Monday, June 6, 2016

Through the Shadows, by Karen Barnet {book review}

About the book

As San Francisco rises from the ashes, an age-old battle looms between corruption and the promise of new beginnings.

The devastating earthquake is just two years past, but the city of San Francisco is still trying to recover. Destruction of this magnitude is not so easy to overcome-and neither are the past regrets shadowing Elizabeth King’s hopeful future.

Hoping to right her wrongs, Elizabeth dedicates herself to helping girls rescued from slavery in Chinatown brothels, even if it means putting her own life at risk to sneak through the gloomy alleys and rooftops where dangers lurk.

Putting her life on the line for a worthy cause is admirable. But opening her heart is even more terrifying. So when Elizabeth meets attorney, Charles McKinley—a man who dreams of reforming San Francisco’s crooked politics—Elizabeth begins to doubt: Can she maintain her pretense and hide her past? Or will her secret jeopardize both their futures?

What I thought about the book

Through the Shadows is book three of The Golden Gate Chronicles, and touches on such heavy topics as political corruption and human trafficking. But it also covers God's love and His grace, and how they cannot be earned; they are His free gift to us.

I really enjoyed learning more about the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake, as well as learning about the Cameron House, the Occidental Mission Home for Girls, which was started in 1874, with it's initial purpose being to intervene on behalf of young, Asian, immigrant females who had become vulnerable upon arrival into the United States.

Truly, another exceptional historical, mostly fiction, based on fact, by Karen Barnett.

You can also read my reviews of Beyond the Ashes, and Out of the Ruins.

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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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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