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The unputdownable new novel from Sunday Times bestselling Sheila O'Flanagan, author of THE MISSING WIFE and WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT. Perfect for readers of Catherine Alliott and Marian Keyes. What would you do if you discovered you were living a lie? When a shocking news report shatters Juno Ryan's world, she suddenly finds herself without the man she loves - and wi The unputdownable new novel from Sunday Times bestselling Sheila O'Flanagan, author of THE MISSING WIFE and WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT. Perfect for readers of Catherine Alliott and Marian Keyes. What would you do if you discovered you were living a lie? When a shocking news report shatters Juno Ryan's world, she suddenly finds herself without the man she loves - and with no way of getting the answers she so desperately needs.A distraught Juno flees to the enchanting Villa Naranja in Spain. The blue skies and bountiful orange groves - along with Pep, the winemaker's handsome son - begin to soothe her broken heart, but only Juno herself can mend it.Just when she begins to feel whole again another bombshell falls. Can Juno put the past behind her? And will she ever learn to trust herself again?


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The unputdownable new novel from Sunday Times bestselling Sheila O'Flanagan, author of THE MISSING WIFE and WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT. Perfect for readers of Catherine Alliott and Marian Keyes. What would you do if you discovered you were living a lie? When a shocking news report shatters Juno Ryan's world, she suddenly finds herself without the man she loves - and wi The unputdownable new novel from Sunday Times bestselling Sheila O'Flanagan, author of THE MISSING WIFE and WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT. Perfect for readers of Catherine Alliott and Marian Keyes. What would you do if you discovered you were living a lie? When a shocking news report shatters Juno Ryan's world, she suddenly finds herself without the man she loves - and with no way of getting the answers she so desperately needs.A distraught Juno flees to the enchanting Villa Naranja in Spain. The blue skies and bountiful orange groves - along with Pep, the winemaker's handsome son - begin to soothe her broken heart, but only Juno herself can mend it.Just when she begins to feel whole again another bombshell falls. Can Juno put the past behind her? And will she ever learn to trust herself again?

30 review for The Hideaway

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dale Harcombe

    Juno Ryan’s world is turned upside down. She is devastated when she hears about Brad. When it starts affecting her work, Juno knows she needs to do something about it. When her friend Pilar offers her the chance of a holiday at a villa in Spain, she agrees it will give her time to come to terms with what has happened. While there she meets the winemaker’s handsome son,. Pep, who cleans the pool at the villa. She also gets to know others in his family. But life is not done with its shocks for Jun Juno Ryan’s world is turned upside down. She is devastated when she hears about Brad. When it starts affecting her work, Juno knows she needs to do something about it. When her friend Pilar offers her the chance of a holiday at a villa in Spain, she agrees it will give her time to come to terms with what has happened. While there she meets the winemaker’s handsome son,. Pep, who cleans the pool at the villa. She also gets to know others in his family. But life is not done with its shocks for Juno as the past comes back to haunt her in a way she never dreamt possible. The setting of this in Spain and the people Juno meets and interact with at various festivals and events make this very colourful. However I found Juno annoying. If Brad was as much the love of her life as she believed, then she moves on far too quickly and easily for me to believe. I found many of her attitudes selfish and just unbelievable how easily most people accepted her into their community. It’s definitely chick lit and there were many times I found myself wondering why I kept reading. I did work my way to the end, but I felt it was overlong and the characters never convinced me. However I suspect a lot of people who are into chick lit will really like it. For me it was just okay. The setting was the biggest attraction.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jypsy

    The Hideaway is a typical but charming romance. A woman goes to Spain to heal a broken heart, learns life lessons and happy ending. It's a cute easy read. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review. The Hideaway is a typical but charming romance. A woman goes to Spain to heal a broken heart, learns life lessons and happy ending. It's a cute easy read. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Natasha Ellis

    It was a pleasant enough read but it’s not a story that will stay with me, at one point thought it was going to turn into a ghost story. I have read better Sheila o’Flanagan books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Achour

