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!