Hidden Truths by JaeHidden Truths by Jae

Hidden Truths

byJae

Paperback | February 1, 2014

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"Luke" Hamilton has been living as a husband and father for the past seventeen years. No one but her wife, Nora, knows she is not the man she appears to be. They have raised their daughters to become honest and hard-working young women, but even with their loving foundation, Amy and Nattie are hiding their own secrets.Just as Luke sets out on a dangerous trip to Fort Boise, a newcomer arrives on the ranch-Rika Aaldenberg, who traveled to Oregon as a mail-order bride, hiding that she's not the woman in the letters.When hidden truths are revealed, will their lives and their family fall apart or will love keep them together?
Title:Hidden TruthsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.12 inPublished:February 1, 2014Publisher:Ylva Verlag e.Kfr.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:3955331199

ISBN - 13:9783955331191

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent sequel to Backwards to Oregon ‘Backwards to Oregon’ was one of the first books I read by Jae several years ago; it impressed me just as much as ‘Hidden Truths’ does now. I remembered only the bare bones from Backwards going into this book but so much that is referenced from Backwards here is explained so if you’re reading it as a standalone it does work. Still, I’d recommend reading them both, back to back or closer together time wise than I have simply to have the continuity of the location and time period since this is historical fiction; also reading both gives you more time in this series with these characters. The characters are well written along with every other element of the book. When characters are in peril, you feel the anxiety along with them; when they’re being true to themselves, you root for them and even tear up if not outright cry over their anguish and their victories. Animals lovers will appreciate the horse farm and attention given to the rough and rewarding aspects of ranch life in late 19th century Oregon. Issues of misogyny, coming out, homophobia, being closeted, and racial discrimination come up in the book along with an image of this time in American history that is less pristine and easy going as history books or movies/TV shows may lead you to believe. Still, there is romance and camaraderie and plenty of strong female characters doing their thing to entertain the reader; lots of food for thought and loads of laughs thru the story to appeal to a wide audience of readers. I recommend this book and its predecessor ‘Backward to Oregon’ for any reader who loves a good story, great writing and wants to lose themselves in the Old West (American style) for a few evenings, curled up in a comfy chair and sipping a good drink. I’d recommend reading Shaken to the Core as well after reading these two books to see another member of the Hamilton family doing their thing, this time in San Francisco during and after the earthquake of 1906. Jae is already a great writer here, and the books she’s written since Hidden Truths prove she’s only improved with every book, going from great to excellent in her writing and storytelling abilities. Check out her other books in other genres if you like her writing here or want to sample it in the form of short stories first before diving into her novels. I look forward to reading more of Jae’s work in the future.
Date published: 2018-03-18