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Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5The HideawayFebruary 21, 2018Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1This is a hard book to leave a review for. On the one hand, the writing really was excellent. The story was interesting and kept me turning the pages to find out what happened. As a dual timeline story, both threads intrigued me, past and present.
I would personally categorize it as clean, secular fiction. If you are looking for a deep spiritual thread, I would not look for it in this story. There were plenty of situations that required difficult decisions and Mags, in particular, lived much of her life giving of herself to others. But, these things, to me did not point the reader to Christ, which I would expect in a Christian fiction novel.
Although the story flowed nicely and things wrapped up in the present day in a way I enjoyed, I was left with a hollow and sad feeling as I closed the page. This was a result of choices made, opportunities lost, and repurcussions that followed from the storyline that took place in the past. I guess this book just wasn't really a good fit for me.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Mrs. V1 Stars Out Of 5Christianity? Not hereNovember 22, 2017Mrs. VQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1This book has two main characters - one we are told is a "strong woman" apparently because she says no to God at the end of the book (only a few pages of her going to church at end of book and saying no to God) and she lives with someone not her husband and weathers adultery being committed against her and raises a child. The other main character has nothing to do with God at all. Not encouraging to a Christian walk. Very sorry to have invested in this book.
mimi1 Stars Out Of 5The Hideaway is worldlyOctober 23, 2017mimiQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0So dissapointing. Nothing godly about the lead characters--unforgiving and unrepentent. I wish I had read the reviews before purchasing. I didnt finish the book
Mrs ARS4 Stars Out Of 5Sad and HopefulOctober 23, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Hideway by author Denton was a story that was sad, hopeful, and gave me food for thought about how we spend our time and with whom do we spend it. This is a story about a grandmother, Mags, and her granddaughter, Sara who had moved away to start her own life and does not visit as much as she should. Mags has some things she needs to discuss with Sara, about her past but unfortunately passes away before she is able to speak to Sara. Now Sara is left with the task of settling her grandmother's estate and what to do with the bed and breakfast that was left to her, including the permanent, quirky guests.
We are told this story through both Mags and Sara's viewpoints, Mags the past story-line and Sara's the current. Sara has always believed her grandmother a certain way, and that is one of the reasons she wanted to leave and start off on her own. But as she comes back to take care of the old home, Sara begins to unravel her grandmother's past and finds out that she may not have known Mags as well as she thought.
Mags' story takes place when society and the upper class were expected to keep with their own and not hang out with the more common people, and especially not to fall in love with one. Through Mags' heartbreaking example and unrequited love we watch as Sara must make her own life decisions and if she will choose to love or return to familiarity and business.
This is a deep, soul stirring novel that is not quite a happy fare but does show how someone can choose to make the best of life and not be afraid to live with choices that are made. And to love like you mean it. Keep your tissues handy.
I received a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Sarah2 Stars Out Of 5Not Christian fictionOctober 9, 2017SarahQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1The author clearly has great writing talent. However, there is nothing "Christian" about this book. A couple of times the Lord's name is taken in vain by a major character. Wine and beer are consumed repeatedly by the main characters. One of the main characters is praised for her "courage" in leaving her adulterous husband and then she begins an affair of her own (the big "love story" of the book). A male co-worker wants to ogle construction men. Alcohol is mentioned more than God. The one big "church scene" is two pages long, pokes fun at the church service, and results in the main character deciding she's not ready to release something to God. I love good southern fiction, and this could have been a great book. When you leave out Christ and His power to redeem lives, you don't have Christian fiction. I've noticed a CBD trend of selling not-so-Christian fiction, and it really disturbs me. Our world needs more evidence of what Christ can do in someone's life, not less.