The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton

The Hideaway

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...

Details The Hideaway

TitleThe Hideaway
Release DateApr 11th, 2017
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, American, Southern, Contemporary

Reviews The Hideaway

  • Debra
    This is a beautifully written debut novel (hard to believe it is a debut novel) which pulls at the heartstrings. When Sara is informed that her grandmother "Mags" has passed away she returns home to Sweet Bay, Alabama to "The Hideaway" her grandmother's B&B where Sara spent her childhood. Sara is there for a reading of her grandmother's will. She hopes to stay a couple of days and return to her life and store in New Orleans. But when the will is ...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Sara's eccentric grandmother Mags has passed away, leaving her home (an old bed and breakfast) to Sara. Sara had left the small town to move to New Orleans to start her own life and she had kinda forgotten to keep in touch with her grandmother.She just remembers that her grandmother Mags was totally different than other grandmothers.Mag's will states that Sara is to restore the old bed and breakfast and then she can do with it what she wants. It'...
  • Judy Collins
    The 30 Best Books of 2017Storyteller Lauren K. Denton, a new voice in Southern fiction delivers a smashing debut, THE HIDEAWAY. Making me want to return to my southern front porch and curl up for a long leisurely nostalgic afternoon while being transported with this beautiful love story.My vote for Southern Debut of 2017! Set in Sweet Bay, Alabama in the Deep South, we meet Dot, a friend of Mags (Mrs. Margaret Van Buren), a tenant of The Hideawa...
  • Sarah Joint
    This is a perfect feel-good read that you can sink right into. It would be a fantastic book to read during a day on a beach. I was in the mood for something light and uplifting, and that's what I got. This book is a little about love, but mostly family. It's funny at times, but mostly heartwarming without being too sappy. Sara is a successful business owner in New Orleans. Her little shop full of odds and ends keeps her busy. Her romantic life i...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5The Hideaway was AMAZING. It was a super fast read (I read it in 1 day), and I cried more than once. It was such a great Southern fiction story, and definitely charming as other reviewers have said. Sara (the main character) only frustrated me once in this book, and that was towards the end. Overall though, I was a fan of almost all of the cast of characters and they were all so perfectly developed. The book reminded me a lot o...
  • Laura Rash
    I'm going to be blatantly honest. I thought this was going to end up as some corny love story that would make me gag. BOY WAS I WRONG!!! This was one of the best books I've read in awhile. It flowed so well that I couldn't wait to get back to its pages. A heartfelt story of love & true family. Reminiscent of The Bridges of Madison County (which is high praise from me bc it's a true favorite)! If nothing else read it for the eulogy included for on...
  • Vanessa
    This is a perfect, heartwarming novel full of Southern charm and family values. I can't believe this is Lauren K. Denton's first novel! Sara Jenkins owns Bits and Pieces, a store filled with antiques, furniture, and odds and ends, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She grew up in Sweet Bay, Alabama with her grandmother following her parents' death, but she only makes occasional trips back, absorbed in her hectic life as a small business owner. As soon as...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    If you're looking for a sweet story about friends and community, this is one of the books. Sara lives in New Orleans and has a shop called Bits and Pieces, where she fixes up and sells stuff. She has some other things in the store as well. She thinks she has the perfect life. Then Sara gets a call from her grandmother Mags lawyer. Mag's had passed away that morning. Sara feels really bad because she never returned her grandmother's call and now s...
  • Dale Harcombe
    An unexpected phone call brings sorrow, guilt and change to Sara’s life. It also brings a lot more than she bargained for. Leaving her business in New Orleans in the care of her assistant Allyn, she heads back to Sweet Bay and the old Victorian style house called The Hideaway that holds so many memories. Sara intends to check out the situation, tie up any loose ends and get back to her antiques shop. Her grandmother Mags had a different idea in...
  • Pamela
    After a whirlwind of activity in August - out of state company, a mini family reunion, heat wave upon heat wave, RSD setbacks - things have finally settled down enough for me to catch up on reviews. Therefore, I'll not tarry. Great premise, good writing, wonderful setting, interesting characters, but I have some serious foundational issues with this novel......I finished this controversial little charmer several weeks ago on the eve family arrive...
  • Sherri Thacker
    What a wonderful book this was!! The whole time I was picturing myself sitting on the front porch of this great place they called The Hideaway. It is a fabulous story about love, life, family and friends. I loved it from the very first page to the very last page and I didn't want this book to end. Highly recommend to everyone!!!!!
  • L O R I L I N
    Sara Jenkins owns a successful antiques store in New Orleans. She is mostly content with her life:  proud of her success but also a bit lonely, too. Her one surviving family member, her grandmother, Mags, runs a bed and breakfast called The Hideaway in Sweet Bay, Alabama. And though Sara wishes she could get over to visit her more often, somehow she never finds the time. But when Mags dies suddenly, leaving the B & B to her only heir, Sara is fo...
  • Madison
    The Hideaway is absolutely charming, featuring two intertwined stories of love, self-discovery, and the search for peace.Deep in the heart of the South is a dilapidated, quirky, and much-loved old home. The Hideaway is a shelter for those who are lost or want to escape society. For Sara, growing up there with her equally quirky grandmother, the Hideaway was embarrassing and as a young adult she quickly escaped to New Orleans to start her own busi...
  • Stacey A. Prose and Palate
    I realize I am in the minority here but I am 50% in to this story and I can not bear to turn another page. I love southern fiction and I hate to not finish a book. I had very high hopes because I love the setting and the premise, but it just isn't working for me.
  • Lydia Howe
