Currently reading: The Hideaway | Books + reading post
I finished up reading The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton on Wednesday night, and it was one of my favorite books I've read so far this year. I instantly fell in love with the characters and felt I completely understood the main character, Sara.
A short synopsis of the book: Sara is living in New Orleans and owns a shop where she refinishes furniture. She finds out her grandmother passed away and is asked to come back to her childhood town called Sweet Bay. She hesitates about going back because she left that town and her grandmother's bed and breakfast - The Hideaway - behind and did not want to have to return there. As the story unfolds, and her grandmother's will pulls Sara back to Sweet Bay to renovate The Hideaway, she finds out more about her grandmother's life than she ever knew growing up and finally realizes that she and her grandmother aren't as different as she thought.
This sweet southern story was written so beautifully - leaping from present to past and back again as it follows both Sara and her grandmother's lives. I absolutely loved the descriptive, poetic imagery and I could easily picture both New Orleans and Sweet Bay in my mind as I read about them. I loved the depth each character had and how the minor characters were well-developed and their growth was captured in the story.
The Hideaway is a perfect spring-time or summer read and I just began reading Lauren's second book that released on April 3rd, called Hurricane Season.