In Places Hidden (Golden Gate Secrets Book #1)

In Places Hidden (Golden Gate Secrets Book #1)

by Tracie Peterson

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In Places Hidden 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
sandralb More than 1 year ago
“In Places Hidden”, is the First book of Tracie Peterson's new Golden Gate Series. This series is set in San Francisco in the early 1900's. I have read many of Ms. Peterson's books and I enjoy her writing. She takes a Christian historical fiction novel and brings the story and people to life. I like the way throughout all of her books there is a thread of faith woven into the story. I found the mystery and the suspense in this story enjoyable and interesting. I had a little difficulty getting into some of the characters. Camri Coulter is going by train from Chicago to San Francisco to find her lost brother. She befriends two young ladies on the train and invites them to come stay with her at her brothers house. Judith has just lost her parents and is looking for a lost aunt she never knew about. Kenzie was left at the alter and is nursing a broken heart. Maybe because they are not a lead in the story and we didn't learn that much about them. I just had a hard time following their characters. On the other hand,my favorite character was handsome Irish contractor, Patrick Murdock and his sister Ophelia. Patrick is the type of leading man every novel needs. He is strong, buffed, gorgeous and very kind. What is not to like about him, plus he has the sweetest Irish brogue. I can not wait to start on “In Dreams Forgotten”, book two of this series. I was blessed to receive a copy of this book from Bethany House publishers.
Perrianne More than 1 year ago
Camrianne Coulter has arrived in San Francisco to search for her missing attorney brother, Caleb. Her two friends Kenzie and Judith accompany her. Camri has made contact with Caleb’s boss and Irishman Patrick Murdock, a man whom Caleb managed to gain freedom from a murder conviction in his role as his attorney. Lies and truth swirl around Camri, who distrusts Caleb’s boss who is paying the note on his home, which is odd. There is also the large sum of money that Camri has found hidden in her brother’s office. Caleb’ household servants, the Wongs, also raise her suspicions by whispering behind her back. There are a few things that bother me about this book. The first is Camri’s friends, it would seem that she met them on the train and brought them to her brother’s house. This sounds very unusual to me. Would a young woman really bring perfect strangers into her household. The ladies’ names don’t sound like they would have been used in the early 1900’s, and a quick Google search of popular names at the time seems to prove that out, most especially Camrianne’s name. Also Camri’s parents sent a woman to do a “man’s work” of finding her missing brother. That seems out of the character for the time frame as well. Even though the family is very progressive with suffrage and women’s education, I doubt seriously that they would have sent a young woman to find her missing brother halfway across the country. Camri herself is quite annoying by constantly shoving education and women’s suffrage down everyone’s throat. This is not serving herself well in a city like San Francisco which runs the gamut from grinding poverty to extreme opulence. Camri indicates several times that their family is not wealthy but are highly educated and that doesn’t fit either. Also, her parents take to their beds upon finding out that their son is missing. Wouldn’t normal parents hop on the next train and try to find out what happened? Camri’s love interest towards the latter part of the book doesn’t really seem to fit her either. Overall, it was a good book, but definitely not as well written as Ms. Peterson usually writes. This is Book 1 in the Golden Gate Secrets Series.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
I was captured by the description of this book and the idea of a trilogy set in turn of the century San Francisco. I was interested in a town I know little about during a time period that seems to be ignored in fiction as it is before WWI and after the Civil War. Then I started reading. I was captured in the premise and of the three ladies who found friendship on their independent journeys west. It was interesting that through their days on the train they were instantly attached at the hip, so to speak, and Camri was inviting these unknowns to stay with her at her brother's home. NOT something that would begin to happen in today's world. But it did, and it worked, and sometimes you just have to step out of faith in your ability to read people and provide those opportunities for friendship and encouragement. Here's where the book sorta fell apart for me. First, Camri is not likeable. I mean I get her but I want to smack her like every other page. Even her contrition as she realizes how almost fatally legalistic she is in her beliefs falls flat for me. Second, lets talk about the conflict/drama/action what have you. She is in San Francisco to find her missing brother. I hear all about the church, her job, Patrick, the Wongs, even