IN HIDDEN PLACES, by Tracie Peterson, Bethany Press

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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?

Out March 6, 2018

MY THOUGHTS:

I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review..

Once again, a gorgeous cover!

This is a Christian book that showed the MC’s faith growing as the book progressed.  There is political intrigue, mystery and murder.  Three women team up to help each other out with their problems, a decision made on their journeys to San Francisco.

A new series started by this author, but not a new author. Experienced writing era books, this author once again doesn’t fail to produce quality and well plotted story-lines.  This book of the series, focuses on Camri’s search for her brother.

I want to note that not all aspects to this era piece had been researched completely, but those faults are basic and probably won’t be noticed by the majority of readers.  Some aspects are a bit unrealistic and stretched to fit the timeframe this era piece sits in. With that said, it still reads well.  Pace is steady and creative, allowing a well-crafted plot to develop and divulge critical information necessary to the succession of the story.

Twists and turns are perfectly placed to keep the reader engaged.  Throughout this book, you’ll read about a class system and prejudices against the Irish and the Chinese. This often made me angry while reading passages of the prose pertaining to those two topics. I didn’t find fault with most of this writing; it seemed well-researched.

Pace moves forward quickly with the MC hurtling toward her goals with the help and support of the secondary characters.  I really enjoyed Camri’s feelings and thoughts toward women’s rights and education for women. Both these topics were handled well and added to Camri’s character arc development.

There is a romance element, Camri and Patrick, that doesn’t detract from the main plot. It’s written well and didn’t annoy me.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone interested in historical fiction.

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