Beyond the Ashes by Karen Barnett | Blog Tour and Book Giveaway

Head back to 20th-century San Francisco as the city rises from the ashes of the 1906 earthquake and Ruby and Gerald face their fears in book two, Beyond the Ashes, of Karen Barnett’s The Golden Gate Chronicles series. 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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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?

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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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    I really enjoyed reading this book and learning about the rebuilding of San Francisco and also the early research of using x-rays in cancer treatments add in alittle romance and you have a great book.

    Written by A Room Without books is Empty on July 21, 2015
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    Though I have read a lot of Historical Christian Romance lately, this one is definitely a standout. The author had a way of giving voice to her characters with just the littlest touches that created a realistic edge to the story that drew me in from the start. Though this book was at times deeply emotional, it was also inspiring. Whether you are a historical romance fan or just a romance fan in general I think you will find this book to your liking. I highly recommend and look forward to more in the series!

    Written by Electively Paige on July 20, 2015


    As a nurse myself I really loved reading about the early attempts to treat cancer. I loved how our heroine can over come her fears of what she believed killed her husband and also open her heart to love and potential loss. And who wouldn’t love the Irish preacher! Love the personality he was given! This is one you’re going to have to read on your own. After all, I’m not telling you if Ruby ends up with the Irish or the Doctor!!

    Written by For Him and My Family on July 20, 2015


    This is a interesting read about the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake. Filled with rich historical details this book was an engrossing read. I enjoyed reading about the medicine of the early 20th century. The characters were interesting and realistic. I found this to be a very interesting read and look forward to reading other books by this author.
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on July 20, 2015


    What a beautiful story of love and trust. Ruby is a young widow that is learning to find her way. She heads on out to work with her brother in the recently devastated San Francisco. After the 1906 fire destroyed much of the city, refugee camps and hospitals are in desperate need of help. She is determined to find her own way and not rely on a man.

    Of course, once she is there she meets a Dr. that sends her heart racing! This is a beautiful story. I loved the characters. They were very relatable. There was a strange part at the end that wasn’t ever cleared up. I wish that something would have been said about it, but that is just me. I do recommend this book. It is a really great read and held my attention throughout.

    Thank you, Litfuse, for this great book!

    Written by aTransParentMom on July 19, 2015
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    I really appreciate the detail that Karen took in writing this novel. It’s apparent that she did a lot of research on the earthquake and the rebuilding of San Francisco, as well as early 20th century medical technology (especially regarding cancer research of the day).

    The characters’ stories are so well-knit. I love the interaction between the characters. It was refreshing to read true-to-life issues faced by characters who face the challenges of their own immortality and their own failures and at the same time know and take comfort in the fact that their futures are held in the hands of a mighty God. The attention to detail of the characters is fantastic, and dialog is very neat and easy to read.

    Written by Jami’s Words on July 19, 2015
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    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.

    Written by Splashes of Joy on July 19, 2015
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    Ever since I read the first book in this series, The Golden Gate Chronicles, I have looked forward to reading the next one in the series. I was absolutely hooked on this series from the first page of the last book and I wasn’t disappointed in this one. I immediately picked up where I had left off after the earthquake and fire of San Francisco.

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on July 19, 2015
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    I love the research that has gone into this novel. It is not another boy meets girl and fall in love novel, but it is a novel of rebuilding and starting over. Ruby King Marshall comes to San Francisco to help with the relief work and to help her brother find a wife. She is surprised at the destruction of San Francisco and the rebuilding that has already started. There is another surprise that awaits her.

    Written by Caffeinated Christian Raves – N – Reviews on July 19, 2015


    I really enjoyed seeing Ruby grow in her faith, making the decision to give control of her life to God and love Gerald no matter how long they have together. She faced her fear of losing someone else she loved, releasing that fear to God. Gerald showed Ruby by example how to trust God first and foremost. This served as a reminder to me as to where my trust is placed. How about you?

    Written by Seeking with All Yur Heart on July 19, 2015
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    Ruby is an interesting character. Her work with the families living in the tent cities helps her overcome the grief of her husband’s death and helps encourage her feelings for Gerald. I love how Gerald grieves when he loses a patient and will stand up and fight hospital administration to keep funding for his research. This is a good book, a wonderful continuation of the first story.