    I loved this novel which is my second book by Sheila O'Flanagan. I adore her writing style which is really pleasant and "airy". Sheila O'Flanagan used to feature inspiring characters showing a real determination despite that sometimes parts of their life could be painful or sad. The plot and characters are well designed. I liked the story and Juno Ryan's character. Through easy reading chapters, we follow Juno, a specialist in radiography, in her journey of healing from the grief of the man she I loved this novel which is my second book by Sheila O'Flanagan. I adore her writing style which is really pleasant and "airy". Sheila O'Flanagan used to feature inspiring characters showing a real determination despite that sometimes parts of their life could be painful or sad. The plot and characters are well designed. I liked the story and Juno Ryan's character. Through easy reading chapters, we follow Juno, a specialist in radiography, in her journey of healing from the grief of the man she loves. Taking a short break from work, she leaves Ireland to Spain seeking quiet and peace. Her character and mental qualities allow her to be a member of a new community and to become again in love. The "hit" of the book was a wonderful description of Spain to such an extent we come out with a strong desire to visit all places where the story took place. “The Hideaway” is an excellent novel for those who are looking for a quick and inspiring holiday read. I highly recommend it. Read: June 2019 Source: NetGalley and the Publisher: Headline

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leona

    Another fantastic book by this talented author . An easy read and one which I loved . After suffering a personal tragedy, Juno Ryan takes extended leave from her job and heads to Spain to try and come to terms and recover from what has happened . She stays in a lovely villa and whilst she is there it doesn’t take her long to get to know the locals and get into the Spanish way of life. A story filled with some sadness but lots of happiness too. I loved the description of Spain and Spanish life. Gr Another fantastic book by this talented author . An easy read and one which I loved . After suffering a personal tragedy, Juno Ryan takes extended leave from her job and heads to Spain to try and come to terms and recover from what has happened . She stays in a lovely villa and whilst she is there it doesn’t take her long to get to know the locals and get into the Spanish way of life. A story filled with some sadness but lots of happiness too. I loved the description of Spain and Spanish life. Great story

  6. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    An enjoyable summer read. I like Sheila O’Flanagan’s style of writing but this could easily have been 50 pages shorter. I liked that there were several ways this story could have ended, leaving the reader guessing until the final chapters. Too many references to ghosts though! 3-4 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tripfiction

    Novel set in Province of ALICANTE / VALENCIA A note from the author on location: I first stayed in this area of Valencia nearly twenty-five years ago and I was struck by the colours of the countryside. On the one hand, the zone is quite dry. But the vividness of the orange, lemon and lime trees against the backdrop of the blue skies , the mountains and the sea are simply stunning. Although there are a lot of tourists and ex-pats living in the area, it still retains strong links to both its Mooris Novel set in Province of ALICANTE / VALENCIA A note from the author on location: I first stayed in this area of Valencia nearly twenty-five years ago and I was struck by the colours of the countryside. On the one hand, the zone is quite dry. But the vividness of the orange, lemon and lime trees against the backdrop of the blue skies , the mountains and the sea are simply stunning. Although there are a lot of tourists and ex-pats living in the area, it still retains strong links to both its Moorish and Christan cultures and the (almost daily) summer fiestas are a part of that. I took this novel with me to read in the very area in which it is set and reading The Hideaway, in situ was an absolute joy. The book revels in location and the author is hugely observant of the way of life in this part of Spain. Yes, of course she features fiestas and oranges and good-looking Spaniards and family intrigues! She burrows down and reveals a delightful understanding of the Spanish life. It was lovely to observe life around me further reflected in the novel! I am also learning Spanish and the author throws in a good few words that you can add to your vocabulary list. This peppering of words of course also adds an authentic feel to the story Juno Ryan is in a relationship with wonderful Brad. He goes on holiday without her (theirs is an early days relationship) ostensibly to visit his family in Italy and it is in the aftermath of a major earthquake that she learns he has been one of the victims. The story portrayed in the news reveals another side of his life that he has kept from her – the secret is huge and his betrayal shatters her to the core. Juno happens to work with Pilar and it is she who offers Juno the Villa Naranja, near fictional Beniflor, just a little inland from the Mediterranean in the Province of Alicante (Costa Blanca). Three months off the world is just the ticket and she is soon settled in, with a visiting cat to keep her company. She finds herself being drilled in the vagaries of local life and soon her own sojourn is under scrutiny – providing interest and curiosity amongst the locals. Juno takes a short trip to Valencia to visit her landlady and to see futuristic buildings at The City of Arts and Sciences, designed by Santiago Calatrava, situated in the city’s reclaimed riverbed. As a tourist, she even struggles with the city’s traffic systems; I totally concur! It’s a real conundrum to fight your way through the honking and swerving, not something for the faint-hearted! The author explores the bereavement process in a thoughtful and studied way, as Juno progresses through the stages of her loss. She also has her character reflecting on her place in the world and on her own ways of being which add nice, insightful elements to the storyline. There is also a dalliance along the way…. Juno discovers a little about the history of this villa, built for a nobleman and where also the tragedy of the Civil War struck – there is a certain other-worldly quality about the building. Juno is described as ‘enjoying reading a book which was partially set in Andalucia during the war, which made it now doubly atmospheric” for her… and of course that is the raison d’être of TripFiction. Enjoying and exploring a location through they eyes of an author. So, if you are heading to Valencia this is an ace novel to take with you – it will also help you revisit if you want to daydream a little!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Helen Edwards

