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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.
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.
Mary Fields1 Stars Out Of 5The HidawayMay 23, 2017Mary FieldsQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I was so excited about this book. I just love the cover. And Thomas Nelson has some of the best authors. So when I saw this new book by a new author, I could not wait to get my hands on it. That being said it pains me to write this review.
This book had a married women giving birth to another mans baby. Drinking all through the book. Gay people.
It has no mention of Jesus it is not the normal Christian book that I read everyday.
I hate that I had to write a review like this. It would have been a good read had it not had the feel of a secular book.
I can't give it any stars based on the fact that I read and review Christian books and this was definitely not a Christian read. I do want to express my feelings that this is not a book for those of you wanting a good read that has Jesus and spiritual overtures. You may want to leave this one off your list.
I received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable was not required and all views expressed are my own.
JoAge: Over 65Gender: Female1 Stars Out Of 5The HidewayMay 15, 2017JoAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1i am extremely disappointed that your site carries this book. It is no way Christian fiction!!! The husband is unfaithful; then the wife is unfaithful and is described in a sexual relationship which produces a child. Although there is no foul language, there is much mention of drinking in bars and hangovers. There is no mention of Jesus or the need for salvation and only a brief reference to God. Again....I am disappointed in whoever approved your selling this as "Christian".
Michelle5 Stars Out Of 5Sweet, Clean Romance with Southern Charm and Family HistoryApril 21, 2017MichelleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Hideaway by Lauren Denton brings the reader deep in the south, exploring the secrets of one young womans family history. The Hideaway has been exactly thata hideawayfor her grandmother and her friends. This story is told from the perspectives of Sara and her grandmother Mags. It is a beautifully told story where the sense of place is woven in so well it nearly becomes a character on its own. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves clean romance and family stories. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.