All Things Hidden

All Things Hidden


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ISBN-13: 9780764211195
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 404,365
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 90 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Belgrade, Montana. Learn more at

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

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All Things Hidden 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
SweetPea_3 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading about a real event that I had never heard of before. The Matanuska Colonization was a project of Roosevelt's in 1935 to help some of those who suffered from the Great Depression. There was a relocation of 200 families to the Matanuska Valley in Alaska. It was a nice change to read about something so different than the few main settings for most fiction.  The basic storyline and the plot idea were very good, but they couldn't completely salvage the book for me. There's a lot (like, a lot!) of introspective dialogue, much of it repetitive, such as Jeremiah's constantly telling himself that he has to come clean eventually. It's often phrased in questions. "Can she forgive me?" "Will I have to leave?" There's too much contemplation and emotion. After a while I lose any empathy and just want tell them to get on with it already! This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I usually enjoy stories set in the Alaskan frontier more than this. I felt like the setting was the most interesting part of the story. The characters are two-dimensional and there is little chemistry between Gwyn and Jeremiah. The villain's point of view is shared throughout the book which is written over the top in my opinion. After finishing the book I was left with an overall feeling of disappointment. (Thank you to Bethany House Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
Back Cover Summary: 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 fiancé 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.  Having visited Alaska several times, I was able to envision the setting. Although this story takes place during the Depression in the 1930s rural Alaska (not yet a state) inserting myself into Alaska’s unique beauty was effortless. All Things Hidden is an interesting story with lots of conflict and diverse characters, yet I feel some could’ve been fleshed out a bit, particularly Clarence, and Gwyn’s siblings. I’d like to know what made them the way they are. Pros: It’s a good story in a fabulous setting, filled with history, action and conflict, and I cared about the main character. Cons: The story has a slow beginning, and contained (in my opinion) too much repetition and inner dialogue. Cover: Like it Title: Like it Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Pages: 353 Pace: slow beginning First Lines: Fear twisted Gwyn Hillerman’s stomach just like her fingers twisted the delicate handkerchief into a knot. If she wasn’t careful, the fabric would be ruined. Forcing her hands to still, she glanced out the picture window on the southeast side of the large lodge. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
sherrijinga More than 1 year ago
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. 
PennyMindingMom More than 1 year ago
Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse have joined forces to weave a spellbinding tale that will transport you back in time to the Alaskan Frontier. Chicago doctor, Jeremiah Vaughan finds his life crumbling around him. When the death of a patient causes him to lose his medical license and his fiancee, he accepts Dr. Hillerman’s invitation to join his growing practice in the isolated Alaska Territory. Gwyn Hillerman loves her life working as a nurse in her father’s clinic, but finds herself struggling with feelings of resentment as Dr. Vaughan starts to take over more and more of the tasks that used to be hers. Despite her feelings of resentment towards the new doctor Gwen finds herself inexplicably drawn to him. Can Dr. Vaughan and Gwyn overcome all the trials that are coming their way in order to find happiness? “All Things Hidden” is a beautiful story of love and adventure set in the beautiful Alaskan frontier during the depression of 1935. You find yourself drawn into Gwen’s life as she learns to put her trust in God and how He sees her through all the good and bad times. They show that God is always there ready and waiting for us to come to him, but first we have to ask for his help and guidance. The authors have created believable characters that you come to love and the dramatic plot will keep you captivated until the very end. Keeping true to her previous work, Ms. Peterson continues to show us how God works in our lives. This collaborative project has introduced me to Ms. Woodhouse’s writing and I look forward to reading more from both authors. If you are looking for a great book to read during this “extended” winter, please take a moment to consider “All Things Hidden” by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Sarah_13 More than 1 year ago
The ending wasn't completely predictable, however the authors left some details vague that would've added suspense and reality to the story. Other than that, a good Christian fiction read that would be enjoyed by most. 