    I enjoyed 'The Hideaway' and I think it would make a wonderful holiday read. The description of Spain and in particular the Villa Naranja where Juno goes to take some time out is very well-written. I got a real sense of the town and surrounding areas. I liked all the characters. I'm not sure about the man Juno eventually gets together with, not in terms of his character, but because of who he is (can't say any more without giving a spoiler). This is a story about someone getting to know herself I enjoyed 'The Hideaway' and I think it would make a wonderful holiday read. The description of Spain and in particular the Villa Naranja where Juno goes to take some time out is very well-written. I got a real sense of the town and surrounding areas. I liked all the characters. I'm not sure about the man Juno eventually gets together with, not in terms of his character, but because of who he is (can't say any more without giving a spoiler). This is a story about someone getting to know herself / finding herself / making peace with herself. I liked the sub-plot regarding Juno and her relationship with her mother. Banquo / Ophelia the cat made me laugh. The author leans towards the spiritual side at times. There's a lot to like. If I had one small criticism it would be that I didn't strongly 'feel' Juno's emotion - perhaps she was a bit too matter of fact at times - but that was part of her character. With thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and author for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stefe

    From the moment the main character Juno made the decision to attend Brad’s funeral early in the book, it was blatantly obvious where this story was heading. So I’m kicking myself for continuing on with the next 350 pages. What a waste of time! Juno is a shallow character supposedly totally shattered and unable to function by Brad’s death and betrayal. So off she goes to Spain to get her life back together. Ironically she’s not devastated enough to stop her having a sexual relationship with the p From the moment the main character Juno made the decision to attend Brad’s funeral early in the book, it was blatantly obvious where this story was heading. So I’m kicking myself for continuing on with the next 350 pages. What a waste of time! Juno is a shallow character supposedly totally shattered and unable to function by Brad’s death and betrayal. So off she goes to Spain to get her life back together. Ironically she’s not devastated enough to stop her having a sexual relationship with the pool man almost immediately on her arrival in Spain. She also incredibly manages to get through the “five stages of grieving” in a couple of months and improve her relationship with her family at the same time. Considering her total devastation this was a miracle. As one reviewer described it “what a load of tosh”!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    Sheila has long been one of my most favourite authors, and I always anticipate her next book with excitement, having read all of them so far. Devastation hits Juno’s life and she flees to Spain to try to heal. The descriptions of the area of Spain are fantastic and you really feel as if you are there with Juno. The characters are believable, and the whole story is brilliantly written (as are all Sheila’s books!). A beautiful book that I didn’t want to put down, and was left wanting more when it fi Sheila has long been one of my most favourite authors, and I always anticipate her next book with excitement, having read all of them so far. Devastation hits Juno’s life and she flees to Spain to try to heal. The descriptions of the area of Spain are fantastic and you really feel as if you are there with Juno. The characters are believable, and the whole story is brilliantly written (as are all Sheila’s books!). A beautiful book that I didn’t want to put down, and was left wanting more when it finished. Absolutely loved it! Thank you to NetGalley and Headline for an advance reader copy in return for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Janette

