Forever Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse: Book Review
About the book:
Title: Forever Hidden
Authors: Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: January 7, 2020
For Havyn Powell, growing up on her grandfather Chuck Bondrant’s dairy outside the 1904 gold-rush boomtown of Nome, Alaska, offered all she needed. She had the love of her mother, two sisters, and grandfather. But now, at 23, Havyn realizes the stability of her life may soon vanish. Havyn is determined to find a way to keep the family together, but her grandfather’s health is declining and everyone seems to be holding secrets from each other, including the handsome, dark-haired stranger who recently arrived.
John Roselli arrives in Nome looking for a steady, consistent job. He has grown tired of the promises of getting rich quick and just wants an honest job with honest pay. His grandfather once knew a Chuck Bondrant, and so when John arrives at the dairy, he’s quickly offered a job–and a path to more if he wants it.
Havyn’s plan for helping out the family means using her beautiful singing voice and her sisters’ musical talent at a local roadhouse. They’re an immediate hit, and it looks like her plan will be a success. But the spotlight brings with it dangerous eyes that covet Havyn and are jealous as she and John grow ever closer. But will they realize the peril before it’s too late?
This author duo has struck a chord with my reader brain. I love the detailed settings they include and the journeys they always require of their characters. Havyn and her sisters, life has never been truly easy. They have a loving mother and grandfather, but after losing their father, they’re somewhat bereft.
I’ve noticed myself picking up a lot of books where the characters are required to forgive, and this one was no different. There’s a level of agony in the decision to let go of your anger and accept that forgiveness is more for yourself than for the person who’s done you wrong. That fact comes easier for some of the sisters than it does others.
When I first started reading, I thought I knew where the story was going. I was partially right, and I loved where I was wrong.
Havyn and her sisters have been shaped by their past, and the eldest, Madison, has quite the temper. She refuses to trust anyone except family, and with all the secrets floating around in their midst, everything will be thrown into chaos. That’s one thing about secrets…they never stay buried.
John is handed a big job when Chuck asks him to help with the dairy. He won’t understand just how big a job until later. Much like we don’t know the extent of what God will ask of us right away.
I’m anxious to read the next book in this series. If you enjoy historical romance with strong, bold characters, give this book a try.
I requested a copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.