Book Review: The Hideaway by Laura K. Denton

Release Date: April 11, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: ebook
Pages:  352 pages
Genre: Fiction
Buy: Kindle | Paperback |


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.


Family secrets, missed opportunities, a love of the South and a beautiful setting all serve to create a nice story with interesting characters, a few plot twists and a B & B you will wish is real. This book was a great way to start the year! Denton has written a beautifully atmospheric book that makes you want to rock on a big porch with a glass of sweet tea and watch the Spanish moss swaying from the trees.

Mags was an eccentric woman who wore outlandish clothes and lived in a big run down B & B called the Hideaway with a few other senior citizens and her granddaughter, Sara. When Sara grows up she moves to New Orleans, starts a business restoring antique furniture and other vintage odds and ends. She rarely ever goes back to Sweet Bay which holds too many painful memories. When her grandmother, Mags dies Sara is forced back to Sweet Bay where she learns to see the beauty of the small town, and learns more about her grandmother and what made her the woman she came to be. It also allows her to forgive, heal and find a life that she had been running  from for so long.

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