    Written by Our Little Corner of the World on July 18, 2015
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    Beyond the Ashes is a beautiful historical romance that will keep you turning pages well past bedtime. It ends a bit abruptly for my taste, but it is a thought-provoking and entertaining read.

    Written by WORD Up! on July 18, 2015
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  • If you enjoy Christian historical romance, then I’d definitely recommend Beyond the Ashes. The inspiration was nicely woven throughout, I loved the characters, felt immersed in the setting, and the romance was perfect. It was well worth the read.

    Written by Wishful Endings on July 17, 2015
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    I am a HUGE fan of the first book in this series, Out of the Ruins and was waiting so anxiously for Beyond the Ashes to come out because the first book ends with the story still to continue!

    As always, Karen Barnett writes with such description and talent that I am instantly sucked into the book for hours and can’t put it down! Sadly, this books ends with a cliffhanger “to be continued” ending as well so now I wait for the third book to come out NOT so patiently!!!

    Written by The Review Stew on July 17, 2015
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    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.

    Written by Growing for Christ on July 17, 2015
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    After hearing nothing but good things about this author’s debut I jumped at the chance to review her next book. I loved it and I’ve been quite anxious to read this one! Thankfully it lived up to my expectations!
    I loved all of the rich historical details about the rebuilding of San Francisco after the quake and about the early research into curing cancer. I haven’t read much about either so it was quite fascinating!
    Gerald and Ruby were both amazing characters and it was sweet to watch them fall in love! I loved Gerald’s generosity and his care for those around him, and Ruby’s courage to face and overcome her fears.
    It was also great to see more of Robert and Abby’s story! All in all this was a fantastic book that I highly recommend!

    Written by Christian Novels on July 16, 2015
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    Beyond the Ashes is a sweet summer read. This is a historical book that has depth of setting as well as depth of characters. Karen Barnett does well to create a voice for each character while giving us a look at the struggle of rebuilding and recovering. I thoroughly enjoyed this book beginning to end.

    Written by Slow It Down on July 16, 2015


    Beyond the Ashes by Karen Barnett is a gem among the ashes for sure! Karen takes a hard tragedy and turns it into something of beauty, shining God’s light along the way! An intricate web of beautiful characters, a broken city, and enough spunk to keep you on your toes!

    Written by Confessions of a Teenage Bookworm on July 16, 2015


    Ruby’s battle with loss at a young age and Gerald’s unwillingness to acknowledge his own potentially life-changing health issue make for some rather heavy reading. I like that this book explores technological advancements in medicine and cancer treatments as did the novel that began the series, although Beyond the Ashes has a rather unique ending that I’m still not sure I like. I like experiencing the warm fuzzies when I close a book, and it just left me feeling a little down. All in all, this was a good story and I hope that book 3 addresses this Patrick fellow who is a complete dish with his green eyes and broad shoulders.

    Written by Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot on July 15, 2015
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    I found this story as intriguing as the first book where we are introduced to Robert, Dr. Gerald and Abby. Ruby meets Dr. Gerald Larkspur who seems to understand her and against her will she falls in love with him after telling herself that she doesn’t want to fall in love again so she doesn’t suffer loss again. In the end she learns that it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all. This is a great story about realizing that we are not in control of our lives, God is and we need to have faith in him.

    Written by Frugal Shopping and More on July 15, 2015
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    Widowed Ruby’s off to San Francisco—will she find her heart’s desires?

    Ruby Marshall became a widow when one of those new-fangled automobiles startled the horse her husband, Charlie, was riding and threw him to his death. The boundaries of her life in Sacramento are too tight, so she goes off to San Francisco to help her brother, Robert King, with his cancer research. The year is 1906 and the city is in the throes of rebuilding after the disastrous earthquake and fire that devastated the area.

    She arrives at the ferry dock where her brother is to meet her only to discover that Robert’s fiancée, Abby Fischer, is with him as is his partner, Dr. Gerald Larkspur. Abby is a total surprise to Ruby—Robert’s told his family nothing of his plans. Totally in shock, Ruby almost faints.

    Written by Positive Grace on July 15, 2015
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    I enjoyed Beyond the Ashes. The story took place right after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. I thought that the description of what it was like afterwards was very good and believable. I loved how everyone worked together to rebuild and recover. I also liked hearing about the cancer research ~ I had no idea it had been going on for so long. I also like how the romance was mixed with all the historical information. It was a good read and it also reminded me that we should be thankful for what we have now ~ it can always change.

