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Golden Gate Secrets #1

In Places Hidden

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On her way to San Francisco to find her brother, Caleb, who went missing three months ago, Camriann Coulter meets Judith and Kenzie, who both have their own mysteries to solve in the booming West Coast city. The women decide to help each other, including rooming together and working at Kenzie's cousin's chocolate factory.

Camri's search for her brother, an attorney, leads her deep into the political corruption of the city--and into the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock, a handsome Irishman who was saved from a false murder charge by Caleb. Patrick challenges all of Camri's privileged beliefs, but he knows more about what happened to her brother than anyone else. Together, they move closer to the truth behind Caleb's disappearance. But as the stakes rise and threats loom, will Patrick be able to protect Camri from the dangers he knows lie in the hidden places of the city?

320 pages, Paperback

First published March 1, 2018

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Tracie Peterson

208 books2,581 followers
Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

pen name: Janelle Jamison

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Profile Image for Michelle.
896 reviews37 followers
March 22, 2018
I have read so many of Tracie's books so I pay attention when she starts a new series. I was intrigued by this story since it is set in San Francisco. This isn't a very long book and really just a quick light read. For me, I didn't love the characters in this story. I loved the setting but other than that I wasn't drawn into their lives, or sympathetic to their situation.
While I have enjoyed many of Tracie's previous books, her latest stories have really fallen flat for me. The stories don't have much depth and are all together predictable. I know that Tracie is a talented author, and she has a huge fan base. I just feel like she is trying to put out so many books in a year that the quality of her work has turned into light and fast reads that don't hold a ton of depth. As a long time reader I am slightly disappointed. BUT I know she can write a gem of a story so I will hold out hope that one of her future books will be something to treasure!

"I received this book from Bethany House to review. All opinions are my own."
Profile Image for Andrea Cox.
Author 3 books1,634 followers
September 17, 2020
The search for truth was beautifully on display in this story of a young woman’s hunt for her missing brother. Hard work and diligence were the backbone of this book, but it was the quest for truth that stood out the most to me. This is always such a crucial thing, to learn what is true about circumstances and actions around us. It’s neat to see this written well in an entertaining story threaded through with hope, diversity, and strength of character.

Content: alcohol, dance hall, dance hall girls, sensuality
Profile Image for Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa).
2,195 reviews172 followers
March 10, 2019
Friends are found in the most unexpected places. Three young women meet on a train ride to San Francisco in the early 1900's. All three are searching for something and in the process find each other. Their love and friendship for each other help them face the unexpected and endure trials.

Camri is searching for her brother who has gone missing. Judith is searching for the family that has been kept hidden from her and Kenzie is looking for peace after being left at the altar.d This book mainly focuses on Camri. Each of the young women, however, are very present in the story.

This book was interesting to read. It was a little slow for me at times. I vacillated between a 3.5 and a 4-star rating.

Source: I borrowed a copy of this book from Kindle Unlimited.
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217 reviews5 followers
February 16, 2018
I did not enjoy this book due to its inconsistencies, unbalanced series start, and highly unlikeable protagonist.

My main critique is inconsistency. From dialects to character behavior norms, from social niceties to basic sentence structure, there were countless moments where I felt more time with editing or attention to detail could have cleaned up the writing. These details had a negative impact on how the book was read and distracted me from the flow of the story.

I also thought it was an unbalanced series start. The Golden Gate series appears to be a triology, with three friends and one book each. But there was a deluge of backstory for every minor character right from the beginning, instead of introducing them and saving backstories for their own book. It left me wondering how many facts and details we will hear again in subsequent books.

Finally, from the very beginning Camri was simply an unlikeable protagonist. She was self-righteous, proselytized, and lectured her friends and acquaintances. I think Camri was supposed to be a well-meaning embodiment of an early feminist, but her uncaring pretension amidst those less educated than herself hindered the actual message of feminism throughout the narrative without a redemptive resolution.

So while the story itself ended up being ok and I love a good book about female friendships and faith, readers would have to put up with far too many shortcomings to get there. In my opinion, Peterson’s team writing works are better reads.

*I received a copy for review from the publisher through Booklist.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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Author 4 books73 followers
May 29, 2018
Why I Choose This Book:

Miss Tracie's books are really hit or miss for me - either I am delighted at how she weaves the story together with the history of that day, or else I'm annoyed by the romances and can't stand the book. This one is set in San Fransico, a city I actually like, and therefore I decided to give it ago. (I don't like a ton of cities, folks, I'm so much more of a country/small town girl.)

