The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton (review by Cathy)

The Hideaway

About the book:


When her grandmother’s will wrenches Sara back home from New Orleans, she learns more about Margaret Van Buren in the wake of her death than she ever did in life.

After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Mags’s ramshackle B&B in Sweet Bay, Alabama. She intends to quickly tie up loose ends then return to her busy life and thriving antique shop in New Orleans. Instead, she learns Mags has willed her The Hideaway and charged her with renovating it—no small task considering Mags’s best friends, a motley crew of senior citizens, still live there.

Rather than hurrying back to New Orleans, Sara stays in Sweet Bay and begins the biggest house-rehabbing project of her career. Amid Sheetrock dust, old memories, and a charming contractor, she discovers that slipping back into life at The Hideaway is easier than she expected.

Then she discovers a box Mags left in the attic with clues to a life Sara never imagined for her grandmother. With help from Mags’s friends, Sara begins to piece together the mysterious life of bravery, passion, and choices that changed Mags’s destiny in both marvelous and devastating ways.

When an opportunistic land developer threatens to seize The Hideaway, Sara is forced to make a choice—stay in Sweet Bay and fight for the house and the people she’s grown to love or leave again and return to her successful but solitary life in New Orleans.

Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by Thomas Nelson
My review (5-stars)

The Hideaway is an impressive debut novel with endearing characters, a beautiful storyline and a charming setting.  

I loved Mags and her granddaughter, Sara and could imagine each one of them during their time at the B&B at different stages in their lives.  Each woman seems to flourish there as they are surrounded by some unusual but loving people and where strangers become  lifelong friends.

I could feel at home there with the quirky characters and the welcoming feel of The Hideaway.

The author gives her characters humor, an inner strength but most importantly, heart.  There is an ease to this book that I found refreshing and added to my reading experience.  I really like the writing style of Ms. Denton and will be looking forward to more of her work.

This is a book that I will definitely read again and one I highly recommend. The Hideaway is already on my top 10 of favorite books for 2017. 

I received a copy of this book for free.  I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.



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