All Things Hidden
All Things Hidden is a wonderfully crafted tale about a young girl learning to trust in bigger ways than she could have imagined. I highly recommend this as a reading choice. There are even hints of mystery. Which is all the more reason to pick it up. The books draws you into a time when life was hard but there was still hope to be found in even the darkest of circumstances. A beautiful book about the power of redemption.
June 19, 2014
Depression-era drama set in Alaska
Alaska Territory, 1935, offers a scenic setting for a twentieth-century pioneering tale. Dr. Hillerman and his daughter Gwen, who serves as his nurse, must help the hundreds of settlers seeking a new start during the Great Depression. The US government is sending supposedly hardy citizens to Matanuska and helping with a colony there. Of course, some arrive ill and some have less-than-desirable traits. And some donÃ¢ÂÂt care for the native residents of Alaska.
Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan joins the colonists, answering the call to serve their many medical needs. He seeks to escape his own troubles in Chicago, where GwenÃ¢ÂÂs socialite mother and sister have chosen to remain. He and Gwen try to fight a growing attraction to each other, while a rich, unsavory character determines to win Gwen for his own. What does her future hold? She loves her home area, despite the hard work and isolation. The simple life suits her well.
This novel tugs at the heart, plus offers suspense amid historical drama. Two winning authors team up to present an intriguing story. I wish the cover artist had honored the description of Gwen since her long, curly hair was mentioned so often. Read and discover the secrets in All Things Hidden.
June 11, 2014
Enjoyed this book!
All Things Hidden by Peterson and Woodhouse is an enjoyable read. Their description of the Alaskan scenery was engaging, their characters real and inspiring, and the storyline one that made me want to keeping reading chapter after chapter. I especially loved how faith was woven throughout the story without being overbearing. Bringing different cultures together with a backdrop of exploration was perfectly done! This was my first time reading a book by either of these authors and I can't want to pick up another.
April 8, 2014
"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." (Publisher's description)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from it's opening words right to the end. It had many twists and turns that I didn't even expect. I loved reading about the colonization of Alaska. The beautiful scenery was so well written that I could picture it all in my head. Gywn is such a strong young woman ahead of her time. Her love for Alaska and it's people and her dedication to nursing flow out from the pages. Jeremiah's struggles with being abandoned and hiding a secret that threatens his the very thing he loves, practicing medicine. There were points in the book that I was greatly surprised by, and moments where I needed my box of Kleenex! I cannot wait to see what these two great authors have for us next!!!
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
April 1, 2014