This month, Tracie Peterson brings us a new historical romance, In Places Hidden. The story takes place in San Francisco in 1905 and the city is booming so it contains many exciting new gems as well as a darker element that play into the plots of this book. Three women met on a train as they are traveling to San Francisco. Each have a mission that they are on, and they decide to work together and pool their resources to accomplish their goals. Camrianne Coulter, usually going by Camri, is the main character and she is on her way to find her missing brother, a successful attorney. The story starts in late November and Caleb has been missing for about three months. With her parents health failing and sick from worry they send her to try to find out what has happened to their son. Kenzi Gifford was stood up at the alter on her wedding day, and she is looking to find peace of mind and heart. Her mother’s cousin runs a chocolate factory and she is hoping to work there as she makes a new life. Judith Gladstone had thought that she had no extended family, but after her parents deaths she discovers a letter that mentions a sister of her mothers that lived once in San Francisco. She is making this trip in hopes of finding this mysterious Edith Whitley and trying to understand why she was never mentioned within her family.
The women agree that finding Caleb is the most urgent matter so Camri invites them all to stay at his home as they begin the search. Caleb’s hired hands are Mr and Mrs Wong and Camri soon finds that they are having financial problems keeping up with living expenses without Caleb being around. Kenzi is able to get jobs for all of them at the chocolate factory and the three women begin using their earnings for food and other household expenses to keep things running as normal as possible.
Camri meets with Caleb’s employer and finds out that one of his most recent legal cases was getting an Irish man by the name of Patrick Murdock found innocent of a false murder charge. With all of the political corruption going on in the city, Camri needs to find out who she can trust and who might be lying to her for a variety of reasons. The more friends of Caleb that she meets, the more stories seem to conflict and the further away she seems to finding her brother.
This story holds many plots to keep the reader turning the page. Some plots are connections to the underlying mysteries and some show the growth of the characters. Camri has a lot of growing to do and she finds that she is constantly saying the wrong things to the people who are trying to help her. She was raised to hold education for women as extremely important and she is steadfast in her role as fighting for the suffrage movement. As she gets to know Kenzi and Judith better she makes many statements about the need for strength and independence. Sometimes these comments come off as being harsh and lacking in compassion for her new-found friends upbringings. Camri is a good person in heart, but she continues to try to find a midway between her own beliefs and trying to understand others perspectives.
Between the character development and the surprising twists and turns with the plots and character interactions, this is a great book to read. This is the first book in the new Golden Gate Secrets series, and you won’t want to miss out on this historical trip into understanding what the major cities were encountering as they grew. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did.
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Disclosure: Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with an advance complimentary copy of this ebook for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.