The Hideaway

The Hideaway

by Lauren K. Denton


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In this USA TODAY and Amazon Charts Bestseller, Sara is wrenched back to Sweet Bay, Alabama, by her grandmother’s will, where she learns more about Margaret Van Buren in the wake of her death than she ever knew in her 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. 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.

In The Hideaway, Lauren Denton tells a gripping story of love and loyalty as Sara Jenkins must choose either to fight for the people she has come to love, or return to her life of solitude and simplicity.

“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

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718084226
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 16,779
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

LAUREN K. DENTON is the author of USA TODAY bestselling novels The Hideaway and Hurricane Season. She was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, and now lives with her husband and two daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. Though her husband tries valiantly to turn her into a mountain girl, she’d still rather be at the beach. Website:; Instagram: LaurenKDentonBooks; Facebook: LaurenKDentonAuthor; Twitter: @LaurenKDenton.

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The Hideaway 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a nice little story that reminded me that we should never take the ones we love for granted. I loved that there was no vulgarity and left what happened in the bedroom private.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific book, wonderful characters and setting, loved moving from present to past times to show the relationship of granddaughter/grandmother. The writing is looking forward to a long writing career for Ms. Denton. This was a great start!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally enjoyed this book. A book reviewer in one of our town newspapers recommended it with encouraging words as a great read. Glad I took her advise. Looking forward to the next book coming in 2018.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engrossing story to read
Anonymous 4 months ago
Characters were typical
Anonymous 8 months ago
Great story on love, loss, family, new found friends and first love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed! Lauren Denton has truly identified herself as a very good writer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good easy read
MissDebbie More than 1 year ago
I loved the format, the characters, the setting, and the way the story unfolded piece by piece. I also loved that there was no foul language, and no sex scenes. We got the message without all that. I will look for more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't normally care for books with chapters devoted to one character. They usually seem chopped when reading. With The Hideaway, I think it made the time frame of the storyline much better written this way. Couldn't have been more pleased with this book having been chosen for our book club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best reads for me in a while! I love how the story goes back and forth between characters.
MamaHendo More than 1 year ago
"The Hideaway" is a quick, sweet read. The story follows Sara as she discovers a hidden past her grandmother, Mags, left behind after her death. The narrative changes back and forth between Sara's present day and her grandmother, Mags, as a young twenty-something discovering her true self. Set in the south, the descriptions of the The Hideaway's bay views makes you want to check-in just to sit back and relax on the porch with a glass of sweet tea. Another first time author, Denton takes you on an emotional journey teaching us to appreciate our loved ones while they are still with us. Sara begins to understand who her grandmother really was and why she conducted herself in such a carefree, eccentric manner, much to Sara's embarrassment as a teenager. It begs the question, do you really know what led your grandparents to who they are today? I'm not sure why this book has been placed in the Christian fiction genre as it in no way, besides a few paragraphs about Mags attending church once, mentions religion. If you are in need of a feel good story that's tied up in a bow, then add "The Hideaway" to your list. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Couldn't put it down!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not often does a book speak to me. But this one truly did. Sweet, moving, great ending. Prepare to be captured.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
This 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for future works!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Revolves around the questions we wish we had asked when we had the chance (but perhaps not the life experience or maturity). The delight of discovering clues and insight into the lives of loved ones long departed and, in the process,discovering insight into one's own life and purpose. A charming and heart warming read...
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
The 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 Mag’s 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Parts were predictable, but good overall storytelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book and cannot wait for the next one! Characters are believable, story line is clear and interesting. Overall fascinating book!
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A dual narrative that hit the spot on a spring weekend. Sara returns to a small town in Alabama as her grandmother has passed away and she must return to pick up the pieces of the town that raised her. Mags/Maggie/Margaret is the grandmother that raised her after her parents die with Sara at a young age and she raises her granddaughter, but she didn't reveal herself much to her granddaughter. I love a dual narrative when the reader knows what is going on in both stories and how they match up from the beginning. The reader knows that Mags is Sara's grandmother, but the mystery lies in the life that Mags had before Sara was alive. There is a quote in the book and at the time of writing this review, I can't find for the life of me, so I will semi quote it - "Isn't it interesting that our grandparents have this whole life before we are born and we don't know to ask about it until we are older and they are possibly gone." I don't have any grandparents alive and haven't for awhile and this book in a sad way reminded me how much I wish they were alive to tell me the stories of their childhood to/thru adulthood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. I was so drawn into this story that I did not want it to end. Truly a beautiful southern love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I look forward to more stories from this author!
Yamma1212 More than 1 year ago
Sara's grandmother passed away, and Sara must return to small town Sweet Bay, Alabama. Upon returning, she finds out that she has inherited her grandmother's B&B, along with responsibility for her long term housemates. As she restores the B&B, Sara uncovers Mag's past, and learns more than she has ever thought possible. I loved the characters, and how Denton wove love and pain together with hope for the future, and how she connected the past with the present. I enjoyed the relationships that spanned generations, and seeing how the character's pasts impacted who they became later in life. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.