"Tis better to have loved and lost . . ."; but can Ruby Marshall risk her heart a second time?
More than buildings are shaken during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake; experiencing such a tragedy shakes the very soul, leaving many in search of purpose. Ruby Marshall, a widow, hopes to find hers by assisting her brother Robert with his cancer research. Left without a home thanks to the disaster, they take refuge from the rubble with one of Robert’s fellow researchers, Dr. Gerald Larkspur.
With so many taking shelter under one roof, the house is overflowing, however, the close quarters sparks a relationship between Gerald and Ruby…until Gerald develops symptoms of the very disease they’re striving to cure. Ruby wonders if taking a second chance at love is worth the risk, knowing a future with Gerald could be cut short so soon. In such uncertain times, even faith can feel unstable. Does God still listen to my prayers? Do I even still believe?
Beyond the Ashes, the second book in the Golden Gate Chronicles, is rich in historical texture and filled with adventure and romance. Author Karen Barnett is sure to please her fans once again.