Monday, April 17, 2017

Book Review: The Hideaway By Lauren Denton

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Thomas Nelson via Booklook Bloggers, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

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                                            Welcome to the first of our Mother's Day posts!


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Synopsis:

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.

Review:
It only makes sense to start our series of Mother's Day gift ideas with a book that starts in New Orleans! This ia book that stays with you when you're not reading it. It is full of family, friends and loss, but also about what makes us family, and how assumptions can change the future, but not always for the best. It teaches that sometimes fate is fate, and that the people that are supposed to be in our lives will be there. It is an intriguing tale of getting to know your mother and grandmother, after their deaths, through memories of their friends, and their experiences within their community. If you are looking for the perfect feel good book this Spring, THIS is the book! I hope Denton takes us back to Sweet Bay soon, as I'd love to read a sequel!

About the Author:

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren now lives with her husband and two young 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. This s her first novel.  For more info check out her website  at www.laurenkdenton.com

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