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Title: The Perfect Hideaway
Series: Full Bloom Farm #3
Author: Alys Murray
Published: August 14th, 2020
This is the third book in this series which is based in the small town of Hillsboro in Northern California. It is here that the Anderson sisters live and they have welcomed Annie Martin into their lives, though her matchmaking can get a bit much at times as she’s so obvious about it all. However, with two of the three sisters now married, there’s only Rose left for her to work her magic for . . . . and Rose isn’t going to be quite as easy!
Annie is also lonely as her brother is off on honeymoon. That’s why she decides to involve George Barnett, he’s a local reporter who really wants to dish the dirt on her and her brother, so bribery to get him to help works well. Actually, maybe it works too well? As these two adversaries try to control everything around them, getting to know each other actually breaks down their personal barriers and mutual attraction grows between them. Can they learn to trust and love each other or will her secrets and his drive to find the story get in the way?
This is an enemies to lovers romance with great characters and plenty of surprises along the way. Annie is so insecure in her friendships and self belief whilst George just doesn’t trust anyone with the secrets they are both keeping. They make a great if reluctant team and the growth of their relationship, complete with interference from others, make this a very bumpy journey with so many obstacles to be overcome en route. It is a heartwarming addition to the series and definitely showed a different side to Annie from how she was portrayed in earlier books. I can’t wait to read Rose’s story and catch up on what has happened to her sisters and Annie in future.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Annie Martin is thrilled to have moved from the hectic buzz of L.A. to the small town of Hillsboro, Northern California, where the most happening bar only plays honky-tonk and nowhere does a good matcha latte. But the best thing about Hillsboro? The Anderson sisters. At their noisy family dinners, Annie can almost forget the mistakes she made back in the city, trying to fit in.
Annie has repaid the sisters’ friendship with some obvious-but-effective matchmaking and now there’s only one Anderson still looking for love. But Rose is surprisingly prickly about an enforced happy-ever-after, and when a meticulously planned meet-cute ends drenched in the town fountain, Annie realizes this project calls for someone with a deeper knowledge of the Hillsboro bachelors.
Local reporter and all-around grouch George Barnett has been a thorn in Annie’s side since she came to town. He knows all too well that everyone has secrets and he thinks the story of why social media darling Annie Martin swapped stilettos for sneakers might be the scoop that makes his career. Annie is sure her skeletons are under triple lock and key, so she offers him an exclusive, if he’ll help her find a match for Rose.
But the more George and Annie try to control the love lives around them, the less they’re able to sway their own hearts. As Annie’s infectious laugh begins to bring down George’s barrier of surliness, can he open his heart and let her in for real? And can Annie be brave enough to trust the man who could be her future, with the secrets of her past?
A heart-warming story of friendship and finding love in the most unlikely of places, fans of Robyn Carr, Debbie Macomber and Carolyn Brown will adore The Perfect Hideaway.