Saturday, July 18, 2015

Karen Barnett’s ‘Beyond the Ashes’ 5-Book Giveaway

Beyond the Ashes (Abingdon Press, June 2015)
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?

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 VIEW:  I really enjoyed the debut novel from Karen Barnett.  So, when the sequel came out I knew that it was something that I had to read.

I love the research that has gone into this novel.   It is not another boy meets girl and fall in love novel, but it is a novel of rebuilding and starting over.  Ruby King Marshall comes to San Francisco to help with the relief work and to help her brother find a wife.   She is surprised at the destruction of San Francisco and the rebuilding that has already started.  There is another surprise that awaits her.

How do you start over after losing a loved one?   Can one find love again?   Time is short, but are you willing to risk all of that for love and happiness along the way.

Come follow the story of Ruby King Marshall and Dr. Gerald Larkspur as they find answers to those questions.   Step back in time after the great San Francisco Earthquake and medicine was in its early infancy especially the treatment of cancer.   It makes you realize how far medicine has come today.