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When Sara's grandmother passed away, she left The Hideaway bed and breakfast to her. The inn was in much need of repair. Sara reluctantly stayed in town for the renovation and stumbled upon a box in the attic filled with her grandmothers belongings. The box taught her more about her grandmother than she ever knew before her passing.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
"A story both powerful and enchanting: a dont-miss novel in the greatest southern traditions of storytelling." Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author
When her grandmothers will wrenches Sara back home, she learns more about Margaret Van Buren in the wake of her death than she ever knew in life.
After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Magss 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 The Hideaway to her and charged her with renovating itno small task considering her grandmothers 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 drywall 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 Magss friends, Sara begins to piece together the mysterious life of bravery, passion, and choices that changed her grandmothers destiny in both marvelous and devastating ways.
When an opportunistic land developer threatens to seize The Hideaway, Sara is forced to make a choicestay in Sweet Bay and fight for the house and the people shes grown to love or leave again and return to her successful but solitary life in New Orleans.
"Two endearing heroines and their poignant storylines of love lost and found make this the perfect book for an afternoon on the back porch with a glass of sweet tea." Karen White, New York Times bestselling author
Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren K. Denton now lives with her husband and two daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. In addition to her fiction, she writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith, and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. On any given day, shed rather be at the beach with her family and a stack of books. Website: laurenkdenton.com Facebook: LaurenKDentonAuthor Twitter: @LaurenKDenton
'Dentons first novel charms readers with her idyllic settings and wonderful cast of characters, making Sweet Bay and the Hideaway places readers will dream about. The Hideaway is a deeply satisfying exploration of family, friendship, and the meaning of home.'
This debut novel is the kind of book you want to curl up with on a rainy day or stick in your beach bag for your next vacation. It is poetic and compelling, emotional and full of life.
Inspiring in tone, with well-drawn, appealing characters, Dentons delicious debut is a treat for the senses and the heart. Her exquisitely lyrical writing and character-driven story is a must-read, especially for those who loved Beth Moores The Undoing of St. Sylvanus.
Jennybug524 Stars Out Of 5The HideawayJune 21, 2017Jennybug52Quality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 33.5-4.0 stars- This is the first book by Lauren Denton and tells the story of Sara and her grandma, Mags, in split time, first person narrative. Sara is drawn home to Sweet Bay, AL from her thriving life and career in New Orleans after her grandma dies suddenly. She unexpectedly becomes the new owner of her grandma's unconventional B&B, "The Hideaway" and is charged with the job of breathing new life into it. While she is there she begins to uncover clues about Mags' younger days and realizes she never really knew her Grandma. Sara is torn between staying in Sweet Bay or returning to her busy life in New Orleans. Of course, the handsome contractor, Crawford, renovating the B&B makes Sweet Bay even more appealing.
This was a bittersweet story, full of emotion and heart. The story switches back and forth between Sara in the present day and Mags back in the 1960's. Each character had life lessons to learn and traveled their own road of heartbreak and happiness. Sara and Mags were both strong characters, with intriguing stories. The array of minor characters, especially Crawford and Allyn, were quirky and endearing. The story reminded me of how important family is and how our choices, both right and wrong, can change our lives and affect the path we follow.
This would make a great summertime beach read. I look forward to reading more by this author. 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.
daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting readJune 12, 2017daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This was an interesting book. It didn't read like a typical Christian fiction book, but had elements of a mass-market fiction book. There was not a lot of Christianity spread throughout the book, however it was clean book.
The book is about Sara Jenkins, a successful business owner in New Orleans. She gets a phone call that her grandmother dies. She returns home, with no intentions of staying. But a clause in the will forces her stay longer. Inheriting the bed and breakfast in Sweet Bay, Alabama, her grandmother's wishes was for her to bring it back to it's glory. It will be up to Sara to keep or sell it.
Clues left in an attic, along with a letter, leads Sara to discover a life of her grandmother that she never imagined she had. Surprises were discovered as she searched out the answers. Along the way, she finds companionship and possibly love with her contractor.
