Book Review: In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson

in places hidden tracie peterson book review

The synopsis on the back of the book: 

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?

  • Genre: Christian Historical Fiction/Romance
  • Published: 3/2018
  • Pages: 320
  • Goodreads Rating: 4.06
book review in places hidden tracie peterson
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
— Psalm 9:9-10

Why I Chose This Book

I participate in the Bethany House Publishing blogger program. This month I chose In Places Hidden. Partially because Tracie is one of my favorite authors. So, of course, I picked this book!  

First Initial Thoughts

Camri is a young educated teacher that ventures out west to San Francisco to find her brother, Caleb who went missing just three short months ago. She is very worried for her brother, and especially her parents who feel ill to the news of her brother. Camri, oh boy, did she have an opinionated voice. She was very passionate about woman's rights and the opportunity for them to receive an education and career. Now mind you, this was in 1905 so this was starting to be a hot topic in the U.S. Sometimes, I think her opinions got the best of her and she could have held back a little. However, I remember being in my early 20s and being very opinionated on certain topics so I can understand where she was coming from. 

Judith and Kenzie meet Camri on the way to San Francisco and the three form an instant bond. They all house together in Caleb's home. I really enjoyed their individual stories! 

Patrick, an Irish man was Caleb's previous client. He was acquitted of murder. He lives with his sister, Ophelia in the slums of San Francisco. I didn't know what to think of him at first, as he was kind of just "there" in the beginning. 

Out of all characters, I really enjoyed Mr. and Mrs. Wong. They were such a cute Chinese couple and were very attendant to Camri and her friends. They never complained and were always generous. Very attractive qualities! 

Setting

I really enjoyed the setting of San Francisco in the early 20th century. I visited San Francisco in 2011. I really enjoyed my time there! Even though it was downright cold in August. Tracie did a good job in describing the city - from the steep hills, Chinese culture, and chilly weather that frequents the area. I really enjoyed going back to San Francisco even if it was just through a book. 

Paddy, I can’t know for sure exactly how God has everything arranged and planned out. Folks who spend their time worryin’ about such details are missin’ the point. Where God is takin’ us isn’t nearly as important as how we get there. Jesus said in the book o’ John that He’s the only way.
— Patrick's Mother

Final Thoughts

Although I enjoyed the story, this wasn't one of my favorite's from Tracie. I gave it a solid four stars. Not to spoil the story, I will just say that the way Caleb was found, was underwhelming. It felt like the story was leading up to something really major and it didn't really lead up to anything exciting. Also, the way the criminals were treated at the end, it just seemed a little too easy. At least in my opinion. 

I enjoyed Patrick and Camri's romance. I thought it was quite sweet. Though a little rushed, I did enjoy their interactions and Quarles with each other. 

Patrick's sister Ophelia is dying from Tuberculosis. Patrick was angry at God for taking both their parents and now his sister. But I think without his sister, he would have never returned to the Lord after such tumulous times. 

The story emphasizes the fact that God has a plan for you. You may not understand it or agree with it at first, but know that things will turn out ok in the end. He is with you always! 

I would of also liked to see Judith and Kenzie more in the story - or at least developed better. I felt they were there to fill in the story. However, this being a series I can see why it's important to have them in the story, as I am assuming they are going to be in the coming stories. 

Would I Recommend? 

Yes! It's a fun book to pass a Saturday afternoon with. 

 

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Have you ever been to San Francisco? Share your experiences in the comments! 

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time. 

the caffeinated bibliophile

** NOTE: I received this book from Bethany Publishing to review. All opinions are my own.