What I Thought:

First off, I'm quite amused that every other chapter in the book they were talking about how dangerous San Fransico is. In fact, I felt like we didn't get much of a glimpse into the world building there, except for the dangerous side. Which, considering the book is about her brother who totally disappeared, I guess that makes sense. It simply made me laugh that I was like "Oh, I like this city so I'll read this book" and then the book was like "This is a scary and dangerous place to be."

Land sakes, people. The main character. Sheesh, she was one little stuck up snob, but not in the way that characters are generally stuck up snobs. It actually tickled me as much as it ticked me because she was really well written. And her character arch was really good. And she was all around a character who seemed very believable. But wow, she still has a far piece to come.

There were a few things that confused me - like why the main girl needed to get a job right away. It eventually made some sense to me, but I wish the need would have been developed more.

The friendship between the girls was nice, and somewhat of a spin on how I feel a lot of books are. The writing was descriptive. The facts well-displayed. It was interesting to immerse myself in that time period and realize how much has changed in the last 115 years.

I really liked this book, to the point where I would have given it four stars if it weren't for four things:
1. The romance - most of the book it was fine and I didn't mind it, but then at the end, it moved way too fast and I wanted to roll my eyes and be like "Yo! You don't know each other so slow it down"
2. There were so many points of views. I know this is totally a preference here, but I have a really hard time when I get to know exactly what's going on in everybody's head. For instance, several of the characters think one guy is bad, but instead of letting the reader try and figure it out for themselves, we hop over into that guy's head and find out if he's bad or not. That took away a lot of the mystery and suspense for me
3. There was a little bit with the conclusion of the mystery that made me feel cheated. We'd come so far to figure it out and then poof! Mystery solved just like that
4. The writing wasn't tight. Sometimes I think that when an author gets really good, they kind of ride on their own success, instead of ensuring that each book is as polished as it really should be


This book isn't one I would recommend for anyone under the age of sixteen. Part of the story takes place inside a brothel, which didn't go into much detail, but still. Also, there's some violence, but nothing detailed or creepy.

*Thanks to the publishing house for giving me a copy to review
Profile Image for Kelly Bridgewater.
1,006 reviews36 followers
March 7, 2018
In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson is my second book I have read by Peterson. I do enjoy her ability to write a story rich in history with enjoyable characters. Historical romance is my second genre of choice. I know a good historical romance will be filled with likeable characters and a different time period than today.

Peterson's writing was clear and concise. I can see why she has written so many books. While some of her books don't interest me, I was interested in this San Francisco story because it takes place in the beginning of the twentieth century. Her setting in the house and around the town of San Francisco filled my imagination. I had no problem imagining her setting and watching the characters roam through the story.

The romance between Camrianne Coulter and Patrick appeared to be very fast for my taste. They were moving along in the story, trying to solve where the missing brother is and then about eight-five percent into the story, Peterson throws in the sparks for a budding romance. It just didn't fit with the tone of the story up to that moment. It appeared to come out of nowhere. Then they were on the way to the altar.

The plot has been seen before too. I have read a number of stories that have shady parts of town where they take someone illegally away and forced them into slave labor or worse. It is a popular story in historical or contemporary stories. The return of Caleb is also unrealistic too. I think the part should have handled better. It felt cheap.

While these elements bothered me, I really enjoyed the story, and it was enjoyable. I liked spending time with Patrick and Camrianne. I really can't wait to see Judith and Kenzie's story, which I assume will be the next two books in the series. In Places Hidden was a good attempt at a twentieth century historical cozy mystery.

Fans of Peterson's other novels and fans of historical novels or cozy mysteries might enjoy this book.

Overall, In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson is a captivating twentieth century historical mystery. While the plot may have been done a number of times, I really enjoyed spending time with the characters and the plot.

I received a complimentary copy of In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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2,814 reviews469 followers
March 23, 2018
This read had me mesmerized, and quickly page-turning, and I had to have answers. Now I’m looking for the next book in this series, and hope those who are so evil get there just due.
What a wild, sinful, and immoral city San Francisco was, and although this is a fictional book, it does have a lot of historical fact.
Can you image back in the early 1900’s receiving, or not hearing from your brother who is about two thousand miles away, and not knowing where he is, or if he is even alive. This is why Camri Coulter is in the West, and she meets two women while traveling there, in rather dire circumstances, and takes them under her wing and offers them shelter.
So many life lessons here, and you will be quickly caught up in this story, with evil so prominent you will have to wonder who is going to come out alive at the end. So many people hurt, and why? Greed.
Don’t miss this one!

I received this book through the Publisher Bethany House reviewer program, and was not required to give a positive review.

