Saturday, December 21, 2013

All Things Hidden by Kimberly Woodhouse and Tracie Peterson

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 usually steer clear of books that are romance, but I love Kim's books, and read some of Tracie's books years ago, so I braved it and requested it to review. I didn't figure I would be disappointed, and I wasn't.

 This book is actually more historical fiction with a romantic plot, and even some suspense thrown in to make readers like me like it even more. It is set in 1935 in Alaska. The book starts with the decision by Franklin D Roosevelt to send several families to Alaska to start a settlement in the Mat-Su Valley. The book is filled with not just fictional characters, but actual nonfictional people who were there.

  I really liked the plot. To be honest, I sometimes have trouble reading historical fiction, but I started the book at work (I am allowed to read where I worked today) and finished it when I got home. I loved it. The romance was well done and wasn't gushy sickening sweet nor unrealistic. The historical part was very interesting, and not something I had read about before. The hero and heroine were both very likeable and realistic people. I identified a lot with Jeremiah, the main male figure, with his issues with God, and even hiding things from people.

  I like it when authors aren't afraid to put God and Christian issues in a book, and this one falls into that category. The issue of worry and trusting God was discussed a lot, along with the already mentioned issues Jeremiah had with God, and blaming Him for the bad in his life, something I have done.

  This book has it all: an interesting historical story, romance, suspense with a bad guy, and a great message of how we need to trust God in everything. That it can be a good thing to not have control, if God has control.

  This is the first collaboration between these two authors, and it is a great one. I highly recommend it. If you like romance, you'll enjoy it. If you like suspense, there is enough in it that you'll like it. If you like historical fiction, it is right up your alley. Great job, ladies.

About the authors:

Kimberley Woodhouse is a multipublished author of fiction and nonfiction. A popular speaker/teacher, she's shared her theme of
 Joy Through Trials with over 150,000 people at more than a thousand venues across the country. She lives, writes, and homeschools with her husband of twenty-plus years and their two awesome teens in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Connect with Kim at

Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over ninety novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie's Web site at and her blog at

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All Things Hidden will be available January 7 from Bethany House Publishers, part of Baker Book House

Thanks to Kimberly Woodhouse for the review copy, who gave me a copy in spite of my teasing about not liking romance books.