Monday, June 29, 2015

Beyond the Ashes, by Karen Barnett {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?

What I thought about the book

This is an enjoyable read, a page-turner, in my opinion. It was a hard book to put down. I enjoy historical fiction.

I found it interesting to learn more about the early research of cancer, and felt at the edge of my seat while reading about Gerald and the crisis he faced, and whether the relationship between him and Ruby would have a chance to develop.

Frankly, I enjoyed it as much as Out of the Ruins. If you like historical fiction, you will enjoy this as well.

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.

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to read and review Beyond the Ashes! I'm glad you enjoyed the story. :)


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