It has been a while since I’ve had a book review from Bethany House Publishers. It was very exciting to get this book in the mail last week.
All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse is based on an historical event from the 1930’s. Gwyn Hillerman is working as a nurse in her father’s clinic in rural Alaska. Gwyn is a strong, faith-filled girl who is fighting feelings of inferiority and anger stemming from her mother and younger sister’s seeming abandonment of her and her father years before.
Back in mainland U.S., Dr. Jeremiah Vaughn is facing ruin. His medical license was torn from him after the wife of a rich patron dies while under his care. With his engagement broken off, Jeremiah heads to Alaska hoping to lose himself and all thoughts of the malpractice in a place where no one will find him.
The U.S. government has plans for Alaska, though, and for the hundreds of poor left in the wake of the depression.
While the characters are fictional, the story itself is based on true events. I love reading historical fiction and learning things I never knew about before. I’d never heard of the U.S. governments attempt to settle hundreds of poor people in Alaska. What a daunting task for those immigrants to face. Even today, Alaska would not be the easiest place to live year round.
The book also focuses on learning to forgive. Something I think we all struggle with. It’s easy to say “I forgive you” but harder to actually put those words into action. Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse did an excellent job of bringing the main character to that place and showing, us, the reader, how God works.
This book was a refreshing read, including a little romance (yeah for it not taking over the book!), a little mystery (just enough to keep you reading), and a lot of God. I would definitely recommend it.