A stirring conclusion: "In Times Gone By" by Tracie Peterson

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about the book....

After giving up on love, she faces a dilemma of the heart.

After getting left at the altar, Kenzie Gifford flees to San Francisco to start her life over, determined never to love again. She's made new friends and has a good job in the office of her cousin's chocolate factory. The only thorn in her side is Dr. Micah Fisher, who insists on pursuing her despite her constant resistance.

Then the Great Earthquake of 1906 strikes the city, and everything changes. The devastation all around her makes Kenzie reevaluate her outlook on life--and possibly even her feelings for Micah. Her world is rocked again when her ex-fianc├ę appears, determined to win her back. But Arthur already broke her heart once. Does she dare trust him again? The sudden arrival of a hidden danger will expose the motivations of all involved, but it could cost Kenzie her heart--and her life.

my review....

"In Times Gone By" is just the sort of book you hope for when you've been thoroughly enjoying a series and are hoping that things will come to a fitting - and exciting - conclusion. Each novel in this series has had its own unique flavour and each has been equally satisfying, with this last novel perhaps even being more so! Kenzie grabbed my attention in the first novel for her grit and pluck but also because of the deep wound she was harbouring from her past, something us readers can really relate to. Watching her confront that wound and then come to a place of peace and wholeness made for some heart-warming reading indeed. But I think what I most enjoyed about this book is not even just her own story arc, as good as it was. Rather, it was the way that Peterson continued to weave the lives of all these characters together in a remarkable way, showing the power of grace and loyalty and powerful friendship that they extend to each other. In the case of Kenzie herself, adding in some mystery and suspense to her story (and of course some heart-warming romance) made for an even better journey to the end!

As the story of Kenzie and Micah, Judith and Caleb, and Camri and Patrick drew to a close, I was left with a big smile and the sense that I'd somehow made friends with these characters over the course of the series. While I also enjoy the type of series where each novel can be read more as a standalone book, the Golden Gate Secrets series has been a far more richer experience because of how Peterson has truly intertwined the lives of these characters in each novel, while providing each heroine with a chance to shine. Kenzie certainly does so with her part in this concluding book, and I am certain that you are going to love "In Times Gone By" just as much as I have.

I award this novel a high rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, and encourage you to not only try this novel for yourself, but go back and devour the first two novels as well if you haven't yet done so. The journey will certainly be worth it!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Tracie Peterson
Tracie Peterson (www.traciepeterson.com) is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

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