    I love Sheila O'Flanagan books and this is one of my favourites so far. An excellent storyline, gorgeous location and lovely characters. Beautifully descriptive - I was transported to Spain with the fantastic details in the writing. A story of sadness, new beginnings, love, romance and friendship. Well paced - a very entertaining read. I loved the location particularly. A perfect holiday or summer read, ideal for the beach or for an afternoon in the garden. Highly recommended. Thank you to NetGall I love Sheila O'Flanagan books and this is one of my favourites so far. An excellent storyline, gorgeous location and lovely characters. Beautifully descriptive - I was transported to Spain with the fantastic details in the writing. A story of sadness, new beginnings, love, romance and friendship. Well paced - a very entertaining read. I loved the location particularly. A perfect holiday or summer read, ideal for the beach or for an afternoon in the garden. Highly recommended. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I started this book after reading the reviews but how it was unputdownable I do not know, I gave up shortly after Juno arrived in Spain, I’ve read may of Sheila’s books and enjoyed them, however this was a load of tosh!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Loved it. The description of Spain was beautiful. I would have loved to spend three months at the Villa Naranja, plus Pep was an added bonus. Spain was exactly what Juno needed, along with all the people in the village and the loving affection of Banquo. Juno was definitely unlucky in the love department with Sean and Brad. I can't imagine how she felt when she learned the truth about Brad. This was the perfect summer read. It was full of love, forgiveness, friendship and family. I loved how Jun Loved it. The description of Spain was beautiful. I would have loved to spend three months at the Villa Naranja, plus Pep was an added bonus. Spain was exactly what Juno needed, along with all the people in the village and the loving affection of Banquo. Juno was definitely unlucky in the love department with Sean and Brad. I can't imagine how she felt when she learned the truth about Brad. This was the perfect summer read. It was full of love, forgiveness, friendship and family. I loved how Juno kept saying that she just thought Banquo was a fat cat wen she finally discovers he was a she. The book just left me with warm and happy feelings and of course the need to travel to Spain. Definitely recommend the book. I loved the characters, story and writing style. It was the first book I read by the author and I look forward to reading more. It was the cover of the book that first caught my eye and the story didn't disappoint. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Headline through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bree T

