Review The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton

Now a USA Today and Amazon Charts Bestseller!

“A story both powerful and enchanting: a don’t-miss novel in the greatest southern traditions of storytelling.” —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author

When her grandmother’s 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 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 willed The Hideaway to her and charged her with renovating it—no small task considering her grandmother’s 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 Mags’s friends, Sara begins to piece together the mysterious life of bravery, passion, and choices that changed her grandmother’s destiny in both marvelous and devastating ways.

When an opportunistic land developer threatens to seize The Hideaway, Sara is forced to make a choice—stay in Sweet Bay and fight for the house and the people she’s 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 WhiteNew York Timesbestselling author

The Hideaway by [Denton, Lauren K.]

Editorial Reviews


‘Denton’s 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.’ (BookList)

“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.” (RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars and TOP PICK)

“Inspiring in tone, with well-drawn, appealing characters, Denton’s 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 Moore’s The Undoing of St. Sylvanus.” (Library Journal — Starred Review, DEBUT OF THE MONTH)

“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.” (Publishers Weekly STARRED Review)

Top customer reviews

L. Wilson
Amazon always wants to know why the 5-star rating! Here are several good reasons: 1st …there are no grammatical errors or typos. I know that sounds odd to mention, but I read copious numbers of books each year. Many of them are not edited well and there are enough errors to be distracting….not this book! Thank you for such careful editing. 2nd: a very well-developed storyline. The plot and the idea are always clear and very interesting to follow…enjoyable because there is no “muddy” part…all fits together to create a beautiful story that actually made me the reader, feel invested in the outcome . 3rd: character development is superb. Each person is so vivid and fits into the story perfectly. I loved this book because it is a real novel…not a simple book that is weak and short. This is your first book Lauren? Wow! You have what it takes. This as good as it gets….at least by my definition. Thank you for giving me a wonderful few hours to be lost in the pleasure of an excellent read.

It’s not often that I can classify a book as “an experience,” but this one truly fits the bill.

I felt at home in the clear, painterly descriptions of this novel; I could see myself walking beneath those mossy oaks, meandering in the back garden, and inhaling the fresh air of the bay. Upon finishing the story, I felt as though I just returned from a lovely vacation, thoroughly refreshed from my charming, immersive stay in this sweet Southern town.

The primary locale of the book, the Hideaway, deserves mention as a character of its own right. The Hideaway is filled to the brim with secrets, and it bursts with a transformative energy, as it too is transformed.

As a bridge between past and present, the Hideaway enriches the inner lives of a grandmother and granddaughter who both come to know it on their own terms. I enjoyed the parallel storylines in this book, and found these narratives to hit just the right balance of depth and lightness – illuminating the needs and desires of these two women, while revealing their quirks and – yes, even their playful sides, in a beautiful ode to the human experience.

This book may cause you to look a little deeper at yourself, as you examine what you really want in your life. This book may also inspire you to look a little deeper at others – including the elderly generation, whose rich and important tales deserve to be told.

avid reader
I loved this book. It is a story of love and loss and coming on the other side stronger and wiser. The characters are very relatable and believable. This was the first novel by this author but was written like a seasoned writer. I appreciated the wholesome way she chose to write this love story and if she gives in to the pressure to write smut I will no longer be a fan. Recommend to anyone who loves romance novels with unexpected plot twists and turns. Bravo! A must read!


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