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The Hideaway

Narrated by: Devon O'Day
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
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Summary

Now a USA Today and Amazon Charts best seller!

“A story both powerful and enchanting: a don’t-miss novel in the greatest southern traditions of storytelling.” (Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times best-selling author)

When her grandmother’s will wrenches Sara back home, 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, 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 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.

©2017 Lauren K. Denton (P)2018 Thomas Nelson

Critic reviews

“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 best-selling author)

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  • Amazon Reader
  • 29-01-19

Narration is difficult

I like the story okay but the narration is not so good. I cannot distinguish the characters as the narrator does not change her voice between characters. Her voice is not young enough for the character Sarah. Same voice for all characters so that when I stop and then go back later I have no idea which character is speaking.

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  • Jeff A. Moffatt
  • 28-04-19

Too slow and sweet for me!

This book was just too simple for me. The slow, sweet love stories of Mags and Her Granddaughter Sarah we too much. There was no guessing what would happen next...it was obvious as the writer led you around every corner before I got there! I have it three stars only because I live in New Orleans and have property in Alabama.

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  • D. M. Otis
  • 24-01-19

So Boring, I really tried!

Totally sweet and harmless book. Just so darn boring I couldn't make it to the last 5 hours.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-01-19

ugh. like a Hallmark movie.

Boring. Really shallow and predictable. The audio was just odd and not easy to listen to.

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  • Cultech
  • 30-10-19

Disappointing

This came recommended by a friend, and I was a bit disappointed. It was, in my opinion, simply okay. It was very predictable. I was entertained, but it was certainly not a page turner. It felt a bit like a Nicholas Sparks wannabe.

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  • C norris
  • 03-04-18

What a wonderful story

What a wonderful story of love lost and family found. Young Sara couldn’t see past her grandmother’s quirky ways. Just goes to show you can’t judge a book by its cover.

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  • Leatha L. Bolinger
  • 27-04-19

Not what I expected

I thought I was purchasing a Christian novel especially considering the publisher. adultery, fornication, acceptance of immorality as the norm is what was weaved through an otherwise lovely story. This was a story that had one foot in the world and a pinkie toe dipped in faith. Get Francine Rivers, Lori Wick, Karen Kingsbury, Frank Peretti. Having the worldly problems with no redemption will make me look more closely before purchasing based on the publisher. This is a buyer beware choice.

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  • susiesocialwork
  • 15-01-20

Painful

Forced myself to read the whole thing because I paid for it. Painfully predictable

Corny dialogue. Not worth the money. I can’t believe the garbage that gets published today
And I can’t believe the reviews

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  • Delaney Hall
  • 15-01-20

Predictable,slow moving romance

Good for times you want an easy story with nice people and a happy ending. For me, the slow moving story and the slow moving southern accent of the reader dragged on too long.

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  • Theodore W. Hazen
  • 20-12-19

Loved it!

I am glad I bought it for a long drive. I was not dissapointed. Now, I am addicted to novels while I drive.