Book Review: The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton


TheHideawayCoverOfficial Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.


Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Christian Fiction
Setting: small town Sweet Bay, Alabama and also New Orleans. Set in today’s time and the early 1960s.
My Copy Came From: I purchased The Hideaway from my local bookstore, Copperfield’s Books.

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Review: Very sweet and innocuous, but a bit too much for me! The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton is one of those sweet, predictable reads that doesn’t require much effort to get through. This book was such a quick read for me! I think I read it in two or three sittings, and before I knew it, I had finished the book. This is in no way a bad thing.

Told in two different voices, in a back-and-forth in time way, The Hideaway is the story of Sara, whose story is set in modern time, and Mags, Sara’s grandmother, whose story is in the early 1960s. The chapters alternate voices: Sara tells one chapter, then the next is told by Mags, and on and on. I like books that are told in this format. I’m always going to like the trope of a modern character searching for meaning and finding it in the older story, as the two stories wind their way towards the conclusion.

I didn’t particularly care for one of the characters over the other. Both Sara and Mags were perfectly fine, if a bit on the bland side. I found myself nitpicking this book way too much, and it always frustrates me when an entire plotline can be solved by one conversation. That’s what happens here, and I was so frustrated as all the characters needed to do was just to talk to each other and everything would be resolved! But then, I guess we wouldn’t have a book, would we?

The Hideaway would surely be a gorgeous movie, as the setting of New Orleans, and Sweet Bay, Alabama just sounded so enchanting. This was a book club read for me, and everyone in my book club agreed that this would make a lovely Hallmark movie. We all thought it was a nice, sweet, quick and easy read that is excellent for summer.

Sometimes that sweet, predictable read is exactly what you need. I’d definitely pick up another book by this author when looking for something quick and easy!

Bottom Line: Very sweet. A fast read!

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Does this sound like a cute read? Do you enjoy Hallmark movies?

7 thoughts on “Book Review: The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton

  1. I simply love your line “But then, we wouldn’t have a book would we”. What a perfect way to sum up this novel (and many others). I must have secretly been craving a story like this, since I loved the book. But I know much of the time I would have been shouting at the characters to “just say … Something”.

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    1. Thanks! 🙂 Yeah, it was hard to refrain from shouting at the characters for me in this one! But I do think it’d be a cute movie! Sometimes we just need something cute and sweet 🙂


  2. When I read the synopsis, the first thing I thought of was that movie Sweet Home Alabama, but instead of finalizing a divorce, the main character is fixing up a B&B. Did a man swoop in at the end and help her out? Was Mags’s message to always let love into your heart? 😀

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