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“A story both powerful and enchanting: a don’t-miss novel in the greatest southern traditions of storytelling.” —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author
When her grandmother’s will wrenches Sara back home to Sweet Bay, Alabama, she learns more about Margaret Van Buren in the wake of her death than she ever knew 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. 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.
“Two endearing heroines and their poignant storylines of love lost and found make this the perfect book for an afternoon on the back porch with a glass of sweet tea.” —Karen White, New York Times bestselling author
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I took away a star because BOTH couples didn’t live happily ever after.
THE HIDEAWAY by Lauren K.Denton Thomas Nelson Publisher.
Sara thought she knew her grandmother, but the reading of her "Will" brought her back to Alabama. To a B&B that is in need of renovating, of which a motley crew of seniors, and a good looking contractor. She uncovers a lot of secrets, the attic for one, and the other is how easy she felt in this slower pace of life.A good plot of how we think we know someone, and to find, they were so much more. Even to Sara, never thought of living in another place then her busy life, and a thriving antique store, in New Orleans. This will be enjoyed by all for a touch of mystery, of who was her grandmother, and a love story. Given ARC by Thomas Nelson for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
Although most of the book was very good, I was disappointed with the ending. At that point it ruined it for me.