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When her grandmother's will wrenches Sara back home, she learns more about Margaret Van Buren in the wake of her death than she ever knew 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 The Hideaway to her and charged her with renovating it - no small task considering her grandmother'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 drywall 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 her grandmother'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.
- An okay book, not a Christian book
This book is fair. I found it to be very slow-moving, however, it was interesting enough to keep me listening. The reader does an okay job, but takes a fairly slow-moving book and makes it seem even slower. My biggest critique is more about what this book is doing on Christianaudio.com. This is not a Christian book. In the last chapter, it mentions that one of the the main characters went to church after being asked by a friend. I did not get the sense that any change happened in her life or anything like that. ***SPOILER ALERT - The entire book focuses on a love affair from her past that she had while she was married. In my opinion, books that are Christian in nature should show characters who are growing in godliness or at least aware of what sin is. There is nothing like that in this book. This book is fine on Amazon. I don't think it belongs on Christianaudio.
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