The Hideaway
When her grandmother’s will wrenches Sara back home from New Orleans, she learns more about Margaret Van Buren in the wake of her death than she ever did 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 her The Hideaway and charged her with renovating it—no small task considering Mags’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 Sheetrock 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 Mags’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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  • A.M. Heath
    May 27, 2017

    A.M. Heath

    This isn't your typical review, and for that I'm sorry. I had already listed The Hideaway as a book that I was currently reading or else I would have just deleted it and moved on. I feel that I owe my followers a warning because many have trusted me to bring them an honest review from ...

  • Cynthia
    May 23, 2017


    I received this book from The Fiction Guild. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts are my own. This is a wonderful story about two women at different points in their lives. The Hideaway at one time had been a B&B but during the 60's Maggie came after getting aw...

  • Lydia Howe
    May 22, 2017

    Lydia Howe

    Why I Choose this Book:It looked like a delightful read, and when I read the back cover blurb and sample pages it drew me in. I was headed away for vacation and I thought it would be fun to read this book while away. Plus, my sister just remolded an old house, so I figured it was rathe...

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    May 14, 2017

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    Sara's eccentric grandmother Mags has passed away, leaving her home (an old bed and breakfast) to Sara. Sara had left the small town to move to New Orleans to start her own life and she had kinda forgotten to keep in touch with her grandmother.She just remembers that her grandmother Ma...

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    May 8, 2017

    Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

    If you're looking for a sweet story about friends and community, this is one of the books. Sara lives in New Orleans and has a shop called Bits and Pieces, where she fixes up and sells stuff. She has some other things in the store as well. She thinks she has the perfect life. Then Sara...

  • Susan Peterson
    Apr 28, 2017

    Susan Peterson

    The Hideaway is a compelling, poignant, heartfelt story that combines all of the best elements of Southern Fiction; charming, quirky, and authentic characters; love, family, and friendship; a small-town setting that makes you want to put your feet up and rest a spell; some romance; and...

  • Moira Rossi
    Apr 27, 2017

    Moira Rossi

    Sweet story. Perfect book to read outside in the summer time. Really enjoyed this quick read about family being who you choose to to surround yourself with and the home that is what you make. ...

  • Karen Macedo
    Apr 26, 2017

    Karen Macedo

    I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. Thank you to Scarlett. A good southern fiction about family and secrets. A granddaughter comes home to bury her grandmother and learns things that make her understand the woman her grandmother really was and learns about herself also. A goo...

  • Michelle
    Apr 25, 2017


    I love the idea of the overall story line in this novel, but I simply couldn't get into this book. It was a struggle to connect to the characters and I wish that wasn't the case. For me, the overall flow of the chapters just didn't click and it got slow. There is a lot of issues discus...

  • Pam
    Apr 23, 2017


    A wonderful debut novel. A cast of interesting characters, romance, an old house by the bay- what more could you want? I read this in 24 hrs as I could not put it down!!!! I sure hope the next book is in the works😊. I loved it! ...