DSaff More than 1 year ago
Love, a broken family, a stipped medical license, and secrets from the past combine in this new book by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse. What will it take to get people to love and trust each other in the Alaskan wilderness? Gwyn is a nurse working in her father's clinic, and while she loves it, she also finds life hard. Her mother and sister are gone, a direct result of the rustic life, and they aren't coming back. Both Gwyn and her father know that they are needed where they are and they love it there, but they also miss love and family. As the practice grows and help is needed, Dr. Hillerman asks Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan to join them.  Jeremiah has his own problems. His medical license was taken away after one of his wealthy patients died and his fiance has left him. A new start in Alaska? That is what he is hoping for. But, how will he and Gwyn get along? Will Jeremiah be a help or a hinderance to the practice? And, what are the secrets that threaten to destroy any opportunity for love? Open this book to find the answers, along with many other twists and turns.  This is a wonderful story set around the time of the Depression, in the Alaskan frontier. It has great characters, writing that puts you on the ground with the characters, and a story that will engage you. If you like historically based stories with a love story entwined in the pages, this book is for you! 
PlantsandPillars More than 1 year ago
I love reading real historical fiction.  By that I mean, historical fiction that leans more on history and less on fiction.  This book was fascinating as it covered the settling of Alaska, something I had never heard of before. Gwyn Hillerman serves as a nurse in father’s medical clinic for the natives of Alaska.  Their life is rough and at the mercy of the elements, but she and her father love their simple home life.  Gwyn, however, still mourns the loss of her mother and younger sister who left a few years ago – despising the uncivilized life. Back in Chicago, Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan performs a medical procedure that goes bad.  In the same day, he loses his medical license and his fiance.  He is not so subtly asked to leave the city, and he heads north with the homesteaders to Alaska. As the homesteaders fill the town, somethings are not all that they seem.  As Gwyn comes to depend on Jeremiah, and the help he is giving her aging father, some rumors start about his past.  And his job.  And his fiance.  Can Jeremiah trust anyone enough to explain his past, and risk the home and land he’s come to love? There is some violence, including two murders.  Nothing graphic.  Overall, I loved this gentle, compelling story. Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
SunFlowerEyez More than 1 year ago
Set in the Alaska Territory in the 1930s, All Things Hidden is the story of a young woman, Gwyn, and her physician father who are called upon by the United States government to take care of the medical needs of two hundred families set to colonize the wild and relatively untouched Matanuska Valley, just outside of Anchorage. These families are relocating from the drought and poverty-stricken Midwest in exchange for the promise of government appointed land and housing, along with the opportunity to begin a new and better life. Gwyn and her Father have lived in the Matanuska Valley for years, even after Gwyn's mother and sister chose to leave in favor of more civilized lands, and Gwyn is worried about the change these new settlers will bring to her beloved home. Change it does bring, along with an outcast young doctor from Chicago, Jeremiah, who harbors a secret that he hopes will not be revealed--especially when he begins to fall for Gwyn. Bethany House Publishers sent me this yet unpublished manuscript in exchange for an honest review. I have not read much in the way of Christian fiction, and the historical plot of this book interested me. Alaska in the 1930s isn't something I knew much about, or have read much about, so I was intrigued. The historical research the authors must have done for this book is impressive and makes a wonderfully lush, untamed setting for the story. The story is told from both Gwyn and Jeremiah's point of view, but Gwyn is by far the main character. Gwyn is a very relatable and likeable character, though she often seems younger than her twenty-three years, perhaps due to her generous and unspoiled nature. She struggles with the change going on around her, with the abandonment of her mother and sister, with the changing relationship with her father and with her growing feelings for Jeremiah. Sadzi and Nasnana, Gwyn's native friends, are nice additions to the story, as they keep Gwyn grounded and on-track when she tends to let worry overtake her. Nasnana is quick to remind her to leave everything to God, something which Gwyn often trials. I would have liked more character development with Jeremiah, who I found a little bland. He did not truly stir my interest very much except as a love interest for Gwyn, and their slow-blossoming romance often fell a little flat. However, I do appreciate that the main focus of the story was not on the romance and rather on the internal battles and struggle of this new settlement. The description of the chaos of the new colony, the emotions, fears, and acclimation of the pioneers was well-done. Uprooting entire families to move to a wild land with no guarantee that anything would be better for them there had to be incredibly intimidating. The natives frightened them, the exotic wildlife and the environment daunted them. Their promised land and homes were often not quite what they had expected. Settlers became sick. People died. All of these things bred distrust, frustration, anger and sorrow. This was reflected well within the story. The writing, while competent, is sometimes redundant. For instance, I counted the words "prayed", "pray" or "prayer" nine times in the first 5 pages of Chapter Eight and the word change five times in the first two pages of Chapter One.