the attorney her brother worked for but I get very little about actually trying to find her brother. Then when it actually comes down to her brother it's too neat with several loose ends that never get addressed. While that is wrapped up with a perfect bow and ample glitter there's another little side-effect situation from her brother that needs to be wrapped up but again a bit too much glitter for me to appreciate it. The bones are there for a good story. The intrigue, a different setting, some corruption and a missing person (or two), and a murder (or three). The writing is solid, for the most part, but could have used another comb with content editing to clear out some clashes in the way certain characters spoke and to clear up some rather large dangling threads that needed to be woven back in as opposed to just being clipped. I'm still in for the future of Golden Gate Secrets novels though. I'm interested to see where her friends' stories take us. Perhaps they will be more sympathetic and maybe even tie up some of the loose ends from 'In Places Hidden'. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
It has been quite a while since I have read a Tracie Peterson book. In Places Hidden I was transported to 1900’s San Francisco where prejudice is alive and well and very corrupt men seem to have all the control. We are introduced to all three heroines of this series, Golden Gates Secrets, and at first I felt there was too much information given along with the book being a little slow in the beginning with what I would call mundane details. However, as the story progressed I was taken deeper into these character’s lives and the action and danger picked up along with the romance. This is mainly the story of Camri, who has come to San Francisco to locate her missing brother. She lives with the unknown and unthinkable every day and it was painful for her. She was a bit prideful in her opinions of women, their education, and their lot in life. When she meets her companions Judith and Kenzie, she realizes they both have very differing views than she. Camri many times had to swallow her pride and apologized a lot after sticking her foot in her mouth without thinking, but I am glad that she did learn her lessons and her character growth in the story was for the better. The love interest is poor Irishman Patrick, who was previously on trial for a murder that he did not commit and was helped by Camri’s brother and then they became good friends. Patrick has a bit of a stubborn streak and definitely does not care much for Camri’s opinion, but he does have a soft spot for her which begins to turn into deeper feelings. As he and Camri investigate the disappearance of her brother, neither know just how dangerous and how many lives will be affected. This was a good novel that showed the rather seedy side of San Francisco when it seemed injustice ruled the city. What really stood out to me was the characters willingness to admit when they were wrong and to see all sides of the situation. I look forward to Judith and Kenzie’s stories as this series progresses. I was provided with a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
In Places Hidden (Golden Gate Secrets Book #1) by [Peterson, Tracie]Camriann Coulter is on her way to San Francisco. Her brother went missing three months ago and she wants to find him. Along her path she comes across two others who need so solve mysteries, Judith and Kenzie. Together they decide to help each others. They find a room to share and a job. Camri discovers dangers as she goes on her search throughout the city. Tracie Peterson has a gift of writing books which draw the reader in and wanting more. This book was a combination of suspense, romance and God's love. I love the way she is able to draw these together to make me want to read each book that she writes. I was given this book by Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
In Places Hidden is book one in the Golden Gates Secrets series by Tracie Peterson. Tracey Peterson has outdone herself again. She has written a book that captures you right from the start and doesn't let go until the very end. I felt as though I was part of this story. This story is packed with faith, love, determination, stubbornness, and so much more. I loved Camri and her role in the story and how she changed. I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book one in the Golden Gate Secrets series, what a great place to start. I love the writing style of Tracie Peterson and this one does not disappoint. I look forward to reading more from those in this book. Camriann Coulter, Camri, is a determined, well educated woman. When she must leave all she knows behind to help find her brother she realizes many things about herself. Patrick Murdock is the handsome, irishman who may know something about Camri's missing brother. I love the sparks between Camera and Patrick. The other characters in this story each have much to offer to the story lines to come. I look forward to catching up and see what lies ahead. This book is full of mystery, friendship, romance and more. Even though part of this story is solved there is more to solve in the next book or two.