    I have read a few Sheila O’Flanagan books but it’d be quite a while ago now. My grandmother is quite a big fan and buys her books when they come out, a few of which she’s passed onto me. This is the first one I’ve read in a long time and I really enjoyed it. Juno is in a very bad way. She’s been hit with not only a devastating loss out of no where but then a betrayal that she never saw coming. She finds herself struggling to do her job at work, breaking down at the most inopportune times. Her wor I have read a few Sheila O’Flanagan books but it’d be quite a while ago now. My grandmother is quite a big fan and buys her books when they come out, a few of which she’s passed onto me. This is the first one I’ve read in a long time and I really enjoyed it. Juno is in a very bad way. She’s been hit with not only a devastating loss out of no where but then a betrayal that she never saw coming. She finds herself struggling to do her job at work, breaking down at the most inopportune times. Her work places her on unpaid leave and friend offers her several weeks of rest and relaxation at her grandmother’s place in Spain. It’s mostly sitting empty, unable to be sold because it’s a little too far from the ocean for summer holiday home. Juno arrives bravely in the dead of night, settling herself in, musing at the slight spookiness of it all. As the only practical one in a family of dramatic and theatrical people she’s not usually given to flights of fancy but she can’t help wondering about the possibility of ghosts in her neglected holiday home. By daylight it’s not quite so spooky although it’s looking a little dated and never good at being idle, Juno finds herself mending shutters and painting walls to freshen it up a little. Juno’s world is so rocked when she arrives in Spain, she isn’t sure she can really see a way forward. She was expecting her life to go one way and that’s been completely turned upside down, not just in one way but in two. I think it would be tempting to hole up at the villa, to just wallow but Juno makes an effort in the local community and quickly becomes a subject of interest. A foreigner, staying all alone apart from a young, handsome pool cleaner who visits regularly. Juno is mostly amused as she joins in the local festivities and a little bewildered. I think she’s long thought of herself as the forgotten member of her family – a later in life baby for her mother, sensible and practical, not quite as given to the drama as various members of her family. She’s not sure why she drums up so much interest and doesn’t see herself as doing anything unusual. I absolutely adored the setting of this book. The Villa Naranja sounded so enchanting – it’s not right on the coast like a large array of holiday and resort towns but situated a little further inland, among wine country and with its own orange grove. It needed a little TLC, it’s owner having died and the rest of the family not able to visit it often but it’s the perfect setting for Juno to come to terms with her loss and decide how to move forward with her life. I absolutely loved the character of Banquo too, a source of great comfort to Juno and the twist regarding Banquo was very sweet and unexpected. There’s a small element of romance in this, it’s more a suggestion and I’m in two minds about it. I love the character and I love them together, I just feel as though it was slightly awkward, given who he is and the people it would bring Juno into contact with in the future. But mostly this book is about Juno herself, making her way through this horrible tragic event that is both hers and not hers to grieve over and dealing with it and then learning to move forward. I think Juno also learns a lot about herself during this process as well, the things that she’s capable of and I was really into that whole part of the story. The focus is so much on Juno’s strength as a person, but also her weaknesses as well. Her grief is so raw in the beginning and although she isn’t completely ‘healed’ at the end, you can tell where her life is going and it’s a very positive and uplifting direction. This was a really engrossing read – the warmth of the setting helped take my mind off the depressing winter weather I’m currently experiencing and it’s definitely made me keen to read Sheila O’Flanagan’s books more often and not leave it so long until the next one! ***A copy of this novel was provided by the publisher for the purpose of an honest review***

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nicki

    I love Sheila’s books, but this one didn’t quite do it for me. Maybe it was the foreign setting. I know a lot of people love getaway books, but I never have. The locals always seem a little too quaint and stereotypical (not necessarily pinpointing this book as being the only one to do that). I find it kind of cliched honestly. British/Irish woman has bad time in a relationship and heads off for a sun holiday. Spoilers::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: I love Sheila’s books, but this one didn’t quite do it for me. Maybe it was the foreign setting. I know a lot of people love getaway books, but I never have. The locals always seem a little too quaint and stereotypical (not necessarily pinpointing this book as being the only one to do that). I find it kind of cliched honestly. British/Irish woman has bad time in a relationship and heads off for a sun holiday. Spoilers:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: There was things I did like. The Brad storyline was interesting and I liked the mother - what a strong and inspiring older woman character! I love Sheila’s style of writing and the depth she gives her characters. The romances - well, actually I kind of liked Pep. I felt a bit sorry for him. I don’t like that sort of situation and would have hated him if it was him doing the using. Made it hard to be all “go girl! “ towards the protagonist. I did get that Pep was going to bounce back pretty quick and was not to be pitied. I did wonder which of the two possible brothers she was going to end up with, and honestly that gave me a bit of an ick too. I could kind of see it coming. Though it wasn’t immediately obvious which of the two it was going to be. Honestly didn’t hate it, didn’t love it. If it was a different author would probably think it was a decent chick lit, but Sheila has spoiled us over the years with her great novels, so I did find this a little meh.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Parker

    Juno Ryan is in mourning. The love of her life is gone and she’s putting her job at risk through her grief. But things are not as they appear to be and Juno finds herself with a sabbatical, a suitcase and a villa in Spain where she can regroup and resolve her problems. This was a sweet book with a really interesting premise. I have to admit at about two thirds through I thought it would end one way and it went a totally different direction which I enjoyed. However, I found the characters to be u Juno Ryan is in mourning. The love of her life is gone and she’s putting her job at risk through her grief. But things are not as they appear to be and Juno finds herself with a sabbatical, a suitcase and a villa in Spain where she can regroup and resolve her problems. This was a sweet book with a really interesting premise. I have to admit at about two thirds through I thought it would end one way and it went a totally different direction which I enjoyed. However, I found the characters to be unbelievable and at times unsympathetic. I have read other books by the author that I preferred. I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinions.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    I really enjoyed this book. I especially loved the setting in Spain and the connection of the character to the local community.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Damelapin

