Friday, March 23, 2018

In Places Hidden: Golden Gate Secrets

Hello!  Tart of Darkness by Denise Swanson will be out on April 3 along with Wedding Cake Crumble by Jenn McKinlay and The Road Home by Beverly Lewis.  So many wonderful new books coming out in the next few weeks.

In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson is the first novel in the Golden Gate Secrets series.  Camriann “Camri” Coulter has journeyed to San Francisco in late November of 1905 to locate her missing brother, Caleb.  On the journey she meets Judith Gladstone and Kenzie Gifford.  Each woman has their own quest that has brought them to San Francisco.  The three women decide to pool their resources and help one other.  They move into Caleb’s house and Kenzie helps them obtain jobs at her cousin’s candy factory.  Caleb has been missing for over three months.  Camri begins her search by speaking with Caleb’s boss, Mr. Henry Ambrewster.  It seems Caleb took Patrick Murdock, a local contractor being tried for murder, as a client and got a not guilty verdict which angered some bigwigs in the city.  What lengths would these high-powered individuals go to silence Caleb?  Camri teams up with Patrick to discover her brother’s whereabouts and uncover the corrupt people responsible. 

In Places Hidden is well-written and it has some interesting characters.  Kenzie’s candy maker cousin, George Lake is a quirky individual with exacting standards (he is very twitchy).  Camri is an intelligent woman who believes in education and suffrage (she likes to pontificate on the value of education especially).  I was happy to see her alter some of her opinions and behavior by the end of the book.  I had a little trouble getting into the story, but once I did, I was curious to see how matters would play out.  I did feel we were given too much backstory on each of the ladies.  Since each woman (Judith, Camri and Kenzie) will have their own book, we did not need so much detail on Judith and Kenzie in this installment.  It made for a tedious beginning.  The Christian elements are strong throughout the book especially having faith in God to get a person through the troublesome times in life.  I felt the romance between Camri and Patrick proceeded at a little too quickly.  Since In Places Hidden is part of a series, I felt the author could have let their romance progress at a slower speed (which would have been in keeping with the time period). I will be curious to see how Judith and Kenzie’s stories unfold.  In Places Hidden is a light, historical romance with touch of intrigue that will appeal to Tracie Peterson’s fans.  The next book in the Golden Gate Secrets series is In Dreams Forgotten which will have Judith's story.  In Dreams Forgotten will be out on July 3, 2018.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I will be back tomorrow with my review of The Library, the Witch and the Warder by Mindy Klasky.  I hope you have a very special day.  Take care of yourself and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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