Leonas_Lines More than 1 year ago
My Review of “In Places Hidden” by Tracie Peterson The first thing I said after finishing “In Places Hidden” by Tracie Peterson was: “ When is Book 2 Coming Out!” “In Places Hidden” is Book 1 in the Golden Gate Secrets series and it’s a page turner for sure! Not only is it filled with mystery, intrigue, and surprises, it also has a sweet romance and a reminder of how life was in the early 1900’s in San Francisco. Camrianne Coulter, the main character in the story, is an independent young women who is highly educated and from a wealthy family in Chicago. She is active in the Woman’s Sufferage Movement and is very out spoken. She also has a strong faith in God and prayer. She travels alone to San Francisco to search for her missing brother, Caleb, and meets two other women of different backgrounds on the train. The three soon become friends and all end up staying together in Caleb’s home in San Francisco. The story winds around the search for Caleb and the people Camrianne and her friends meet in San Francisco. Faith, prayer, and trust in God are a very prominent part in all of their everyday happenings. I really enjoyed this book and I do look forward to reading the next book in this series . I received this book from Bethany House Publishers but was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own. —Leona J. Atkinson
JuneMJ More than 1 year ago
I was eager to read this novel because it is set in San Francisco in 1905. I was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and have spent a lot of time there over the years. I think it's fun to read a story set in a location with which I'm familiar. The story begins with Camri Coulter's arrival in San Francisco in late November, 1905. She has been sent from Chicago on a mission by her parents to find her missing brother, Caleb, an attorney in San Francisco. Her two previously unknown traveling companions on the train accompany her to Caleb's home as they need a place to stay due to their own misfortunes. The three women forge close friendships during the course of the book. Kenzie Gifford is a jilted bride from Missouri who was stood up at the altar by her fiancee. She is searching for a new life--one which will allow her to find peace and happiness after the shame suffered by her family because of Kenzie's becoming an abandoned bride. Judith Gladstone from Colorado is searching for an aunt she never knew existed until her mother passed away. While she was going through her mother's belongings, Judith found an old letter from many years ago addressed to Edith Whitley in San Francisco. She surmised from the contents of the letter that Edith was the older sister of Judith's late mother. In the course of looking for her brother, Camri meets a former client of her brother's, Patrick Murdock. Patrick is a poor Irish immigrant who is out of work most of the time. Camri is led to believe Patrick has something to do with Caleb's disappearance by Caleb's employer. The relationship Camri forms with Patrick's terminally ill sister, Ophelia, is touching and heartwarming. I don't want to say too much so as to spoil the story, but this was one of my favorite threads in the book. Ophelia is a beautiful soul with a kind, loving spirit filled with faith and hope. Camri is persistent in her investigation of the circumstances surrounding Caleb's disappearance, and she is led into some of the more unsavory areas of the City as the time such as the Barbary Coast. Her determination and moxie are admirable. Camri is a highly-educated woman for the time period, and she ruffles lots of feathers by insinuating that her new friends need to be more educated and liberated to be happy in their lives. She is a bit haughty and arrogant at times, and she learns a lot about how to treat people who are different than she by talking to her new friends, including Patrick Murdock. As usual, the author has done her research about the San Francisco Bay Area, the clothing and customs of the era, and the lifestyles of the wealthy and poor for the time period. The story is enriched by the author's knowledge of what went on in San Francisco at the turn of the twentieth century. Corruption, prejudice, poor treatment of immigrants, and the differences between the economic status of various groups are all included in this fantastic novel. The book flows seamlessly, and I'm eager to read the rest of the books in this series. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction, California history, mysteries, suspense, romance, inspirational fiction, and Christian fiction. I received a paperback copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation from any party for posting my review on my blog or any other site. ###############
kdwoodmansee More than 1 year ago