RMStrong More than 1 year ago
When Gwen Hillerman and her country-physician father were called to Anchorage, Alaska in early 1935, she had no idea how her life was going to change, just that it would. Gwen hated change. Change always came along with loss and heartache—most notably, the loss of Edith and Sophia, her mother and sister. In Chicago, Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan, has his life all in order. He is on the cutting edge of medicine, he is engaged to one Miss Sophia Hillerman, and all seems to be going well… until one fateful night. One fall down a flight of stairs sets in motion the disintegration of his life. Just as all hope seems lost, he gets a letter from his former mentor—the man who, he had always been told, abandoned his fiancée—to join him in Alaska for some wonderful adventures in frontier medicine. Without any other options, Jeremiah travels to the last frontier… carrying with him a devastating secret. All Things Hidden (ebook format) was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review. Historical fiction is always tricky, but the authors did a good job. The historical elements of FDR’s New Deal project to move 200 families to Alaska are in their proper context. The authors incorporate historical and fictional characters well and properly. Both fictional and true elements are separated into their respective categories in both a forward and an afterward. The story itself is quaint and somewhat believable. The book is written in third person omniscient, with three main points of view (hero, heroine, and villain), with a few minor characters’ POVs thrown in. Each new POV and jump in time is clearly marked, making it easy to understand whose head the reader is in. The villain’s POV is the most unique, with a different voice and vocabulary. The others, though, are harder to differentiate. The grandmother character is slightly unbelievable, in my opinion, but not horribly so. I was able to read the book in a few large chunks and in about six hours total. With the exception of the villain, all main characters are Christian and the book is written from a blatantly, unapologetic Christian perspective. The story, however, is predictable. For me, there were no surprise twists. (Enough that I mused that the book was poorly titled.) It was a plain-and-simple romance. I’m not particularly a fan of chick lit, but the historical fiction made the story more interesting than a simple fluffy romance. The pre-release review copy I was given was the first I received from Bethany House Publishing. It was absolutely rife with conversion errors (errors that would not be present in a print copy, but come from creating the ebook from another format—probably PDF). This may not be the issue in the published ebook (release date, January 7, 2014), but if they have not fixed the issues, the book takes quite a lot of effort to get used to. Once my brain knew what was missing and was able to insert the missing characters (most noticeable, the double F—such as in off, office, Griffin, different, etc.), the reading was only slightly compromised. All in all, if you like romance, All Things Hidden would be an enjoyable read. The writing, plot and historical aspect of it was enough to keep me—who is, as I said, not a fan of romance—reading.
amberrdh More than 1 year ago
*I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.* From the back cover: 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 really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were realistic and relatable. Gwyn struggled with feelings of abandonment and worry and fear of change and the future. Jeremiah had some baggage and the guilt that came with it that followed him to Alaska. The romance that unfolded between them wasn’t overly sentimental or superficial, but instead I found it to be fairly realistic. The book was a historical fiction. The historical aspects of it were interesting and the characters really aided in carrying the historical part of the story along without the history being lost in the romance. There was also an element of suspense in the story that kept you on your toes a little. All Things Hidden addressed the issue of worry and putting your faith in God to provide for all of your needs. I struggled at first to figure out where one part of the story ended and another began; however, my ebook version had a few other issues and I feel quite certain that this had more to do with that than the writing itself. For some reason words that had f’s in the middle of them (different, sufficient, office, etc) were printed without the f’s and often without a following “i”, making it necessary to decipher some of the words. For example: Different became “dierent” and office was always “oce”. It seemed like there may have been headers introducing a setting change/ story change due to a few capital letters here and there which could have been for that purpose, but I am assuming this was an actual phrase or sentence and not just a letter or two. Like I said, I think the problem was more with the ebook edition and some problems there than with the writing itself. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I highly recommend it.