Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Novels With Nell - The Hideaway

Last Novels with Nell week I made the exciting announcement that I was actually reading one of the books Nell recommended. It's extra convenient when she sends me with her copy so I have to go to no effort to actually read it. Admittedly, I fell asleep by the pool reading the book she suggested and am doing my best to get through it in a timely manner with all the other responsibilities on my plate. 

This past weekend when Nell and I were catching up on the phone she was telling me about a book that she was reading currently and I have to say that despite falling asleep reading one of her suggestions I'll be continuing to give them a try. This week's suggestion hits close to home highlighting an area that seems nearly identical to my sweet little hometown. Maybe I'll save it for a week when I'm feeling a bit homesick to be transported back to the traditions and comfort that my small town on the bay has provided for me.

By: Lauren Denton
Another week, another book, and this is one that’s from my go-to genre. It has a Southern setting, family secrets, love interests, and a relatable character, a few of my favorite book elements. Another thing that I loved about this book is that the fictional town of Sweet Bay, Alabama, is set not too far from where I grew up. It was fun to see names of places that I know well that hold fond memories for me, or to be able to picture exactly a beautiful sunset on Mobile Bay. The same goes for New Orleans as I’ve spent my fair share of time on Magazine Street. This is Lauren Denton’s first novel, and (good news!!)  it looks like she already has another one set to be released in 2018. Open The Hideaway and get to know Sara and Mags- you won’t regret it!

“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.”

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