Camri Coulter is in San Francisco in 1905 to find her missing brother. Her family hasn't heard from him in months and so her parents encourage her to take the trip from Chicago to see if she can discover what has happened to him. Along the way she meets two women, Kenzie and Judith, who have come to San Francisco with stories of their own. They've decided to work together as they seek their answers. Camri runs into difficulty trying to find her brother and in a town filled with corruption she doesn't know who to trust. She's hoping she can trust Patrick Murdock whom her lawyer brother helped defend against false murder charges. But as the lies (and murders) begin to mount, she doesn't know if she can trust anyone. I saw a great deal of myself in Camri. She values education and truly believes it is essential for people to better their lives. What she learns as she makes new friends in Kenzie, Judith, and Patrick is that not everyone has the opportunities she's had and not everyone wants the life she does. While I cringed at a lot of the thoughtless things she said at the beginning of the book, she took her humbling in stride and really began to see the people behind her cause. I thought Patrick was a good character, but I would have liked to see him fleshed out a bit more. We were told what he thought and felt it, but I wanted to feel those things as well. I also thought Kenzie and Judith were good supporting characters and I look forward to continuing their stories in the next books. I thought Tracie Peterson did a good job of highlighting some of the issues of the time such as racism, classism, and government corruption. How unfortunate that we continue to deal with these same issues today. It was also a good reminder that we too can carry around a good deal of pride that we don't recognize until we open our eyes to what's going on around us. I enjoyed this book a lot. It didn't shy away from some of the harder things that fluffier books often avoid. While I thought the ending was a bit rushed and too convenient in some ways, I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy historical fiction and who have liked Tracie Peterson's other books. I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
Peterson knows how to keep me on the edge of my seat, while loving every minute of it. I really enjoyed reading this book. I had fun getting to know Camrianne. Growing up privileged gave her a certain view on life. She is also incredibly smart, yet humble enough to realize when she is wrong. I enjoyed seeing her friendships with those that were raised so different from her. She grew into a stronger and better person learning to see life through a different lens. Watching her relationship with Patrick while they were searching for her brother, was a unique experience. Patrick is a great man, even with out the privilege of an education. Brought together in a search for a missing man, can they see past their differences to see the real person underneath? I am already anxious to read the next book in this series. It was fun visiting San Francisco, even if it was a bit frightening at times. I can easily imagine the love for a sibling causing you to drop everything in order to find them. I can’t imagine some of the horrors that some people go through when wondering what happened to their loved ones. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. There is just the right amount of suspense mixed in and it kept me turning the pages too late into the night. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Ratgirl24 More than 1 year ago
Caleb Coulter, an attorney in San Francisco, is known for his character and deep faith. The decision to defend his friend Patrick Murdock, who he believed to be falsely accused of murder, came easy for him. However, it seems to be a decision that may have cost him his life. Headstrong Camrianne Coulter travels to San Francisco in an attempt to find her brother Caleb as their family has not heard from him in three months. Along the way, she makes friends with two other young ladies traveling to San Francisco and agrees that it would benefit them all if they stayed together at her brother’s home and pooled their resources to live and search for Caleb. The trail seems mostly cold by the time she arrives, but with she and her friends begin their investigation which leads them to take a look at the pollical corruption abounding in the city. Caleb’s business partner, house servants and even Patrick are not honest with her and she begins to feat that she will never find Caleb, dead or alive. Several beautiful biblical truths/stories are woven throughout the book: we are all the same in the eyes of God, God is always waiting for you to return to him no matter how far you may have strayed, God has a plan for each of us, and The Prodigal Son. My favorite, though, was trust God, no matter your circumstances! One of my favorite lines in the book was “Camri refrained from pointing out the celebrating Christmas didn’t make one a Christian.” Isn’t that the truth! Sometimes we all need to be reminded of that. I can honestly say that I have never read a Tracie Peterson book that I did not like and this one is no exception. It was interesting and well researched. I can’t wait to read the next two books in the series to find what happens with her two friends, Judith and Kenzie and how their mysteries are resolved. The second book in the series, “In Dreams Forgotten” will be published on July 3, 2018 and tackles Judith and the hunt for her long-lost aunt. Publication Date: April 10, 2018 Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Historical Cover: Perfect (and beautiful)! Rating: 4.5 stars Source: I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House, in return for an honest review. Thank you for the opportunity to read this great book!