    Written by Kaisy Daisy’s Corner on July 15, 2015
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    Just as life itself is a mixture of storylines, so Karen Barnett has woven a word picture in Beyond the Ashes of the continuation of life for a variety of characters in the months following the devastating earthquake and fire in San Francisco in the early 1900s. At any time period of history, such an earthquake and fire would level the playing field of the people whose lives are so torn and disrupted.

    As medical professionals seek to visit the clinics, hospitals, and tent camps to care for the survivors they encounter….

    Written by Chat With Vera on July 15, 2015
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    This is book two in The Golden Gate Chronicles series. I was drawn into this wonderful historical fiction romance right from the start. I was laughing and crying so much while reading this book. You will definitely need your sweet tea and some tissues while you read this captivating book. I didn’t want to put this book down. The characters and the settings were so real. I felt as though I was there in that time period experiencing the devastation, pain, heartache and love with them. Their will to help others that are in desperate need. I love the faith and struggles with faith that is entwined throughout this story. An excellent read! Be sure to order your copy today! 5 stars!

    Written by cherylbbookblog on July 14, 2015
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    I did have trouble getting into this book at first. The first few chapters just didn’t grab my attention, but as I kept on reading I was able to enjoy the story for what it is.

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on July 13, 2015
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  • I fell in love with Karen’s first novel and Beyond the Ashes was just as great. A novel of inspiration and hope in the middle of chaos. I love Karen’s writing as she draws you into the story and you feel like you know the characters intimately. A perfect read that you will fall in love with over and over again.

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on July 13, 2015


    This is a great addition to this series which can also be read as a stand-alone. Post 1906 earthquake San Francisco comes alive with the issues of the time, both medical and cultural. Add a little romance and you’ve got the makings of a great read!

    Written by Beth’s Book-Nook on July 11, 2015

  • It was fascinating to learn more about what was going on in the city during that time, not only the makeshift homes and camps many people lived in because theirs were destroyed, but also the research being done on the use of x-rays on cancer. I liked revisiting the characters I enjoyed from book one and it was fun getting to know Gerald better and meeting Ruby. I liked both of them and could relate to Ruby’s struggle to let God be in control. There were quite a few sweet romantic moments, including some humorous ones. This was a well-written story with a good mixture of history and romance.

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on July 10, 2015


    Readers will find a lot of realism here, dark themes contrasted with spiritual insight and the promise of hope – all elements that I appreciated. The story, set in 1906 shortly after the San Francisco earthquake, has a lot going for it – one of the main things being the historical detail. From the squalor of refugee camps, to Cliff House’s grandeur, to the realism of medical procedures and treatments, Karen did a great job at vividly conveying the realism of the time – even through the humor of Ruby’s driving lessons! At times the plot seemed a little uneven, slow in places, certain things not fully explained or developed. But I’m fully invested in the story and look forward to the next book.

    Written by The Power of Words on July 10, 2015
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    Welcome back to 1906 San Francisco. When you have historical fiction I am right there because I enjoy history. When you mention the Great San Francisco Earthquake I am hooked. That was an epic disaster that showed the heroism of the people after the devastation as they worked together to heal and rebuild that city. Ms. Barnett gets it! Against this backdrop this time the focus is on Robert’s sister Ruby. Robert, from the previous book, is doing cancer research. I had no idea that there was cancer research going on way back then. Gerald is Robert’s partner in the research and is temporarily housing family and friends left homeless by the Earthquake.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on July 10, 2015
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    This story takes place in California is the early 1900s. The main character, Ruby, decides to join her brother in his effort to help people in the hospital after the big San Francisco earthquake and firestorm. At first she has a hard time fitting in because she wasn’t use to the devastation, sickness, and poverty of the area. It was interesting to read about Dr. Gerald’s-a fellow doctor-work with xray machines and early cancer research and treatment.

