Out of the Ruins, Golden Gate Chronicles Series #1   -     By: Karen Barnett
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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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1426780575
ISBN-13: 9781426780578
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Abby’s shattered faith in both God and man is challenged when the terrible earthquake hits 1906 San Francisco.

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Karen Barnett is the author of 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 shes not writing novels, she loves speaking at womens events, libraries, and book clubs. You can learn more at KarenBarnettBooks.com.

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  1. OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Can Good Come from Devastation?
    April 30, 2015
    MaryAnn
    OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Since I enjoy historical fiction and know the author personally, I looked forward to reading this novel. It didn't disappoint. The authentic details bring the period to life. Not only do we get a tale about the devastating San Francisco earthquake of 1906, we find medical drama about early treatment for cancer. I was expecting the former so became impatient waiting since it forms the second half of the book, but the whole story ties together well and forms a deeper picture of the lives affected by these tragedies. I also enjoyed Karen's way with words and some fine phrasing--this adds to the pleasure of reading for me. That being said, and maybe it's just me, but I didn't connect as strongly with the characters as I'd hoped to. In some stories I feel so much a part of the action, but in this one I felt like an observer. Nevertheless, I gladly recommend this well-plotted novel. (I was not asked to review the book by the author, but chose to do so.)
  2. Plymouth MA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Out of the Ruins - bringing life out of ashes
    September 27, 2014
    debhgrty
    Plymouth MA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ill never leave you nor forsake you

    San Francisco 1906

    Abby Fisher is horribly distraught. Her sister, her beautiful, charming sister, is deathly ill with leukemia. Always in her sisters shadow, Abby still will move heaven and earth to save Cecelia. Their cousin, a doctor, brings a young colleague with him when he comes to see Cecelia Dr. Robert King has an experimental, but risky treatment that may save her life.

    Even though Cecelia may not live through the trip, they transport her by motor car to San Francisco to the hospital where Dr. King had his equipment. This new treatment, X-ray therapy, may be the answer to all their prayers.

    Enter the great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906. How the family survives and grows stronger through the chaos is an enchanting story. And Abbys feelings for young Dr. King are the stuff of an enchanting romance. But first, Abby must work through her grief and anger that causes her to question her faith and even the very existence of God.

    Karen Barnett is quoted as saying, There was a time in my life where I pushed God away, but it was because of guilt rather than grief. I knew God would never approve of the choices I was making at the time, so I played Jonah and hid from Him, thinking I could return once I fixed all my problems, The result? I continued falling further into sin because I was incapable of changing myself. It took a time before I realized I needed Gods strength to overcome my weakness. Barnett has taken her own experiences to build a story that leave us with the understanding that no matter who we are or what we've done, God is still as close to us as our next breath and will never leave us nor forsake us.

    Out of the Ruins is the first in Barnetts Golden Gate Chronicles series bringing to life the world of the early 20th century a time when technology was changing lives faster than people could keep up. Modern advances such as automobiles, the telephone, electricity, x-rays all changed peoples lives in unimaginable ways. Youll love Abbys story and will want to read the rest of the series.
  3. Virginia
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Out of the Ruins
    August 26, 2014
    Mary Tatem
    Virginia
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Karen Barnetts novel, Out of the Ruins, grips the reader from page one. Her exciting story meshes the horror of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and its subsequent fire with a tender love story. Her characters grip readers hearts as they grapple with despair, disillusionment, and regret in the face of disaster and failure. Barnett weaves the momentous historical event together with fascinating bits of medical details from the first decade of the Twentieth century to create a setting that sets the heart pounding and reveals truth about God. I rejoice in the hope I gleaned from this historical novel. God is with us during the bad times as well as the good. Although the characters are fictional, the truths they reveal are real and applicable to the present.

  4. NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fascinating Novel
    August 13, 2014
    A Reader
    NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Every so often I read a book in which I leave its pages with a desire to learn more of that subject and time in history. With Out of the Ruins, Karen Barnett, has made me go on a hunt to find more books, photographs, and film footage of this catastrophic period in the history of San Francisco, California. What a fascinating novel!

    In Out of the Ruins, Abby Fischers family has to relocate to San Francisco because of her sisters need for a hospital, good doctors, and a cure for her cancer. Dr. Robert King has been studying the new X-ray treatment and wants to experiment on Abbys sister. If this works, doctors wish to try this on other kinds of cancer as well.

    Abby is a nice enough heroine. I liked that she wasnt supposed to be beautiful and had her share of awkward moments. These moments created some light-hearted scenes in an otherwise serious, somber book. I admired the authors portrayal of the relationship between Abby and her siblings. Even though Abby is quiet (most of the time) and not a social butterfly like her sister, they are best friends. Each sister has something to offer. Abby doesnt make friends easily. Where she does love, she loves fiercely and feels deeply. She adores her little brother and I did too. Karen Barnett did a wonderful job writing a four year old. He didnt talk way above his age level, try to match-make, and take up unnecessary page space. This boy was just right.

    The hero, Robert, is good. Um....Im not certain what else to say about him. The novel concentrated more on his occupation and dedication than on his personality. We dont read much about his likes and dislikes, background or habits. He was there to be the hero and doctor. It was fascinating to read about the X-ray treatment he was using. I love learning little things like that about history. Things havent changed that much. They were trying to cure cancer back then and are still doing so now!

    A romantic relationship is always an important part of fiction. Abby and Robert have a romance, but its not a major part of this work. Usually, I want more romance in a novel. In this case I was so blown away by the history plot that a lot more romance would have been contrived and out of place. I do wish there would have been a couple more chapters that would have shown a the couple in love and relaxed after all the problems have been settled. We need more peace afer all the drama.

    Out of the Ruins has us walking with Abby and her family through some very dark, tough waters of sickness, grief, loneliness, and finally, the earthquake and Great Fire of San Francisco. Karen Barnett writes with sympathy and understanding, while not shying away from the harsh realities. Through all of these problems, Abby has to learn to trust God and surrender her will to Him. The author brings out some wonderful truths about Gods love and control in difficult circumstances.

    Karen Barnetts story had me on the edge of my seat. After walking, grieving, and sympathizing with these characters we are confronted with unfathomable catastrophes! I love the way the author wrote the second-half of the book in real-time. One could feel the panic and taste the fear of these people during the earthquake and fire. Hour by hour we are accompanying Abby and/or Robert in their aid of others and their search for escape.

    After closing this book I want to find more information about the Great Fire of San Francisco and look forward to reading book two in this series.
  5. Shippensburg, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Riveting Tale
    June 18, 2014
    Digging4Pearls
    Shippensburg, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Abby Fischer has only one desire in life - to see her sister, Cecelia, well again. When an experimental treatment is suggested, Abby tells God she'll do anything if He will only save Cecelia's life, otherwise she won't speak with Him ever again.

    Dr. Robert King is consumed with his research, and trying to make a breakthrough with his new remedy for cancer patients. He has set his beliefs in God on a shelf in favor of his knowledge of science.

    Set in the backdrop of San Francisco, California before the historic earthquake in 1906, Out of the Ruins is a soul-searching tale of death and loss, hope and faith. Karen Barnett has developed a gripping tale of God's faithfulness through fire and flames.

    This book was provided free for review by Abingdon Press.
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