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
In Places Hidden Is a very Tracy Peterson book, which means it was well done. This book was set in the 1900's early in San Fran. Wow was it a time back then - it was Woo hoo - you have got to read it to know it. The author does her homework for these historical stories. It is about corruption, power, pride, prejudice , ignorance and GOD's divine intervention with it all. Now wouldn't you want him to be. Camri sure is one - she is one of the three main women of the book. To know the other two you are to have to see for yourself. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to
KimPotter More than 1 year ago
In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson is the first book in the Golden Gate series. The story takes place in 1905, in the booming city of San Francisco. Camri Coulter, with the help of Patrick Murdock, is searching for her brother. What she discovers is political corruption running rampant. Although there is danger in the search for Caleb, it is not too much of a concern to anyone, or so it seemed to me. The story was a very slow start for me. Nothing really happened until over half-way through the book. Camri was supposed to be looking for her missing brother but to me she didn’t do too much “looking”. Still, the storyline was interesting and entertaining. I enjoyed the wee bit of Irish dialogue that was inserted throughout. Overall, I would recommend this book if you like a sweet romance with just a touch of danger. I received this book from Bethany House publisher’s in exchange for my honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson is the first novel in the Golden Gate Secrets series. Camriann “Camri” Coulter has journeyed to San Francisco in late November of 1905 to locate her missing brother, Caleb. On the journey she meets Judith Gladstone and Kenzie Gifford. Each woman has their own quest that has brought them to San Francisco. The three women decide to pool their resources and help one other. They move into Caleb’s house and Kenzie helps them obtain jobs at her cousin’s candy factory. Caleb has been missing for over three months. Camri begins her search by speaking with Caleb’s boss, Mr. Henry Ambrewster. It seems Caleb took Patrick Murdock, a local contractor being tried for murder, as a client and got a not guilty verdict which angered some bigwigs in the city. What lengths would these high-powered individuals go to silence Caleb? Camri teams up with Patrick to discover her brother’s whereabouts and uncover the corrupt people responsible. In Places Hidden is well-written and it has some interesting characters. Kenzie’s candy maker cousin, George Lake is a quirky individual with exacting standards (he is very twitchy). Camri is an intelligent woman who believes in education and suffrage (she likes to pontificate on the value of education especially). I was happy to see her alter some of her opinions and behavior by the end of the book. I had a little trouble getting into the story, but once I did, I was curious to see how matters would play out. I did feel we were given too much backstory on each of the ladies. Since each woman (Judith, Camri and Kenzie) will have their own book, we did not need so much detail on Judith and Kenzie in this installment. It made for a tedious beginning. The Christian elements are strong throughout the book especially having faith in God to get a person through the troublesome times in life. I felt the romance between Camri and Patrick proceeded at a little too quickly. Since In Places Hidden is part of a series, I felt the author could have let their romance progress at a slower speed (which would have been in keeping with the time period). I will be curious to see how Judith and Kenzie’s stories unfold. In Places Hidden is a light, historical romance with touch of intrigue that will appeal to Tracie Peterson’s fans.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This read had me mesmerized, and quickly page-turning, and I had to have answers. Now I’m looking for the next book in this series, and hope those who are so evil get there just due. What a wild, sinful, and immoral city San Francisco was, and although this is a fictional book, it does have a lot of historical fact. Can you image back in the early 1900’s receiving, or not hearing from your brother who is about two thousand miles away, and not knowing where he is, or if he is even alive. This is why Camri Coulter is in the West, and she meets two women while traveling there, in rather dire circumstances, and takes them under her wing and offers them shelter. So many life lessons here, and you will be quickly caught up in this story, with evil so prominent you will have to wonder who is going to come out alive at the end. So many people hurt, and why? Greed. Don’t miss this one! I received this book through the Publisher Bethany House reviewer program, and was not required to give a positive review.
