26 May 2016

Through the Shadows by Karen Barnett

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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?

This third Golden Gate Chronicles novel transports Karen Barnett’s readers once again to the San Francisco of the early 1900s. Both pianist-turned-teacher Elizabeth King and lawyer Charles McKinley try to right the wrongs they see in the post-earthquake society around them, and with great historical detail, Barnett tells an excellent (and romantic) story involving social injustice and corruption, as well as courage and redemption. Every aspect of Through the Shadows pulled me through the pages of its story, keeping me reading, reading, reading from start to finish. And just as I enjoyed Out of the Ruins and Beyond the Ashes, I really enjoyed this novel and easily recommend it to fellow lovers of historical (romantic) fiction. It’s an engrossing and satisfying read.

Thanks to LitFuse Publicity Group, I received a copy of Through the Shadows and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. To read other opinions, be sure to check out what other reviewers think here, and purchase a copy of the book here.

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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