    A really nice read. I was wary at first with the ghost story but the read isn't spooky at all :) A really nice read. I was wary at first with the ghost story but the read isn't spooky at all :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I loved it!! I couldn't put it down. I loved it!! I couldn't put it down.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pat Langhelt

    I loved juno and her time in Spain, great story and characters. Another brilliant read Sheila x

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    3.5 Rating would have enjoyed it more if there had been a different ending. Lots of options but chose the least desirable for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gill Brown

    A fantastic book, I felt like I was at Villa Naranja with all its beautiful orange trees, I had a very clear picture of what it would look like. Very atmospheric and a lovely story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    This was a great read about Juno going off to Spain to hideaway whilst getting over a traumatic time of her life...it takes you on her journey the places she goes & characters she meets it all adds up to be a really good book. Thoroughly enjoyed it xx

  24. 4 out of 5

    Glynis Marshall

    I really enjoyed this book. Sheila took me to Spain and I could smell the orange trees as I was reading this book. A story of love and loss. Would highly recommend

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    Sheila has long been one of my most favourite authors, and I always anticipate her next book with excitement, having read all of them so far. Devastation hits Juno’s life and she flees to Spain to try to heal. The descriptions of the area of Spain are fantastic and you really feel as if you are there with Juno. The characters are believable, and the whole story is brilliantly written (as are all Sheila’s books!). A beautiful book that I didn’t want to put down, and was left wanting more when it fi Sheila has long been one of my most favourite authors, and I always anticipate her next book with excitement, having read all of them so far. Devastation hits Juno’s life and she flees to Spain to try to heal. The descriptions of the area of Spain are fantastic and you really feel as if you are there with Juno. The characters are believable, and the whole story is brilliantly written (as are all Sheila’s books!). A beautiful book that I didn’t want to put down, and was left wanting more when it finished. Absolutely loved it! Thank you to NetGalley and Headline for an advance reader copy in return for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pam Webb

    Tantalizing read Excellent read, couldn't put it down, but had to so that I could get some sleep as always read at night before I turn off the Kindle.Can't wait to start to another book Tantalizing read Excellent read, couldn't put it down, but had to so that I could get some sleep as always read at night before I turn off the Kindle.Can't wait to start to another book

  27. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

    I always feel guilty leaving a low star review but this was so clunky and slow, just couldn’t get into it at all and ended up speed reading.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emma Crowley

