About the Book:
“Tis better to have loved and lost…,” but can Ruby Marshall risk her heart a second time?
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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About the Author:
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.
I had the pleasure of reading the first book, Out of the Ruins, which was fantastic but I think I enjoyed Beyond the Ashes even more. Maybe because I could empathize with Ruby in the fact that she lost her husband, suddenly and unexpectedly, at a young age even though she had no children with him. She arrives to help her brother, who she doesn’t realize is engaged to Abby, the young woman from the last book, and thinks she should just go back home and life a life as the widow Marshall. Her brother and his partner convince her stay, even with the unfavorable living circumstances they are forced to live as the city rebuilds. Ruby is afraid, she wants a comfortable life with no unknowns so driving a car or even a street car is enough to send her running, I know that fear too – paying the bills for the first time, going on a long vacation with just myself and the children. Her life has expanded and opens up new experiences – and she struggles with the Lord in why the senseless loss of her husband.
The characters seem so real, even as they live their lives, we can feel their feelings – Abby’s elation over her impending nuptials, Ruby’s hesitancy to enter into a new relationship, As the book progresses we see Ruby develop from a woe-is-me widow into a woman who becomes her own woman, with or without a man in her life. Working as a nurse in the hospital with her brother and his partner and volunteering in the tent camps for those who lost everything but can’t afford to rebuild, she blossoms. She eventually realizes what the Lord has in store for her but only after she turns her whole life over to Him, which was one of her struggles when she first arrived in San Francisco, she didn’t want a God who would take a loved one, but she realizes there is much in store for her life than just being a widow. I do suggest you read the first book first so it all flows together and you’re in for a real treat when you read Beyond the Ashes.
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