    Written by EmpowerMoms on July 10, 2015
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    What I liked best about the book are the variety of historical details. First, the early 1900s are the early days of the automobile; and the early auto has a major place in this story. Ruby’s husband had been killed in an auto/horse accident, and Ruby, fearful of all autos, convinces herself that she must learn to drive to overcome her fear. Also fascinating is Robert and Gerald’s cancer research which includes early use of x-ray (radiation) treatment. And of course, San Francisco’s story of the poor and the wealthy alike struggling to rise from the ashes is a great one. I also like how Barnett has created a story of strong people, at the same time she shows that personal strength is not enough, especially seen through Ruby’s eyes. Barnett does an exceptional job in blending history, a solid story line, intriguing characters, and a faith message. I look forward to reading more novels by this author. Beyond the Ashes is the second book in The Golden Gate Chronicles. Although you do not need to read the first book Out of the Ruins, if you are interested in the San Francisco earthquake as I am, you will probably want to read the first book also.

    Written by Thoughts from Mill Street on July 10, 2015
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    Ruby is a loveable character as she is a determined, strong individual and so real that she was easy to empathize with throughout the book. This story also has a medical component to it which adds another element to the book and the historical details of the medical field along with the details of the traditions, clothing and the ways of society of this time period create a lovely read.

    Written by Moments on July 10, 2015
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    The second in Karen Barnett’s Golden Gate Chronicles, Beyond the Ashes offers the perfect follow-up story to Out of the Ruins, revisiting both the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and early 1900s cancer treatments with another endearing romance. An all-around enjoyable historical story with plenty of romance and an encouraging spiritual message, Beyond the Ashes kept me intrigued and captivated from start to finish. I recommend it to fans of historical romance.

    Written by Book by Book on July 9, 2015
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  • Okay, I’m *so* not a medical person—blood, needles, doctors—making this a not-so-fun read. Pretty serious stuff! I cringed at the radiation as I knew what was going to happen. I can’t say I really liked Ruby or Gerald at all, both of them got on my nerves with all their kissing, but Karen Barnett is a great author. She has a very unique writing style that’s very informative; I do remember liking Book #1 in this series much more.

    Written by Books for Christian Girls on July 9, 2015


    The beauty of Beyond the Ashes extends well beyond its lovely cover. I loved this dramatic, emotional story and the spiritual messages that are woven through its tapestry! The vivid imagery, coupled with excellent characterization, brought the story to life for me. Barnett deftly expresses the feelings and emotions of her characters, and I loved experiencing their journeys.

    Written by Buzzing About Books on July 9, 2015
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    Having been involved in the relief efforts after the catastrophic Joplin Tornado of 2011, I could relate a bit to the aftermath of destruction of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake in which this book was set. In some ways, it seemed realistic. In others, merely an idealized backdrop for a love story….

    All in all I think that it’s an enjoyable read. This is the second in The Golden Gate Chronicles series. I found that although the first book is referenced, it stands alone. Given the choice, I would read Out of the Ruins first.

    Written by Harvest Lane Cottage on July 7, 2015
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    Gerald and Ruby are both interesting characters, and I especially enjoyed reading about Gerald’s work with cancer patients. One patient in particular, a young woman named Dee, especially caught my attention. Her story was heartbreaking, but I loved the way she handled her illness and looming death. I did struggle to like Ruby in the beginning, but she grew on me as the book progressed, and she ended up being a very sympathetic character. This is one of those books that I enjoyed for things other than the romance, and Barnett’s description of medicine at the time is particularly strong. I also liked Gerald’s story line, and I’ll be very interested to see what happens to him in the future.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on July 7, 2015
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    I think what I enjoyed the most about this story was the descriptions of the camps and the ongoing relief efforts. Everything was told in a way that made it seem fairly accurate, though I have to confess, I know next to nothing about what things were like in San Francisco in 1906. It just “felt” realistic.

    Written by Footprints in the Butter on July 7, 2015


    This is a fascinating time period and setting. The descriptions of the early use of x-ray technology to treat cancer patients makes me so grateful for the advances in technology and the sacrifices of the pioneers in the medical field to push the research forward. Ruby and Gerald were both a little difficult to like in the beginning, but as a doctor and a nurse, they both have hearts to serve, and their compassionate care for the earthquake victims and patients in the hospital create a bond and show their strength of character. The principle of trusting in the Lord, no matter what life brings, is one that Ruby struggles with, and one that Gerald relies on as his health declines. Even though they are faced with serious trials ahead, the book ends on a note of hope and peace.

    Written by Heidi Reads… on July 7, 2015
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    Beyond the Ashes is the second of Karen Barnett’s Golden Gate Chronicles. As the city rebuilds, old and new ways of thinking are combining. Cars are beginning to share the roads with carts and horses. While Robert and Abby plan their wedding, life is continuing amid the organized chaos of the refugee camps. There’s a good mix of characters, including a dachshund called Otto. And I liked that Gerald and Ruby showed that they were human and faced temptation.