    The Hideaway by Sheila O Flanagan sees Juno Ryan arriving to the warm climate of Spain and specifically the small town of Beniflor. She has escaped from her work as a radiologist as things have not being going that well for her recently. She loves her job and always been dedicated to it but recent events have meant that her mind is straying and she cannot concentrate on the task at hand. A work colleague suggests taking some time out to be by herself, to come to terms with what she has discovere The Hideaway by Sheila O Flanagan sees Juno Ryan arriving to the warm climate of Spain and specifically the small town of Beniflor. She has escaped from her work as a radiologist as things have not being going that well for her recently. She loves her job and always been dedicated to it but recent events have meant that her mind is straying and she cannot concentrate on the task at hand. A work colleague suggests taking some time out to be by herself, to come to terms with what she has discovered. Pilar originally comes from Spain so Juno takes her up on the offer of staying in her grandmother's house which has laid idle since her passing. I thought Juno was brave to go off on her own but I think deep down she knew she was struggling and staying in her present environment no matter how much she enjoyed her work was really not the thing for her at that time. When we first meet Juno she is an emotional wreck and quite honestly a character that went on to be quite infuriating throughout the book because of the way she approached and dealt with things. I felt she lacked courage, strength and conviction and I understand she needed to go through a process to reach those emotional points and some sort of acceptance and realisation as to what her next step may be but the journey to do so was quite long and drawn out at times and I did feel the book could have been shorter. Juno feels her competence and strength have been called into question and that she is about to be tested to her limit. Upon hearing earth shattering news she becomes engulfed in anguish, grief and pain and these feelings only intensify. She hopes by getting away from it all that she can slowly begin to heal. But how can she when everything she believed to be true has been not even been called into question but rather thrown into utter disarray. She is experiencing a maelstrom of emotions and the question remains can she cope with what is ahead of her? Initially I did feel sorry for Juno as the news she heard meant her life was turned upside down but after a while I thought hold on you had been taken for granted and used and if the major event had not happened surely sooner rather than later you would have discovered things anyway. You couldn't have gone on the way things were. As she settled into the villa Juno really needed to stop thinking and over analysing things. I don't think she was ever going to get the answers she so desperately craved instead she needed to man up so to speak and get over things instead of moping around. Seclusion and isolation would hopefully offer the closure she needed but was she willing to let her heart open up once again of some form of romance came her way? In the first half of the book nothing much happened at all. There were times Juno spoke to no other characters bar a cat who had taken up residence at the villa. There was endless repetition of what she did every day and how she set about renovating the house as a means to take her mind off things but honestly this all became so monotonous and boring that I was just dying for something exciting to happen and for the pace to be ramped up big time. This never actually happened. Yes later there is more interaction as different characters start to make an appearance. Despite the potential the overall plot showed, I don't think this book ever really got off the ground and at times I did struggle with whether I should keep reading. I did keep going because I wanted to know the outcome for Juno but when spirits and ghostly happenings started to be mentioned, I thought this is too much and why is it being included in this book? It didn't need it at all. Some strands became too airy fairy for me and the mentions of chakras, spirituality and mysticality was just all a bit too much. When the romance element did arrive I thought finally Juno was letting go and just throwing caution to the wind and going for it and who cares what the consequences were. She was on holiday and she needed to let go but then on the other hand given all the time she had spent explaining to the reader how her heart and mind felt was it just too soon? Then when someone else turns up out of the blue in the last quarter it just felt even more rushed and that decisions had to be made quick smart because we were nearing the end of the book. Yes the book was too long in my opinion but all the romance that came in the last quarter would have been better off from the midway point and curtailing the descriptions of her daily life in Spain in the earlier chapters would have been more beneficial.I felt that would have enabled the reader to get to the heart of the story much quicker. The Hideaway wasn't the best book I have read by Sheila O'Flanagan. I was disappointed because I know what brilliant stories she can write as I have spent many an hour indulging in her writing particularly her earlier books. I view this book as one to read on holidays on a sun lounger as a book you pick up and down when you feel like it. It won't be the most memorable book you have ever read but I'm sure long term fans will enjoy it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leni Chris

