Through the Shadows by Karen Barnett + Giveaway

"Amazing grace! How sweet the sound.
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see."

- Amazing Grace by John Newton

Title:  Through the Shadows
Series: The Golden Gate Chronicles, Book 3
Author: Karen Barnett
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
Release Date:  May 3, 2016
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

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 am not surprised by how much I enjoyed Through the Shadows by Karen Barnett. Being the third book in The Golden Gate Chronicles, one would already be familiar with the setting and the issues prevalent during those times. Yet, I'm still in awe with the authenticity of Karen's historical accounts, from the earthquake to its aftermath, corruptions and immigration issues. Having lived in San Francisco for several years, I can visualize some areas and the rebuilt from the earthquake. The issues of human trafficking, along with the discrimination towards immigrants can still be felt today, and to imagine how it was more than a hundred years ago.  The sentiments are on par and with such a delicate yet accurate hand, our emotions are entwined with Karen and with Through the Shadows.

Enough about the setting. Lets get to the characters. Charles and Elizabeth are characters that you can become friends with. They are characters with so much depth that they nearly jump right out of the pages and into your life. You understand their plights and want to hug them dearly.  Then you'll want to disagree and banter with them just because you're friends.  Even though I like Charles & Elizabeth, I think Ruby and Gerald are still my favorite pair in the trilogy and I'm glad they make a decent presence in Through the Shadows.

Speaking of Through the Shadows, don't you just love Karen's titles in The Golden Gate Chronicles? Starting with Out of the Ruins to Beyond the Ashes and finally to Through the Shadows, they are so representative of the story itself, as well as metaphorically of one's journey to redemption.  How courage in self, in life and ultimately in God finds the grace He so freely bestowed.  If you haven't read The Golden Gate Chronicles, it's never too late to start, but don't worry, each of them can be read as a stand alone. Through the Shadows may be just the one to get you hooked on Karen Barnett and her Golden Gate Chronicles.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Karen Barnett is the author of Beyond the AshesOut 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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  1. This is such a unique series, Annie! I haven't read the first book, but I loved Ruth & Gerald's story and am so glad to see them again in Through the Shadows. Just started it last night, but it's very good. Love the cover with Charles on it.

  2. Thanks for the great review, Annie!! Looking forward to reading Karen's latest!!

  3. Carole, I'm so glad you enjoyed this as much as I did!

  4. Bonnie, thanks! And thanks for stopping by!


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