When Sara Jenkins loses her grandmother Mags, she believes she loses the only family she has in the world. So when she leaves her busy life in New Orleans to go back to her sleepy home town of Sweet Bay, she doesn't intend to stay long. But life sometimes has its own plans. At the reading of Mags's will, Sara finds out that she has inherited the charming, but somewhat neglected B&B that she grew up in, called The Hideaway...and her grandmother's live-in best friends to go with it.
Once Sara realizes that she's fallen back in love with the place she grew up, and with the people in it, she finds herself having to fight to keep what should be rightfully hers. She also has to decide who she wants to be, and which version of her happy life she wants to pursue—the new relaxed, fulfilled Sweet Bay Sara, or the former always-busy, no time for much other than work Sara.
What about the food, you ask? Well, while I wouldn't label it a "foodie read", there is definitely a ton of food throughout...most of it good, Southern food. If I were to create a menu around The Hideaway, it would consist of that sort of comfort food that the words "southern cooking" conjure up: Gumbo, Biscuits 'n Gravy, Chicken Salad, Cornbread, Butter Beans, Homemade Pie (in particular, Strawberry and Chocolate pies), Fried Chicken, Coleslaw, Hummingbird Cake, Catfish Pie, Potato Chip Cookies, and Pimiento Cheese—all of which were mentioned in the book.
She struggled to open a Tupperware container of pimiento cheese. A tray of crackers sat on the counter next to her.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.