The Positive Power of Community {Book Review – All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse}

The Positive Power of Community {Book Review – All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse}

I love historical fiction. History fascinates me, and even with reasonable liberties taken, a good author can retell historical events through the power of a fictional character’s story.The Positive Power of Community {Book Review – All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse}

All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse (Bethany House, 2014) introduces us to Gwyn Hillerman, a young nurse who lives and works with her father (a doctor) on the Alaskian frontier in 1935. Gwyn’s mother abandoned Gwyn and her father, deciding a high society life of status and conveniences in Chicago outweighed living a life of real purpose. Meanwhile, Jeremiah Vaughn, a young doctor in Chicago, is wrongfully accused of malpractice and stripped of his medical license. When he receives an invitation from Dr. Hillerman to join him in Alaska, he accepts the fresh start. Will Gwyn and the good doctor refuse Jeremiah if they find out the truth?

This novel focuses on the relationships—relationships between native Alaskans and the Hillerman family, the natives and the new “colonists,” Jeremiah and Dr. Hillerman, Jeremiah and Gwyn. The side relationships are often as interesting as the main love relationship plot.

As any story needs, this book has conflict, and the “bad guy” the authors write is truly despicable. I cringed each time he came on the scene.

Themes of trust and community regularly surface in this book. A few times, I felt the narration was a bit too direct in telling the circumstances rather than showing (through inner dialogue rather than action), particularly with character motives. This novel also seemed a bit more “preachy” compared to other Christian fiction I’ve read, but the themes and truths remain inspirational.

“Even with all her fears, worries, and selfish pride, God was wiling to use her.” – p. 43

This novel is a good read, especially for remembering how a community of people can come together to overcome challenges.

“How could they conquer prejudice and hate when fear made them so quick to judge?” – p. 245

How have you witnessed the positive power of community in your life?

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I did not received any other compensation.