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Litfuse Blog Tour for BEYOND THE ASHES by Karen Barnett and Giveaway!

on July 11, 2015

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I’m happy today to take part in the blog tour for Karen Barnett’s second story in her Golden Gate Chronicles series: BEYOND THE ASHES.

Here’s the synopsis from Litfuse:

About the book:
Beyond 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?

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1IGu1bg

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.

Find Karen online: website, Twitter, Facebook

If you read me, you know I love historical fiction. Plus I grew up in the Bay Area, so stories taking place in San Francisco are always a draw for me! This story had a lot of background in it about conditions after the big quake and medical issues at the time. I found the whole subplot about cancer and cancer treatment – just a hundred years ago – quite fascinating, too.
There were a lot of characters in this book, with the main ones being Ruby, her brother Robert, and his friend and fellow doctor Gerald. I did find the first half of the book a tad slow. There was a lot of build up to Ruby and Gerald’s feelings for each other. Then it seemed like the second half of the book flew! There were a few other subplots (such as one about the abuse of young Asian girls), along with Ruby and Gerald’s relationship, the upcoming wedding of Robert, Gerald’s illness, and an ill-timed diphtheria outbreak! The Christian element in this book is what I call a “light touch”. Ruby and Gerald – and another key character who was a minster – are people of faith and they let that faith guide them.
Recommended to those who enjoy historical fiction!
Here’s a chance to win a copy of your own: Giveaway!
Thank you for making me part of the tour and for my review e-copy!
You, too, can follow the tour:

Blog Tour Schedule:

6/29/2015
Rebekah | Backing Books
Jendi | Jendi’s Journal
Tressa | Wishful Endings
Karen | LyonsLady
Charity | aTransParentMom
Marianne | reviewing Novels Online
Debra | 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too !
Charity | Giveaway Lady
Trish | View from the Birdhouse
Lisa | A Rup Life
Julia | Avid Reader Reviews

6/30/2015

Taylor | Taylor Reid Reads and Breathes
Vicky | deal sharing aunt
Dianna | Savings in Seconds
Cassandra | Cassandra M’s Place
Erin | For Him and My Family
Megan | when life gets you down…read a book

7/1/2015

Jami | Jami’s Words
Rayleigh | Accelerate The Jesus Movement
Joy | Splashes of Joy
Jalynn | A Simple Life, really?!
Kav | Best Reads

7/2/2015

Pamela | Daysong Reflections
Kathleen | Reviews From The Heart

7/3/2015

Angela | Griperang’s Bookmarks
Gayle | BOOKS REVIEWS ETC
Margaret | The World As I See It

7/4/2015

Amanda | Inklings and Notions

7/5/2015

Sandra | Simple Harvest Reads
Annie | Just Commonly

7/6/2015

Sally | Proverbial Reads
Nicki | Confessions of a Teenage Bookworm
Wendy | Life at Rossmont

7/7/2015

Sarah | Growing for Christ
Val | Beyond the ashes
Debra | Footprints in the Butter
Rachel | EmpowerMoms
Victor | Vic’s Media Room
Nancy | sunny island breezes
Laura | Harvest Lane Cottage
Becky | Christian Chick’s Thoughts
Heidi | Heidi Reads…

7/8/2015

Lena | A Christian Writers World
Katrina | Life With Katie
Lindsey | Books for Christian Girls

7/9/2015

Britney | Buzzing About Books
Kristie | Moments
Hallie | Book by Book

7/10/2015

Vera | Chat With Vera
Carole | The Power of Words
Margaret | Frugal-Shopping and More
Veronica | Veronica’s ‘Views
Sue | Thoughts from Mill Street

7/11/2015

Beth | Beth’s Book-Nook Blog

7/13/2015

Crystal | Reading Corner Book Reviews & More!
Carla | Working Mommy Journal

7/14/2015

Cheryl | cherylbbookblog
Kay | Kaisy Daisy’s Corner

7/15/2015

Paige | Electively Paige
Renee | Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot
Deb | Positive Grace

7/16/2015

Bethany | Perfect Beginnings
Abbi | Christian Novels
Kari | Slow It Down

7/17/2015

Barbara | i’m Hooked on Books
Marissa | The Review Stew

7/18/2015

Amy | A Nest in the Rocks
Mindy | A Room Without Books is Empty
Michelle | Out Little Corner of the World

7/19/2015

Stacey | WORD Up!
Tammy | Tammy is Blessed
Shirley | A Mom After God’s Own Heart
Amanda | The Talbert Report
Lisa | Seekingwithallyurheart
Rebekah | Caffeinated Christian Raves – N – Reviews

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