Book Review: The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton 1

The Hideaway

by Lauren K. Denton

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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 willed her The Hideaway and charged her with renovating it—no small task considering Mags’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 Sheetrock 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 Mags’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.


My Rating:



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’t uncomfortable. Rather, it was a space for dreams. For possibility.


The smell of his cologne was thick as cake batter.


For the first time I took him in from top to bottom. Movie star sunglasses perched on his head. Acid-green hair with blond roots showing. Red tank top tucked into black skinny jeans. Black Converse lace-ups. ‘You look like a Christmas nightmare,’ I said.


Don’t see too many girls around here who look so classy. No offense… But you kind of stick out like legs on a fish.


I’ve known real love and true beauty, two things not given to every person.



My Review:


The Hideaway, like its occupants, was quirky, complex, and delightful. I absolutely adored this book from start to finish. I was immediately pulled in and intrigued by these irresistible characters and couldn’t seem to read fast enough as I wanted to know every little thing about them, yet I also wanted to savor each and every word of this richly detailed, poignant, and artfully crafted tale.   The writing was smooth and well-paced; while the story was unique, amusing, emotive, and compelling. I relished the ease and comfort in following the narrating voices, as well as the colorful depictions and lush descriptions of each scene and person. But the characters held my heart as they were fascinating, well-drawn, knowable, endearingly flawed, and divinely written.   The storyline was full of feels, and more than once I felt my throat grow hot – causing me to gasp for breath while I wiped my eyes to continue reading.   Lauren K. Denton’s word voodoo held me captive from page one until the satisfying conclusion, although, I now feel more than a bit bereft to leave them behind. I want to be like Dot and Major who had checked in at the Hideaway and just never checked out.

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About Lauren K. Denton

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren K. Denton now lives with her husband and two daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. In addition to her fiction, she writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith, and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. On any given day, she’d rather be at the beach with her family and a stack of books. The Hideaway is her first novel.

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One comment on “Book Review: The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton

  1. Reply Angel Leafr M Tayup Apr 8,2017 11:00 am

    Sounds touching, catchy and by how you say something delicious to read XD

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