Hidden Truths

Hidden Truths 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 hone

  • Title: Hidden Truths
  • Author: Jae
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 Bois 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

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    1. I loved this just as much as I loved the first book. I loved to see Luke and Nora's relationship through their children's eyes. I loved to see Amy's and Netty's development and I loved how the theme (given in the title) permeated every part of the plot. It was the conflict and the answer. Before we are even starting to read the story, in the dedication, we read: "Good stories will tell you that facing the lie is the worst terror of all.”I couldn't sum it up any better. So q.e.d. this is a real [...]

    2. Bombig!!Great book, just finished it in a rush. Has been approx 36 hours since I downloaded from the L-Books website and I absolutely loved this book.A real page turner, some great characters, particularly loved Tess and Frenchie. If we were to force me, I would still pick "Backwards to Oregon" as my favourite, but every time I read one of Jae's books, I always find myself wanting to stay in her world just that little bit longer.Great sequel, now off to read the free prequel and spin-off short s [...]

    3. Hidden Truths is very well written. It’s longer than most lesfic books, but I appreciated what that meant for both the plotting and the thorough, satisfying character development for Rika and Amy.Full joint review with Brooklyn here: thelesbianreview/hidde

    4. Life is brutal for the young women who work the mills in mid nineteenth century Boston. The owners treat them like slaves, the conditions are killing them and the poverty is weighing them down. Rika tries to care for her friend Jo, but the harsh hours and poor living standards are clearly taking their toll. Jo has the dreadful cough that signifies brown lung, but she only has a week to go before she will be off West to marry a man who is a stranger.Fate has other plans and when Jo succumbs, Rika [...]

    5. *Originial post - Loved this book. Can't wait to talk to Jae about it. Really enjoyed having The whole Hamilton family involved in the story. So well done. I wasn't sure about how I would respond to a story focused on Amy but the way Jae wrote it, and included Luke and Nora, I don't think it could have been done any better. *****Reread it and still loved it.******I read the new, revised version and enjoyed it more than the last time. The new scenes are really seamless.****1/29/16 - finished a re [...]

    6. ExcellentThis book has a bit of everything. It has romance, humour, adventure, love and self discovery. But more to the point it's a great book. I read it twice. Not for any other reason than I really enjoyed it. Jae has excellent writing skills and her style is an exhilarating experience. She involves you with her characters and allows you to participate in their journeys. I'll read this again. That's how much I loved this book and author.

    7. If you've read "Backwards to Oregon" (which was spectacular), this is the follow up story with the family years later. There's some solid storytelling here and I enjoyed the book but it started feeling long towards the end. Still a good read, though, and would recommend it.

    8. This second book is not at the same level with the first one, but that is only because the first had set the bar too high. This sequel is still 5 stars to me. The more I read, the more I like Jae's writing style. I know I can trust her to deliver a logical, believable and reasonable story that is well-balanced, not overly depressed and not overly dreamy at the same time. As this sequel is another slow burn, we certainly don't get lovemaking scenes every two pages but when it did happen, it was [...]

    9. Set seventeen years later, Luke and Nora live on a horse ranch with their two daughters, Amy and Nattie, in Oregon. Their ranch foreman, Phineas (Phin - who was introduced in one of the short stories in the series), sends away for a mail order bride - but the woman who shows up, Rika, isn't who Phin expects. Rika's presence on the ranch ultimately threatens the idyllic life Nora and Luke have built for themselves and their children.I could see where the author was going with this a mile away, (v [...]

    10. A follow up story that meets all your expectations. This tells the story of the children and their struggles with life and love. Will all the secrets be told? Will everyone except them once the secret or secrets are revealed? Really liked the main characters in the first book, and the parents Nora and Luke are still awesome!!!

    11. Beautiful sequel to BTO. I don't usually read historical romances much, but this series worked it's magic on my ever wandering attention span. Romance, family, action, and a teensy bit of suspense rolled into one. It's nice that despite the odds everyone was able to find their own brand of happiness.

    12. All the way through the book, I was on pins and needlestalk about angst! Luke's journey to Fort Boise had me wondering if something bad was going to happen on the next page. And Amy's journey of self-discovery felt so true. All of the characters are so well developed, I could picture them in my mind from head to toe. And I just love Nora.ough Luke is the perfect image of a strong husband, father, and rancherNora has grown as a character whose role is not just that of a wife, best friend, and mot [...]

    13. First - you don't have to read Backwards to Oregon prior to reading this book. Second - I love Jae- well, her writing. She is such a talented writer. I also admire how well a lady from Germany wrote such a detailed story of life in Oregon in the 1800's. Okay, enough gushing about Jae. Hidden Truths is a story of first love, discovery (in more ways than one) and family (blood and chosen). Life wasn't kind to Rika, but when fate looked her way, she took the leap and set out on a new adventure in a [...]

