ALL THINGS HIDDEN
Full of unexpected twists and beautiful scenery, All Things Hidden is an engaging story against a beautiful backdrop. Readers will enjoy both the factual information provided about the 1935 colonization of the Matanuska Valley as well as the fictionalized happenings of that summer. The likable characters are not overly dramatized. While Jeremiah’s secret is frustrating to readers who know the truth, the reveal does not play out as expected. All this, along with the suspense of the protagonist’s story make this novel hard to put down.
Gwyn Hillerman doesn’t know what to expect when she and her father, the only doctor in the area, find out that the U.S. government is starting a colony in their wild valley. After losing his medical license and his fiancée, Jeremiah Vaughn is looking for an escape from his crumbling life in Chicago. He shows up in Alaska to assist Gwyn’s father in the medical clinic, and keeps his secrets tucked away. Soon he is falling in love with Alaska — and Gwyn — but there is someone evil lurking in the valley who wants to ruin Jeremiah and take Gwyn for himself. (BETHANY HOUSE, Jan., 352 pp., $14.99)