Profile Image for Kristina.
3,438 reviews59 followers
March 20, 2018
In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson is the first novel in the Golden Gate Secrets series. Camriann “Camri” Coulter has journeyed to San Francisco in late November of 1905 to locate her missing brother, Caleb. On the journey she meets Judith Gladstone and Kenzie Gifford. Each woman has their own quest that has brought them to San Francisco. The three women decide to pool their resources and help one other. They move into Caleb’s house and Kenzie helps them obtain jobs at her cousin’s candy factory. Caleb has been missing for over three months. Camri begins her search by speaking with Caleb’s boss, Mr. Henry Ambrewster. It seems Caleb took Patrick Murdock, a local contractor being tried for murder, as a client and got a not guilty verdict which angered some bigwigs in the city. What lengths would these high-powered individuals go to silence Caleb? Camri teams up with Patrick to discover her brother’s whereabouts and uncover the corrupt people responsible.

In Places Hidden is well-written and it has some interesting characters. Kenzie’s candy maker cousin, George Lake is a quirky individual with exacting standards (he is very twitchy). Camri is an intelligent woman who believes in education and suffrage (she likes to pontificate on the value of education especially). I was happy to see her alter some of her opinions and behavior by the end of the book. I had a little trouble getting into the story, but once I did, I was curious to see how matters would play out. I did feel we were given too much backstory on each of the ladies. Since each woman (Judith, Camri and Kenzie) will have their own book, we did not need so much detail on Judith and Kenzie in this installment. It made for a tedious beginning. The Christian elements are strong throughout the book especially having faith in God to get a person through the troublesome times in life. I felt the romance between Camri and Patrick proceeded at a little too quickly. Since In Places Hidden is part of a series, I felt the author could have let their romance progress at a slower speed (which would have been in keeping with the time period). I will be curious to see how Judith and Kenzie’s stories unfold. In Places Hidden is a light, historical romance with touch of intrigue that will appeal to Tracie Peterson’s fans.
2,896 reviews1,727 followers
April 17, 2018
3.5 stars

While I found In Places Hidden an enjoyable read, there were some elements of the story that kept me at arms length so this is going to be a bit of a mixed-bag review.

Love the setting -- San Francisco, 1905 which is just a year before the famous earthquake and subsequent fires that claimed so many lives and destroyed 80 % of the city. And since this is the first book in a series it looks like Camri and company are in for some challenging times ahead.

And I love that Camri is an unorthodox heroine. An educated college teacher and an ardent suffragette, it's no surprise that she travels across the country to search for her missing brother. But though she is God-fearing, she's also proud and opinionated and quick to dismiss others concerns as less than her own. And she doesn't have a filter -- she just bursts out with what she's thinking in a superior, "I'm highly educated and you are not" kind of way. It grated on me after awhile because though Camri recognizes what she is doing, she doesn't stop. There is some growth towards the end of the book but it was a long row to hoe before we got there.

Camri befriends two young women on the journey to San Francisco and this is as much their story as hers. Both Judith and Kenzie have their own problems and the three friends commit to pooling their resources to help each other out. Peterson sets out their backstories and challenges in preparation for future novels in the series -- In Dreams Forgotten releases in July 2018 and In Times Gone By releases in September 2018 -- so it's neat that these books are being released so close together as there are carry over plot elements that left me on tenterhooks at the end of this one.

Irish American Patrick Murdock is a gem of a hero. Fiercely loyal, dedicated to his sister and restoring his family's name and business...and just as determined to discover what happened to Camri's brother. In some ways these two are exact opposites. Camri -- refined and educated. Patrick -- self-taught and rough around the edges. But they share a deep-rooted stubbornness and love of family. There's definitely clashing of wills and gnashing of teeth at times on their rocky road to romance!

I don't know if it was just me going into this read assuming it was a suspense, but the mystery around Caleb's disappearance is where things fell apart for me. It seems to be the central theme when you read the synopsis and it's what drives Camri across the country. However, once she arrives in San Francisco, I found her search to be rather passive. She makes some overtures but seems content to let various men look into the matter for her which is contrary to her suffragette woman-are-equal-to-men beliefs. And there are major parts of the plot that take place 'off page' and are related in dialogue later which was anticlimactic for me.

