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
Number of pages352 pages
GenreFiction, Contemporary, American, Southern, Romance, Womens Fiction

Reviews The Hideaway

  • Judy Collins
    Storyteller 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 Hideaway. The Hideaway was once ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    4 1/2 stars TOP PICK
  • Marlene
    Originally published at Reading RealityThe Hideaway turned out to be an unexpectedly lovely read for me. I’ll talk about the ‘lovely’ first and get to the ‘unexpected’ parts at the end. You’ll see why, I promise.The Hideaway fits very well into a particular sub-sub-sub-genre of women’s fiction/small town romance. This is one of those stories where a woman finds herself obligated to return to the small town she grew up in, after year...
  • Charles
    “Well I found a bunch of letters that were written for the fella who broke your mama’s heart…”My first thought when I read a plot synopsis of The Hideaway was of the opening line to an old Whiskeytown song (from back in the day when Ryan Adams still wrote great lyrics). After reading a few chapters of the book, the comparison to the song faded away, but the tune stayed in my head. The song and the book share a common sentiment—that of a...
  • 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'...
  • Anna
    Loved The Hideaway! This is the kind of book that you can curl up with and get lost in. The details of Sweet Bay, Alabama completely sucked me in and made me want to stay a while. When you add in a little romance, a hidden past, and some quirky (and hilarious!) senior citizens, you've got yourself a fabulous book. I can't get enough of this author's writing and can't wait for the next book!
  • Kelly Bridgewater
    With Lauren K. Denton's debut novel, The Hideaway, I think I found a new book I enjoyed. The Hideaway reminded me a lot of Rachel Hauck's The Wedding Dress, The Wedding Chapel, and The Wedding Shop. It also reminded me of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. Denton wrote a book with two competing time periods, present day mingled with the 1960's until the present, and two different narrators, Sara and Mags. Both of these strong women changed their li...
  • Debbie Krenzer
    I just loved this story. Sara's grandmother, Mags, dies and Sara must leave New Orleans and go back to Sweet Bay, Alabama to the home where she grew up. This isn't just any home. It's an old B&B where Mags has let all her friends come and live with her. It's filled with people Sara has known most of her life. Sara finds out that it is her grandmother's last wish that she renovate the old house and either make it a new B&B and live there or sell i...
  • 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’...
  • Dena
    I can't begin to tell you how much I love this book. The writing is beautiful and had me hooked from the first page. Sara Jenkins, who left Sweet Bay, Alabama at 18 to find a new home in New Orleans is pulled back home when her grandmother, Mags, passes away and leaves Sara the run-down bed and breakfast called The Hideaway. Mags' last wishes task Sara with renovating B&B, while looking out for her four best friends who also live there (a diverse...
  • Cathy Daniel
    I was nervous when I first started reading this. This is a dual story of the grandmother as a young woman in the 60's and modern day with her granddaughter. I don't think this is a spoiler to say when it opens the grandmother's husband walked out and she leaves as well and ends up at B&B, the Hideaway. There she meets a guy and it's instant attraction at first sight and it's implied the 2nd day they sleep together and they start a relationship. I...
  • Rachel Mans Mckenny
    First, I'm a sucker for dual-time-line stories, and toss a family secret in there? I'm in. Denton's debut features two strong female protagonists: Mags and Sara. Both women, besides being related, are tied to the Hideaway-- a B&B in a little town called Sweet Bay.Things I loved about this book: the descriptions, the swoony parts, and the food (oh man, this book made me so hungry).Denton's debut is strong, and as sweet as the town it features. Lov...
  • 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. It is painfully slow and boring. I had very high hopes because I love the setting and the premise, but it just did not do it for me.
  • Karen Macedo
    I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. Thank you to Scarlett. A good southern fiction about family and secrets. A granddaughter comes home to bury her grandmother and learns things that make her understand the woman her grandmother really was and learns about herself also. A good read..
  • Pam
    A wonderful debut novel. A cast of interesting characters, romance, an old house by the bay- what more could you want? I read this in 24 hrs as I could not put it down!!!! I sure hope the next book is in the works😊. I loved it!
  • Amy
    The Hideaway is a pretty good book. I enjoyed Sara's story of discovering the past and herself. Recommended.4 stars
  • Fran
    This was a nice story, alternating between a woman and her grandmother. It seemed a little drawn out to me, with a few bumpy spots, but overall a quiet, pleasant read.
  • Heather
    I seriously loved everything about this book. It was emotional, heartfelt, and fun when it needed to be, with interesting characters that I connected with on several levels.
  • Moira Rossi
    Sweet story. Perfect book to read outside in the summer time. Really enjoyed this quick read about family being who you choose to to surround yourself with and the home that is what you make.
  • Jessi
    The Hideaway was fantastic! I loved how Lauren brought the house alive within the pages, how the characters were all so different (especially Mags), and the way it all unfolded. There's romance too! So if you like family values, southern vibes, DIY/renovations, and romance... this is the perfect read for you this Spring/Summer!! More here -->
  • Gena DeBardelaben
    eARC: NetgalleyAn impressive debut from Lauren K. Denton! A sweet Southern love story that is so well written I could literally picture it on the big screen. Seriously!...someone should make a movie of this book!
  • Mj
    “I’d sit along the edge of the water and imagine what it would have been like if things had turned out differently.”Narrated with the alternating stories of Sara, an aggressive young business owner living in New Orleans, and Mags, her 72 year old grandmother living and running The Hideaway, a backwater bed and breakfast in Sweet Bay, Alabama that is home to an eccentric group of older folks. Margaret Van Buren, Mags, to her friends wandered...
  • Kristen Swanson
    The Hideaway is a magical tale of loss, discovery, and love. I enjoyed reading about Sara: her business in New Orleans, her dedication, and her passions. She was extremely likeable and relatable. Although her relationship with Mags was not all it could have been, the plot slowly unravels a remarkable journey that Sara takes in order to find out more about the grandmother she lost, and in turn, about herself. Reading from both Sara’s and Mags’...
  • Claire Mc Partlin
    I must admit I have a really soft spot for Southern fiction, and this book definitely didn't disappoint, I was drawn into the story in the first few pages and just wanted to keep reading it.The story was about Mags and her granddaughter, Sara. Mags had just died and left her B&B, The Hideaway, to Sara. Sara lived with her grandmother when she was younger as her parents (Mags daughter Jenny and her husband Ed) were killed in a car crash. The Hidea...