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Hidden Places A deep yearning for home had led Eliza to Wyatt Orchards ten years ago Now widowed with three young children, she faces mounting debts and the realization it is all up to her But she has no idea how she will run an orchard aloneWhen a stranger appears at her doorstep, Eliza guesses he is no different than the other out of luck characters searching for work during the Depression But the familiarity with which Gabe tends to the farm raises unanswered questions With a vulnerable heart, she is unwittingly drawn to his gentle ways But Eliza also fears that Gabe hides a past and motives that could jeopardize all she has fought to attain for herself and her children


About the Author: Lynn Austin

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 to Winnipeg, Manitoba.It was during the long Canadian winters at home with her children that Lynn made progress on her dream to write, carving out a few hours of writing time each day while her children napped Lynn credits her early experience of learning to write amid the chaos of family life for her ability to be a productive writer while making sure her family remains her top priority.Extended family is also very important to Austin, and it was a lively discussion between Lynn, her mother, grandmother age 98 , and daughter concerning the change in women s roles through the generations that sparked the inspiration for her novel Eve s Daughters.Along with reading, two of Lynn s lifelong passions are history and archaeology While researching her Biblical fiction series, Chronicles of the Kings, these two interests led her to pursue graduate studies in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology through Southwestern Theological Seminary She and her son traveled to Israel during the summer of 1989 to take part in an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Timnah This experience contributed to the inspiration for her novel Wings of Refuge.Lynn resigned from teaching to write full time in 1992 Since then she has published 27 novels Eight of her historical novels, Hidden Places, Candle in the Darkness, Fire by Night, A Proper Pursuit, and Until We Reach Home have won Christy Awards in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2009 for excellence in Christian Fiction Fire by Night was also one of only five inspirational fiction books chosen by Library Journal for their top picks of 2003, and All She Ever Wanted was chosen as one of the five inspirational top picks of 2005 Lynn s novel Hidden Places has been made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel, starring actress Shirley Jones Ms Jones received a 2006 Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Aunt Batty in the film.



10 thoughts on “Hidden Places

  1. says:

    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 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 excellent writer and I m very excited to read every other work by her


  2. says:

    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 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 misguided ways stemming from his own pain I love Matthew I hurt for Matthew I wanted Gabe to be Matthew and yet I didn t I found myself wanting to love Sam for the simple fact that he lived so completely unloved.As to old Mr Wyatt how sad to think of the many souls out there just like him lost, angry, unable to do anything other than hurt those he should love the most Poor Lydia How many women allow themselves to believe they are irredeemable How many women believe they deserve the ill treatment they receive How many women take their punishment rather than turn to Christ for cleansing and freedom from their sins And Mr Gibson He s the greatest hero in the story If only there weremen like him in the world AndAunt Batty s, too As to the writing I can t help but give a writing critique If a writer is going to write from first person point of view, THIS is the way to do it I am NOT a fan of first person POV for the simple reason that too many times the author has way too many information dumps and rabbit trails that only frustrate me and make me want to either put the book down or throw it across the room But this book Hidden Places is one to go on my reread shelf As soon as I get my own copy Thank you, Lynn, for this incredible story and the incredible way in which you told it


  3. says:

    Lynn Austin s historical fiction has, so far, never failed to please me With strong, complex everyday characters, a strong faith element, and a good plot line, her stories draw me in and make me feel like I am living right along side of them in their small town, rural setting My favorite character, by far, was Aunt Batty She was full of wisdom and faith and had wise words for both Eliza and Gabe She certainly had her own bag of secrets and enjoyed finding them out Her love of books without Lynn Austin s historical fiction has, so far, never failed to please me With strong, complex everyday characters, a strong faith element, and a good plot line, her stories draw me in and make me feel like I am living right along side of them in their small town, rural setting My favorite character, by far, was Aunt Batty She was full of wisdom and faith and had wise words for both Eliza and Gabe She certainly had her own bag of secrets and enjoyed finding them out Her love of books without a doubt struck a strong chord with me Definitely an excellent read.FAVORITE QUOTES I feel the same way about books As I said, for me, these are the bare necessities of life It isn t work when you love someone Home is where your family is the people you love and who love you


  4. says:

    What an amazing, complex, completely riveting read Austin takes her time developing the story and digging deep into the lives of her characters So many live out loud moments I just basked in the glory of it all even as I stressed over all the unanswered questions This is the kind of novel it s easy to lose yourself in I loved the unhurried pace, the sweet, funny moments that often cropped up in the midst of tension The antics of a one eyed dog named Winkie and a maternal cat s craving fo What an amazing, complex, completely riveting read Austin takes her time developing the story and digging deep into the lives of her characters So many live out loud moments I just basked in the glory of it all even as I stressed over all the unanswered questions This is the kind of novel it s easy to lose yourself in I loved the unhurried pace, the sweet, funny moments that often cropped up in the midst of tension The antics of a one eyed dog named Winkie and a maternal cat s craving for kittensin the form of stolen mittens And the Depression Era is a favourite curiosity of mine I blame the Waltons But I can t resist a story set in this time period Feelings seem sharper, desperation starker, stolen kisses sweeter.I know that doesn t quite make sense but it s how I feel.Deliciously long 429 pages this is the kind of story you can sink your teeth into Gabe is a man of mystery all grit and toe curling gentleness while Eliza is feisty and snappy and hiding tender feelings beneath a whole lot of worry and angst And Aunt Batty might just be the star of the novel Her story surprised me the most And the way Austin weaves these characters lives together, meshing their pasts with their present and wrapping them all in the secure arms of a loving God while she s at it well, sweet perfection doesn t cover it


  5. says:

    Lynn Austin does it again What a wonderful and many faceted story What took place behind the lives of the Wyatt Family was filled with so much drama I liked way Lynn divided the book up so that each main character had a chance to tell his or her story and, boy, was there a lot to tell My favorite character was Aunt Batty She was such a loving and caring woman who loved the Lord I was so very happy to hear her story I highly recommend this book.


  6. says:

    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 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 wantedinformation and it was given but not until later, which made me want to keep reading Eliza is on her own now raising her three young children on her own One night a strange man appears at her doorstep needing help Is he the angel that she needs to help her or a devil in disguise Eliza came to Deer Springs trying to escape her past She wanted to find a nice house to live in and a family Eliza was working at the diner when she met Sam Wyatt When she was told that Sam s family owned Wyatt Orchards and lived in the beautiful home right outside of town, Eliza set her cap to make Sam fall in love with her She lied about her past to get what she wanted Eliza cared for Sam, but not the way she should have Frank Wyatt, Sam s father, was an unlovable man who treated his son and everyone else with anger and disdain Eliza hates Frank with a passion, especially when he allowed Sam to die as a result of a cut on his foot Sam could have been saved if he would have seen a doctor but Frank wouldn t allow it There was no love lost or grief for Frank when he died In fact if anything there was a sigh of relief Now Eliza has an orchard to run and a family to care for on her own More trouble is on the horizon for Eliza but with the help of Gabe and Aunt Batty there just might be a silver lining.Great read


  7. says:

    DNF I don t think this author is for me, really.


  8. says:

    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 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 noticed that a lot of Lynn Austin s books are geared around country living and cooking Frankly it can t get any better than that


  9. says:

    One of my all time favorite books.


  10. says:

    4.5 starsSO MUCH BETTER THAN THE MOVIE.


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