The One You're With
Nineteen years after a summer apart, with a family and established lives and careers, the past that Mac and Edie thought they left behind has come back to greet them.
Coming July 2021
About The One You're With
Written in Lauren Denton’s signature Southern style, The One You’re With tells a story of marriage, choices, and what a good life really looks like.
High school sweethearts Mac and Edie Swan lead a seemingly picture-perfect life in the sleepy-sweet community of Oak Hill, near Mobile, Alabama. From the outside, the Swan family is the definition of “the good life.” And life is good—mostly. Until a young woman walks into Mac’s office one day. A young woman whose very existence threatens all Mac and Edie have built and all they think they know about each other.
I have a trunk in the basement that is full to the top with journals, most of them tattered and spiral-bound. My first journal was actually a diary, complete with little gold key. It had a puffy turquoise and pink cover, and I bought it at Bel Air Mall in Mobile. I have a vivid memory of sitting on a bench outside the pet store (malls used to have pet stores?!) and writing on that first crisp, pink page.
Praise for Lauren
“Well-developed, genuine characters and a well-crafted plot that embodies the tenuous ties between family are the highlights of this story. With a Southern backdrop, this poignant tale about sisters...will resonate with readers. A truly remarkable read.”
—Marybeth Mayhew Whalen, author of ONLY EVER HER and Co-Founder of She Reads
on GLORY ROAD
“THE SUMMER HOUSE is a tender book, sweetly told by an author with a gift for a well-written sentence and an honest voice.”
—Southern Literary Review
“Denton has crafted a story both powerful and enchanting: a don't-miss novel in the greatest southern traditions of storytelling.”
—Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author
on THE HIDEAWAY
“A poignant and heartfelt tale of sisterhood, motherhood, and marriage, HURRICANE SEASON deftly examines the role that coming to terms with the past plays in creating a hopeful future. Readers will devour this story of the hurricanes—both literal and figurative—that shape our lives.
—Kristy Woodson Harvey, USA Today bestselling author of Slightly South of Simple
“THE HIDEAWAY is the heartwarmingly southern story about the families we are given—and the families we choose. Two endearing heroines and their poignant storylines… make this the perfect book for an afternoon on the back porch with a glass of sweet tea.”
—Karen White, New York Times bestselling author
“Once again, Lauren Denton brings her lyrical writing and compelling characters to a story that will enthrall readers from page one.”
—RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
on HURRICANE SEASON
Now in Paperback!
The Summer House
Lily’s life is upended when her husband leaves her with a good-bye note by the coffeepot. Rose is the ornery owner of Safe Harbor Village, where Lily takes a job as a hairdresser. Neither woman is where she expected to be, but this summer makes them both wonder if there’s more to life and love than what they’ve experienced so far.
Lauren's Latest Blog Post
Happy Sunday, friends! Many of you may not know I write a monthly column in our local community newspaper, The Homewood Star. I’ve been writing it for ten years now, and I’ve gone from writing about trying to figure out how to get my one-year-old daughter to nap to pondering her impending middle school years. I’ve written about…Read More