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Hidden Places | [Lynn Austin]

Hidden Places

Fragrant blossoms herald spring, but the orchard is also a place of secrets and heartache. After the death of her husband Frank, Eliza is left with three young children and mounting debts. When a gentle stranger enters her orchard, she experiences a peculiar sensation of familiarity with the man. But will his unknown past jeopardize all that she has fought for?
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Publisher's Summary

Fragrant blossoms herald spring, but the orchard is also a place of secrets and heartache. After the death of her husband Frank, Eliza is left with three young children and mounting debts. When a gentle stranger enters her orchard, she experiences a peculiar sensation of familiarity with the man. But will his unknown past jeopardize all that she has fought for?

Hidden Places is a Christy Award winner for excellence in Christian fiction.

©2003 Karen Ball; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Combines a strong spiritual story line with endearing, believable characters during the Great Depression." (Publishers Weekly)
"A wonderful fictional memoir with many twists and turns. Written with an overwhelming joyful approach, this story sparkles with life." (Romantic Times)

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    Karen Manteca, CA, USA 06-24-07
    Karen Manteca, CA, USA 06-24-07
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    "Austin is Wonderful"

    I've just discovered Christian Fiction. Figured romance novels with God sprinkled in. Just pray and you'll get your man. So wrong! This book and her others are filled with drama, real life issues, challenges that we all face in one way or another. It shows how God moves in the background, how things that appear coincidental are truly scripted by God. I'm a King and Koontz fan and still am entertained and moved by this author.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Terry R. Matejcek 07-28-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Hidden Places"

    I truly enjoyed this audiobook. The character is a widow who falls on hard times and thru the support of her family and neighbors, finds a solution to her hard times. There is a love story thrown in that is really sweet. I had a hard time cutting it off when I got to my destination.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn @theBookDate Paraparaumu, New Zealand 08-01-07
    Kathryn @theBookDate Paraparaumu, New Zealand 08-01-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Heartwarming"

    I really enjoyed this story and loved the characters. Well most of them! It was long so I felt I got my money's worth. I thought the person reading it did an excellent job and would listen happily to anything else read by this reader.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Denice Bremen, GA, USA 03-30-07
    Denice Bremen, GA, USA 03-30-07
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    "Captivating"

    This book had me hooked from the start. It was nicely written and very interesting. Will probably purchase the actual book as a gift because it was so good. The reading was excellent as well!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PERU, IN, United States 10-15-07
    Amazon Customer PERU, IN, United States 10-15-07
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    "One of My Faves"

    I had this in my Wish List for quite awhile, and couldn't decide if I really wanted it. I'm glad I finally got it; it was really great. I loved all the characters, and the way they were presented. The story flowed in a logical way to an ending I hadn't figured on, and way too soon. I found myself wanting to really get to know these folks. I highly recommend this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles St Ignatius, MT, USA 02-15-06
    Charles St Ignatius, MT, USA 02-15-06
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    "Hidden Places"

    This audio book was exceptional. The story keep your attention and the reader did an excellent job of making the characters come alive. There was humor in this story as well as a message about life and how it always goes on. I would recommend this audiobook to anyone ready for a great story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen F 03-17-12
    Karen F 03-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Well written story with many unexpected turns"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It captured me from the very first chapter and kept my interest throughout the entire book! The author has a way of keeping you in suspense and not giving away the ending until the very last chapter. The characters became very real and I could feel their pain, their disappointment and their hopes and dreams as I listened. The only thing that I was not very fond of was the narrator. The voices of the characters were not especially well done, but the book held such a great story that I had no trouble listening and anticipating what each chapter would bring. I would highly recommend this book. It has some very good biblical principles that we would be wise to ponder.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JM Camas, WA, United States 03-01-08
    JM Camas, WA, United States 03-01-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Hidden Places"

    This book was too descriptive for my taste. Good plot and characters and an uplifting ending.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan M. Adams Western New York 06-07-05
    Susan M. Adams Western New York 06-07-05 Member Since 2014

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    "lovely story"

    enjoyed this book very much... it was kind of choppy, the way each character seemed to have their own little story within the book, but they all tied together well in the end. the historical perspective was refreshing, a time period I don't see often in fiction. it was a bit too long, and I didn't understand why some of the secrets took so long to come to light - seems to me that these people cared about each other too much to keep everything hidden and therefore drag out the pain (and the readers pain) so long! and, wow, did fathers come off looking like jerks in this saga! still, overall a memorable and worthwhile story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-20-15
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    "one of my top 10 favorites"

    This is just an all around great read! Lynn Austin does an excellent job of presenting the common misperceptions of God and how He relates to us. I'll definitely read this again.

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    "a book to read"

    Love and sorrow, family affairs, hope and mercy - nicely weaven into a beautiful story. It's difficult to put the book down once you start reading(listening).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A User
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    "A lovely story"

    A really nice story..enjoyed it a lot.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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