Sunday, February 16, 2014

Book Review- All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

I love history! I will read a historical book about almost anything and absolutely love historical fiction. The book "All Things Hidden" details the Matanuska Colonization that took place in Alaska as a response to the Great Depression. 200 families were chosen to settle an area in Alaska, given homes and land. This story tells of some of the challenges they faced through the eyes of the main character Gywn, a young woman who helps her father, a doctor treat the newcomers and native people of Alaska.

Gywn has a lot of baggage, a mother and sister who deserted Alaska and her for the good life in Chicago. Gywn also has a problem with worry and there are a lot of great quotes from her adopted grandmother about this. My only complaint with this book was the character Clarence who seemed like he was interjected because there needed to be a bad guy.

I think there was enough drama with the settlers, their health, Gywn's mother and sister, prejudice, Gwyn's relationship with Jeremiah, even the weather. This character was just not necessary. I wish the author had developed the story with Gywn's mother and resolved that- I really wanted to know how they felt about Gywn's marriage and if the prayers of many had wrought any changes.

I would recommend this book mostly because of the rich history, the story was just ok.

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