Hideaway Cove

June 16, 2016

Hideaway Cove. Anna Sullivan. 2014. 316 pages. Forever. [Source: ARC provided courtesy of NetGalley.]

I really enjoyed this book, and now I am going back to read the other books in the series.

Hideaway Cove is one of those sleepy towns where the townspeople know everyone and the gossip mill is more pervasive than air. While outsiders try to find the heir to a missing millionaire in the sleepy town, the true heir is in life-or-death danger.

Jessie just wants to raise her son Benji to be the good man his father wasn’t ready to be. Along the way, Hold is researching her genealogy, as well as the path to her heart. Add in meddling townfolk who have no problem scandalizing Jessie and Hold, and the resurgence of Benji’s father Lance, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

I appreciated this book because the plot itself was an interesting departure from what I normally see in romance books. The notion of a secret that a single town would kill to keep hidden is enough to stand on its own. But Sullivan’s exploration of Jessie’s battle with love, motherhood, and life under a microscope adds a human dimension to it.

All of the characters were realistic, for better or worse. Sullivan created depth to her characters that make them come alive. I could put each person in the body of someone I knew because it was so strong.

I definitely recommend this book, but I would caution readers to start at the beginning of this series. Hideaway Cove can be read as a stand-alone book. However, I often found myself needing more context that I didn’t have, especially regarding Maggie’s brush with death, which occurred in a previous book.

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