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Hidden Places

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  3,108 ratings  ·  307 reviews
A widowed mother of three is desperately trying to keep her family orchard from going under during the Great Depression.
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Published July 1st 2001 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2001)
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Jeannette Garcia
Hidden Places is incredible. It was such a beautiful portrayal of Biblical truth... I was surprised when I realized how much I learned from this book. Such characters as Aunt Batty and Walter Gibson just exuded so much wisdom in their part of the story. Stories like this make you realize how important relationships are... I've never had that great of a relationship with my own father, but I know that above my earthly father I have a Heavenly Father whose love shows no bounds. Lynn Austin is an e ...more
What an incredible read! Lynn's portrayal of the human heart is spot on in every instance!

Hidden Places delved into the hidden places within - healing me in places, challenging me in others, and leaving question for me to answer about myself.

I love Aunt Batty! What an amazing and accurate perspective she has of God. I want to be just like her when I grow up!

Eliza is the woman we so often find ourselves to be - hurt, confused, afraid... Gabe, the wounded hero, is incredible in spite of his mis
Lori Henrich
Loved this story. This is the first book by this author that I have read and it won't be the last. It flowed well, kept me interested, had the enough faith based info without being to preachy or overdone. Someone could easily read this story and be led to the Lord. What I like the most about the flow of the story was that you weren't given the entire past of the characters all at once. Just when I started to wonder about certain aspects of what happened previously it was shared. At times I wante ...more
Rebecca Graf
Heartwarming stories of family, forgiveness, healing, and miracles get me every time. Lynn Austin does a wonderful job in Hidden Places where secrets, anger, and hate find a way to heal with God’s power.

Set during the Great Depression, a young woman finds herself alone raising three children and attempting to manage an apple orchard. Bitterness from her own past as well as the pain inflicted on those around her cause Eliza to turn her back on God. In her eyes, God is punishing her for the many w
Aug 14, 2012 Cali rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good romance
This book is basically your typical romance because you know there's going to be a happy ending, but it did keep me guessing until the end. Throughout the book the characters' pasts are revealed one by one and you learn a little more each time.

I, like most readers, try to figure out where the story is going before it actually gets there. And with this book I would think I had it figured out, but would learn something new about a character and have to change my opinion. So, I had a few ideas abo
Reading a Lynn Austin books is like stepping back a bit in time and sitting down to a home cooked meal, nothing fancy but leaves you satisfied. Her writing about faith and the Lover of our souls always strikes me right to the core. Some parts of the storyline in this book was a bit fanciful but isn't that what reading is all about? An escape, living in a fanciful world? Stories like these always makes me think of my mother who was a farm girl, a devout Christian and who loved to cook. I have not ...more
Jamie Belmudes

I highly recommend this book. It is a clean Christian romance. Lynn did such a wonderful job portraying the characters. I also learned so much from this book. I absolutely love this book. I love the Christian aspect in it and it wasn't to over powering. I didn't expect to get into the book really... I don't even know really why I picked it up at my library. I'm so happy that I did. The story line was so beautiful. The slow romance between Eliza and Gabe was heart warming. Aunt Batty a
I really enjoyed this book. Good "chick flick" in written form :)! Like the other Lynn Austen books, the subject matter is somewhat depressing in a way, but somewhat uplifting at the same time, if that makes any sense. All’s well that ends well :) haha!
Julie Klassen
One of my all time favorite books.
Shari Larsen
Eliza Wyatt has been a widow for barely a year when her father-in-law, Frank Wyatt, owner of Wyatt Orchards, where they all live, passes away suddenly. The country is the years of the Great Depression, and Eliza is struggling to raise her three young children and trying to run the orchard all by herself. Coming to her aid is her late husband's Aunt Betty (who has been called "Aunt Batty" for as long as anyone can remember), and a mysterious stranger, Gabriel Harper, who appears to be a hobo. Gab ...more
This is the second Austin novel I've read and found the style in which it was written, very similar to her other novel 'Eve's Daughters'. I enjoy this author's style and was just as captivated by this Historical Fiction as I was the other. Lynn Austin is a wonderful Christian author who has the talent of intertwining the morals and values of Christianity into her novels without at all being preachy or in your face with religion. These are just nice, clean, works of fiction.

Hidden Places begins a
Generally speaking, I like Lynn Austin books — really like Lynn Austin books! But this one wasn’t at all my favorite. In fact, when assigning a rating to it on Goodreads, I had to go with “it was okay” — a lowly 2-star rating.

I can’t figure out what made this one so mediocre. It’s Austin’s first novel, so maybe with her improved writing in her later books I’ve come to expect more. Maybe it’s because this didn’t delve deep enough into the historical aspects of this book, which is something I’ve c
Shell Belle
This is actually my favorite book of all time. I read it every year. Its for every Christian girl out there who has been disappointed with christian fiction. Hidden Places shows that a novel can be romantic without being shallow and Christian without being cliche. And it actually pulls off the multi-generational plot, which many authors attempt but unfortunately few keep from being tedious or distracting. I will say that the protagonist can be a little harsh, but most the time her drama is quite ...more
Ml Herman
This book was a page turner. I was captivated by every character, but especially Aunt Batty. Her warmth and understanding kept me smiling. I enjoyed how the story was told. I'm not sure I've ever read another book where the story unfolded like it did in this book. Each character's story revealing yet another layer of the whole plot without any regard to a chronological timeline. So interesting and creative.