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed reading Tracie Peterson's books. When I was given a chance for an early reader copy I was so excited. I immediately asked and received a copy of the book through Bethany House publishing. So, now that you know I was given the book, let me assure you that the review is my own opinion and not required. I loved this book from the very beginning. You are immediately introduced to three single women getting off a train in San Francisco in the early 1900s. All three have a reason for going to San Francisco and agree to team up to accomplish their goals. The first goal tackled is about Camri and her missing brother. The other two women's problems are mentioned but will be tackled in the coming books in the series. Camri's missing brother is the center of this book that is full of mystery and intrigue, political corruption and murder. I was immediately hooked and it held my attention throughout. It was a book that was easy to read and I didn't lose interest at all. It is a Christian book and that shines throughout. It is not just barely touched, as in some books, but not preachy either. It shows how Camri, already a Christian, grows in her faith. This book is also a romance story but not just romance. In fact, the romance almost seems like an aside to the story. The book also touches on the different classes of people in the early 1900s, the elite and the poor. The criminals and the lawful, and the prejudices of the day. How people in San Francisco looked down on the Irish and Chinese. All of these are addressed in a most interesting way in this book. I highly recommend you read this.
connywithay More than 1 year ago
“Until I know what happened to him, my focus must remain on my search,” Camri tells the lawyer in Tracie Peterson’s novel, In Places Hidden. ~ What ~ The first in the Golden Gate Series series, this three-hundred-twenty-page paperback targets those who like historical fiction with suspense and romance during the early 1900s in San Francisco. Its topics of being shanghaied, prostitution, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The author’s biography and advertisements for other authored books are included. Set in 1905, arrogant and educated Camri arrives in San Francisco to search for her brother who has been missing for three months. Friending two women on the train, she invites them to stay with her at her brother’s home while the three work to survive and look for clues to the sibling’s disappearance. When Camri meets Patrick Murdock who was friends with her brother, she has does not know who to trust, especially when it is believed corrupt people have shanghaied her loved one. As the two from opposites sides of the track work together, they fall in love, wondering if their social status can be ignored. ~ Why ~ The author does a good job explaining how life was in San Francisco during women’s suffrage, racism, and political corruption within the city. It exposes the difference of social class between the more educated and those who worked hard for minimum wages. I liked the back-and-forth relationship between the two protagonists. ~ Why Not ~ Some may wish the book was not so romantically predictable. Those who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not like the spiritual references. I found the writing a little stifled compared to the writer’s other books, sometimes told without emotion. ~ Wish ~ Due to the book’s abrupt and curt ending, it leaves many wondering what happens next to its characters, which hopefully will be mentioned in the second book. ~ Want ~ If you like historical Christian fiction of living in San Francisco while a well-educated woman searches for her brother who has mysteriously disappeared and falls in love with an Irishman, this may be a good start of a series, but it did not grab my interest like other books written by the author. Thanks to Bethany House for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
NanaNor More than 1 year ago
As a Bethany House blog reviewer, it is my privilege to receive a book once a month from Bethany House. I have always loved Tracie Peterson's writing and find her characters and story lines rich and inviting. All of her books are intriguing and draw the reader in and this book did that as well. Set in San Francisco, with one of the main characters being Irish was a sure win for me~since my all of my grandparents settled in San Francisco in the early 1900's after leaving Ireland. Here is a synopsis of the story: "On her way to San Francisco to find her brother, Caleb, who went missing three months ago, Camriann Coulter meets Judith and Kenzie, who both have their own mysteries to solve in the booming West Coast city. The women decide to help each other, including rooming together and working at Kenzie's cousin's chocolate factory. Camri's search for her brother, an attorney, leads her deep into the political corruption of the city--and into the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock, a handsome Irishman who was saved from a false murder charge by Caleb. Patrick challenges all of Camri's privileged beliefs, but he knows more about what happened to her brother than anyone else. Together, they move closer to the truth behind Caleb's disappearance. But as the stakes rise and threats loom, will Patrick be able to protect Camri from the dangers he knows lie in the hidden places of the city?" I especially liked that the story was set in the early 1900's and I easily related to Patrick Murdock. I found it could be a current day story with the emphasis on Womens rights and sex slavery. I will definitely plan on following the series and would rate the book a 10 out of 10. If you love historical fiction, you will love this book. Great job done by Tracie. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing. No review, positive or otherwise was required; all opinions are my own.
