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Out of the Ruins

(Golden Gate Chronicles #1)

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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 e ...more
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Published May 6th 2014 by Abingdon Fiction
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Setting: San Francisco 1906
3 1/2 Stars
First In a Series.

Abby Fischer needs a real miracle to happen for her sister to beat the illness that has her on her death bed. So Abbey has put her faith in Dr. Robert King and his experimental treatment using x-rays to kill leukaemia cells. But when the treatment fails, Abby then blames Robert for the outcome and despite her romantic feelings for him she wants him out of her life. When a major earthquake happens and everyone gets scattered, Abbey questions
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Regina Jennings
From the optimism of medical breakthroughs to the tragedy of the great San Francisco earthquake and fire, Out of the Ruins immerses the reader in the hopes and fears of unforgettable turn-of-the-century characters.

Abby Fischer needs a miracle. Her sister Cecelia doesn't have long to live but an experimental treatment with the new X-Ray machine might be the answer. The quest to save Cecelia's life will push Abby into the path of Dr. Robert King and into the middle of one of the greatest disasters
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Melanie
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
Out of the Ruins was a really good read. I loved all the history in the book and how the story made me feel as if I was actually there with the characters experiencing the great San Francisco earthquake and fire. I really liked the characters and the way Abby grew throughout the story. The romance was nice, but it didn't feel like a prominent part of the story, which was actually okay with me. It was a little bit of a slow read for me, but I didn't mind that.

All in all, a great read and I recomm
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Sally
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abby Fischer prayed for a miracle as her beloved sister lay dying. She just didn’t realize that God would answer her prayer by sending Robert King, a handsome doctor who was experimenting with treatment for a cure for her sister’s condition. Abby accompanied her sister on the journey to the hospital in San Francisco and stays with her throughout the treatment. The treatment cannot save her sister and Abby’s feelings toward Dr. King become all mixed up. Along with sorrow, the San Francisco earthq ...more
Kav
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating on so many levels. The historical detail in medical care had me riveted...and cringing because the pioneers of modern medicine were totally clueless about the risks of radiation therapy. And the earthquake and subsequent fire that ravaged San Francisco was gut-wrenching to read about. Barnett brings this era to life. I could smell the smoke, taste the grit, feel the desperation and fear of every moment.

Abby does a lot of growing throughout the book. She is almost childlike at the be
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Sydney Elaine
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has easily become a favorite. I was not completely sold on it at first, but once I started the second chapter I became much more eager to finish it.

The aftermath of the earthquake was very descriptive and heart wrenching, and knowing that though this book was probably much tamer than the actual event is so sad.

The book was mostly of hardships, through Abby losing a loved one and the earthquake, but the sweet romance was just perfect - not too in your face, but not just... 'there' eith
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Jessica Patch
I love historical fiction that's surrounded around true events. Karen Barnett grabbed my interest on the first page with the bonds of sisterly love and bravery. Then she swept me into a romance that left me breathless. With fast-paced, pulse-pounding scenes, I felt the consuming flames ravaging San Francisco, and choked on the smoke while worrying for the safety of Barnett's characters--characters who weaved their way deep into my heart.

Barnett tackles a tough spiritual subject: Where is God whe
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Jenni
So well executed. I read through Karen's book at lightning speed. Since I knew the earthquake was coming, I wondered if I might feel underwhelmed by the set-up, but NO. Robert and Abby's story was at turns searing in its intense emotion, and sweet in the longing of young love born of tragedy and blessed by the Lord.
Karen uniquely integrated a faith element that rendered hope out of a seemingly hopeless situation. I look forward to the next book in The Golden Gate Chronicles.
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Rissi
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, review, blog-tour
Historical novels are hit or miss with me. Since discovering which eras is the “better fit,” I have been able to find a rhythm that seems to work for this girl’s bookshelves. Having only recently read and reviewed Karen’s debut novel (Mistaken), it was an exciting day to open the email with a chance to review the first novel in her new series. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity. This has a completely different story to tell and it doesn't settle on just one subject, which keeps things exciti ...more
Wanda
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1905, California