While I did find In Places Hidden (great title tie-in, by the way) a compelling read, it felt more like I was hearing about the events instead of living them -- if that makes any sense. I just wasn't as emotionally engaged as I usually am in a story.
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110 reviews14 followers
March 20, 2018
Book Review: In Places Hidden

Mystery! Romance! Political corruption, deception, wealth, poverty, a tear-jerker, Christian historical fiction has been exceeded in quality by this novel! Tracie Peterson has set the bar higher, and I’m so excited to tell you a little about her book, “In Places Hidden”, Golden Gate Secrets book 1. The cover art is BEAUTIFUL, too!
The 3 characters you meet first are Camri, Judith, and Kenzie. Camri irritated me as I read each new chapter. Camri is self-centered, without much Godly wisdom, and inconsiderate of other's desires and opinions about matters. One might even say she's haughty. Judith is from a poor family, an only child, but very much a woman with good manners and an easy going personality. Kenzie is middle-class, her upbringing was both easy and hard work, helping her dad in his shop. Kenzie is recovering from a humiliating rejection from her fiance.
Each woman matures and their personalities develop into deeper, more meaningful characters. I liked that a lot.
I liked the sermon preached at Caleb's church in San Francisco. He said the Jews hoped for a fierce Messiah who would set them free, and set everything right again, but they did not expect their King to show up as Jesus. Jesus DID set all who will trust in Him, free, and He makes everything right again. When Jesus returns, he will be fierce and full of fury and judgement. Look up and hope for His blessed appearing, for at that time we will be truly set free and live eternally in Heaven with God the Father, and Jesus his only begotten Son the Savior.
The exchanges between Patrick and Camri are amusing to watch, as she demurs and then slowly begins to
see her faults and work through her pride. We all have that hurdle to jump, and Mrs. Peterson adeptly
arranges the story to open readers towards self-examination, in my opinion.
The candy factory job is a whole story unto itself, and the characters involved are colorful, interesting, and
sometimes provide risible enjoyment. I found myself smiling and chuckling at some of the situations.
George Lake at work is like a crazed twittering sparrow.
Political machinations, corruption, and one person's trust in another vaporizing with new questions and
more factors to consider. The twists and turns of the plot will draw you in and capture you. I've enjoyed reading EVERY chapter of this book so far!
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402 reviews4 followers
April 26, 2018
In Places Hidden is my very first book by Tracie Peterson. I came upon this novel during a giveaway and the name of the book caught my attention and as a historical fiction lover, I could not let it pass me by.

The story starts with Camri's arrival to San Francisco. Since her brother gone missing and her parents felt sick, a young girl takes the matter of her brother's search into her own hands. On her way to San Fransisco she meets Kenzie and Judith, and after short acquaintances, Camri invites them to stay at her brother's house. During her stay in the city, she meets Caleb's friends who help Camri with her mission.

In Places Hidden is a sweet and quick read. It combines a little mystery, heartbreaks, and a love story (is) in its 200+ pages. It also introduces the reader to woman empowerment, religion and difference ethnicity classes in the early 1900s. I enjoyed the story and the characters, however, I was left with so many unanswered questions at the end of the book. I would usually complain about it, but taking to account that this is a first novel of the series, I hope out lovely author will answer my questions in the next book.

I received this book from Bethany House Pub for an honest review.
467 reviews48 followers
April 23, 2018
In Places Hidden is book one in the Golden Gates Secrets series by Tracie Peterson. Tracey Peterson has outdone herself again. She has written a book that captures you right from the start and doesn't let go until the very end. I felt as though I was part of this story. This story is packed with faith, love, determination, stubbornness, and so much more. I loved Camri and her role in the story and how she changed. I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series.
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707 reviews36 followers
July 26, 2019
Do you ever pick up a book and realize right away that the main character may be super educated, but she's a dumb bitch when it comes to real life associations with people who are not as educated (or rather, educated in the same way) or have different life goals? BOY. I hated Camri for sure for the first half of this book. By the time the second half rolled around, I was less inclined to hate her and more inclined to go "she's seriously doing this? She's so irresponsible." Also, Camrianne (which was spelled differently on the back cover and within the book itself) is explained as "a combination of my parent's names, Cameron and Anne." *gags* It's a terrible name. Made me think of import cars.

I liked Patrick well enough. How he fell for such a bitch is a mystery to me, but, alas, that is the story. I did appreciate that the author mentioned that THE IRISH were treated really poorly in the states. Hell. People hated the Irish all over. People have been racist shits since shortly after the dawn of time. I hate when people gloss over how people treated and still treat other nationalities based on their stereotypes and inability to speak English and their religions and skin colors and junk in the past and present and pretend that it's only black people and other "People of Color" who have been treated poorly in the past and present. "No Irish or Jews need apply" Yeah. Tell me again how white people have always been the master race. (And no, that was not an invitation for angry people to preach at me.)

I had a few plot holes that bothered me. And, really. The major plot thing that bothered me was the ease in which the Caleb arc was tied up. I've been salty about it all day.


