I may have mentioned before that I love to read non-fiction books. Up until this pandemic, my philosophy has been that if I’m going to take time to read, then I may as well be learning something. Like so many things in life, this pandemic has changed my way of thinking.

I needed something fun that would take my mind somewhere else…a land without masks where people can gather in large groups and shopping malls are bustling with shoppers, just for an example.

Enter The Hideaway, by Lauren K. Denton.

The main character, Sara Jenkins, lost her parents at a young age and was raised by her grandmother in Sweet Bay, Alabama. Sara couldn’t wait to leave the small, remote B&B her grandmother owned and operated.

Sara has a great life in New Orleans with her own business to run. However, when her grandmother, Mags, passes away, Sara is pulled back into the life in Sweet Bay she so desperately wanted to get away from. While sifting through Mags’ things, Sara unlocks some pieces of her grandmother’s past that make her question who her Mags really was.

Sara begins to do some soul searching. Was there more to her grandmother than she ever knew? Is Sara’s place in life somewhere other than New Orleans?

This book is a quick read because you won’t be able to put it down. I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning multiple times because I had to see what came next, and it’s not even a “thriller” book. Sara is very relatable as a young woman who is trying to find her path in life, being pulled in multiple directions.

This book was a much needed break for me from the monotony of non-fiction books, the news, and podcasts. If you’re looking for a great, fun, entertaining book to read, I definitely recommend The Hideaway.

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