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REVIEW: The Hideaway by Lauren Denton

Granddaughter Sara Jenkins returns to the homestead in Sweet Bay, Alabama following the death of her grandmother, Mags.  Sara was raised from about age 10 by Mags after the accidental death of Sara’s parents.  Sara couldn’t wait to escape her eccentric grandmother and found herself as a small business owner in New Orleans as a 20- and 30-something.  Mags, though, left the Hideaway homestead to Sara to be restored and either sold or loved.
During the restoration, Sara finds details of her grandmother’s life and open a whole new perspective for her on the real story behind the eccentric Mags.
I thought the story was interesting.  I was fine with how the chapters jumped around from Mags’ story to Sara’s story.

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Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me an ARC for a  review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Into the Free by Julie Cantrell

Millie Reynolds has enough awful luck for a lifetime before she’s even 17 years old.  Her abusive father and drug-addicted mother complicate her growing up years.  Thank goodness for the neighbor Sloth who helps Millie cope with her difficult surroundings.

Millie’s in-town grandparents completely ignore Millie and their daughter (her mom) since the mom chose to marry good-for-nothing Jack.  Jack, a rodeo star, seems to stop by the house just to beat on Millie’s mom and drive off drunk.  What a model he sets.  And, Millie despises him.

At age 16 Millie realizes why her mom takes the drugs and Millie sets out to learn more about her family history.  She is encouraged by a band of Romany gypsies that visit the town each summer.  The elderly gypsy gives Millie an actual key to a box which holds Millie’s mom’s treasures.

Jack, to me, is a sorry excuse for a father.  He’s not around, though he does pay the rent for the shack in which his wife and daughter live.  Oddly the rodeo folks admire him and are surprised somewhat to hear that he abuses his wife.

Bump (Kenneth) is another man in the story who contrasts Jack by 180 degrees.  Bump is training to be a veterinarian and he works for the rodeo.  Right from the start you can tell he’s sweet on Millie.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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