Litfuse presents…..Beyond the Ashes by Karen Barnett

Beyond the Ashes

by Karen Barnett

Beyond the AshesBeyond 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?

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Dr. Gerald Larkspur and Ruby Marshall are two different people, with two different needs. They meet when Ruby decides to leave home and go help her brother with his research of cancer, but things changed at bit when she met her brother’s partner, Dr Larkspur. Even though they hit it off, so to say, could they have a relationship? with his house full of people left homeless from an earthquake, and the lurking illness he hasn’t found a name for, it seems to risky to let his feeling for Ruby go anywhere.

This was such a good book. Karen Barnett does an amazing job with creating characters that I grew to love, and a plot that leaves you guessing after every page. There are a lot emotions throughout the book, some good, but a lot that are difficult to deal with. The scenes were so very detailed, and sometimes tensions soar, but this is what makes the book seem more real. You will find yourself glued to the pages as you read Beyond the Ashes, to see if Dr. Larkspur and Ruby will be able to have that house full of kids that Larkspur dreams of.

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.

About the author

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.


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