- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 632 KB
- Print Length: 177 pages
- Publisher: Grammaticus; 1 edition (12 Feb. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BFDJVGK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,033,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The tag of `romance' is also suggested when we are introduced to Mr Paul Saint, a rich and charismatic benefactor to the needy church. However, Susan is a woman with high morals and a happy outcome seems both inappropriate and unlikely. Susan has to endure many desperate situations before she can reclaim both her life and her self-respect.
This is an engrossing tale with well-drawn characters in a colourful setting. I recommend it highly to all types of adult reader.
It is very well written and the main character comes through strongly. It begins in a gentle, innocuous picture of a religious community. But there is a dark secret looming behind closed doors. The tension builds up cleverly. For example, the MC is hosting the Women's Institute meeting and has to prepare her husband's dinner and get cleared up before they arrive. Unthinkable as it is, that in itself causes tension because of the way the book is written. Of course that isn't the plot but a small feature and plot point used in such a way as to inject urgency. I must say I would never have thought to use that as a tension builder and it testifies to the writer's skill that it works. It leads to an unpleasant scene of the dark side of this book (which I won't tell you).
And where can an abused woman turn?
To find out, you'll have to read the book - I don't do spoilers!
The writing will have you glued to the page and the book is actually a quick, easy read with a bottom line that is exemplary.
Recommend this to all readers of general fiction.
Hidden Within also covered what it means to be part of a family and how secrets and being seen to do the right thing can ultimately destroy that which you seek to preserve.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Susan's unhappy path is lightened with colorful characters, her tatooed sister, an easily soused woman who helps the abused, and Paul Saint, a man Susan goes for at first sight. But divorce isn't the best solution for a vicar who wants to conceal his demonic tendencies.
Abuse of wives amongst professionals has become a subject in recent decades. I did wish to know more about Nathan and how he decided on the church. But his actions are well-depicted, showing unfair criticism at first and increasing slowly in the levels of tyranny throughout most of the book.
Events with Susan's father approach shock-level too, bringing a pattern into her life, what she can hardly comprehend but what her sister can reveal in blunt reaction. I read this with fascination as it was presented in a realistic way until we get to Paul Saint. The book is in the Christian romance genre yet there are undertones at the end. How would the reader go about her future if she were Susan, accustomed to operating with faith?
What I enjoyed most about this novel was the banter between the sisters, a touch of humor, the portrayal of the psychiatrist, confronting the issue of divorce, debate about the meaning of biblical verse, the dedication, and the surprises ... dark family secrets, murder, and I don't do spoilers.