Thursday, June 02, 2016

Through the Shadows by Karen Barnett

About the Book
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?

My Thoughts
This author always seems to sneak up on me. I read one of her books, love it, then seem to forget how amazing she is until I pick up her latest book! I've been really enjoy this series and I was excited to see how the youngest King sibling's story would play out. Elizabeth and Charles were both wonderful characters and I admired the way they both sought to stand up for and help those who were being mistreated. You can really tell a lot about a person by how they treat the people that aren't in the same "social standing" as they are. Elizabeth gave up the life she was used to in order to become a teacher to Chinese immigrants and she treated them like family. And I loved how Charles not only helped the Mission with legal things and really cared about the girls, but he also treated others with respect regardless of their status. From having conversations with the elevator operator that everyone else ignored to the law clerk who became his best friend.
Elizabeth and Charles had a few hurdles to get through in their relationship but I enjoyed watching them work through each one and seeing their romance blossom.
I really liked how the message of grace was woven throughout the book. Elizabeth had to discover that God loves us in spite of our past sins and that His love and grace aren't things we can earn but rather He gives them to us freely.
I've been really enjoying get to see more about this time in history through this series. Seeing the devastation caused by the earthquake but watching as the city picked itself back up and kept moving forward.
It was also really fun to catch up with Robert and Abby, and Gerald and Ruby! Love getting to hear more about character's lives after their books are over!

All in all this was a fabulous series that I highly recommend!

Meet 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. You can learn more at

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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