    Written by Proverbial Reads on July 6, 2015
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    Barnett takes readers on an exciting ride through history in Beyond the Ashes! Set in San Francisco immediately after the earthquake of 1905, Barnett spins a fascinating story of loss, love, and rebirth. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about this unique time period, and Barnett’s clear descriptions highlight the history of the day.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on July 5, 2015
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    Beyond the Ashes was well-written and was captivating from the beginning. I was particularly impressed with the research she has completed both with the history that is reflected in the novel as well as the medical knowledge she displayed. This makes the book feel very authentic.

    Written by Simple Harvest Reads on July 5, 2015
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    Second in The Golden Gate Chronicles series is Beyond the Ashes by Karen Barnett. In Sacramento, California, Ruby Marshall is struggling to find a new life following the death of her beloved husband. She decides to go to San Francisco to help her brother, a doctor, deal with the aftermath of the great earthquake of 1906. Her brother, Robert, and his fellow doctor, Gerald Larkspur have been experimenting with a new treatment for cancer. Ruby comes to offer her nursing experiences to them, finding romance with Gerald. I thought this book was well written and enjoyed reading it. The historical sense of the book was also very intriguing. I was sent a free print copy of the book by the Litfuse Publicity Group in return for my honest review of the book.

    Written by I’m Hooked on Books on July 5, 2015
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  • I have enjoyed a couple of Karen Barnett’s other stories, including the first book in The Golden Gate Chronicles. I like that this book catches readers up to date on what happened to the characters of the first story, while introducing some new ones and being from a different point of view.
    I think the author does a fabulous job of bringing her characters to life, along with their time in history. It was interesting to read about the research that went into x rays and fighting cancer in the early 1900’s. I also found it interesting to read more about the San Fransisco earthquake and the way people recovered from it.
    Whether you are a history buff or not, this is a lovely story that will be enjoyed by old fans and new readers alike.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on July 4, 2015


    I love reading historical fiction books because it gives you a peek into the lives of people who lived then and even though I know they aren’t really people I know there had to be people like the characters back then. I loved following along with Ruby and she how she changes after she goes to San Francisco after her husband passed away.

    Written by The World As I See It on July 3, 2015
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    I thoroughly enjoyed every page of Beyond the Ashes. The early history of radiation treatment for cancer was eye-opening considering how much we take it for granted now. Details about the organized recovery efforts after the earthquake were also of interest and made me wonder if today’s population would work together as well if faced with a similar disaster.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on July 2, 2015
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    I enjoyed reading this book. I liked how it starts just after the great earthquake and tells us how they are rebuilding the city and lives. You can tell this author did her research of historical facts as they were spot on. I also like how the romance is blended well with the historical part of the story so it does not seem like a mushy in your face romance book. The author has a way with her story telling that she makes you feel as if you are a part of the story. I thought the characters were very well developed and you felt as if you knew them well by the end of the book. This is the second book in this series and I suggest that you read them in order as this book picks up where the first one left off. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.

    Written by Griperang’s Bookmarks on July 2, 2015
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    I absolutely loved being back in San Francisco during the rebuilding of the city’s massive earthquake. The sense of realism you gain from Karen’s research is amazing, from the unsanitary conditions from the evacuation camps that are prevalent within the city, to the rarely understood effects of using X-rays to combat cancer treatments. For me, this took me back to the BBC series, London Hospital, where you can see the early stages of medical treatments, as the impact of those experimenting with radiation and perfecting X-Ray usage. I absolutely love when a novel can take you back in time, and not only enjoy an amazing story but learn a bit about history at the same time and thus the reason for my 5 out of 5 stars.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on July 2, 2015
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    My very favorite book has a setting much like this one, where the town (Chicago) was completely burned to the ground and the characters worked together to bring restoration back to their home, so I thought that I would give this book a try in hopes that it would be as good as my favorite. I was not disappointed at all with Beyond the Ashes and in fact I have a new favorite book as well as a favorite author! Karen Barnett has a beautiful writing style that holds you in place as you read her carefully researched work of art. I absolutely loved her characters and the fact that there is no promise of a “happily-ever-after” just made it that much better.

