Thursday, June 2, 2016

Book Review - Through the Shadows


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.


This book was so great and the story line so captivating. I really enjoyed the characters and they intrigued me so much with their lives and motives. This book is the third book in "The Golden Gate Chronicles" but I was never lost or trying to figure out what was going on. It definitely stands on it's own.

This novel was set in the early 1900's of San Francisco and we find Elizabeth trying to work out her past transgressions by helping the Chinese girls out of their bondage. Her past saddens me and the fact that she feels she can't trust God is truly sad, too. You can tell that she loves God but because of what has happened to her, she feels she must do other things to work out her redemption.

Charles McKinley is a man on a mission to change the corrupt politics of the city. Of course, he runs into resistance at every turn. Like Elizabeth, he wants to help the city and do what he feels is right. I really enjoyed this secondary story line as I felt it really added to the book.

I loved the pure, raw emotion we see in the characters and the many twists and turns that this story takes. The villains are quite intense (some are frankly, evil) and they add a lot to this story. You definitely have a story of good versus evil with this book.

This was a book I had a hard time putting down. The story moved along really well and you were left with enough questions that you wanted to find out what happens next. I really, really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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