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I loved this book! Beyond the Ashes by Karen Barnett 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.
This story also touched a bit on the medicine and medical research at the time with Ruby's brother being a doctor. He and his partner Dr. Larkspur were working on cancer treatment. It was interesting to see the research in the book and the interactions with the patients.
I should warn you that I shed a tear or two while reading but overall it wasn't too sad considering the topics of cancer and spousal loss. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
"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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