Litfuse Presents Out of the Ruins By by Karen Barnett

Out of the Ruins | The Golden Gate Chronicles, Book 1

by Karen Barnett


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?

Learn more and purchase a copy at Karen’s website.


Out of the Ruins is a really great book with the setting in San Francisco in 1905/1906 during the time of the earthquake. Abby Fischer’s sister was in the hospital fighting for her life, throwing Abby and Dr. Robert King together to find a cure for her sister. Spending so much time together, the two became attracted to each other, but when separated in the earthquake, survival because their most important task.

Though I’ve heard about this tragedy, this is the first book I’ve read with the setting before and during the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. Reading Out of Ruins really gave me a feeling of what those people went through during that time. Author Karen Barnette does a fantastic job of so vividly describing the scenes throughout the book to help readers better understand the tragic events that took place.  As I read about Dr. King and Abby being separated during the earthquake, I couldn’t help but wonder how many people in real life went through the same situation. This was a most interesting read, and especially since it was centered around a real life tragic even in history.

You history buffs would definitely enjoy this read. I received this book from Litfuse to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.




Karen Barnett is the author of “Mistaken” and 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. @KarenMBarnett


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