In Times Gone By

In Times Gone By

by Tracie Peterson


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After getting left at the altar, Kenzie Gifford flees to San Francisco to start her life over, determined never to love again. She's made new friends and has a good job in the office of her cousin's chocolate factory. The only thorn in her side is Dr. Micah Fisher, who insists on pursuing her despite her constant rejection.

Then the Great 1906 Earthquake strikes the city, and everything changes. The devastation all around her makes Kenzie reevaluate her outlook on life--and possibly even her feelings for Micah. But then her world is rocked again when her ex-fiancé appears, full of apologies and determined to win her back. But Arthur already broke her heart once. Does she dare trust him again? The sudden arrival of a hidden danger will expose the motivations of all involved, but it could cost Kenzie her life--as well as her heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764219016
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Series: Golden Gate Secrets Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 182,567
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 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 Montana. Learn more at

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In Times Gone By 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
In Times Gone By is the third novel in Golden Gate Secrets series by Tracie Peterson. It is April of 1906 in San Francisco and the city has just suffered devastating earth quakes. Kenzie Gifford and her friends have relocated to a large warehouse to help those in need. The warehouse will be turned into a shelter for women and children which will be called Shelter Rock. Kenzie, at her friend’s urging, recently wrote her ex-fiancé, Arthur to let him know she forgives him for not showing up at the church on her wedding day. She is currently worried about Dr. Micah Fisher whom she has not seen since the earthquake. Kenzie has been keeping Micah at arm’s length because she is afraid of getting her heart broken again. The destruction and number of deaths makes Kenzie rethink her decision. She does care for Micah and is willing to let him court her. Then Arthur arrives full of apologies and explains his father orchestrated the wedding day mishap. Arthur states he still loves Kenzie and wants to marry her. Kenzie is full of mixed emotions and unsure what to do. Caleb wonders at Arthur’s true motivations and decides to do a little digging. Victoria Whitley, Judith Whitley’s cousin, arrives in town and is outraged to learn that Judith controls the purse strings as well as being her guardian. Victoria is determined to get free. An unexpected ally can help Victoria achieve her goal. What decision will Kenzie make in the end? How will Judith, Kenzie and Camri’s stories play out? In Times Gone By is the final book in the Golden Gate Secrets series. I do recommend reading the books in the Golden Gate Secrets series in order. I found In Times Gone By to be well-written with a gentle pace. I would have preferred more of a page turner. Tracie Peterson captured the time period with the devastation of the earthquake, the clothing, conveyances, politics, and attitudes of the people. Tracie Peterson manages to incorporate the historical events seamlessly into the story. Corruption was rampant in government and it was tough to fight the political machine as we see with Patrick Murdock’s story. The characters are developed, and they continued to grow over the course of the series. While In Times Gone By focuses on Kenzie, we also find out what happens with Camri and Judith. Plus, Judith’s relation, Victoria comes to San Francisco and manages to cause problems. I was not fond of Victoria and her shenanigans. I was especially disappointed that the villains did not get what was coming to them (a great injustice). Kenzie’s indecision where romance is concerned is understandable, but I felt it was drawn out. I admired Micah’s persistence where Kenzie was considered, but it can come across as pushy (nowadays it would probably land him in jail and with a restraining order against him). Christianity is an essential part of the story. The main characters beliefs are a part of who they are, and it shows in their everyday lives (having faith, praying, following God’s will and the path he has for their lives). The action picks up near the end of the book and the conclusion will leave readers smiling. I was happy the author provided an epilogue. I am giving In Times Gone By 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). Fans of historical fiction and Tracie Peterson will be satisfied with the final book in the Golden Gate Secrets series.
Erin Gellos More than 1 year ago
In Times Gone By is Tracie Peterson’s conclusion to her Golden Gate Secrets Series. I really enjoyed this book and think it was worth my time to read. I would recommend this book only if you have read the previous two books in the series, In Places Hidden and In Dreams Forgotten. Since Kenzie’s story is told throughout the first two book and then concluded in this last book, I think that someone who hadn’t read the other books would be confused by the missing information. However, if you have read the first two books, then you definitely want to read this book because it concludes not only Kenzie’s (although the focus is on her in this book), but also Judith’s and Camry’s stories as well. If you enjoy series because, like me, you don’t want to have to tell all the characters goodbye after the first book, then this whole series is worth your time to read. I really enjoyed each book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
sandralb More than 1 year ago
This is the third novel in the Golden Gate Secret Series. It takes place just after the great earthquake and fires of 1906. The devastation and destruction caused to thousands, is mind boggling. There were so may deaths and injures and hospitals destroyed. Along with corruption in politics, it made for a very hard time. This last book in the series is about Kenzie Gifford, who has fled to San Francisco after being left at the altar. Dr. Micah Fisher is one of my favorite characters from this series. I am glad to see him get his own story. Kenzie can not trust herself. She knows she is falling for the doctor, but is afraid to make another mistake, when it comes to love.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
This book was a lot of fun to read. After reading the first two in this series I was dying for this book to come out. The characters are fun to watch and I enjoy the way they work together. It’s not rare to find them putting others before themselves, even if it is begrudgingly at times. In Times Gone By we follow Kenzie as she is confronted with a man from her past. He not only broke her heart but skewed her view on men. Micah has shown her that not all men are so selfish, but her heart can’t belong to two people at the same time. Her ex-fiancé sounds pretty believable, but there are some things that don’t make sense. Can they get to the bottom of it before Kenzie is forced to make a decision? This story has so many twists and turns I didn’t see coming. The world after a tragedy can be unlike anything we are used to. There are those that will seek to make gains from it, and others who give so freely to help their fellow man. This group of friends is the latter of the two, and I enjoyed watching them come up with ways to help those in need. This book would be fine as a stand alone, but I think you’ll enjoy the journey from the beginning as well. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
