July 3, 2015

Beyond the Ashes by Karen Barnett

I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for a fair and honest review

Publication date: June 16, 2015
Number of pages: 320
/Genre: Christian, Historical Fiction
Series: Golden Gate Chronicles #2

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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What did I think about this story:
I enjoyed reading this book. I liked how it starts just after the great earthquake and tells us how they are rebuilding the city and lives. You can tell this author did her research of historical facts as they were spot on. I also like how the romance is blended well with the historical part of the story so it does not seem like a mushy in your face romance book. The author has a way with her story telling that she makes you feel as if you are a part of the story. I thought the characters were very well developed and you felt as if you knew them well by the end of the book. This is the second book in this series and I suggest that you read them in order as this book picks up where the first one left off. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series. 

What did I think of the cover:
I really like this cover it not only gives us a picture of the main character but a view of where this book takes place. 

My rating

About the author:
Karen Barnett is the author of Beyond the AshesOut 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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Books in the Golden Gate Chronicles Series
#1 Out of the Ruins
#2 Beyond the Ashes

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