29 December 2014

Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett

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While her sister lies on her deathbed, Abby Fischer prays for a miracle. What Abby doesn’t expect, however, is for God’s answer to come in the form of the handsome Dr. Robert King, whose experimental treatment is risky at best.

As they work together toward a cure, Abby’s feelings for Robert become hopelessly entangled. Separated by the tragedy of the mighty San Francisco earthquake, their relationship suddenly takes a back seat to survival. With fires raging throughout the city, Abby fears for her life as she flees alone through burning streets. Where is God now? Will Robert find Abby, even as the world burns around them? Or has their love fallen with the ruins of the city?

Karen Barnett’s Out of the Ruins provides a fascinating look at both cancer treatment in the early 1900s and the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Against this backdrop, Barnett creates interesting and relatable characters who must determine how God fits among their circumstances. I really enjoyed this historical read with its action, drama and romance and cannot wait to read the following Golden Gate Chronicles novel, Beyond the Ashes.

Thanks to Goodreads First Reads, I won a copy of Out of the Ruins. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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