Camri was not a nice lady for a portion of the book. And not because she's not a lady. She's a stuck-up bitch masquerading as a lady. I was so angry 8% of the way through when she starts putting words into her new friends' mouths about why they made their life decisions. Honestly, Camri reminded me of a lot of people who can't figure out why a woman would avoid being labeled as a feminist. She can't see that everyone has their own life goals and it's not just that they didn't get handed the gift of schooling on a silver platter with a silver spoon stuffed down their throat their entire life. It's because if every single human had the same life goal, there would be a lot less diversity in the world. Think about it. If every single woman wanted to stay home and raise a dozen babies and be the best homemaker they could be, all the women who have accomplished things like being the first woman in space and being a chemist and inventing things may not have happened. Women have always had different interests. By trying to shove her own opinions down her newfound friends' throats, she risked alienating them. She insinuated that Patrick was a moron because he dropped out of school. Hell. He wasn't a moron, he'd done a lot of building. That takes its own kind of smarts. Just because someone doesn't go to college or finish high school doesn't make them less of a person. Since graduating high school and college myself, I've met a good number of people NOW who haven't graduated high school. I've met plenty who quit college. Does it make them less of a person or stupid? No. You don't need schooling to cook good food and do a lot of things. You might do well to further educate yourself, but some of those billionaires dropped out of college and they seem to have done well for themselves. Every single person is different and I was so angry with Camri for believing that everyone was going to be able to go to school and learn things. I hated school, but I somehow managed to finish college. I wouldn't go back for the world and when I have kids of my own? I'm not going to shove college education into their faces and force them to do what I want them to do. I'm not going to make them be college grads if they don't want to. She didn't see how nasty she was being to her friends while she said the words, and it took a long time for her to figure out that her ridiculous amount of pride had given her a prejudice against people who hadn't gone to college.

And, the fact that her PARENTS and GRANDPARENTS had all apparently gone to college just baffled me. I'm okay with her sister being a scientist, because Marie Curie was around somewhere before this, I believe. I'm just baffled at three generations of college grads. Especially since it's insinuated that her parents are older (I'm assuming sixties). I didn't realize there were that many colleges for women back then. Maybe I need to do some research, but it seems outlandish.

The book had sounded super good when I picked it up, but I almost set it down when Camri opened her mouth at 8%. I was waiting for a physical bitchslap, but I was content with a few verbal bitchslaps. I wanted to like it, but Camri killed it for me. As well as a few other things. Mostly Camri.

I liked the run into the San Francisco history, because it's such a rich, fascinating time period. SO MUCH corruption. Danger at every single corner (at least that's the vibe this book gives off. Obviously there wasn't so much danger that people left the city in droves), yet it was a civilized city with the trolleys and Nob Hill. I'd love to go back in time and see San Francisco in this heyday.
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Author 49 books232 followers
January 12, 2023
This was a good book. The kissing occasionally went a little too descriptive for my liking. The narrator did an amazing job with the accents.
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506 reviews6 followers
March 20, 2018
I was drawn to this book by the cover. I liked the costume and the mystery that the hat eludes to as well as the colors. I was also drawn to the book by the blurb and the author. However, I finished the book feeling disappointed.

First off, I liked the secondary characters better than the main character. Camri was ok but at times I felt like she was a bit much with her pushing education. Judith and Kenzie, her two new friends, seemed much more realistic and down-to-earth. I did like that Camri discovered there was more to education than just learning from books. Her two friends and Patrick, the Irishman, helped teach her that there were more ways to learn and be smart than from just books. The relationship between Patrick and Camri didn't seem all that believable to me either. Something about them together just didn't feel genuine.

As to the story itself, I found it not that interesting. I liked the beginning when the ladies arrived in San Francisco but after that, I found the story to be slow paced at times and it seemed to have a lot of lag in it. I found myself becoming bored with it and putting the book down to do other things. The big climax of the story was rather disappointing too. I expected more than what I got. By the end of the book, I was just wanting to be done with it to read something more appealing.

While this book wasn't one of my favorites I would still be interested in reading the others in the series. I want to read more about Judith and Kenzie and am hoping their stories will be told in future books. Fans of the author and the genre may find this book entertaining but it just wasn't for me.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and wasn't required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
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1,043 reviews42 followers
August 5, 2018
Good story, lots of twists in the mystery part of it. I appreciated Camri's change in perspective & liked Patrick right away.
"Now aren't ye a brazen one? Why, you're just as bold as any Irish lass." "Maybe so, but I've learned in life - especially being a woman -that if I don't ask questions, I don't get answers."
1,327 reviews9 followers
March 10, 2020
It is very common for this author’s books to be action-packed. This one started out that way and continued through the whole book. I love how people showed the love of Jesus in the way they lived their lives and rescued people from harm even if it meant harm came to them. Very well done!
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Author 13 books28 followers
April 21, 2018
On her way to San Francisco to find her brother, Caleb, who went missing three months ago, Camriann Coulter meets Judith and Kenzie, who both have their own mysteries to solve in the booming West Coast city. The women decide to help each other, including rooming together and working at Kenzie’s cousin’s chocolate factory.

