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?
I didn't realize this was the third book in a series until just now. That explains why I felt lost through parts of the book whenever Elizabeth would think about her past mistakes. I kept feeling like I was missing something. I'm guessing that if I go back and read the first two books, I will be less confused. That being said, this book can be read as a stand-alone, even though you might feel like you're not given the whole story until much later in the book.
I found the time period and location that this book was set in fascinating. I have always enjoyed reading historical fiction. I was hoping that this book would cover more of the San Francisco earthquake, but this story takes place a few years after the quake happens. I had known a bit about the horrible treatment of the Chinese immigrants, and this book goes more into detail about their lives in California during this time.
Elizabeth and Charles both do a lot of growing up in this story and I enjoyed watching their transformations take place. I especially liked the message that even when you do make mistakes, you can be forgiven and move past them, they don't have to haunt you your entire life.
About the Author:
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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Title: Through the Shadows
Author: Karen Barnett
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Published: May 2016
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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