Friday, July 10, 2015

"Beyond the Ashes"

Book info
About the book:
Beyond the Ashes (Abingdon Press, June 2015)

Where better to rebuild and face one's fears than in 1906 San Francisco, a city rising from the ashes?

Ruby Marshall, a young widow, is certain she'll discover new purpose assisting her brother Robert with his cancer research, but she doesn't anticipate finding new love.

Dr. Gerald Larkspur dreams of filling his empty home with family, but he'd always hoped it would be a wife and children. In the aftermath of the great earthquake, the rooms are overflowing with extended family and friends left homeless by the disaster. When Robert's widowed sister arrives, the close quarters seem close indeed.

Ruby and Gerald's fledgling romance is put at risk when Gerald develops symptoms of the very disease they're striving to cure. Together they must ask---is it worth a second chance at love when time might be short?

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About the author:
Karen Barnett is the author of Beyond the Ashes, Out of the Ruins, and Mistaken. Named the 2013 Writer of Promise by Oregon Christian Writers, Karen lives in Albany, Oregon, with her husband and two kids. When she's not writing novels, she loves speaking at women's events, libraries, and book clubs.

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My Review:
I really enjoyed "Beyond the Ashes" which is book 2 in The Golden Gate Chronicles series by Karen Barnett.  This is excellent historical fiction that takes place in a gorgeous and well-described setting that comes to life.  Ruby is a young widow and is tired of being the object of everyone's pity and makes a sudden life changing decision.  Ruby is a loveable character as she is a determined, strong individual and so real that she was easy to empathize with throughout the book.  This story also has a medical component to it which adds another element to the book and the historical details of the medical field along with the details of the traditions, clothing and the ways of society of this time period create a lovely read.

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*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

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