Thursday, March 29, 2018

In Places Hidden (Golden Gate Secrets #1) by Tracie Peterson

Camri is coming to San Francisco to find her brother.  He's not sending his usual letters and no one knows where he is.  She doesn't know how she will find him but she knows she won't leave until she finds out what happened to him...

Bethany House Publishers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

She meets two ladies on the train who are a bit poor, so she offers to take them to her brother's home to stay.  His servants are still there and they make her and her friends feel welcome.  They have no idea where Caleb is either.  

The first thing she discovers is that her money won't last forever, so she asks one of the ladies to check with her uncle and see if she can work in the chocolate factory, too.  She doesn't want a factory job but she needs money for her search and to pay the servants.

What she finds out is that San Francisco is not the cities back east.  There are Irish, Chinese and other cultures there and they are all on the poor side of town.  She meets Caleb's boss, who also doesn't know where Caleb is.  She meets the man who was represented by Caleb in his last case.  She loves his sister who is dying of consumption.  She meets many people familiar with Caleb but no one has any information.

Patrick, the Irishman, is willing to help her look.  While he pursues from other angles, he lets her know her assumptions about people, education and church make her a snob.  It's eye-opening to her and makes her understand that all she believed was not necessarily true.

This story was very enjoyable.  It dealt with some unpleasant topics but that was life back then.  The end of the story is full of hope and I'd read another in this series.  It was a very good read.

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