Lauren K. Denton The Hideaway

Last updated date: June 26, 2019

DWYM Score
9.2

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 97 expert reviews, the Lauren K. Denton Lauren K. Denton The Hideaway placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.7
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
3,059 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
I devoured The Hideaway like a sweet treat, constantly wanting to gobble up a few more pages in my spare moments. I loved the languid lifestyle that the main character suddenly found and enjoyed after her busy and successful lifestyle in NOLA, and I loved the quirky characters that live within the grand old house in the small town of Sweet Bay
- A Well Read Tart
June 19, 2018 | Full review
A beautiful story of love and family, of friendships and of possibilities, The Hideaway by debut author Lauren K. Denton brings you all the best of southern fiction as you can fathom. There are stories, and then there are the kind of stories that just pulls you into the setting, the romances and the journey of self-discovery, for all the characters.
- Just Commonly
April 17, 2017 | Full review
The Hideaway is a fascinating read. The charming charcaters, the realistic lives they live, and their believable situations have hooked me.
- Urban Book Reviews
There are many lessons sweetly planted and nurtured in the author’s first novel, The Hideaway about family, love, legacy and home.
- The Blogging Owl
August 11, 2018 | Full review
I might have picked up The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton just for the cover, and I’ll admit that had something to do with my choosing this book. The cover is lovely and the story-line appealing.
- Mary Potter Kenyon
May 21, 2017 | Full review
The Hideaway would surely be a gorgeous movie, as the setting of New Orleans, and Sweet Bay, Alabama just sounded so enchanting. We all thought it was a nice, sweet, quick and easy read that is excellent for summer.
- Luv To Read
June 5, 2018 | Full review
I seriously loved everything about this book. It was emotional, heartfelt, and fun when it needed to be, with interesting characters that I connected with on several levels. There were a lot of funny moments to look out for, certainly one from Mags is the death announcement she wrote for husband. It made me laugh really hard! The pacing was perfect and the writing flow smoothly, and the lazy southern feel was perfect for a book set on the water over the summer.
- Bewitched Bookworms
The author did a good job of describing the settings. I can see myself at the bed and breakfast with this nice cast of characters enjoying a good meal and company. A great book to take to the beach with you or sit under the shade tree.
- A Holland Reads
April 23, 2017 | Full review
I loved every page of this book. I really enjoyed discovering Mags’ past right along with Sara. It is amazing what some families have had to endure in the past just because money was involved.
- Sunshine and Reading
May 30, 2017 | Full review
The Hideaway is a heartfelt story of returning home and learning that you really don’t always know the people in your life as well as you think. It’s a sweet story that will warm your heart.
- Deanna Lynn Sletten
What experts didn't like
Maybe this book wasn’t meant to be Christian fiction, but the name Thomas Nelson/Zondervan on the back cover led me to believe God would be a part of this story, and he was, just barely.
- Mary Potter Kenyon
May 21, 2017 | Full review
I didn’t particularly care for one of the characters over the other. Both Sara and Mags were perfectly fine, if a bit on the bland side. That’s what happens here, and I was so frustrated as all the characters needed to do was just to talk to each other and everything would be resolved!
- Luv To Read
June 5, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

LAUREN K. DENTON is the author of USA TODAY bestselling novels The Hideaway and Hurricane Season. She was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, and now lives with her husband and two daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. Though her husband tries valiantly to turn her into a mountain girl, she’d still rather be at the beach. Website: LaurenKDenton.com; Instagram: LaurenKDentonBooks; Facebook: LaurenKDentonAuthor; Twitter: @LaurenKDenton.

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