In Places Hidden (Golden Gate Secrets Book #1) - eBookTracie PetersonBethany House / 2018 / ePub$9.89 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 30 Reviews
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Sandra Burson4 Stars Out Of 5Great CHristian Historical FictionOctober 5, 2018Sandra BursonQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"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.
Perrianne4 Stars Out Of 5Golden Gate Secrets Book 1September 30, 2018PerrianneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Camrianne 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.
KaraAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5In Places HiddenAugust 1, 2018KaraAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In Places Hidden, written by Tracie Peterson and published by Bethany House publishers, is the first book in the Golden Gate Secrets series. It tells the story of a womans search for her missing brother.
Camrianne Coulter is certain that something is very wrong when three months go by without any word from her brother, Caleb, so she boards a train to San Francisco to find out why he has not written. Finding that no one seems to know where he is or what has happened to him, Camri begins a search which leads her to Patrick Murdock. Patrick is an Irish contractor and is unshakably loyal to Caleb. Camri finds herself left with no choice but to team up with Patrick in order to solve the mystery. But as they draw closer to the truth, they find themselves in more danger than they had anticipated.
I enjoyed this book. The characters are well-developed, and I found myself relating to them in many ways. I especially liked Patricks down to earth ways and Irish mannerisms.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Delightful reading.June 9, 2018alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5IN PLACES HIDDEN
In places hidden is the first book in Traci Peterson new series, Golden Gate Secrets.
Camriann Coulter, or Camri, has left her home in Chicago to come to San Francisco to look for her brother Caleb who has disappeared without a trace. Along with her two new friends Kenzie and Judith they look for clues among Caleb's friends and business associates.
Patrick Murdock believes that his friend Caleb's disappearance was deliberate and that he was kidnapped and he is determined to find him. Running into Caleb's younger high spirited sister is an obstacle he doesn't need.
Both Camri and Patrick were very interesting characters. Camri, who's parents were intellectuals, raised her in an environment that encourage education and free thought. After college she takes a teaching position at a women's university teaching women's rights and encouraged other young women to pursue careers in fields that are normally reserved for men. In the early parts of the book, her prejudices were a bit much, she had a tendency to "talk down" to anyone who she considered "uneducated" which include her first few encounters with Patrick a poor Irish immigrant who finds his education on the streets of San Francisco.
I admire Patrick's abundance of grace toward Camri, when she is, however subtly, but constantly referring to what she thinks is a better education. I was getting very annoyed with her and I am just the reader. His character showed what his walk with God was really like.
Camri two companions, Judith and Kenzie, who we will get to see in future books, add much to the overall story and helped Camri adjust her attitude when dealing with people.
As always the author brings a book of characters that have a true relationship with Jesus and reflect both faith and flaws, and yet there is always room for growth. I loved the cover of the book. It was so elegant and eye catching.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction, whether they are a believer or not.
Anna MaeAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5In Places Hidden by Tracy PetersonJune 3, 2018Anna MaeAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm a long time fan of Tracie. I have over 50 of her books. She never disappoints me. She loves the Lord and salvation and redemption are always woven into her books showing God's faithfulness in solving very difficult problems.
This was a fascinating tale of friendships begun on a train to San Francisco in the early 1900's. The three young ladies - Camri, Judith and Kenzie with three different backgrounds and problems, became fast friends sharing their problems and with the sharing making the problems more bearable.
Camri learned valuable lessons seeing others' distress and though headstrong and opinionated, was kind- hearted and generous. She showed Jesus' love by her kindness in helping her friends.
If you like romance, suspense, murder and corrupt politicians in a long ago era, you'll love this first book in Tracie's new series "Golden Gate Secrets." I am looking eagerly forward to the next one.