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Hiding Places by Erin Healy – Book Review

Hiding Places Book Description:

Family means safety. Family means protection. Until it doesn’t.

Eleven-year-old Kate Whitby leads an invisible life, the youngest member of her odd family. They live in their historic small-town hotel, where she is an expert at keeping everyone’s secrets: her sister’s a thief, her great-grandmother isn’t as crazy as people think, her mother lives in the past, and her beloved grandfather might have killed his best friend.

Devoted to the people she loves-more than they have ever been to her-Kate vows to protect each one. Charlie Fuse has lived on the streets since his alcoholic father threw him out. When Charlie’s powerful street family tests his loyalty by demanding that he kill the son of a rival gang leader, he refuses. They frame him for the murder, forcing Charlie to run.

When Kate finds Charlie injured and penniless, she hides him from his enemies and her uncharitable relatives, unaware that he has a connection to her family as old as the hotel itself.

The murderous gang tracks Charlie down. To flush him out, they take the clueless family hostage and threaten young Kate. Even then, Kate keeps Charlie hidden, putting all her childlike faith in one terrible hope: that the family who has never been able to protect her before might learn how to do it now.

hidingplacesHiding Places by Erin Healy

About the author:

Erin Healy is the bestselling coauthor of Burn and Kiss (with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning editor for many bestselling authors. She is a member of ACFW and Academy of Christian Editors. Her novels include such thrilling stories as Never Let You Go, The Baker’s Wife, Stranger Things, and Motherless. She and her family live in Colorado. Facebook: erinhealybooks Twitter: @erinhealybooks


I’m a huge Erin Healy fan, I just want to get that out there. I follow on social media, read her books, and occasionally chat with her over tea. Well, sorta. It might be chatting over social media, and it might be more on my part than on hers. Just sayin’.

Being the fan that I am, I really, really wanted to love this book. I don’t know if I emphasized that enough. I sometimes feel that if I don’t give an awesome rating to my friends, just play along, then I might be, I don’t know, letting them down. I am warped, and I know this.  Let’s move on. I really, really wanted to love this book. I know I already said that, but I can’t say that enough because what I am about to say I am only going to say it once.

I did not love this book.

I had a difficult time just getting into the story. I kept reading though, knowing it had to get more interesting and it did. It just happened a little to late for me. I felt like everything took so long to happen, and there was the climax of the story, and BAM there’s the bow wrapping it all up nice and neat.  It lacked something.

I loved the character Kate, and Pearl.  I loved imagining the lodge and cabins, and honestly would even go there if it was real. (Is it a real place, Erin?) I loved that the whole point of the story was a life lesson.

I have decided to give this one three blooms. I did like the book once I got into the meat of it. I liked the ending. I liked the life lesson. And I just love Erin Healy, and I will keep reading her books!


Confessions, Read Eat & Be Yappy book club

Currently Reading – November 19, 2015

This week, I have literally curled up by a fireplace with a book and enjoyed every minute of it. We traveled to Colorado Springs this week for a business meeting for my dear husband. We drove into the Springs just before the blizzard hit the state of Colorado. Our kiddos, who live here in Colorado, received twenty inches of snow overnight. It basically just dumped right on top of them.

Let me tell you about the books I’ve been reading.

hidingplaces I’ve been taking my time with this one, and the only reason is because we have been gone so much. When we are gone on these business meetings, we are really busy every night. There are receptions and dinners, and then there are all the friends of ours that we only get to see at these meetings. So, reading seems to be put on the back burner.

But, I am liking this book a lot. I will be finished with it soon, and can’t wait to learn of all the secrets hidden in these chapters.

timebetweenI’m very excited about this book, and it isn’t because of the actual book.  Have you ever heard of a Traveling Book? Well, I hadn’t either until I joined in on this traveling book thing on goodreads.  Here’s how it works. First of all, you have to get a group of readers together that would be willing to read a book, journal about it, and then send it on to the next person on the list. I don’t know where all the book has gone, only because I don’t have the journal in front of me right now, but it is traveling around the United States.

I’m not far enough into this one to really make any comments on it. I will say that it is 626 pages! Wow! Books that are that long usually make me wonder if they can hold my interest that long. So, I will let you know.

Are you a member of goodreads? Be sure to check it out if you aren’t, and if you are, be sure to friend me.  It is a free website to keep track of all the books you have read, and want to read. You can rate the books that you’ve read, and see how all of your friends rate the books they read as well. This is a great way to communicate with your favorite authors, and even win titles that are on your want to read bookshelf. By the way, goodreads has no idea who I am and that I am writing this.

psalm91I told you a little about this book in my last Currently Reading post, and I feel horrible having to admit that I haven’t even opened this one since. I love the actual Psalm 91 in the bible, but I’m having a hard time getting into this book. I’m sure the right mood will hit me and I will finish it in one day.

whereyouleftmeHave I told you about the book club I joined?

Well, it is called Read, Eat and Be Yappy, and we have been meeting since January of 2014. We have a great group of ladies, and have read many good books. This book, Where You Left Me by Jennifer Gardner Trulson, is what we are currently reading. I have downloaded it, and am trying to wait to start it when it is closer to the time for us to meet. I read so many books that I have to make sure the book club reads are fresh in my mind when we discuss it.

If you’d like to join our little book club, virtually, let me know. I can add you to our group on Facebook, and you can discuss the books with us there.

Until next time,

Julie K. McComas


My Currently Reading Widget Thingy

If you’ll take a moment to scroll down, and look at the sidebar on the right, you will see my new widget thingy that will tell you what I am currently reading.  I am one of these weird readers, you know, one that reads more than one book at a time.

Right now, I am listening to the epilogue of What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. I’ll write a review on this one this weekend. Be sure to check it out!  Have you read it?

Our book club, Read, Eat & Be Yappy, is currently reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I’ve only just begun reading this one, so I don’t really have much of an opinion yet. But I hear it is a fabulous read!  Have you read this one?

I am about a third of the way through Hiding Places by Erin Healy. I kind of had a hard time getting into the story, but I’m fully involved now. I can think of many people that would like this one. Review coming soon.

Psalm 91 by Peggy Joyce Ruth is a personal read. When I went through chemo, a friend of mine suggested that I open my bible and read Psalm 91. I did, and I kept reading it over and over again. That scripture got me through many days, and when I saw this book I just had to have it. I don’t know if I will review this one or not, but it IS on my currently reading list so I thought I would tell you about it.

What are you reading these days? Anything good?