But problems arise when a developer finds an unscrupulous way to take her land, and her now beloved home. She returns home to New Orleans, but finds that life isn't the same as when she left it months prior.
As I mentioned above, the book was interesting. It was sad, and had the two story-lines intertwined to tell the events of The Hideaway. The story line between her grandmother and Sara, it filled in the empty pieces that Sara was discovering along the way. Would I read this book again? Definitely. Would I recommend it? Yes, I think so. I think it is definitely worth a read.
By the way, for those who are giving this book a bad review based on the contents, I didn't mind those parts. The book felt more real with these characters, because true Christians will experience these situations. I know many "christians" who have been unfaithful. However, where the book took a step down in relation to being published under a Christian publisher, is that there were no Christian references or forgiveness when it came to the scheme of infidelity. Other than that, I believe that the issues are merely things that you (or others) would face in similar situations.
I received this book from the publisher from netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Just Commonly5 Stars Out Of 5Heart and soul - family and history - LOVEMay 31, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"She'd do well to know my story, know how it changed me from quiet to bold. Weak to strong. I'll tell her. I'll sit her down and tell her everything. One of these days." (3)
A beautiful story of love and family, of friendships and of possibilities, The Hideaway by debut author Lauren K. Denton brings you all the best of southern fiction as you can fathom. There are stories, and then there are the kind of stories that just pulls you into the setting, the romances and the journey of self-discovery, for all the characters.
The Hideaway is every bit Sara's story, as it is Mags'. It was through knowing Mags' story that Sara discovered much more than knowing who her grandmother was, and the dilapidated and run-downed old Victorian held all the secrets. What is The Hideaway, and is it for all? The journey for some may not be as expected, but nonetheless, realization and revelation will come eventually.
"Things aren't always as difficult as you make them out to be. Sometimes you just have to turn your brain off and dive in." (322)
Surprising to find that I really liked all the characters in this book. It doesn't always happen, but I find even the most despicable character will have served their purpose in The Hideaway. And that round out the development of both Mags and Sara beautifully. With all the hospitality and quirks you'll find in Southern fiction, The Hideaway held all the charm and mystery. It is perfect for fans that love history, details and stories within stories.
"To say The Hideaway is important to me is an understatement. I'll go to my grave carrying memories of both sweet, miraculous love and deep, aching loss in my heart, and the house has been a witness to it all." (44)
This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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Ruth3 Stars Out Of 5The HideawayMay 26, 2017RuthQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I really liked the story, however, when I purchase a book from Christian Book Distributors, I hope that the book will have Christian principles in it. This had about one tiny spot in the whole book where God/church was mentioned and it wasn't anything she acted upon in her life. The story, on the other hand, was enjoyable to read. I love interior design, and enjoyed reading about how she fixes up her grandmothers bed and breakfast. I think I'd enjoy this character's designs in my own home. I enjoyed how she treated the elderly people living in her home, with dignity and respect and the relationships she built with each character.
Cynthia5 Stars Out Of 5LoveMay 24, 2017CynthiaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I received this book from The Fiction Guild. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts are my own. This is a wonderful story about two women at different points in their lives. The Hideaway at one time had been a B&B but during the 60's Maggie came after getting away from a cheating husband, she found it by accident but didn't want to leave. There were artist living there and the owner couldn't keep it up and get the people to pay for their stay, so one day she left and left the house to Maggie. Maggie came from money but found herself there. She really fell in love with William, but her father found her and convinced her to take her husband back, William left not knowing Maggie was pregnant. Her daughter grew up thinking Maggie's husband Robert was her dad. But she married and had a daughter of her own. But she and her husband died in a car accident and Sara came to live with her grandmother who she thought was a little different. The kept in touch when she got older because Sara moved to New Orleans and started her own business. But when her grandmother passed away and left her the house it brought all the secrets out and she found that being home was at The Hideaway and not New Orleans. This was a beautiful story.