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February 18, 2023

Hideaway at Silver Lake by Jennifer Greene ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

A poignantly emotional story about the joys—and frustrations—of family, sisters, and self-discovery.
Hideaway at Silver Lake is the first book in Jennifer Greene's new series Snowflake Sisters.  Poppy is the oldest of the three sisters and this is her story about finding her happily ever after when she wasn't really looking for it.

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book cover of romance novel Hideaway at Silver Lake by Jennifer Greene
January 2023; Avon; 978-0063241138
audio, ebook, print (304 pages); romance

Poppy, Cam, and Marigold grew up with their dad, a very uncaring parent whose art was more important than his daughters.  Their mother died when Poppy was 11 and she became the 'mother' of the family.  She took care of her sisters and helped them grow up.  As a result of her good care, both sisters seem to have a problem disconnecting from their threesome and rely on Poppy for everything.  She is proud of the job she's done raising her sisters along with the stressful job that she has.  

Right before Christmas, she decides that she needs some time alone.  So she rents a cabin, sends a note to her sisters that she is going away for two weeks, and moves to an isolated snowy cabin in Wisconsin.  Her sisters worry about her as soon as she quits answering texts and phone calls and start to look for her.  They just know that Christmas and all of their Christmas rituals won't be the same without her - plus they need her to tell them what to do and when to do it.  Poppy is enjoying her alone time and soon meets a local neighbor Sam and his huge and loveable dog Bubbles.  She is enjoying her quiet days and getting to know Sam better until her sisters track her down and show up at her door in a panic.  

What does Poppy have to do to help her sisters become more independent and can she tell them without causing them to be hurt?  Sam is perfect for her by the way he takes care of her and helps her get through her dilemma with her sisters.

As the oldest of three sisters, I could identify with Poppy (but to a much lesser degree) and her love and care for her younger sisters.  But I could also understand her need for some 'me time' after being there for her family for her entire life.  Poppy and Sam made a great couple and I was rooting for them right from the beginning.  The two sisters were very dependent and didn't seem to be able to make any decisions for 
themselves.  Since this is the first book in a new series, I'm guessing that each book will be about a different sister and we'll be able to see them become independent and happy.

Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.  

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