Sunday, July 19, 2015

Beyond The Ashes: A Book Review

About The Book:


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?

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.

My Review:

This was a beautiful read and a wonderful second installment in the The Golden Gate Chronicles. It was a quick read, and the characters are all remarkablly developed, particularly the main characters of Ruby and Gerald. The interactions between all the characters is so great, allowing the story lines to flow incredibly smoothly. I loved that it was very apparent that a great deal of research was done to make this novel as real to life as possible. This was definitely accomplished. The plot of Beyond the Ashes was superior and grabbed my attention from the very started and I am glad it included a number of twists that I did not expect. I also loved that it brought real like experiences like the San Francisco Earthquake to life and allowed me to feel as though I was right there.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.


BUY IT: You can purchase Beyond The Ashes online through Amazon. It can also be purchased at your favorite Christian book retailer from Abingdon Press.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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