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Friday, June 3, 2016

Through the Shadows

Karen Barnett is the author of Beyond the AshesOut 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.

About the book: 

Through the Shadows (Abingdon, May 2016)

As San Francisco rises from the ashes, an age-old battle looms between corruption and the promise of new beginnings.

The devastating earthquake is just two years past, but the city of San Francisco is still trying to recover. Destruction of this magnitude is not so easy to overcome---and neither are the past regrets shadowing Elizabeth King's hopeful future.

Hoping to right her wrongs, Elizabeth dedicates herself to helping girls rescued from slavery in Chinatown brothels, even if it means putting her own life at risk to sneak through the gloomy alleys and rooftops where dangers lurk.

Putting her life on the line for a worthy cause is admirable. But opening her heart is even more terrifying. So when Elizabeth meets attorney, Charles McKinley---a man who dreams of reforming San Francisco's crooked politics---Elizabeth begins to doubt: Can she maintain her pretense and hide her past? Or will her secret jeopardize both their futures?

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My Thoughts:
Through the Shadows is the third book in The Golden Gate Chronicles series and covers the time period shortly after The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Barnett's research and attention to historical detail is outstanding and the reader is easily transported back in time.  Many of the characters are fictional but Barnett does highlight the ministry of missionary Donaldina Cameron who dedicated her life to serving at the Presbyterian Mission and rescued close to 3,000 Chinese and Japanese women and girls from brothels in San Francisco's Chinatown.

Elizabeth and Charles' story is one of a budding love, grace and purposeful living. Readers will be drawn into the story from the first couple of lines:
"Elizabeth King held her fingers against the ivory keys, refusing to stir as the final chord faded and silence descended on the parlor.  Were God ever to speak to her, she imagined it would be in the precious instant after a last note died away and before an audience responded."
And their hearts and minds engaged throughout the book with lines such as these:
"The deeper you involve yourself in His (God's) work, the more you're aware of the actions of His hands."
"Maybe the key to being a teacher is remembering to be a student as well."
"You heard the girls sing.  Chains bind the body, but music sets the heart free." 
While the story within Through the Shadows is told from a historical perspective, the themes are current...racial division, human trafficking, recovery after natural disasters.  Read this book and be inspired and encouraged in your faith and in the character of God.

*I was given a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Happy Reading Ya'll,