Camri’s search for her brother, an attorney, leads her deep into the political corruption of the city–and into the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock, a handsome Irishman who was saved from a false murder charge by Caleb. Patrick challenges all of Camri’s privileged beliefs, but he knows more about what happened to her brother than anyone else. Together, they move closer to the truth behind Caleb’s disappearance. But as the stakes rise and threats loom, will Patrick be able to protect Camri from the dangers he knows lie in the hidden places of the city?

Out March 6, 2018


I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review..

Once again, a gorgeous cover!

This is a Christian book that showed the MC’s faith growing as the book progressed. There is political intrigue, mystery and murder. Three women team up to help each other out with their problems, a decision made on their journeys to San Francisco.

A new series started by this author, but not a new author. Experienced writing era books, this author once again doesn’t fail to produce quality and well plotted story-lines. This book of the series, focuses on Camri’s search for her brother.

I want to note that not all aspects to this era piece had been researched completely, but those faults are basic and probably won’t be noticed by the majority of readers. Some aspects are a bit unrealistic and stretched to fit the timeframe this era piece sits in. With that said, it still reads well. Pace is steady and creative, allowing a well-crafted plot to develop and divulge critical information necessary to the succession of the story.

Twists and turns are perfectly placed to keep the reader engaged. Throughout this book, you’ll read about a class system and prejudices against the Irish and the Chinese. This often made me angry while reading passages of the prose pertaining to those two topics. I didn’t find fault with most of this writing; it seemed well-researched.

Pace moves forward quickly with the MC hurtling toward her goals with the help and support of the secondary characters. I really enjoyed Camri’s feelings and thoughts toward women’s rights and education for women. Both these topics were handled well and added to Camri’s character arc development.

There is a romance element, Camri and Patrick, that doesn’t detract from the main plot. It’s written well and didn’t annoy me.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone interested in historical fiction.
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66 reviews13 followers
April 5, 2018
Camri is a young educated teacher that ventures out west to San Francisco to find her brother, Caleb who went missing just three short months ago. She is very worried for her brother, and especially her parents who feel ill to the news of her brother. Camri, oh boy, did she have an opinionated voice. She was very passionate about woman's rights and the opportunity for them to receive an education and career. Now mind you, this was in 1905 so this was starting to be a hot topic in the U.S. Sometimes, I think her opinions got the best of her and she could have held back a little. However, I remember being in my early 20s and being very opinionated on certain topics so I can understand where she was coming from.

Judith and Kenzie meet Camri on the way to San Francisco and the three form an instant bond. They all house together in Caleb's home. I really enjoyed their individual stories!

Patrick, an Irish man was Caleb's previous client. He was acquitted of murder. He lives with his sister, Ophelia in the slums of San Francisco. I didn't know what to think of him at first, as he was kind of just "there" in the beginning.

Out of all characters, I really enjoyed Mr. and Mrs. Wong. They were such a cute Chinese couple and were very attendant to Camri and her friends. They never complained and were always generous. Very attractive qualities!

Although I enjoyed the story, this wasn't one of my favorite's from Tracie. I gave it a solid four stars. Not to spoil the story, I will just say that the way Caleb was found, was underwhelming. It felt like the story was leading up to something really major and it didn't really lead up to anything exciting. Also, the way the criminals were treated at the end, it just seemed a little too easy. At least in my opinion.

I enjoyed Patrick and Camri's romance. I thought it was quite sweet. Though a little rushed, I did enjoy their interactions and Quarles with each other.

Patrick's sister Ophelia is dying from Tuberculosis. Patrick was angry at God for taking both their parents and now his sister. But I think without his sister, he would have never returned to the Lord after such tumulous times.

The story emphasizes the fact that God has a plan for you. You may not understand it or agree with it at first, but know that things will turn out ok in the end. He is with you always!

