Review: The Hideaway by Sheila O’Flanagan

I’ve been reading some fantastic but quite dark, harrowing and complex stories just lately so The Hideaway by Sheila O’Flanagan was the perfect antidote and an absolute breath of summery fresh air.

A double whammy of heartbreak and tragedy hits radiographer Juno for six and she takes time out in Spain to heal. Pretty soon her troubled soul is calmed by Villa Naranja, a cat called Banquo, and the local Beniflor community. With her heart on the mend, (in no small part due to a little romance with pool guy Pep) a phone call out of the blue threatens to disturb the fragile new balance in Juno’s world. How will she react and will she return happily to life back home or stay on in sunny Spain?

This is a sit out in the sunshine with a Pimms read. Just make sure you have a few hours to enjoy it, as you won’t want to put it down. You can’t fail to love central character Juno or the atmosphere of Villa Naranja and it’s a lovely read that will make you smile.

Thank you to NetGalley and Headline for the advance copy. I thoroughly recommend The Hideaway and give it five sangria laced shimmering stars. Why not add it to your bookshelf when it’s published in a couple of weeks on 17 May 2018.

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