There is something about a book set in the south. It can be a gentle read, with such great descriptions of the area and weather that I find myself longing to live there. But then I remember the humidity and heat, and I usually find myself quite happy where I am. (Though some winters do test that.)
The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton was that type of book. I wanted to pack my bags and move to Alabama and to find the Hideaway Bed and Breakfast and move in. I wanted to get to know Mags and Sara and hear their stories. I wanted to sit a spell on the dock and fish alongside Major. Of course the story of them catching an alligator almost made me change my mind.
The Hideaway is the story of a place that can help you hide from the problems of the world for a short time, but it can become a place you don’t want to leave. Mags has passed away and she left ownership to her only living relative, Sara. Sara really wants nothing to do with the house, she has her own life in New Orleans. But return she must.
Sara decides to fix the place and then figure out what to do afterwards. What she finds instead is a grandmother she never knew. One who hid her secrets inside the beloved house. That house is now slowly revealing its secrets to Sara.
I actually went into this book thinking it was going to be a bit more about DIY, but it turned out that was not what it was about at all. Yes at first I was a little disappointed, but as the story continued I came to understand that it was DIY, but more about the inside of the people involved than the house. Sometimes the best thing for the heart is coming home.
A gentle read, with good reminders that sometimes you need the whole story before you judge someone.