I would have also liked to see Judith and Kenzie more in the story - or at least developed better. I felt they were there to fill in the story. However, this being a series I can see why it's important to have them in the story, as I am assuming they are going to be in the coming stories.
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April 16, 2018
Title: In Places Hidden (Golden Gate Secrets #1)
Author: Tracie Peterson
Pages: 316
Year: 2018
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Camrianne Coulter has arrived in San Francisco to find her brother, Caleb, who has been missing for three months. He is a lawyer for a firm and has successfully defended a poor Irish man charged with murder. Camri’s parents have been so worried about their son that their health has suffered and they both have been confined to their beds. Camri discovers that there are very few clues as to what happened to her brother. She works at a chocolate factory to support her brother’s household while questioning those who last saw her brother. She also meets the Irish man who was found innocent of murder. He also is searching for her brother as they both were trying to get proof of corrupt business practices, graft and other criminal activities of a wealthy and ruthless man. Then, just as they were getting close to bringing their proof to light, Caleb disappears.
Patrick Murdock used to work with his father in the family’s construction business. His father was approached by some shifty characters to accept some money in exchange for using inferior materials. His father refused and soon after was found dead. Patrick knows his father was killed and didn’t have an accident. He also knows who is responsible, but he must have proof. He agrees to work with his friend and lawyer, Caleb, to gather evidence. Then, Caleb vanishes without a trace. Patrick meets Caleb’s sister and agrees to help her try to discover what happened to her brother. As they keep digging for the truth, they become more of a target for danger.
The beginning was slow, but it got more interesting. I liked the setting as well as the three women agreeing to work together to help each other solve their problems. They pooled their resources to support one another. I also admired Camri’s ability to look at herself and see how pride and arrogance had been a part of her life without her realizing it. She was able to admit this and apologize to those she offended. She also had God as her center. Patrick had anger toward God due to his circumstances and all that he had lost. He had distanced himself from God. He got to a low point and realized he needed God to be back as the focus of his life and not his anger. Good life lessons for all!
1,622 reviews
May 12, 2018
It has been quite a while since I have read a Tracie Peterson book. In Places Hidden I was transported to 1900’s San Francisco where prejudice is alive and well and very corrupt men seem to have all the control. We are introduced to all three heroines of this series, Golden Gates Secrets, and at first I felt there was too much information given along with the book being a little slow in the beginning with what I would call mundane details. However, as the story progressed I was taken deeper into these character’s lives and the action and danger picked up along with the romance.

This is mainly the story of Camri, who has come to San Francisco to locate her missing brother. She lives with the unknown and unthinkable every day and it was painful for her. She was a bit prideful in her opinions of women, their education, and their lot in life. When she meets her companions Judith and Kenzie, she realizes they both have very differing views than she. Camri many times had to swallow her pride and apologized a lot after sticking her foot in her mouth without thinking, but I am glad that she did learn her lessons and her character growth in the story was for the better.

The love interest is poor Irishman Patrick, who was previously on trial for a murder that he did not commit and was helped by Camri’s brother and then they became good friends. Patrick has a bit of a stubborn streak and definitely does not care much for Camri’s opinion, but he does have a soft spot for her which begins to turn into deeper feelings. As he and Camri investigate the disappearance of her brother, neither know just how dangerous and how many lives will be affected.

This was a good novel that showed the rather seedy side of San Francisco when it seemed injustice ruled the city. What really stood out to me was the characters willingness to admit when they were wrong and to see all sides of the situation. I look forward to Judith and Kenzie’s stories as this series progresses.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

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689 reviews319 followers
April 12, 2018
San Francisco in 1905 comes to vibrant life under Tracie Peterson's pen with her latest novel "In Places Hidden", transporting readers back in time with a story that is sure to appeal to Peterson's broad fan base. Camrianne is a strong female lead who, while she does have some growing to do, has plenty of courage and tenacity to offer. I quite enjoyed accompanying her on her search for her missing brother, as she and Patrick's friend discover a deeper level of corruption in the city than they'd even suspected. Camri isn't a perfect character, and that's what I liked most about her as readers will be able to relate to her struggle with pride, a pride that accompanies so many of her well-intentioned actions (not to mention advice). Her growth over the course of the story is admirable to behold, and her sweet relationship she forms with Patrick's dying sister is especially touching. Readers looking for a touch of romance will be pleased to know that Camri and Patrick's relationship unfolds with just the right touch. There is nothing better than going through difficult circumstances to forge a true bond and connection, and when God is at the helm, real love results. The final chapters will leave smiles on readers faces!

Peterson has done a great job at introducing us to Judith and Kenzie, friends Camri makes en route to San Francisco, and characters who will star in the next books in the series. Each has their own mystery to unravel, and as such I am already eager to find out what happens next in their own novels.

"In Places Hidden" is a great start to what is sure to be an intriguing series. The characters are interesting, the historical setting provides the perfect backdrop to the story, and I quite enjoyed the suspense as well. I award this novel a solid 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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Author 39 books75 followers
April 7, 2018

In Places Hidden
by Tracie Peterson
Bethany House
Bethany House Publishers
Pub Date 06 Mar 2018
I am reviewing a copy of In Places Hidden through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:
Camriann Coulter is on her way to San Francisco to find her brother Caleb who went missing three months prior, on the way there she meets Judith and Kenzie who have their own mysteries to solve, in this fast growing west coast city. The three women decide it would be a good idea to help one another, which includes sharing a room together and working at the chocolate factory Kenzie's cousin owns.

