Monday, November 10, 2014

All Things Hidden By Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse

I received this book from Bethany House for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description: 

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 Thoughts:  

All Things Hidden is one of the latest novels by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse and it is a great book.  I have had the pleasure of reading books from Tracie Peterson but this is the first book by Kimberly Woodhouse that I have had the pleasure of reading. Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse partnered up to write this Christian Historical Fiction book about the first 200 families from all over the US that came to live in Alaska to make their homes. Gwyn and her father, Dr. Hillerman have lived in the Alaskan frontier for quite a while. Gwyn's mother and younger sister left under the premise that they were needed in Chicago to take care of their Grandpa but it was to be a permanent move because neither of them wanted to be there. Gwyn was a nurse in her father's clinic and loved the work she did. She loved the people and loved the surroundings.  Dr. Hillerman had mentored a bright young doctor, Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan in Chicago. When the Hillermans find they will need more help because of the settlers coming to Alaska Dr. Vaughan is the first one Dr. Hillerman contacts to come and help. Dr. Hillerman doesn't know that Dr. Vaughan no longer has a license to practice medicine and after that happens his fiancee breaks off their engagement. So Dr. Vaughan decides to take Dr. Hillerman up on his offer to practice medicine in the Alaska Territory, hoping that his past won't follow him there.

All Things Hidden is a wonderful Christian Historical Fiction based on the settling of the Alaskan territories and the struggles the settlers were met with. This book is fiction but so much of this book is based on fact, with many historical accuracies.  I have read many of Tracie Peterson's historical fiction but this is the first by Kimberly Woodhouse I have read.  They write with authority on 1935 in the United States, life during that time, Alaska Territories in 1935, Indian traditions and medicine,  and medical practices. I really enjoyed the different characters through out this book, so many different personalities and circumstances but all there for a common goal. My favorite character is Nasnana, Gwyn's "adopted" Grandma. Nasnana is her friend, Sadzi's grandmother and had taken Gwyn under her wing before Gwyn's mother left Alaska. Nasnana is a very spiritual person who shares her faith with everyone and shows her faith in her actions. I didn't know much about the settlements in Alaska during 1939 so I found myself learning a lot about this time in our history. I really enjoyed finding out more about it.  All Things Hidden is a great book that I could not put down and it kept me guessing until the end. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction, you will not be disappointed. I hope to read more from this writing team! I give this book 4 STARS.

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