Friday, June 13, 2014

"Out of the Ruins" by Karen Barnett

The year is 1906 and San Francisco is rocked by a terrible earthquake. This is a life changing event for Abby Fischer. Not only is she moved from San Jose, all the while praying for a miracle cure for her sister, Cecelia, but she feels that God has deserted her.  Then the earthquake and ensuing fire cause such destruction. Will Abby find her way back?

Abby's sister is dying of leukemia. They know there is no cure, but Abby prays for a miracle and when a cousin mentions an experimental treatment, they move to San Francisco. Abby meets Dr. Robert King. They work together to help Cecelia, but also find they are attracted to each other. But then, the earthquake hits, separating them. Will they find each other amid the ruins? What happens to Cecelia? Will Abby find true love and forgiveness in her relationship with God?

This is a beautiful story of relationships (sisters, God and man, man and woman) set a midst tragic circumstances. Readers will be drawn in by the wonderful characters and rich story. It is compelling and riveting. If you like historical romance, this book is for you. Reading groups may find it an interesting book for discussion as well. I received my review copy from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for honest participation in the blog tour.

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About the book: 

Abby's shattered faith in both God and man is challenged when the terrible earthquake hits 1906 San Francisco.
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?

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About the author: 

Karen Barnett is the author of Mistakenand several articles that have been published by Guideposts and other national magazines. She lives in Albany, Oregon, with her husband, two children, and three cats. 

Karen can be found at: website,TwitterFacebook, Pinterest
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