Book Review: The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton

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This was an interesting book. It didn’t read like a typical Christian fiction book, but had elements of a mass-market fiction book. There was not a lot of Christianity spread throughout the book, however it was clean book.

The book is about Sara Jenkins, a successful business owner in New Orleans. She gets a phone call that her grandmother dies. She returns home, with no intentions of staying. But a clause in the will forces her stay longer. Inheriting the bed and breakfast in Sweet Bay, Alabama, her grandmother’s wishes was for her to bring it back to it’s glory. It will be up to Sara to keep or sell it.

Clues left in an attic, along with a letter, leads Sara to discover a life of her grandmother that she never imagined she had. Surprises were discovered as she searched out the answers. Along the way, she finds companionship and possibly love with her contractor.

But problems arise when a developer finds an unscrupulous way to take her land, and her now beloved home. She returns home to New Orleans, but finds that life isn’t the same as when she left it months prior.

As I mentioned above, the book was interesting. It was sad, and had the two story-lines intertwined to tell the events of The Hideaway. The story line between her grandmother and Sara, it filled in the empty pieces that Sara was discovering along the way. Would I read this book again? Definitely. Would I recommend it? Yes, I think so. I think it is definitely worth a read.

By the way, for those who are giving this book a bad review based on the contents, I didn’t mind those parts. The book felt more real with these characters, because true Christians will experience these situations. I know many “christians” who have been unfaithful. However, where the book took a step down in relation to being published under a Christian publisher, is that there were no Christian references or forgiveness when it came to the scheme of infidelity. Other than that, I believe that the issues are merely things that you (or others) would face in similar situations.

I received this book from the publisher from netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

 

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