This continues the story of three young women who met on a train to San Francisco, each with their own agenda. They are at different levels of faith. All of the books teach a full understanding of Christian faith, and the characters all grow in their lives through that faith. Its during a time of great corruption within the city, which they are fighting to keep their businesses and homes. This story happens during the big earthquake. Even with the struggles they have personally, they reach out to the displaced and provide shelter and food. Each girl has a man in the story, and each has a degree of wealth. However they also encounter difficulties being without wealth. Mix in love, danger, struggles in figuring out where their path goes, and desires to be part of a family - which they form by their closeness and support of one another. Tracie Peterson's stories never disappoint! A full, rich story that you'll be glad you spent the time with. Isn't that the most gorgeous cover? Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Bethany House - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book three in the Golden Gate Secrets series. It is somewhat of a stand alone book, however you will miss lots of past history of all the characters and even on some things that are solved in this novel from previous books. So I would suggest reading the series in order for best understanding. This novel focus' on Kenzie Gifford and Dr. Micah Fisher. While San Francisco is rebuilding much is happening with Kenzie, Micah and all their friends. There is history, romance and suspense in this novel.
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
First, I requested this book to read and review. I was given an advanced reader's copy and the review is my own and freely given. I liked this series, this is the 3rd book, but was a little underwhelmed with this book. The characters are well developed but since this was supposed to be mostly about Kenzie, I felt it lacked in fulfilling that goal. I feel like this because there was a lot of the story involving Victoria, from the second book and she could have easily been given a lot less time. I also felt that if that much space was given to her, the ending of her part was lacking. Overall, I felt the story flowed well. The plot was interesting and I would recommend this series to my friends. Since it was not a final text book, it is hard to comment on the grammar though there were places I hoped will be fixed in the final version. Not many, but a few. I also appreciate that this is truly a Christian book. Tracie Peterson does a very good job at showing what a true Christian should be like and not being preachy.
Reli More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in Tracie's Golden Gate Secrets series. This book takes place right after the great San Francisco earthquake and then the fires have destroyed the city. It continues to follow the lives of the three girls who met on the train while each one was bound for San Francisco, all for different reasons. This book focuses a bit more on Kenzie and her journey to move beyond her past and her journey to learn to trust again. It's the typical historical fiction/romance. There are true players in the story that really lived in the time frame the book was written, but the main characters are, of course, fiction. I think what I really liked about this book was Tracie's portrayal of the compassion and kindness of the main character. At this point in the story, they were all fairly well off, one especially, but money was not their savior. They wanted to use their wealth for the betterment of mankind. They were willing to sacrifice their own comforts and do their own cooking, their own housekeeping, etc. That is not something you find very frequently in stories of wealthy people. I did love the addition of Victoria, a thorn in everyone's side, but especially Judith's. Victoria is her long-lost cousin who really wants nothing to do with her, hates her, hates the life Judith is living, and only wants one thing, her money so that she can go be on her own. She is childish, vindictive, and mean and will got to any length to get what she wants. I just thought it made some good conversation in the book, not that I recommend anyone taking after Victoria's example at all. I think, for me, that take away from the book and even this series is kindness and compassion and no social boundaries. It can be easy to judge people based on their ethnicity, their financial savy or lack thereof, or any number of things. But we are all humans and we all deserve kindness and it doesn't hurt us at all to cross over those invisible and man made barriers to touch another human being with kindness. And I feel Tracie did that well in this book with Camri marrying an Irish man, with their building to help provide food and safety and an education to women and children in a poor section of own and even in their willingness to share a meal with a former servant. I need to be more willing myself to see others as God sees them and to love them as He does. I received this book from Bethany House through Net Galley and was not required to write a positive review.
THouchin1 More than 1 year ago
I Recommend This Book Strongly I'm so excited to know the rest of the story! I've been waiting for this final installment in the Golden Gate Series. I love the three main characters; Camri, Judith and Kenzie. All three are in this book as well, even though this book is primarily about Kenzie and her predicament. The characters are what make this story. The author gets the reader fully invested in the out come for each of the ladies right from the beginning. We want to see them succeed and get their happily ever after.
Christianfictionandmore More than 1 year ago
In Times Gone By is the third book in Peterson's Golden Gate Secrets series. Each of the books in the series focuses on one of the three leading female characters. I loved the first two books, but was not expecting this last one to be quite as intriguing as the others because Kenzie Gifford was my least favorite of these characters. I could not have been more wrong. This is my absolute favorite book in the series. Kenzie, who was once left at the altar and subsequently displayed behaviors that I found less than endearing, found her worth and her voice. If that weren't enough, her story and the story of Dr. Micah Fisher became filled with suspense with the reappearance of Arthur Morgan, the fiance that had jilted her. Their lives were further complicated by the spoiled cousin of Judith Whitley, who conspired with Arthur in her effort to free herself from Judith's guardianship. Altogether, it made for several hours of reading pleasure. As in the previous books, In Times Gone By continues to stress the importance of caring for those less fortunate than ourselves. While the three couples were already working to assist the poor of San Francisco, the great earthquake and resulting fire made the need even greater. Today we have no less opportunities to reach out to those in need whether due to lack of education, economic setbacks, or natural disasters. Our world is ripe with opportunities for ministry. Peterson does a good job of utilizing her platform to bring the needs of the poor and disenfranchised to the forefront, and to assure her readers that finding solutions is within the realm of possibility. She does this while thoroughly entertaining her readers, and without sounding preachy. I thank NetGalley and Bethany House Publishing for providing me with a copy of In Times Gone By in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.