The stranger reached up his hand to assist her on the last step to the earth. "I supposed I should apologize for frightening you."
Abby plucked a twig from her apron. "You surprised me." She regretted not taking time to fix her hair before leaving the house. Or put on a hat. What must he think?
A crooked smile crossed the man's face. "Well, then we're even, because no one ever told me girls grew on trees here in California. If I'd known, I might have gone into farming instead of me
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"God, I'll do anything. I'll be anything. Whatever You want - name it. Just make her better. And You'd better be listening God, because I'm going to make one last promise. If You dare take her away...I'll never speak to You again." (pg 16).

When Abby Fischer made that prayer to God as a promise to her sister Cecilia who was dying of leukemia, she believed God would send help. She never expected it would be in the arms of the man who would help her out of the tree she had crawled in to for her pri
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Barbara Shelton
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen Barnett’s story is charged with high voltage emotion encircling factual detail of the historical San Francisco earthquake in 1906. Although the characters and story are fictional, the realism rings authentic. Be prepared to experience heart jerking responses during your tour through this shocking event. Expect to audibly gasp and feel the need to pray for the situations described as seen on a wide screen movie. This is a sensational writing.

We tune in on the Fischer family near San Jose, C
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Lisa Johnson
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Out of the Ruins (The Golden Gate Chronicles #1)
Author: Karen Barnett
Pages: 325
Year: 2014
Publisher: Abingdon Press
This first book in the Golden Gate Chronicles is set in San Francisco in 1905. It is a time when horse and buggy via for the road with cars and the telephone is invading homes. Medical science has made strides, but is still limited in treatment options for certain health issues.
Abby Fischer has no friends other than her sister Cecelia. They share a very close sisterly bond. Ab
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Tammi
Pulling Joy From the Ruins

Out of the Ruins is the first book in The Golden Gate Chronicles/i> which is set in San Francisco in 1905. It was a time when new technology was beginning to replace horses and buggies with automobiles and the telephone was making in-roads into peoples homes. Doctors were gaining new knowledge, and experimented with new medical treatments to help their patients get well.

Abby Fischer was shy and preferred working with plants and trees rather than be around pe
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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
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Kate (The Shelf Life)
I love historical fiction novels that offer a look into a time that isn't emphasized much. Out of the Ruins offered a wonderful glimpse into the beginning of the 20th century in San Fransisco where the world is starting to morph into the modern era that it is today.

Out of the Ruins seemed like it was two books in one. Part one focuses on the new medical technology of the time. Dr. Robert King and his mentor Dr. Gerald Larkspur have been working with radiation from the newly discovered X-ray tech
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Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
Right from the beginning I was intrigued with these characters and their difficult situation. The then ground-breaking treatment of cancer using X-Rays is extremely interesting, and I especially enjoyed seeing things from Robert's perspective as he experimented with the new technology. His manner is very down-to-earth, despite his advanced medical knowledge, which I really liked. Abby is also very likeable and easy to identify with. Her feelings for Robert are very understandable (he is pretty g ...more
Jalynn Patterson
About the Book:

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, Ab
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Maggie
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had forgotten about the whole earthquake aspect of this story by the time I got around to reading this book, and didn’t even realize it until I noticed the dates of all the preceding events. The story about Abby’s sister, Cecelia, her cancer diagnosis, and how Robert and his mentor, Gerald, who is also Abby’s cousin, mean to cure the cancer, is riveting in and of itself. When you throw in the plot involving the earthquake, the book just soars. I was gripped until the very end.