I chose to give the book only 4 stars because the characters had far fetched lives. Autho
I'm always amazed at the depth Lynn Austin's books hold. The richness of her characters, the way a story line anyone could write becomes a heartfelt journey for the reader, and how you feel you've learned something when you shut the book. "Hidden Places" does every one of those things. Despite the unique situations of the story, Eliza's struggles are so easy to relate to, and the wisdom of Aunt Batty and Walter Gibson are like cool drinks of water in July. I always feel like my walk with God has ...more
Eliza Wyatt is a young widow with three children. Her surly father-in-law has recently died. Her beloved husband died a year before.
The Wyatt Orchard is the source of income for her family. It is their home. It is her source of security. It is the future hope for her children. It is a legacy she had planned to pass on to her children.
Bad business decisions have left her in a bad state.
Meanwhile, a stranger arrives at her door asking to help work the place in exchange for a meal. Eliza's
Elizabeth S
Hidden Places, is from a writing point of view, Lynn Austin's best novel. In fact I would dare to classify it as a classic novel. In many ways I must compare it to Rebecca and anything by Willa Cather. Hidden Places has the same slow, atmospheric build of Rebecca and like Willa Cather involves small town America.
It begs the question about who the main character is? Matthew Wyatt seems to me the one character you never meet and yet he is the one everyone talks about. He is one of the most sympath
Jane Hoppe
What an engaging story! I wanted to root for Eliza and Gabe, but then they each carried so many secrets and so much lifelong anger, I wasn’t so sure they belonged together—or with anyone. But as I read, mysteries unraveled and hidden places became exposed. It became easier to see how they became the people they were and how they might change.

I liked a number of aspects of this book. Aunt Batty, for one. What a memorable, eccentric, funny, saving-grace character! The novel’s exploration of peopl
I really enjoyed this book! The writing style is simple and yet in places elegent and beautiful. The characters are well-developed deeply relatable and very realistic, each with both redeeming qualities and flaws, with both tighly guarded secrets and raw volunerability (don't our secrets make us voulnerable?) It was the tidy ending you were hoping for, but I found it satisfying inspite of being predictable. A thoroughly pleasant reading!
Lauren Storm
I'm normally not a fan of "chick flick" type novels but I loved Hidden Places. The characters were very lovable with the exception of Frank who is clearly meant to be the bad guy. SPOILER ALERT!

Aunt Batty and Walter were two of my favorite characters. Walter was patient and kind trusting God as he prepared to die. The love between him and Aunt Batty was unconditional and beautiful. I wept like a baby when he died. I also love Aunt Batty with her love for God and others. Her quirkiness is a plus
I'm a member of an online group that discusses Christian fiction. There have been a couple of posts recently about Lynn Austin's book, Hidden Places. So, I had to find out what all of the talk was about.

Wow!! What a powerful story.

The characters are so realistic. The author has a gift for writing that makes the story flow effortlessly without being wordy. At times I got so wrapped up in the storyline that I felt like I was a part of the novel.

Oftentimes, I can predict the ending of book, but I

I thought it was a good book. I loved aunt batty from the beginning. It was worth the read . Very serious though and predictable and surprising at times. There could have been more romance.
If you liked Cold Sassy Tree or These is my Words, you'll like this book. I loved it!! Didn't get much done around the house till I was done reading it.
Shirley Hanson

This is a wonderful book. I'm glad that I have discovered this author. Lynn Austin makes a story come alive!
This book came as a recommendation from my MIL who "absolutely loved it" and said it is now one if her all time favorite books. This book takes place during the Great Depression and is about a widowed mother who's father-in-law has just passed away leaving her the caretaker of the family's orchard. Wondering how she will run an orchard, help comes in the form of two "guardian angels"; her husband's "old aunt Batty" and wandering hobo Gabriel Harper. The story is told from Eliza's point of view a ...more
Ruby Hudson
Great Book. One of my favorites. Loved this era.
Brenda Roberson
HIDDEN PLACES is a story about how secrets, anger, and hate can only be healed with the help of God’s power and love. Set during the Great Depression, a young woman finds herself alone raising three children and attempting to manage an apple orchard after her husband and father-in-law both died. But through it all, Eliza discovers there is more in hidden places than what appears to the naked eye.

This is a story of God’s love and forgiveness and how to apply His Word in our lives no matter how ba
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This book is definitely a Keeper, meaning I'll listen to it again...but not too soon, as it's not an easy read. The difficulties the characters face are very real, in the context of each of their lives, and given their depth, the going was sometimes quite painful, even disturbing, particularly the unremittingness of the abuse various characters endured. I've sat with enough women living in abusive marriages to know just how trapped they can become, so I can totally see how Lillian ended up takin ...more
I don't usually read Christian fiction but my mother picked this up at the library and highly recommended it to me. I was just finishing one book and decided to pick this up before it's due date. It really was delightful. I noted that the book had won a Christy award (named for Catherine Marshall's book).

The setting is 1930s in the country and certain made me think of The Andy Griffith show. These are not all the kind of characters from that show though, a couple of them are quite despicable bu
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For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career. When her husband's work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A. she'd earned at Southern Connecticut State University to become a teacher. After returning to the U.S., the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later ...more
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“I've seen spring come to the orchard every year as far back as I can remember and I've never grown tired of it. Oh, the wonder of it! The outrageous beauty! God didn't have to give us cherry blossoms you know. He didn't have to make apple trees and peach trees burst into flower and fragrance. But God just loves to splurge. He gives us all this magnificence and then, if that isn't enough, He provides fruit from such extravagance.” 19 likes
“We need to be angels for each other, to give each other strength and consolation. Because only when we fully realize that the cup of life is not only a cup of sorrow but also a cup of joy will we be able to drink it.’’ HENRI NOUWEN” 2 likes
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