Sara's life is thriving in New Orleans. Her antique shop Bits and Pieces is hitting its stride and Sara feels at home in the French Quarter when she receives a call from her grandmother's attorney. Mags, Sara's quirky but beloved grandmother, has passed away and Sara must return to Sweet Bay, Alabama for the reading of her will. Sara learns that Mags has given her The Hideaway, a run down B & B, that is also home to Mags' best friends. Mags has also tasked Sara with restoring The Hideaway and bringing it back to its former glory. Initially, Sara feels that she will do the repairs, sell the property and head back to her life in New Orleans, but as she digs further into the history of the house and her grandmother, she's isn't quite so sure of those plans. During the restoration, Sara uncovers a box in the attic and uncovers a whole other side to her grandma that she never knew existed. Between wanting to learn more about her grandma's life and Sara's developing relationship with her contractor Crawford, staying in Sweet Bay may be just what Sara needs but a real estate developer has his eye on The Hideaway and soon Sara may be forced to make a decision between returning to her successful life in New Orleans or staying to fight for The Hideaway.
The Hideaway is perfect Southern fiction with just the right amount of romance mixed in. I could picture all the characters perfectly, from quirky Mags to grouchy Major. I really enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading more from Lauren Denton.
I received this book courtesy of Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.