Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Through the Shadows

Through the Shadows
The Golden Gate Chronicles, Book 3
Karen Barnett
(Abingdon Press)
ISBN: 978-1426781452
May 2016/320 pages/$14.99

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?


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 out more about Karen at http://karenbarnettbooks.com.

I had not read the first two books in this series; in fact, I was not familiar with this author when I received the invitation to review this novel, but the premise was intriguing and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read it. I'm so glad I did! The story works well as a stand-alone, although I now want to go back and read Out of the Ruins and Beyond the Ashes. Karen Barnett has crafted a rich historical romance rife with depth and meaning. Although the novel takes place more than a century ago, its issues of human trafficking and political corruption sadly remain far too familiar in today's contemporary world. Pulsating with heart-wrenching emotion and danger, yet with threads of hope and love woven throughout, Through the Shadows tugs at the heart. Don't miss this engrossing and thoroughly satisfying novel.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Abingdon Press & Litfuse Publicity Group for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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