Camri is led to deep into the political corruption of the city while she searches for her brother. And into the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock, a handsome Irishman who was saved from being falsely accused of murder by Camri's brother Caleb. Patrick challenges all of Camri's privileged belief but even so he is the one that can tell her what happened to Caleb. Working together they move closer to the truth behind Caleb's disappearance. As threats look, will Patrick be able to protect Camri?

I give In Places Hidden Five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!
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190 reviews26 followers
December 11, 2021
I liked this book so much! It's about 3 women who meet on they way
to San Francisco Camrianne, Judith and Kenzie.

Camrianne is looking for her brother who disappeared about 3 months ago.
Judith is looking for an aunt she knew nothing about until her mother's death.
Kenzie left her hometown after being jilted at the alter and leave for San Francisco where her cousin owns a chocolate factory.

The story is centered on Camrianne search for her brother Caleb. She is stubborn and headstrong. She comes from a wealthy family, she is educated and value education a lot she sees it as a way of emancipation for women who should have the freedom to pursue the career they want.

Her friendship with Judith and Kenzie help her realize how she needs to become more
humble to learn from people with different background. I like seeing her change of heart
how she goes from a snobbish girl to someone more realistic, accepting people just are they are
and not thinking she is better than others.

I like how God put people in her life to help her change and find her brother. It was beautiful to
see the relationship with Patrick grows because there are from different background,but he is an honest and kind man in a city where there is so much corruption.

This book is the first one of a serie: Golden gates secrets and I can wait to read the second book. This one was awesome.
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773 reviews
October 1, 2020
Camri is on a hunt to find her missing brother. She meets up with two other ladies in her travels and they both of things that they need help with so they team up to Tory and help each other. Camri invites them to stay at her brothers home and one of the girls helps get them all into a job working in the candy factory. Camri starts to find some deep dark secrets when she talks to her brothers boss and something terrible must have happened to him. She also meets Patrick Murdock and they hit it off. He is out to help her find her brother and of course they get closer during the search. Can Caleb still be alive or is it deeper than the low and she will never see him again.
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1,695 reviews74 followers
May 1, 2018
I generally like Tracey Peterson's books but I must say I was kindly disappointed in this one.
I had a hard time getting into this book and when I did I couldn't hardly keep up with what was happening in the story!!
I did like the year and the setting for the story and I also enjoyed the unusual names that were given the people in the setting.
I've always wondered where authors get their names for the stories.
There were even several scenes that I liked.
But I still strongly recommend this book
I received this book free from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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2,445 reviews52 followers
March 13, 2020
2.5 stars

I could have done without the romance (instalove that came out of literally NOWHERE) and ugh I found Camri really preachy and judgmental, but the story was interesting enough. I didn’t like all the narrators. It seemed like a lot of backstory was given for Camri’s friends and it didn’t fit well with the rest of the plot. I also didn’t like the way the “mystery” of Caleb being missing was resolved - he literally shows up at his house after rescuing himself! What?! I was expecting this to be more of a mystery than it was. My favorite character was probably Ophelia who DIES halfway through the book, so that didn’t help my enjoyment either.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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1,830 reviews
July 13, 2018
This was a Christian historical fiction novel set in San Francisco in the early 1900’s. There is also quite a bit of mystery and suspense involved. I enjoyed it, but it really took me a while to warm up to Camri, the main female character. She valued education and women’s rights, which was fine, but she came across as somewhat prideful at first. This is the first volume of a trilogy, and I do look forward to reading the books about the other two women in the group of friends.
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649 reviews6 followers
April 26, 2018
In Places Hidden (Golden Gate Secrets Book #1) by [Peterson, Tracie]Camriann Coulter is on her way to San Francisco. Her brother went missing three months ago and she wants to find him. Along her path she comes across two others who need so solve mysteries, Judith and Kenzie. Together they decide to help each others. They find a room to share and a job. Camri discovers dangers as she goes on her search throughout the city.

Tracie Peterson has a gift of writing books which draw the reader in and wanting more. This book was a combination of suspense, romance and God's love. I love the way she is able to draw these together to make me want to read each book that she writes.

I was given this book by Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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138 reviews
October 5, 2020
3.5 stars. I enjoyed the plot and I’m looking forward to Judith and Kenzie’s stories. I liked Patrick but had a harder time connecting to Camri. I did warm up to her by the end of the book, though.
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