Bestselling authors Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse team up to deliver All Things Hidden, 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 mot... Read More
Bestselling authors Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse team up to deliver All Things Hidden, 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. After his fiance breaks their engagement, 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.
Page Count: 352
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Dec 4, 2013
- UPC: 9780764211195
- Height: 0
- Width: 0
- Length: 0
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 344
- Publish Date: Jan 7, 2014
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0764211196
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- Great Story by Deanna on 3/1/14
All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse was a most enjoyable story which also taught me some American history. Harold Hillerman felt called to take his medical practice to the Alaskan frontier. He moved his wife and two daughters to Alaska early in the twentieth century but his wife and younger daughter had only contempt for the land and the people and moved back to Chicago. Gwyn stayed in Alaska with her father and worked in the medical clinic with him as his nurse. In the era of the Depression, one of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal projects was The Matanuska Colonization. This brought two hundred families to the area where Gwyn lived and soon her doctor father was greatly overworked. Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan was stripped of his medical license in Chicago, and to get away from the situation and his broken engagement, he moved to Alaska to help Dr. Hillerman who had been his mentor and friend since he was a young boy. Gwyn’s life had been hard since her mother left but she had great friends among the Alaskan natives and she felt that Alaska was the most beautiful place that God created.
The authors did an excellent job in writing this book. Even though it is a fictional story, they accurately presented actual historical events that took place throughout the book. The development of the characters was so well done that they came to life on the pages of the book and I felt as if I knew everyone of them personally. I even found myself taking part in the conversations in my mind. The plot had a lot of twists and turns and just when I had things all figured out, the plot would change. All the scenes were so well written that in my mind I could see exactly what was happening and was right in the middle of the action. Their descriptions of the mountains and landscapes of Alaska were so vivid that I could see them in my mind’s eye and it also made me want to visit Alaska. The story was filled with love, hate, suspense, murder, friendship, romance, forgiveness, and trust in God. I found this story to be uplifting, entertaining, and informative.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great story filled with suspense, romance, murder, history and has vivid descriptions of the beauty of Alaska.
Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
- Okay book by Laura on 2/6/14
This book is about a girl named Gwyn who lives with her father in the Alaskan Territory in 1935. After her mother and sister abandon them for a life in Chicago, Gwyn and her father stay in Alaska where her father has a medical practice. The book takes place during The Great Depression and during the time that President Roosevelt sent many families to Alaska to settle the territory and ease the suffering due to the depression. The story has a love story in it as Gwyn meets a new doctor who comes to help treat the many people who are coming to Alaska. It also has some crime drama in it as there is a thief and murderer in the village.
The beginning and middle of this book were good. The story moved well and was well told at many of the parts, however, the author decided to put too much detail in some areas and not enough in others. An example of this is found when one of the main characters is accused of murder, but we never get to see how this is resolved. The woman is accused, possibly taken away for a time, and then somehow winds up to be back as a normal character with almost no mention of the murder again. There are also times when the author is obviously sticking in actual factual elements from history, but they don't fit smoothly in the story and seem out of place. Suddenly, she talks about the town being shifted to face the mountains or a girl who has a pet bear, but these items don't flow at all and are sores in the book.
The religious part of the book is not too bad for the first 3/4 of the book, but gets to be overwhelming at the end, taking over the story and not allowing the drama of the story to have a good ending. Some of the theology in the book is not what all Christians believe and can annoy the reader rather than help the story. The author did not find the fine line of writing a book with Christian characters and writing a good book, and leaned more on the side of finding it important for her characters to be Christian and less on the side of writing a good book.
That being said, the book was okay. I won't read it again, but I don't feel like I wasted my time reading it. If this was a series (which it isn't, to my knowledge), I would not care enough about the characters to read it.
- Poorly Titled, but well written by Rachel on 12/26/13
When Gwen Hillerman and her country-physician father were called to Anchorage, Alaska in early 1935, she had no idea how her life was going to change, just that it would. Gwen hated change. Change always came along with loss and heartache—most notably, the loss of Edith and Sophia, her mother and sister.
In Chicago, Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan, has his life all in order. He is on the cutting edge of medicine, he is engaged to one Miss Sophia Hillerman, and all seems to be going well… until one fateful night. One fall down a flight of stairs sets in motion the disintegration of his life. Just as all hope seems lost, he gets a letter from his former mentor—the man who, he had always been told, abandoned his fiancée—to join him in Alaska for some wonderful adventures in frontier medicine. Without any other options, Jeremiah travels to the last frontier… carrying with him a devastating secret.
All Things Hidden (ebook format) was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.
Historical fiction is always tricky, but the authors did a good job. The historical elements of FDR’s New Deal project to move 200 families to Alaska are in their proper context. The authors incorporate historical and fictional characters well and properly. Both fictional and true elements are separated into their respective categories in both a forward and an afterward.
The story itself is quaint and somewhat believable. The book is written in third person omniscient, with three main points of view (hero, heroine, and villain), with a few minor characters’ POVs thrown in. Each new POV and jump in time is clearly marked, making it easy to understand whose head the reader is in. The villain’s POV is the most unique, with a different voice and vocabulary. The others, though, are harder to differentiate. The grandmother character is slightly unbelievable, in my opinion, but not horribly so. I was able to read the book in a few large chunks and in about six hours total.
With the exception of the villain, all main characters are Christian and the book is written from a blatantly, unapologetic Christian perspective.
The story, however, is predictable. For me, there were no surprise twists. (Enough that I mused that the book was poorly titled.) It was a plain-and-simple romance. I’m not particularly a fan of chick lit, but the historical fiction made the story more interesting than a simple fluffy romance.
The pre-release review copy I was given was the first I received from Bethany House Publishing. It was absolutely rife with conversion errors (errors that would not be present in a print copy, but come from creating the ebook from another format—probably PDF). This may not be the issue in the published ebook (release date, January 7, 2014), but if they have not fixed the issues, the book takes quite a lot of effort to get used to. Once my brain knew what was missing and was able to insert the missing characters (most noticeable, the double F—such as in off, office, Griffin, different, etc.), the reading was only slightly compromised.
All in all, if you like romance, All Things Hidden would be an enjoyable read. The writing, plot and historical aspect of it was enough to keep me—who is, as I said, not a fan of romance—reading.
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