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My opinion on this book is as complicated as Juno's love life in the story. Juno Ryan’s world is turned upside down. She is devastated when she hears about Brad. When it starts affecting her work, Juno knows she needs to do something about it. When her friend Pilar offers her the chance of a holiday at a villa in Spain, she agrees it will give her time to come to terms with what has happened. While there she meets the winemaker’s handsome son, Pep, who cleans the pool at the villa. She also gets My opinion on this book is as complicated as Juno's love life in the story. Juno Ryan’s world is turned upside down. She is devastated when she hears about Brad. When it starts affecting her work, Juno knows she needs to do something about it. When her friend Pilar offers her the chance of a holiday at a villa in Spain, she agrees it will give her time to come to terms with what has happened. While there she meets the winemaker’s handsome son, Pep, who cleans the pool at the villa. She also gets to know others in his family. But life is not done with its shocks for Juno as the past comes back to haunt her in a way she never dreamt possible. Firstly, I want to highlight how much I loved the author's work, research and vivid description of the book's main locations. The setting in Spain and the people Juno meets and interact with at various festivals and events make this very colourful of a story. The author burrows down and reveals a delightful understanding of Spanish life! In addition, the author throws in a good few words in Spanish that you can add to your vocabulary list. This peppering of words of course also adds an authentic feel to the story. However, it is important to note that it has been a year since I bought this book and every summer break that I started to read it, I could not go any further in the story than a third of it and this partially due to the flat sense that the plot kept giving to me as well as how I found Juno's character 'boring' and 'non-sense' at times. Despite reading reviews as a page-turner, it did not feel to me like that until the very end of the plot where Juno began to have contact with Brad's step-brother, Max and her attempt to fix the relationship with her mother which ended on a humour's note. It is safe to say that I felt more intrigued to find out about the spirits and ghost's of the vila rather than embark on Juno's affair with the young Navaro boy. For example, Juno discovers a little about the history of this villa, built for a nobleman and where also the tragedy of the Civil War struck – there is a certain other-worldly quality about the building. Many side characters like Luis and Catalin with young Xavi and Rosa, managed to make the book a bit more likeable while offering a sense of community around the plot. I had a moment -which I rarely have-where I wanted to quit the bok but instead decided to give it another try since I just felt a connection with the scenery of Valencia and generally Spain itself. There was an endless repetition of what she did every day and how she set about renovating the house as a means to take her mind off things but honestly, this all became so monotonous that I was just dying for something exciting to happen and for the pace to be ramped up big time. This never actually happened. Yes, later there is more interaction as different characters start to make an appearance. Despite the potential the overall plot showed, I don't think this book ever really got off the ground. I did keep going because I wanted to know the outcome for Juno but when spirits and ghostly happenings started to be mentioned, I thought this is too much and why is it being included in this book? It didn't need it at all. Some strands became too much for me and the mentions of chakras, spirituality and mysticality was just all a bit too non-sense. There were even times where I skipped lines to move on! The book felt too long in my opinion but all the romance that came in the last quarter would have been better off from the midway point and curtailing the descriptions of her daily life in Spain in the earlier chapters would have been more beneficial. I felt that would have enabled the reader to get to the heart of the story much quicker instead of giving to the audience entire chapters full of Juno's overanalyzing and complicated thoughts which were clear evidence of how she was not ready to move on bu rather pushing herself to the next man in line when she clearly hated being that type of woman-the one stressing over the age difference, marriage and children-. The Hideaway wasn't the best book I have read by Sheila O'Flanagan. I believe this book as one to read on holidays under the Sun or as a book you pick up and down when you feel like it. It won't be the most memorable book you have ever read but it surely is a great tour guide and 'seducer' to persuade you in wanting to visit all the locations mentioned and experience to the maximum all the traditions of the locals.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Pole

    The Hideaway is another wonderful read by much beloved author Sheila O'Flanagan. I have long been a fan of this author and will rush to get my hands on anything she writes, so this one was an easy sell for me. The gorgeous cover first drew my attention, and the story within is every bit as lovely. Juno Ryan is beyond shocked to learn that the man she loves has been killed in an earthquake in Italy. If that alone is not devastating enough, he is identified on the news as having been on holiday wit The Hideaway is another wonderful read by much beloved author Sheila O'Flanagan. I have long been a fan of this author and will rush to get my hands on anything she writes, so this one was an easy sell for me. The gorgeous cover first drew my attention, and the story within is every bit as lovely. Juno Ryan is beyond shocked to learn that the man she loves has been killed in an earthquake in Italy. If that alone is not devastating enough, he is identified on the news as having been on holiday with his wife and young son. Grieving, and trying to process both shock and anger, Juno retreats to the Villa Naranja in Spain, the home of a work colleague's mother. Juno sees the villa as a sanctuary where she can lick her wounds in the privacy of her self-imposed seclusion. Juno is not isolated for long, however, and finds herself being drawn into the community of Beniflor, even engaging in a sexual relationship with the neighbouring pool cleaner, Pep. Slowly, Juno begins to realize that she must cop on and start living her life again. But when her lover's brother turns up seeking answers, Juno has some questions of her own. This is a lovely novel that will appeal to fans of Ms O'Flanagan. Sharply observed characters, and an inate understanding of the human condition are the author's trademarks, and they are each well-represented here. The novel, while emotional, ends on a positive note of hope, and living beyond tragedy. The Spanish setting is a lovely bonus. Recommended. Many thanks to NetGalley and Headline for this delightful ARC.

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