Today’s Cozy Read selection is The Hideaway. Set in the southern US, it features family relationships, romance, renovations, and the antique business. Throw in some legal shenanigans from a shifty developer who has had his eye on the waterfront B & B Sara has just inherited from her grandmother and you have the makings of a great summer read! I received a free copy of this book from BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review.
Sara lives in New Orleans now where her thriving business, Bits and Pieces, takes almost all of her time to the exclusion of any meaningful social life. But Sara grew up in Sweet Bay where her parents had owned and run a restaurant and her grandmother, Mags, owned a B & B called the Hideaway. When her parents died in a car crash, 12-year-old Sara moved in permanently with her eccentric grandmother and Mags’ somewhat odd guests who had all arrived at various times and never left, becoming her closest friends along the way. Embarrassed many times by her grandmother’s antics and weird clothing, Sara couldn’t wait to leave Sweet Bay behind when she finished school. She loves her grandmother but . . .
Now, with Mags leaving Sara the challenge to bring the somewhat dilapidated B & B into a more modern, safe business proposition, Sara begins to question who her grandmother really was and whether her current life is really the one she wants or if she belongs in Sweet Bay where her new contractor, Crawford, is stealing her heart away. Cleaning out the old to make way for the new, Sara finds mysterious clues to a past her grandmother had never revealed to her but reveals to the reader interspersed between the chapters of Sara’s story. When sleazy Sammy Grosvenor takes advantage of a loophole to demolish Sara’s new dream, she and Crawford have to find a way to fight it.
This story moves along quite well and is a pretty quick read. The characters are interesting and the plot isn’t the same old familiar of many romances. This is Lauren Denton‘s first book although she has been writing a monthly newspaper column and hopefully, this will not be her only novel. I enjoyed the renovation bits and although I did see the ending coming, it didn’t make me enjoy the novel any less. Happy summer reading! * * * 1/2