Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hideaway by Hannah Alexander

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by Hannah Alexander

ISBN-13: 9780373810987
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Steeple Hill
Released: March 1, 2005

Source: Bought through

Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
When E.R. doctor Cheyenne Allison's own sister dies on the trauma bed, Cheyenne is forced to take leave and retreats to isolated Hideaway, Missouri. She hopes to find peace from the nightmare of being sued by her greedy brother-in-law and her grief over the death of her sister. But peace and solitude elude her in this picturesque Ozark community now terrorized by a dangerous vandal.

Mayor Austin Barlow insists the culprit resides with Cheyenne's handsome neighbor, Dane Gideon, whose ranch for foster boys has given rise to previous violence. But Dane inspires Cheyenne's respect, and perhaps something more--although she can't share the faith that sustains him as the violence turns deadly.

My Review:
Hideaway is a Christian romantic suspense novel. This novel is the first in a series, but it reads like a stand-alone novel.

The characters were engaging and complex. The various characters dealt with real issues in realistic ways. I've been consistently impressed by how Hannah Alexander's characters come across as real people.

The details about the area and small town life brought the story alive in my imagination. There were some ER medical scenes at the beginning. The technical terms were frequently explained or could be understood from the context.

While there were spurts of high suspense during medical emergencies and such, most of the book had a lower level of suspense created by relationship tensions and wondering how the lawsuit would be resolved.

Cheyenne struggled with why some Christians we cruel, greedy, and otherwise not-nice people. If that reflected what God was like, then she wanted nothing to do with him. In the story, the genuine Christian characters' faith affected their decisions and everyday life, and the Christian elements felt like a natural part of the story. I also felt Christianity was portrayed in a realistic manner, from the Christians actions to how non-Christians reacted to them.

There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this suspenseful, realistic novel.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

Excerpt: Read an excerpt using Amazon's "Look Inside."

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