    Why I Choose this Book:It looked like a delightful read, and when I read the back cover blurb and sample pages it drew me in. I was headed away for vacation and I thought it would be fun to read this book while away. Plus, my sister just remolded an old house, so I figured it was rather fitting. What I Thought About This Book: Ugh. That pretty much sums it up. I dislike reviewing books that I didn't like, but I didn't just "not like" this book, I...
  • Lisa
    THE HIDEAWAY is a charming Southern novel about a ramshackle Victorian house that had the power to change the lives of two women desperately in need of something more. SUMMARYIn January 1960, twenty year old, Margaret VanBuren leaves her unfaithful husband and their three year marriage behind. She didn't know where she was going, she just knew she had to get away. She ends up in Sweet Bay, Alabama at The Hideaway, a bed and breakfast that had see...
  • Andrea
    This was simple & sweet, and left me longing for an eccentric southern grandmother who lived in such a glorious Hideaway home.
  • Camie
    Sara who runs an antique shop in New Orleans inherits the Hideaway an old ramshackle Bed and Breakfast in Sweet Bay Alabama when her Grandmother Maggie passes. As she works to improve the place and meets her Grandmother's senior friends who still board there she learns about her family's history and the joys of the both " the families we are given and the families we choose."I love an old house story, having lived in one in the historic part of m...
  • Charley Girl
    This is a lovely story! Sweet, heartwarming and should be read with tea or wine depending on the time of day.A book about a Grandmother and Granddaughter relationship. Mags (Grandma) and Sara (Granddaughter) speak about their lives in separate chapters. I wasn't surprised that Sara thought of Mags as always being a Grandma. Doesn't everyone do this? But after Mags death Sara finds out who Mags was besides a grandma. Mags is strong and brave, lovi...
  • Jen
    The Hideaway is Denton’s first novel and she comes out swinging. With strong female protagonists in a southern town we’d all love to adopt as our own, this novel has a Karen White-esque feel. While devouring this book, you will smell the air and taste the sweet tea. This is Southern Fiction done right. Have you ever wished you could turn back time and ask your family for their stories? The Hideaway is a fantastic novel told from two points of...
  • Becky
    This book got me out of a month long reading slump. After picking up many books this month , not becoming invested in the story and putting them down, something about this book grabbed me. I very quickly connected to the characters and became invested in their lives. A fun, heartwarming southern fiction read seemed to be just what I needed at this moment.
  • Michelle
    I love the idea of the overall story line in this novel, but I simply couldn't get into this book. It was a struggle to connect to the characters and I wish that wasn't the case. For me, the overall flow of the chapters just didn't click and it got slow. There is a lot of issues discussed in this book and also a sort of awkward affair type situation. Now I think for the most part this was dealt with in a decent way and it's not the reason I didn'...
  • Alyssa
    The Hideaway is a sweetly charming debut novel by Lauren K. Denton. The Hideaway is set in the deep South and begins with Sara going back to her grandmother's estate in Alabama called The Hideaway. Sara planned to return to her shop in New Orleans but that soon changes when she finds her grandmother has left The Hideaway to her in her will and wants Sara to renovate it.During renovations Sara discovers a box in attic from what seems her grandmoth...
  • Danielle
    This was an absolutely perfect and charming Southern fiction story. I fell in love with the wonderful cast of characters, and the setting made me want to live in Sweet Bay! The author's writing really made the story feel real and it was easy to imagine myself immersed in this world. I'm already hoping there will be a sequel to this book so I can see what the characters are up to next!
  • CD {Boulder Blvd}
    2.5 stars rounded down. This was an OK read but it did have some negatives that pulled the story down for me.There are two stories, the story of Mags and the story of Sara, Mags granddaughter. The book jumps back and forth between Mags telling her story which spans primarily from 1960 to present with an emphasis of one timeframe in the early sixties and Sara telling her story which spans less than a year in present day post Mags death. Both are t...
  • Martha
    I feel like it is more rare that I really can't put books down, but this was one of them. I kept falling back into the story. I loved her grandmother's story. It really was something I could relate to, especially her marriage situation.This is not a typical "Christian fiction" story. There is a very minute romantic thread of a sort, but that is totally not the focus of the book. Instead, "happily ever after" does not happen for some of the charac...
  • Kav
    This debut novel has created quite a buzz and is currently #19 on Amazon's most sold list not to mention having nearly 500 reviews. The vast majority are 4 and 5 star but this book isn't without controversy so there are a number of low ratings (1 and 2 star) as well. So, what's all the fuss about?Well, in a nutshell, this is Christian fiction pushing the limits so this book might not be for everyone. In fact, I wasn't sure about it myself and sta...
  • BookGypsy
    ☕☕☕☕☕Cups of Latte!I can't recommend this novel enough! A deeply moving story about love and loss.Witty and compelling. You never want the story to end. Vibrant characters that will stay with you long after closing the cover. Great Southern Lit. A great book club selection. Believe me when I say you'll forever want to talk about it.Novels& LatteBookGypsy
  • DJ Sakata
    Favorite Quotes:It might have been a legitimate B and B at one time, but over the years it had become a senior citizen commune with a revolving door, a long layover for people on their way to Florida retirement glory.The Hideaway was always a hodgepodge of flabby arms, gray hair, housedresses, and suspenders.Was that what I was doing? Running? It didn’t feel that way. It felt more like I was arriving.Silence stretched between us, but it wasn’...
  • Susan Peterson
    The Hideaway is a compelling, poignant, heartfelt story that combines all of the best elements of Southern Fiction; charming, quirky, and authentic characters; love, family, and friendship; a small-town setting that makes you want to put your feet up and rest a spell; some romance; and secrets! Sara has made a life of her own in New Orleans after leaving Sweet Bay, Alabama, the home of her unconventional grandmother, Mags. Sara returns to Sweet B...