother, Hallie Welch's life is more chaotic than usual. It becomes even more so when her teenage crush, Julian Vos, returns home to California wine country to write a novel at his family's vineyard. When he does, Hallie cleverly scores herself a job landscaping right outside Julian's window. While there's an immediate connection and attraction between the two, there are two major problems. First, Julian doesn't remember Hallie and their almost-kiss in high school. Second, Hallie's the one whose behind the anonymous secret admirer letters he's been receiving.


How Long Does It Take to Read Secretly Yours?

It will take the average reader approximately 6 hours and 12 minutes to read Secretly Yours, according to How Long to Read.


Is Secretly Yours Part of a Series? Can It Be Read as a Standalone?

Secretly Yours is the first book in Tessa Bailey's A Vine Mess series, which means it can easily be read as a standalone. The next book in the series is Unfortunately Yours, which follows the love story of Julian's sister, Natalie, and the marine-turned-winery owner, August Cates, who we also met in Secretly Yours.


What Are the Spicy Chapters in Secretly Yours?

Tessa Bailey is one of those romance authors who just knows how to write a spicy chapter that hits the spot (no pun intended). In Secretly Yours the spicy chapters are 8, 10, 18, and 21.


Is Hallie Welch a Virgin In Secretly Yours?

Yes - Hallie Welch is a virgin when she starts seeing Julian Vos in Secretly Yours.


St Helena Napa County from Secretly Yours by Tessa Bailey

Is St. Helena a Real Place?

Yes - St. Helena, the town where Secretly Yours takes place, is a real place located in Napa County in California. So, if you want to experience the magic of it described in the book, you actually can!


How Old Are Hallie and Julian?

In Secretly Yours, Hallie Welch is 29 years old while Julian Vos is 33 years old. This means there is a four-year age gap between the two.


Does Secretly Yours Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - Secretly Yours has a happy ending! After Hallie sneaks out in the middle of the night to retrieve her final secret admirer letter, Julian has a panic attack when he cannot find her. He flees and locks himself in his study to work on his novel for two weeks straight. While he fled because he thought his panic attack scared her, Hallie thinks it was because he was angry about her being his secret admirer. When Julian finally finishes his book and emerges from his study, he realizes how long has passed and his sister tells him Hallie blames herself for what happened. Instead of just apologizing, Julian plans a surprise flower-planting party at the Vos family vineyard for Hallie, where they reunite, apologize, and get back together.


5 Books Like Secretly Yours by Tessa Bailey

When I finish a Tessa Bailey book, or really any book, I always feel a twinge of sadness because I know I'm going to miss the characters I just spent several hours getting to know and love. Fortunately, I've found that the best way to keep that from turning into a prolonged book hangover is to throw myself into another book. If you feel the same and are looking for books like Secretly Yours by Tessa Bailey to jump into next, here are my top five recommendations:


Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

1. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Sometimes opposites attract/grumpy-sunshine romances can be on the moodier side, which didn't work because I wanted to find you one that was equally as light-hearted and sweet as Secretly Yours. Fortunately, I think Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert is exactly that. If you haven't heard of it, here's a short description: "Jacob is always in control. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman, Eve Brown, turns up to interview for his open chef position, he tells her not a chance in hell. But then she hits him with her car. Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. But the longer they spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else."


To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise

2. To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise

For this childhood-crush-to-lovers romance book, we're leaving small-town Napa for Hollywood. To Love Jason Thorn is described as a "full-length standalone with some pretty hot and descriptive sex scenes." It's about Olive, the writer of a book-turned-movie that her childhood crush is set to be the star of. She also just happens to be "the oh-so-very-lucky girl" who is about to become his wife. While this is definitely one book you're either going to love or going to hate if the mixed Goodreads reviews are anything to go by, if the plot sounds interesting, I'd say it's worth giving it a shot based on the fact that it seems like another light-hearted read like Secretly Yours was.


Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

3. Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

I think of Christina Lauren's book, Love and Other Words, as a more serious take on the childhood/teenage crush trope compared to Secretly Yours and To Love Jason Thorn. As one Goodreads reviewer, Meredith, put it, "What makes Love and Other Words so enjoyable is that the characters have depth. While they have their flaws, they are both likable and I loved reading about Elliot and Macy’s friendship and how they came to fall in love. There is also a level of emotional intensity that I was not expecting. While there is a happy ending, there are some unexpected tragedies." I'd say tears are almost guaranteed, so as long you're okay with signing up for that, then I'd definitely recommend this book next.


Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

4. Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score

I'm going to be honest with you, the only thing Things We Never Got Over and Secretly Yours have in common is the small-town romance trope. While they're different in nearly every other way besides that, there's still something about them that feels alike. Maybe it's the way Lucy Score and Tessa Bailey write their characters and love stories. It's intangible and nearly impossible to put into words, but I promise there's something there that's alike. To give you a better idea of what the book's about, here's a brief description: "Bearded, bad-boy barber Knox doesn't tolerate drama, even when it comes in the form of a stranded runaway bride. Naomi wasn't just running away from her wedding. She was riding to the rescue of her estranged twin to Knockemout, Virginia, a rough-around-the-edges town. Too bad for Naomi her evil twin hasn't changed at all. After helping herself to Naomi's car and cash, Tina leaves her with something unexpected: the niece Naomi didn't know she had."


The Flat-Share by Beth O'Leary

5. The Flat-Share by Beth O'Leary

If I know anything after writing about Beth O'Leary's book, The No-Show, it's that The Flat-Share is actually by far the fan favorite. As of February 2023, it has been reviewed over 300,000 times on Goodreads and has a rating of 4.01 out of 5 stars. So, not only does it come highly recommended but it's similar to Secretly Yours in that the main characters use written correspondence to communicate. Several reviewers point out that this aspect was one of the highlights of the book for them. For example, Corina says, "I think for me the heart and soul of the story was the way Tiffy and Leon communicated with each other. Their post-it notes conversations were heart-warming, funny, touching, and just all-around wonderful. A truly refreshing take on a romantic comedy. I actually was looking forward to those notes."

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