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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
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.
In this fine debut, Denton crafts a beautiful, heartbreaking story of true love that never dies. . . This book will please inspirational, contemporary, and historical fans alike.
Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5We all need our own HideawayJuly 31, 2017Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Hideaway is a wonderful blending of two distinct timelines wrapped around a truly southern tale with a wonderfully quirky cast of characters and a big old house full of secrets and stories.
This does not read as a debut novel - a couple of times I even had to read again the blurb on the back to convince myself that it was indeed a debut author, thats how good it was. The writing was clean and crisp and descriptions vivid that I could picture the old house and the picturesque setting.
Sara Jenkins has a successful boutique shop she runs in New Orleans and feels settled and content in her life. When a lawyer calls and drops the bomb shell that her grandmother has recently passed away leaving her The Hideaway Inn she drops everything and heads to Sweet Bay, Alabama to figure out what to do next. Should she tidy the house up as best she can and try and sell or does the home and its eclectic group of long stay residents deserve a further look?
This was the perfect read for a lazy day - gentle but intriguing at the same time with enough mystery and twist to keep the pages turning. Saras present day story is intersected with that of her grandmothers past with surprising revelation and reminds us all how previous our loved ones memories truly are - and how they vanish once they have gone if not protected. This duel storytelling drove the story on and made for a truly engaging tale which I loved.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via The Fiction Guild, and was not required to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Britney Adams5 Stars Out Of 5Enchanting!July 19, 2017Britney AdamsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Lauren K. Denton's debut novel embodies everything I enjoy about Southern fiction! From the charming setting of Sweet Bay, Alabama, to the quirky characters that inhabit The Hideaway, this story enchanted me from beginning to end. I loved the intertwining of past and present that led to an unexpected journey of self-discovery. A heartfelt tale of family and friendship, The Hideaway is sure to be one of my favorite summer reads!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Jewelry Diva4 Stars Out Of 5The HideawayJuly 8, 2017Jewelry DivaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton was a good debut. I feel like this author has a very promising career ahead of her. The story was well written and I enjoyed it. It was a clean read, maybe not a Christian book per se, but a nice story to read nonetheless. It's about a young woman getting to know her grandmother after the grandmother passed away. It was a time slip book. It was going back in the past when her grandmother was younger. Telling the reader what happened to make the grandmother the way she was. There was a bit of a romance between Sara and a young contractor. I liked it fine. I just didn't get all the feels of a love story. It was a bit of a melancholy read for me, but like I said it was well written.
*I was given this book by the publisher and was under no obligation to leave a review.
Deana5 Stars Out Of 5Family SagaJune 30, 2017DeanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm not sure where to begin with this review. Well I think I must first say I'm still in awe of the authors beautiful writing. The story took me back to a time in my childhood when I was happy. I would visit my granddad on his farm every summer. He built the two story house himself and had the most gorgeous wrap around front porch. As I began to read this book I felt like "The Hideaway " was just like my granddad's house. The memories made there were priceless.
I loved reading about Mags and her spirit that was full of life. To read her story was like walking back in time with my grandmother. The house was always full of wonderful people who became family. Mags had a love for her home and when people came to stay they never wanted to leave. Oh my how the story flowed so smoothly from Mags to Sara.
Sara is shocked to find out that her grandmother has left her home to her. I know it was hard for Sara to go back there but what she discovers there is more than just a house. As Sara decides to renovate the place she uncovers a secret about her grandmother that will change her life. There are wonderful characters that make the story emotional and heartwarming at the same time.
Will Sara be able to renovate the house and fulfill her grandmother's wish? What will Sara decide about her shop back at home? I loved how Sara was able to know her grandmother better as the story unfolded. The author has included discussion questions at the end which will make a great compliment to a book club. I highly recommend this book and encourage book clubs to put this on their list. If you aren't in a BookClub then grab the book , get comfy and allow the author to sweep you away to meet Mags at "The Hideaway."
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion
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.