cularien More than 1 year ago
Confession: I recently binge-watched all of Full House on Hulu. So as soon as I saw that In Places Hidden was set in San Francisco (and Camri stayed in her brother Caleb's house), I immediately thought of the Tanners' house as a suitable stand-in! As my previous reviews likely note, I started reading Tracie Peterson's novels in high school. She consistently writes quality fiction, and I naturally jumped at the chance to review In Places Hidden. I was not disappointed. Recommended for any Christian-fiction fan, but especially for fans of Gilbert Morris and Lynn Morris's Cheney Duvall, M.D., series. The book especially reminds me of book 6, 'In the Twilight, In the Evening', which was also set in San Francisco. I enjoyed the characters and learning more about each of their stories. It did take a little bit to easily keep them straight, but that process was quicker than other novels I've read of late! Learning about the Chinese and Irish experiences during the early 1900s was also insightful; Peterson obviously did her research, as per usual. :) A satisfying read; I'm excited for book 2 to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm really happy to say that I enjoyed this book a lot. (the cover is also great!!!) Camri is such an interesting character. She has an education and she's involved with women's suffrage movements despite her high-ish place in society. I would have loved to know more about her past and experiences with that. Patrick's character was well developed, as was his sister's, which made me happy (not a lot of side characters have depth to them). But her friends' characters weren't well developed. Kenzie's was the most developed, though. I hope that the story with them continues so we can know them better. I would recommend this book to people who like mysteries with a small bit of romance.
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
This is another great story by Tracie Peterson. Her books are always entertaining and uplifting, and this book is both of those. The story is set in a rowdy, lawless time in San Francisco. This leads to some heartbreaking threads in the plot. Ms. Peterson handles these in an appropriate manner, but for this reason, I would not recommend this for girls under high school age. I liked the characters in the book. The main character, Camri, learns to overcome her pride in her many accomplishments and learns to value people in all walks of life. The romance between Camri and Patrick develops rather swiftly, but it still fits well in the storyline. I thought the book ended a little too abruptly with some of the characters’ storylines unresolved, even for the first book in a series. I’m guessing we’ll continue to see those situations resolve as the next books are released. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I received an advanced copy of this book for review. I was not required to give a positive review, and this is my honest opinion of the book.
Christianfictionandmore More than 1 year ago
Set in San Francisco in 1905, In Places Hidden has it all: history, mystery, romance, and social justice. Tracie Peterson never fails to entertain while challenging readers to think deeply about their faith. This story has the reader pondering the degree to which he or she is willing to see God and to serve Him in the words of circumstances. She asks us to see the world and set priorities with a Kingdom view, a view that looks past next week, even past a lifetime, into eternity. In Places Hidden is the first book in Peterson’s Golden Gate Secrets series. The series follows three young women, each coming to San Francisco with a goal in mind. This first book focuses on Camri Coulter who has come to the city to search for her missing brother, attorney Caleb Coulter. She is assisted in her search by new friends, Judith Gladstone and Kenzie Gifford, along with Caleb’s friend, and former client, Patrick Murdoch. The search moves from Caleb’s fashionable neighborhood to poverty-stricken ones to the infamous Barbary Coast. Camri, an advocate for education and women’s rights, comes face to face with her own biases as her eyes are opened to the needs of others, and as her view of what comprises an education broadens. I highly recommend In Places Hidden, and look forward to reading Judith’s story when the second book in this series is released. I appreciate NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this review.