Sunday, December 22, 2013

All Things Hidden

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Title: All Things Hidden
Author(s): Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse
352 pages

*I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.*

From the back cover:

Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse Team Up to Deliver a Stunning Depression-Era Drama

Gwyn Hillerman loves being a nurse at her father's clinic on the beautiful Alaskan frontier. But family life has been rough ever since her mother left them, disdaining the uncivilized country and taking Gwyn's younger sister with her.

In Chicago, Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan finds his life suddenly turned upside down when his medical license is stripped away after an affluent patient dies. In a snowball effect, his fiance breaks their engagement. In an attempt to bury the past, Jeremiah accepts Dr. Hillerman's invitation to join his growing practice in the isolated Alaska Territory.

Gwyn and Jeremiah soon recognize a growing attraction to each other. But when rumors of Jeremiah's past begin to surface, they'll need more than love to face the threat of an uncertain future.

My Review

I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were realistic and relatable. Gwyn struggled with feelings of abandonment and worry and fear of change and the future. Jeremiah had some baggage and the guilt that came with it that followed him to Alaska. The romance that unfolded between them wasn’t overly sentimental or superficial, but instead I found it to be fairly realistic.

The book was a historical fiction. The historical aspects of it were interesting and the characters really aided in carrying the historical part of the story along without the history being lost in the romance. There was also an element of suspense in the story that kept you on your toes a little.

All Things Hidden addressed the issue of worry and putting your faith in God to provide for all of your needs.

I struggled at first to figure out where one part of the story ended and another began; however, my ebook version had a few other issues and I feel quite certain that this had more to do with that than the writing itself. For some reason words that had f’s in the middle of them (different, sufficient, office, etc) were printed without the f’s and often without a following “i”, making it necessary to decipher some of the words. For example: Different became “dierent” and office was always “oce”. It seemed like there may have been headers introducing a setting change/ story change due to a few capital letters here and there which could have been for that purpose, but I am assuming this was an actual phrase or sentence and not just a letter or two. Like I said, I think the problem was more with the ebook edition and some problems there than with the writing itself.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I highly recommend it. You can pre-order the Kindle Edition at Amazon. It will be released on January 7, 2014.
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