    14. I always feel some type of way when I read "the oregon Series". I just love Nora and Luck Hamilton, I was super happy when the author included them quite a lot in the story still. I wanted more of them even tho I knew that the story was about their children YET I wanted it to stay on Luck and the lovely Nora " I cant let them go" not for anything, their story seem far more interesting to me and unpredictable. I get nervous "are they going to get caught" while reading and their love was written s [...]

    15. One of the best period stories everThis book earned 5 starts because it was engaging, well developed characters, full of crazy tear jerking moments. It had me laughing, stressing , and so waiting to know how it ends.Backwards to Oregon and Hidden Truth could so be a TV special or movie.There that good.JAE has many amazing books I Look forward to them all.Btw, check out her short stories and crossover book for this book.

    16. Just when I thought Backwards to Oregon couldn’t get better, it does in the sequel Hidden Truths. What a lovely powerful romantic love story. Again, so much more than a love story full of sub plots with all sorts going on. I love the western elements in it, eg Luke taking the horses four hundred miles to Fort Boise. Wonderful descriptive story telling. Marvellous characters so hard to choose my favourite. Brilliant writing. A page turner. Another classic written by Jae

    17. What an excellent follow up to Backwards to Oregon. Traces similar themes in a new generation. Truly compelling fiction.

    18. I loved this book.I loved Hidden Truths. Absolutely a great series. I can't get enough of the whole family. What a great saga. Keep them coming. They would be great in Audible.

    19. Wonderful! Love The Backwards to Oregon Series! Jae is an amazing author, her characters and plot lines are so real!

    20. Wow, I may have even loved this more than Backwards to Oregon. If that's even possible. If only because in this book we got Luke and Nora AND Rika and Amy AND Tess and Frankie! Three times the lady love! Three times the most beautiful love stories in the world! The love and respect and trust in this wonderful family is so so beautiful and heartwarming. I was crying my eyes out in the end, my little heart couldn't take it!

    21. Hidden Truths is the sequel to Backwards To Oregon and is set 17 years in the future. The primary focus is really on Amy with Luke and Nora play key roles but still a backdrop to the character development of the daughter.I enjoyed this story and the continued development of the characters but I was not as invested as I was in the first story. I think this was in part because I understood what was happening with Amy from the onset and was more easily able to anticipate what would happen next. Alt [...]

    22. Very, very good. Backwards to Oregon was good too, but this one is different. It got me thinking even more about that time in history. I'm 36. At ten I already knew I liked women, and what it was, and what it was called. Marriage equality didn't exist then but there was no doubt that it would. So it was very interesting and instructive to go back in time when women, or young girls, had no idea what it was, no idea it even WAS "feelings" that they were having. How to act with it, how to discover [...]

    23. Detailed score: 3.5I was really glad to immerse myself in the world of Luke, Nora and co again but, for me, it didn't quiiite live up to the standards of its predecessor. I find storylines primarily based around coming out to be a bit trying and, while I appreciate that the 'coming out' implications were much more severe back in the time period in which this book was set, and Meg and Rika were engaging enough, I just wasn't 'into' it as much as I was Backwards to Oregon.Having said all that, if [...]

    24. This sweet, thoughtfful, and often poignant story about people hiding beautiful truths from each other manages to avoid the seemingly inevitable hypersentimentality. one thing I appreciated about the novel is that revelations really hurt the people who feel they had not been trusted before and don't just get over it. The pain of hiding has repercussionos. It is good to see Luke and Nora after almost two decades still together and happy. I will always haave a warm spot in my heart for Jae and her [...]

    25. This was a great book. I don't generally read "westerns" but because it was by Jae and I had read many of her other books I went for this series. Backwards to Oregon was so good I dove immediately into Hidden truths and was not disappointed. This book is a continuation of Backwards, and takes up when the two daughters are young women. One struggles with attraction to another woman while the other struggles with being in love with the man who is supposed to marry the object of her sister's attrac [...]

    26. Hindsight a classic example is played out in this story as if the reason for the very word itself existsWonderful clever sequel to Backwards to Oregon Jae is an amazing storyteller and I can truly say that as a work of Historical Lesbian Fiction this story is really worth telling.I do not think a further book in this series is achievable from the readers point of view and would be impossible not to enjoy. This book is just as believable as the first. Faultless story telling at it`s best.

    27. I think the latest edition shows an improvement in the quality of Jae's writing from the early Backwards to Oregon. Jae is now a full time writer, and maybe she has found a good editor. Mostly I like this a lot, but there are a few hiccups. Spoiler alert- so many accidents in a few months! Some of the characters and scenes are a bit one dimensional. But must say Jae creates compelling relationships that draws the reader into her characters world.

    28. I loved this sequel and seeing Amy grown up was excellent. I loved Rika's character too and how smart she was. Amy's struggle was similar to Luke's, but at least her family never asked her to hide herself once they found out. I love how this book also dealt with issues like women in the workplace as well and how hypocritical the system is. Very well thought out. Thoroughly recommend.

    29. Great book!I love the depth of the story line and the character development. Very well written, with great elements of the time period it was set in. I love to read books that are so complex that you lose your self in them

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