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Hidden Places: A Novel Paperback – July 1, 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
the family orchard. After Eliza is widowed, 2 very important people come into her life. First, there is Aunt Batty, a
seemingly eccentric old woman, who is also very wise and Godly. Then there is Gabe, a "hobo" who she nurses back to health.
I thought this was a very interesting book to read. I loved the characters and how well developed they were. I loved Aunt
Batty and her love story with Walter. She initially came across as eccentric, but ended up to be a very wise, loving woman.
She helped Eliza to realize that her family, although flawed, loved her very much and urged her to forgive them and become
close to God. Gabe was such a wonderful, loving character, as well. It was very easy to hate Frank Wyatt for the way he
abused his family. And I pitied Lydia, who seemed to be such a weak person, for not standing up to Frank when he was abusing
the kids and for other things that happened in the book, which I won't reveal for fear of spoiling the ending. Lynn Austin
also did a good job of not sugar coating the Great Depression.
This was a great story of love, family, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Lynn Austin is a gifted writer.
Eliza never loved her husband, it seemed, but he seemed to offer her security and she was faithful in return for this. Her father-in-law never liked her and terrorized the family to no end. Now that he's dead, she is in danger of losing the farm that symbolizes the security she always craved. The story goes on and we discover that through the help of a hobo and her husband's aunt, Eliza learns to trust God and others.
A Truly charming and wonderful book. Highly recommended!!
I thought this book was very well written. The author did a good job of describing the beginning of the Depression and how being a single woman with 3 kids to raise got along. I loved the fact that after a secret was revealed, I could almost say "ah ha--NOW it makes sense." The clues are there, and the astute reader just has to connect the dots.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a favorite of both my husband and I. Loved the Aunt Batty character. ..reminded us of a lady we know!Published 4 days ago by Rebecca Pierson
It was entertaining and enough intrigue to want to keep reading. I also appreciated the christian or religious comments too.Published 10 days ago by Karen J Schwartzkopf
This story is so gripping. I enjoyed discovering the meaning of a real family. Discovering each character was thrilling and so important to the weaving of the story. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kindle Customer
I loved this book so I went slowly and enjoyed each page. Every time I thought it was getting predictable it would surprise me again.Published 24 days ago by Pam Owen
It was so entertaining and thoughtfully presented. One could see God throughout the entire book with his hand in all of the events, including the painful ones. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary
Lynn Austin is a wonderful storyteller! This book has many unexpected twists and turns and will keep you guessing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karen
Really enjoyed it! Ms Austin always deals with real human characters ,she leaves room for hope and shows God's mercy.Published 2 months ago by Patricia W. Thompson