Book Review: The Hideaway By. Lauren K. Denton

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TITLE: The Hideaway

AUTHOR: Lauren K. Denton

PUBLISHED DATE: April 11th, 2017

AUTHOR SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

(WEBSITE) http://www.LaurenKDenton.com

(FACEBOOK) https://www.facebook.com/LaurenKDentonAuthor/

(INSTAGRAM)https://twitter.com/LaurenKDenton https://www.instagram.com/laurenkdentonbooks/

(TWITTER) https://twitter.com/LaurenKDenton

 

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The Hideaway was the first book I enjoyed since my book slump starting in November of 2017. The Hideaway was so hard to put down, by the end of the book I wanted to stay at The Hideaway, maybe even for a extended stay with Dot, Bert, Glory and Major and Sara. This book is defiantly one of my top picks so far for 2018, and I have a feeling if you read it you’ll fill the same way.

The Hideaway is set in the south, New Orleans and mainly Sweet Bay, Alabama to be exact. There is a slew of characters that bring character to this charming little book. Mags and Sara are the two main characters in the Hideaway. Sara is a workaholic who doesn’t like to go back home to Sweet Bay, until the day she gets a call from Mags’ lawyer Vernon Baines letting her know that Mags had passed away and she needed to come back to Sweet Bay for the reading of the will.

With the Hideaway left to Sarah and a whole list of things to fix and redo in the house, Sarah begins a journey that she soon won’t ever forget.

Told in two perspectives Mags and Sara, we get to know Mags and how her past had shaped her to be the person she was. We get to see how the past can impact Sara and her future. If you enjoy reading southern fiction then this is the book for you. Grab a tall glass of Sweet Iced Tea and a nice chair on your front porch and this book and get swept away with this charming little book The Hideaway.

I was sent this book for an Honest Review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Saints for All Occasions By: J. Courtney Sullivan

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AUTHOR: J. Courtney Sullivan

RELEASE DATE: May 9th, 2017

AUTHOR WEBSITE:  http://jcourtneysullivan.com/

REVIEW: Saints for All Occasions is about two sisters Nora and Theresa, and Nora’s family. It has multiple POVs, from Nora and her children Brain, John and Bridget as well as Theresa. Following the tragic death of Nora’s son Patrick you get to see how it affects all the family members and it leads to secrets and lies. How Patrick is connected to both Nora and Theresa and the lengths each women go to protect him in ways they see fit. You will go from 2009 of the death Patrick all the way back to the late 1950’s when the sisters make a decision to come to America, you’ll jump from the past to the present depending on who’s telling the story at the moment.

I really loved this book, it’s heart and the characters and how one lie can change the outcome of everything in your life, even if you think you’re doing it for the best reason. If you like to read about family and their dilemmas and them overcoming obstacles then this book is right up your alley.

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Book mail is ALWAYS fun especially if you’re not expecting it. I love the feeling of opening the mail box and seeing a package waiting there for you or at your front door after a long day at work. I love going in, sitting on my bed and opening the packages and discovering a new book that can take you worlds away in a instant. I’ve recently been getting many books in the mail, and haven’t had the time or quit frankly the energy to post about it. But with many other things I’m going to catch up and show you some of my most recent Book mail arrivals.

TITLE: The Hideaway

AUTHOR: Lauren K. Denton

AUTHOR’S WEBISTE: http://www.LaurenKDenton.com

RELEASE DATE: April 11th 2017

GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: 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.

TITLE: Poison

AUTHOR: Galt Niederhoffer

AUTHOR’S WEBSITE: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/83762.Galt_Niederhoffer

RELASE DATE: *Expected Release Date* November 21st 2017

GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: Poison is a literary psychological thriller about a marriage that follows minor betrayal into a bubbling stew of lies, cruelty, manipulation, and danger.

Cass and Ryan Connor have achieved family nirvana. With three kids between them, a cat and a yard, a home they built and feathered, they seem to have the Modern Family dream. Their family, including Cass’ two children from previous relationships, has recently moved to Portland —a new start for their new lives. Cass and Ryan have stable, successful careers, and they are happy. But trouble begins almost imperceptibly. First with small omissions and white lies that happen daily in any marital bedroom. They seem insignificant, but they are quickly followed by a series of denials and feints that mushroom and then cyclone in menace.

