Series: The Treasures of Nome #1
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date January 7, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
Setting: Alaska Progressive Era – US – 1890s – 1920s
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 35-34
Written for: Adults
For Havyn Powell, growing up on her grandfather Chuck Bondrant's dairy outside the 1904 gold-rush boomtown of Nome, Alaska, offered all she needed. She had the love of her mother, two sisters, and grandfather. But now, at 23, Havyn realizes the stability of her life may soon vanish. Havyn is determined to find a way to keep the family together, but her grandfather's health is declining and everyone seems to be holding secrets from each other, including the handsome, dark-haired stranger who recently arrived.
John Roselli arrives in Nome looking for a steady, consistent job. He has grown tired of the promises of getting rich quick and just wants an honest job with honest pay. His grandfather once knew a Chuck Bondrant, and so when John arrives at the dairy, he's quickly offered a job--and a path to more if he wants it.
Havyn's plan for helping out the family means using her beautiful singing voice and her sisters' musical talent at a local roadhouse. They're an immediate hit, and it looks like her plan will be a success. But the spotlight brings with it dangerous eyes that covet Havyn and are jealous as she and John grow ever closer. But will they realize the peril before it's too late?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Endless Mercy, Ever Constant
I’m of the opinion that one of the signs of a great historical fiction novel is that it makes me want to search out something I’ve read to learn more about it. In Forever Hidden, there were several such treasures.
The Powell sisters were so delightful in their enthusiasm for music and their love for their mother and grandfather. Each was so different and yet they had a strong bond.
John was my favorite character. All alone in the world after the death of his grandfather, his last living relative, he found himself in Alaska to fulfill his grandfather’s dying wish. Offered an opportunity by Chuck, his grandfather’s best friend, he struggled to be sure he was doing the right thing. I loved his work ethic and his commitment to take care of the farm and the family there to the very best of his ability.
Havyn’s chickens were great! I loved the way she cared for each and every one of them and had given them names. And spoke to them and sang to them. And then there was the incident with the sheep!!
I was also fascinated to read about cheese making. The great description of making mozzarella made me want to look up a video to see this being done. I had no idea it was so fast and easy. I now understand why it has such an unusual texture.
Forever Hidden has a satisfying conclusion, though some of the intrigue and conflict is not completely resolved. It is clearly the beginning of a series with closely intertwined stories .
If you enjoy historical fiction with a strong Christian message, you will enjoy Forever Hidden.