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Irresistible?? Quite the opposite. Very disappointing. Just threw my physical book into the bin. The only book I had previously read was the missing wife, which I had really enjoyed. This Hideaway title doesn't even come close to it. Like it was written by a different author altogether.
Didn't like the amount of time that Brad kept being mentioned, skipped fair few pages, have never done that while reading a book before. Sorry just could not finish reading the story. You killed it in the early chapters for me.
Although this doesn’t rank up there with the very best of Sheila O’Flanagan, The Hideaway is still an enjoyable book with many of the features fans have come to expect: likeable characters, a good, meaty storyline and a touch of romance. In a nutshell: an undemanding piece of escapism for the beach, a duvet day, or when you just want to comfort read.
Irish radiographer Juno Ryan has taken herself off to the Costa Blanca hills following the death of her boyfriend Brad in an Italian earthquake. Her heart is bruised and battered, reeling from the double shock of bereavement and betrayal. Can the Spanish sun and friendly locals help her overcome her sadness and find the motivation to pick up her life again?
Of course, it’s all very predictable. Despite wanting solitude, Juno finds herself getting drawn into the community, has a fling with a hot young Spaniard, and finally, after various false starts, is able to put the past behind her.
O’Flanagan is always easy to read, so the narrative jogs along nicely. As the main character, Juno is believable and, as a reader, it’s easy to empathize and get caught up in her emotions. I especially liked that there was much more to her than the standard wronged-woman cliché. So, apart from the romantic element, we had an awkward family dynamic adding to her feelings of distress and isolation. Although this thread was secondary to the main narrative, it developed into an important part of Juno’s transformation, and I was happy to see her dawning sense of self-worth. All in all a satisfying and heartwarming tale.
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A well structured storyline with lots of interesting actors, which makes it worth reading. One can't help wondering whether Juno Ryan should have had some inkling that all was not what it seemed with Brad McIntyre, but being wise-after-the-event can be all too easy. Banquo, the silver-grey stray cat, who turns out to be Ophelia - all will become clear as you read the novel - was a clever touch. Max Hollander, Brad McIntyre's stepbrother might raise a question or two as you read. How would you feel about this scenario? There are plenty of other characters to enjoy in this novel, so treat yourself to a really good read, you won't regret it.
I liked this book despite "only 3 stars" rate. I enjoying the reading well spoken and never boring with page filling digressions. The protagonist is funny, cute and good hearted, I just don't see coming how the hottest guy of all Spain made a pass on her to go to the bedroom (she is depicted like average Irish girl in her thirties). Also she has got the feeling that all hot guys have eyes on her which to me seems a bit too much considering that average girls in South of Spain are very good looking. Even minor events in the book were absorbing and involving the reader 100%, the work of the author aimed to create a light hearted and funny book. NO NO to the final a bit rushed with a men popping out of the blue with a stupid excuse. Despite that last bit I recommend this book
I loved this book! I discovered Sheila O'Flanagan recently and have read most of her books now and I was looking forward to her latest book. I love the Spanish setting, the character has just the right balance of vulnerability and sensitivity. The plot is a bit predictive but that doesn't matter because the writing is good and the setting is vividly described. She has the knack of making character's believable in a few sort sentences.This is a great summer read, or a winter escape. Sheila O'Flanagan just gets better each time!
Yet again you draw the reader into the story and make one feel they are there, really enjoyed the book I was so part of it I ended up reading half of the night but well worth it, thank you and keep writing.
I really enjoyed this book and could have read more as the characters were so likeable. I particularly enjoyed the location descriptions as having just returned from a short break in a non-touristy area I could smell the oranges and bouganvilla.