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Recently widowed Ruby Marshall is certain she'll discover her new purpose assisting her brother, Robert, with his cancer research in San Francisco. Where better to rebuild and face one's fears than 1906 San Franciso, a city rising from the ashes?
What Ruby doesn't anticipate, is finding new love.
Dr. Gerald Larkspur dreams of filling his empty home, but he'd always hoped it would be with a wife and children. But, with so many people left homeless in the aftermath of the great earthquake, his rooms are overflowing with family and friends. As he attends to the needs of his patients and friends, Gerald doubts he will ever find true love in such circumstances - especially when he develops symptoms of the very disease he's striving to cure.
She's had her love and lost it. He is still missing his heart's desire. Together they must ask - is it worth a second chance at love when time might be short?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Golden Gate Chronicles
Out of the Ruins, Golden Gate Chronicles Series #1Karen BarnettAbingdon Press / 2014 / Trade Paperback$13.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 21 Reviews
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KatyTennesseeGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful historic romance set in San FranciscoFebruary 15, 2016KatyTennesseeGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Beyond the Ashes is a wonderful, historical romance set in San Francisco in 1906, after the devastating earthquake and the fires that followed. The main storyline follows Dr. Gerald Larkspur and Nurse Ruby King Marshall as a budding romance seems to be flowering. On the other hand there are many obstacles, including the handsome and charming Reverend Patrick Allison.
What I enjoyed most about this story is its complexity and numerous subplots, the aftermath of the earthquake being fertile ground for many twists and turns in the story. The early twentieth century was also a prime time of advances in medicine and in machines, such as the X-ray machine and the automobile. Socially, old customs and attitudes seem to be easing toward more freedom and independence for women. All these things together make a very interesting and compelling novel.
Spiritually, this book has much to offer. A major theme is trusting in God and accepting His plans for our lives. We see characters struggling with this, as we all do or have done at times in our lives.
Although, Beyond the Ashes is the second book in The Golden Gate Chronicles. Im looking forward to the next book in the series. If you like historical romance, I think you will find this book to be a good one.
KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Beyond the AshesJanuary 21, 2016KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Karen Barnett has penned a story that takes place in San Francisco just after the great earthquake in 1906. We meet Ruby Marshall a young widow who lost her husband in an accident and has endured all the pity from friends she can handle. She decides to make her escape by traveling to San Francisco to help her brother in the aid work for the survivors of the earthquake. She is sure her nurse training will be beneficial. With communication being so sporadic she is unaware of just how badly damaged the area truly is.
Upon arriving Ruby is faced the aspect that she will be living in Dr. Gerald Larkspur's, her brother's mentor and partner, house along with not only her brother, but also with Dr. Larkspur and his family members. The next surprise is that her brother is engaged to be married to someone none of the family not only doesn't know, but also have never met. Lastly, she is faced with one of her greatest fears, automobiles.
Ruby's character impressed me early in the story. Instead of sitting around feeling sorry for her self she takes control of her life. I can only imagine how terrifying that must have been for her. I like the fact that she faced her fears head on and tried to overcome them.
Dr. Larkspur intrigued me. He was a very dedicated doctor and seemed to put his patients first. He develops an attraction to Ruby, but tries to ignore them. He's trying to develop the use of radiation in treatment of cancer. He recognizes Ruby's fears and instead of belittling her for them he chooses to help her try to overcome them.
This was a great read for me. I enjoyed the plot which was engaging from the first to the last page turned. The plot flows effortlessly. The characters are very complex with very real issues. There's a romantic tension the brings depth to the characters.
This book is a combination of history, romance, forgiveness, hope and faith. The message I received was one of hope and faith.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves history or a good, clean romance.
Sarah SundinAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Touching romance...Solid historyOctober 19, 2015Sarah SundinAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0With solid research, Karen Barnett brings 1906 San Francisco to lifethe ruins, the refugees, the camps, and the rebuilding. Gerald and Ruby are characters you feel for, burdened by fears and failuresyet reaching for life and hope. Beyond the Ashes also explores the fascinating history of the early cancer researchers, and their frustrations and dangers. This is a wonderful, romantic read with a fresh feel and top-notch writing.
weatherlover1U.P MiAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Deep Plot but Well WrittenSeptember 13, 2015weatherlover1U.P MiAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Ruby is the sister of Robert the main male character from book one. After losing her husband and seeing all her friends married and happy she decides to go live with Robert to free herself from all her well-meaning friends and family who want to see her remarry and to also find purpose for her life. What she did not expect was to find her brother engaged and not only living in the same house as his fianc but also living with his single Doctor friend.
Gerald would be happy to remain a bachelor living alone in his house but due to the earthquake his home is not his own and now his friends single sister makes it even fuller. As much as he tried to ignore her he cant help but find himself attracted to her but when side effects from his research threaten his health he wonders what God has in store for him.
What I liked: I really enjoyed this book. I liked all the characters. Ruby had been dealt a blow with the death of her husband and coming to live and work with her brother is a new start for her. When she starts to have feeling for Gerald she fights it because she is scared to death to lose someone else and by facing this fear she also starts to gain her faith in God again.
Gerald puts all his effort into his work and research but as he and Robert lose more patiences and see possible health issues due to the x-ray machine they are using for research he starts to wonder if what he is doing is really helping people. Plus the more time he spends with Ruby the more he want a wife and family yet he worries his health could be in jeopardy.
I found this very real and down to earth. The post-earthquake setting lets readers see how much changed and how the city is working to rebuild and the conditions some people had to live and work in. The family dynamics with Robert and his fiancs upcoming wedding add some humor to the sometimes darker story.
What I didnt like: The overall plot of this book was kind of sad. As much as I enjoyed it I just wanted the book to be over as I really dont enjoy reading about sickness. The ending was okay but still left me feeling somewhat sad for the characters.
Overall this was an enjoyable book and a good sequel to the first book in the series. I highly recommend reading the first book as this book follows right after it. I have enjoyed learning about the 1906 earthquake and how the city dealt with and rebuilt after.
MarilynCoral Springs, FLAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Trusting God is not always easyAugust 15, 2015MarilynCoral Springs, FLAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is book 2 in The Golden Gate Chronicles, I have not read the first one and had no trouble understanding what was going on in this book. If you read the first book you will learn more about the sub characters in this book, however it is not necessary to keep up with this one.
Ruby Marshall struggles with many fears. Automobiles, weddings, a chance of love again and even trusting God. When she thinks to escape to help her brother she never expected to meet Gerald Larkspur. Will she be able to love again or is this situation more than she can bear? Ruby is a very independent, educated, kindhearted woman. Can she conquer her fears or will fear win out?
Gerald Larkspur seems to be fighting time, sickness, the board and even just finding a place of solace. When Ruby enters his life has God finally brought someone he can see as a wife? Yet when circumstances become unclear can he really ask her to expect the unexpected? Gerald is an independent, well educated doctor trying to find a cure for cancer while helping his family and his community.
I was given a copy of this novel by the author and net galley for my honest opinion.