Saturday, 8 March 2014

Review: All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

When Gwyn was young, her mother left Alaska to raise Gwyn's sister, Sophia, in Chicago. Now it's 1935, and Gwyn works as a nurse at her father's Alaskan practice--where a strange turn of events places Sophia's former beau at their doorstep. Will the spark between Gwyn and Jeremiah be ruined when his secret is revealed?

Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 18th 2013 by Bethany House Publishers
Terri's Thoughts:

I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

I will start by saying that if you are not a fan of Christian fiction then this is not the book for you.  This book has a lot of religious references and passages throughout that could be considered too much by even those who are not opposed to the genre.

This was a clean and wholesome read.  It was fascinating that the premise was about the colonization of Alaska in the 1930's.  This was the highlight for me knowing that although fiction that real events were intertwined within the story.  It is amazing to know that people relocated to this unknown territory in the hopes of building a new life.

The story of Gwyn was nice.  A character who lived to help others and live through honest and hardworking means.  Her journey to falling in love was innocent and at times refreshing from some of the other literature that is dominating the bookshelves.  Jeremiah's character was the same.  Mix in some bad guys and you have a story.

I will admit that although I have read quite a bit of Christian fiction I did find that there was a lot of gratuitous religion thrown in that was not necessary.  There was no need to have the characters sit through "bible" study and then write out the passages in the pages of the story.  It was a little too much and threw of the balance of mixing religion and spirituality in the story.  This could turn some readers off.

Overall I thought this was an ok read.

About the Authors     

Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

pen name: Janelle Jamison


Kimberley Woodhouse

Kim is a devoted wife and mother, and a third generation Liszt student. She has passed down her love of the arts to hundreds of students over the years, recorded three albums, and appeared at over 700 venues.

Her quick wit, enthusiasm, and positive outlook through difficult circumstances have gained her audiences at conferences, retreats, churches, military functions, and seminars all over the country.

The Woodhouse family’s story has been on the front page of newspapers, in magazines, articles, medical journals, and most recently featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. They were also asked to share their story on The Montel Williams Show and Discovery Health Channel’s Mystery ER.

Kim has been writing seriously for fifteen years. Songs, plays, short stories, novels, picture books, articles, newsletters – you name it – she’s written it. It wasn’t until a dear friend challenged her to “do something with it”, that she pursued publication. She now has multiple books to her credit, with more on the way.

Kim lives, writes, and homeschools in Colorado with her husband and their two children in a truly “Extreme” home.


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