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June 2, 2014

OUT OF THE RUINS by Karen Barnett

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Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett | Giveaway, Facebook Party, and Blog Tour 

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Join Karen Barnett on June 5, 2014, at 8:00 PM EDT for a live Facebook chat. Watch for more details on her Facebook page (KarenBarnettAuthor.
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The Golden Gate Chronicles
Book One
Karen Barnett 
  • Series: Golden Gate Chronicles Series
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426780575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426780578
A shaky prayer.
 A shattered faith. 
A city in ruins. 
 What - or who - will bring
 Abby back to God?

Don’t miss the debut book, Out of the Ruins, in Karen Barnett‘s new series, The Golden Gate Chronicles. Set against the backdrop of early 20th century San Francisco, Out of the Ruins, will remind readers that no matter who we are or what we’ve done, God is still as close to us as our next breath.
Karen is celebrating with a fun giveaway and Facebook author chat party.

One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 19th. Winner will be announced at the Out of the Ruins Facebook author chat party on June 19th. Connect with Karen for an evening of fun book chat, fun games, and prizes. Karen will also be answering audience questions and giving an exclusive look at the next book in The Golden Gate Chronicles series!
So grab your copy of Out of the Ruins and join Karen on the evening of June 19th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 19th!

(from Litfuse)
Abby's shattered faith in both God and man is challenged when the terrible earthquake hits 1906 San Francisco.
While her sister lies on her deathbed, Abby Fischer prays for a miracle. What Abby doesn't expect, however, is for God's answer to come in the form of the handsome Dr. Robert King, whose experimental treatment is risky at best.
As they work together toward a cure, Abby's feelings for Robert become hopelessly entangled. Separated by the tragedy of the mighty San Francisco earthquake, their relationship suddenly takes a back seat to survival. With fires raging throughout the city, Abby fears for her life as she flees alone through burning streets. Where is God now? Will Robert find Abby, even as the world burns around them? Or has their love fallen with the ruins of the city?
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. The book gives you a good look at the turn of the century. Some of this book is based on true events.
Ms. Barnnett takes you from a lovely romance to the bonds of sisters.  The author paced the book just right in order to keep your attention and yet leave you time to think about what's happening.  The story made my heart beat a little fast as I read of the flames that were destroying San Francisco.  The readyer feels the flames, and smells the smoke as though you are actually there.  Are the Barnett's and their characters going to survive?         I have to give the author  a plus for conquering a hard spiritual matter.  If God is
all Good, where is he when all the terrible, horrific tings happen?  We appear to be on our own.  She did a good job of not being preachy, which I can't take.        
The pages seemed to turn on their own which were full of information and wisdom.   Ms. Barnett gave the characters such charm and grace at times.  She presented the romance in a tactful manner, and how prayer can sometimes be  left unanswered in our own minds.  The author left us with this reminder, God is always as close to us as the next breathe.

I was given a complimentary copy of OUT OF THE RUINS from the author, Karen Barnett for my view of the book.  NO other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

Karen BarnettAUTHOR
Karen Barnett is the author of “Mistaken” and several articles that have been published by “Guideposts” and other national magazines. She lives in Albany, Oregon, with her husband, two children, and three cats. @KarenMBarnett
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Inspired by God’s devotion to His people and her own passion for research and learning, author Karen Barnett creates historical romances that explore her characters’ faith and how their experiences impact the way they view God.
A graduate of Valparaiso University and Oregon State University, Barnett’s debut novel, Mistaken, was released in 2013 and earned her the Oregon Christian Writers “Writer of Promise” award. A former park ranger, she loves getting out into God’s creation. She spends her free time taking photographs, dragging her kids through dusty history museums, decorating crazy birthday cakes and watching movies.
Karen, her husband and their two children live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


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