Happy Tuesday, everyone. Welcome to the first Tea and Me meeting. I’d like to start off by saying I’m excited for what 2021 may bring. This week is going to be focused on my current read, Hideaway, and the next five books on my reading list. I’ll be reading, Breathless with Her, The Survivors, Sweet Water, and The Obituary Society.
First, let’s start with what I’m drinking during this lovely Tea and Read meeting. Today, I’m drinking good old Chamomile tea. I love reading the Celestial box. This is what the box reads.
“Cherished since the days of the ancient Egyptians as an antidote to life’s complications, chamomile is beloved today for its soothing aroma and subtle sweet apple flavor. We blend the finest chamomile flowers from around the world to create a relaxing cup you can take comfort in any time of day.” -Charlie Baden, Celestial Seasonings Blendmaster
So, today’s read is Hideaway by Nora Roberts. It is what I’m currently reading. If you are reading the book or plan on reading it, fear not, I’m not going to spoil it. I’ll be talking about Nora’s writing style, her character development, and what I like most. I will NOT be talking about the storyline or where it goes (because when people spoil books, it pisses me off and I’m sure the same goes for others with shows or movies) and that’s final.
I’ll start with the description:
“A family ranch in Big Sur country and a legacy of Hollywood royalty set the stage for Nora Roberts’ emotional new suspense novel.
Caitlyn Sullivan, a daughter of Hollywood royalty, was already a star at ten, but still loved to play hide-and-seek with her cousins at the family home in Big Sur. It was during one of those games that she disappeared.
Despite her glamorous background, Cate was a shrewd, scrappy survivor, and she managed to escape her abductors. Dillon Cooper was shocked to find the bruised and terrified girl huddled in his ranch house kitchen—but when the teenager and his family heard her story they provided refuge and comfort, reuniting her with her loved ones.
Cate’s ordeal, though, was far from over. First came the discovery of a betrayal that would send someone she’d trusted to prison. Then there were years away in Ireland, sheltered and protected but with restlessness growing in her soul. Then, finally, she returned to Los Angeles, hoping to act again and get past the trauma that had derailed her life. What she didn’t yet know was that two seeds had been planted that long-ago night—one of a great love, and one of a terrible vengeance…”
So, let’s talk writing style. Let me preface by saying I started reading Nora Roberts when I was in high school. My dad bought me River’s End from a Salvation Army and I loved it. I loved the suspense, the imagery, the characters, and the emotion she pours into each story. In Hideaway, it is no different.
Roberts has a way of grabbing readers by the first page and holding on for dear life. You get invested in the characters, in the mystery or the scandal, and you pull for the underdog. In Hideaway, for example, Cate is a young child who is kidnapped. (It is in the description, I’m not giving anything away.) What appeals to the reader about Cate, is that she’s scrappy and she’s incredibly clever. Add in the rest of the Sullivan crew. You’ve got a band of people with strong family ties, fierce loyalty, and strong resolve.
What I love about this story so far (I’m only on part II), is that each character I come across, I want to know more. I feel like these could be people I’ve met, or meet, or family members I have. That’s what is so great about her writing. You don’t feel like its a story that you’re going to forget in about a day or so. Her characters appeal to readers, they hold on to you days after.
So, I’m thoroughly enjoying this book. I wish that I had more time to sit down and to read it for long stretches. Alas, I’m homeschooling my kids and I just don’t have the time. But I can say, when I’m sitting and reading, I don’t regret a moment.
The books next for me are Breathless with Her, Sweet Water, and The Obituary Society.
I just renewed my library card for another two years. It took me some time to fix the outdated status, but I did it. Right now, I put on hold a few books. The Vanishing Half, Fire Blood, and Midnight Sun. I’m not sure how long it will take me to get them as there is a huge reserve list, but eventually they will make their way to me and I’ll have them.
There is my Tea and Read with me Update.
What are you reading this week?