    Written by Accelerate The Jesus Movement on July 1, 2015


    Doesn’t the title itself give you a sense of hope? It’s Beyond the Ashes, an aptly named inspirational novel. The story is one of love, hope and ultimately faith in each other, in life and most importantly, in God. I enjoyed this book, for all it is and how it mimics what life is – finding the faith and hope amongst sadness and disappointment.

    Written by Just Commonly Blog on July 1, 2015
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    Beyond The Ashes is book two in The Golden Gate Chronicles. This book didn’t lack a bit, when compared to book one. I enjoyed how well the author, Karen Barnett, incorporated the history of x-rays and the medical problems the doctors in the 1900s had to face. I can’t wait to read book three!

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on July 1, 2015
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    I loved this book! the book tells us the story of Ruby – a young widow and about how she has stopped dreaming and living life. Set in the early 1900 during the aftermath of San Francisco’s big earthquake, the whole city is in a rebuilding place. Ruby has to come to terms with her loss and decide if she is willing to trust God and love again. This is book 2 in The Golden Gate Chronicles Series, but it can stand completely alone. I had no trouble jumping right into the story. Have a few tissues nearby – I certainly needed them.

    Written by A Rup Life on July 1, 2015
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    Beyond the Ashes (The Golden Gate Chronicles #2) by Karen Barnett is a riveting story that captures real life events and makes the lives of her characters compelling to read. From beginning to end, the characters of this book are challenged with facing their fears, while learning that conquering them brings more worth then they could ever imagine. Second chances and new beginnings start to bloom as each character learns to trust in God for the amount of time they are given.

    Written by Taylor Reid Reads and Breathes on June 30, 2015


    Other than a rushed ending and some scenes which, while enjoyable, meant little to the plot, I did enjoy this book. It is the first I have read by Karen and I hope to find one of her others (perhaps the first of the series), and see if those are more fleshed out. Then, I am sure, her writing is fabulous.

    Written by Backing Books on June 30, 2015


    I just finished reading Beyond the Ashes by author Karen Barnett and I really enjoyed it. I liked the story line and the characters were great. This is a nice story of love, faith and the strong belief that everything will be okay. Ruby Marshall finds herself without a husband when he is killed. She moves to another place where her brother is to start over. While there she meets someone that she begins to like. Will they have a future? I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity Group and opinions are 100% my own. I give this book a 4/5.

    Written by Deal Sharing Aunt on June 29, 2015
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  • This is an enjoyable read, a page-turner, in my opinion. It was a hard book to put down. I enjoy historical fiction.I found it interesting to learn more about the early research of cancer, and felt at the edge of my seat while reading about Gerald and the crisis he faced, and whether the relationship between him and Ruby would have a chance to develop.Frankly, I enjoyed it as much as Out of the Ruins. If you like historical fiction, you will enjoy this as well.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on June 29, 2015
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    This novel is set in the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The historical setting of this book interested me. California history from the late 1800’s on is one of the settings I always enjoy. The historical details in this book were well researched and fascinating to read.

    This book is the second in a series (The Golden Gate Chronicles). I have not read the other books in the series, but this novel worked well as a standalone.

    Ruby is a strong, likable protagonist. I enjoyed seeing her romance with Gerald blossom slowly as she learned to love and trust again.

    As a lifelong dachshund person, I also loved the scenes that involved Ruby’s dachshund!

    This is a heartwarming and inspiring story, and it would make a great Hallmark movie. I highly recommend this book for re

    Written by View from the Birdhouse on June 29, 2015
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    I really liked Beyond the Ashes by author Karen Barnett from the very first page. Ruby Marshall is a widow having lost her young husband to a very sad accident. She has decided to go to see her brother Robert and try to help him with his research. She arrives and is not at all ready to deal with the issues she is met with. This book is part of The Golden Gate Chronicles series by the author. Will Ruby find what she is really looking for? Will she be able to make the right choices for her future? I give this book a 4/5.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!on June 28, 2015
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    Be transported back to the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. Learn about the new medical techniques of the day – the highs and lows, the successes and failures. See how much better life can be when you surrender control to God. Experience hospitality and warmth in this wonderful novel.

    Written by Avid Reader Reviews on June 28, 2015
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  • Pamela Fallin says:

    This cover from your book came up on my fb and looks like a good read. I looked your 1st book up on line and as a cancer survivor I was twice as interested. Thanks for the opportunity.