With life-or-death stakes and irreversible consequences, Poison is a chilling and irresistible reminder that the closest bond designed to protect and provide for each other and for children can change in a minute.

BLOGGER NOTE: Poison was a GOODREADS win (YAY for Goodreads wins)

TITLE: One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd (One Thousand White Women #1)

AUTHOR: Jim Fergus

AUTHOR’S WEBSITE: http://www.jimfergus.com/

RELASE DATE: February 15th 1999

GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial “Brides for Indians” program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man’s world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.

TITLE: Good Me Bad Me

AUTHOR: Ali Land

AUTHOR’S WEBSITE: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13832217.Ali_Land

RELEASE DATE: January 12th 2017

GOODREADS DESCRIPTION: Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school.

But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother’s daughter.

 

 

 

CURRENT READ: Sometimes a River Song by. Avril Joy

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Author: Avril Joy

Title: Sometimes a River Song

Release Date: April 27th, 2016

Website: http://www.avriljoy.com/

Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30161011-sometimes-a-river-song

Goodreads Description:  Sometimes A River Song, is the Winner of the 2017 People’s Book Prize Best Achievement Award – for outstanding work.
Set in a river boat community in Arkansas in the 1930s, this poignant story chronicles Aiyana Weir’s spirited determination to break away from a life, like that of the women around her, defined and dominated by brutal patriarchy. Aiyana’s voice, unique, hesitant and uneducated, expresses the turmoil of her inner world through the details and rhythms of her beloved river and charts her secret pursuit of literacy – her only means of escape from the abuse of her father and the indifference of the man to whom she is casually given. Her grandmother, a mythical figure steeped in wisdom and folklore, and her brother, Lyle, are Aiyana’s only allies in her struggle for survival and as shameless plans to leave the river.

 

BOOK REVIEW: Here and Gone by. Haylen Beck

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I don’t really know where to start on this, all I know is that I LOVED this book. It was so fast paced and leaving you wanting more after each chapter. All the characters were very well written, and believable. If you love fast paced thrillers and suspense then you would LOVE this book.

Audra is escaping her ex husband that is threating to take the kids from her. She drives from New York and makes it to Arizona just outside is Silver Water before she encounters some trouble.

Sherriff Whiteside is needs money and he will stop at NOTHING to get it, even if that means tearing lives apart.

Deputy Collins son is very sick and spends a lot of time in and out of doctors offices and hospitals. She will go to desperate lengths to get the money she needs for her son.

Danny Lee is a gang member of a Chinese gang in San Francisco, he has his own demons and history but he finds himself connected to Audra after seeing her on the news.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

Book Review: Before We Were Yours by. Lisa Winegate

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RATING: five-star-rating

TITLE: Before We Were Yours

Author: Lisa Wingate

Release Date: June 6th, 2017

Website(s): http://www.lisawingate.com/

Goodreads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/178832.Lisa_Wingate

Review:  OH MY WORD, did I love this book! I love the story, the characters and the history. Before We Were Yours was based on true life events that happened in the 1920s-1950. Georgia Tann is a real (and TERRIBLE) person. She was the operator of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society, she would STEAL children from their parents and sale them to the High Class Society. The unsuspecting families would believe that Georgia was only taken them until they could get back on their feet and then they would be returned and some cases she would have the doctors lie and tell the Mother and Father that the child had died during the birth and then would turn around and sell the babies.

Before We Were Yours is told by two POVs Avery Stafford and May Crandrall. Avery’s story is told in present day and May’s is told from the past. Avery and May meet at an nursing home event that Avery and her father are attending. May confuses Avery for Fern, the meeting is cut short when a nurse takes May back to her room and apolgieses to Avery and tells her that May’s new to the facility and is a little confused. They get to meet again when Avery goes back to pick up the bracelet that May had taken off her wrist. And from then on you get to know who May is and her story and how Avery is connected to it.

I would HIGHLY recommend this book if you love reading about History.

I would like to thank Colleen Nuccio from Penguin Random House for sending me a copy for an honest review.