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.
The Hideaway is a magical tale of loss, discovery, and love. I enjoyed reading about Sara: her business in New Orleans, her dedication, and her passions. She was an extremely likeable and relatable young woman. Although her relationship with Mags was not all it could have been, the plot slowly unravels a remarkable journey that Sara takes in order to find out more about the grandmother she lost, and in turn, about herself. Reading from both Sara’s and Mags’ viewpoint allowed us to better live the events as they occurred and feel present within their lives. This story reveals to the readers how circumstance shapes us to be the people we are and how decisions we make leave an imprint on our hearts. I was hoping that Sara would learn about the underlying reasons she didn’t quite understand Mags and in the end, when all was revealed, I found she held more respect for Mags. With a little bit of sweat and a whole lot of perseverance, Sara was able to discover much more than what she expected and, ultimately found her purpose at the Hideaway. The characters in this story were utterly delightful and the love story between Mags and William was heartwarming. I couldn’t help but transport myself to the idyllic town of Sweet Bay and immerse myself in the plot. Lauren Denton has created the perfect atmosphere for love and discovery in this novel!
Happy Reading ALL!!!!
In stores on April 11, 2017!
Thank you so much to Lauren Denton, Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson Publishing, and NetGalley for this ARC!