I always enjoy re
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Bekah Malik
When Abby Fischer prays for her sister Cecelia’s recovery from cancer, she doesn’t know if God is listening. When her cousin Gerald and his assistant, the handsome Dr. Robert King, arrive to move Cecelia to San Francisco for experimental treatments it seems to be the answer to Abby’s prayers. When tragedy strikes in the wake of the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906, Abby abandons all hope as she runs through the streets of San Francisco alone in search of her family. Will Abby finally reali ...more
Sally
There have been many novels written about the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906. I’ve even read a couple of them. None, however, have grabbed me quite like this sophomore release from Karen Barnett. Out of the Ruins is not just a romance that uses the earthquake as a background. The earth-shaking event is central to the narrative as the reader experiences the initial quake, its aftershocks, and the fire through the eyes of the main characters. Robert and Abby survive the quake, but must now ...more
Ibjoy1953
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

Out of Ruins is a really great book with the setting in San Francisco in 1905/1906 during the time of the earthquake. Abby Fischer’s sister was in the hospital fighting for her life, throwing Abby and Dr. Robert King together to find a cure for her sister. Spending so much time together, the two became attracted to each other, but when separated in the earthquake, survival because their most important task.

Though I’ve heard about this tragedy, this is the first book I’ve
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Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Abby has lost faith in God since a disease quickly consumes her sister. Her dying sister begs Abby to pray for a miracle. To Abby's amazement it appears God is going to answer her prayer. There is new research in the field of this disease being assigned to a handsome doctor, Dr. Robert King. The problem is that her sister may not fit the requirements for this experimental program and moving her to San Francisco could be make things even worse.

When her sister is approve for the treatment program
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Gayle Pace
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
REVIEW

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 ready feels the flames, and smells the sm
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Veronica
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this wonderful historical novel with a great spiritual message! There was a lot to like here, with great characters, plenty of action and a sweet romance. I especially liked Abby's struggle to understand a God who doesn't always answer prayers the way we would like. I think her questioning is something most, if not all, of us can relate to at one time or another. I liked her feisty, awkward character and enjoyed the cute moments between her and Robert. I found the parts about th ...more
Heidi Gaul
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
I’ve just finished reading Out of the Ruins, the first book in Karen Barnett’s series, The Golden Gate Chronicles. Having enjoyed her first novel, Mistaken so much, I was eager to read more of her work. And I was not disappointed!
Whereas the author’s first novel struck me as more of a romantic suspense, Out of the Ruins tends more toward historical romance. If you like history, you’ll be fascinated, witnessing 1905-06 San Francisco—the west coast’s brightest star— fall to ruin. The ingenuity and
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Amanda Peake
Consider yourself blessed if you've never uttered the words God I'll do anything just make ........ Better. One of our main characters is not blessed in that way. Abbey's life is drastically changed in this turn of the century novel about the fire and earthquakes in San Fransico. The love between sisters in this book is written beautifully and it takes you on a journey along side of them. My faith was challenged along with Abbey's. Abbey did what we all do and that's put our faith in things tha ...more
Kiersti
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the foundations of your life—and even your city—are shaken, where is God?

That’s the question Abby Fischer wrestles with in Karen Barnett’s Out of the Ruins. She pleads with the God she rarely talks to for her desperately ill sister’s life, only to find herself fleeing amid the chaos of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake...with unnerving feelings developing for the young doctor she trusts almost as little as she does God.

From the unique historical context—I knew nothing before about the ear
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Wendy Ross
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Out of the Ruins is a gripping, emotionally powerful story. While Abby's sister is dying, Abby is praying for God to spare her life; but God doesn't answer the way Abby thinks He should.

Then while Abby is grieving over her sister, the earthquake hits, followed by fires all over the city. Because she was angry with God for not answering her prayers for her sister, she feels it is pointless to pray for His help in finding her family in the chaos of the aftermath of the earthquake.

I found it intere
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Connie
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With her first book, Mistaken, Karen Barnett moved close to the top 10 of my favorite authors. With this book she has firmly established her position there. I have found her books to be thought-provoking in their historic settings, causing me to become more interested in the time periods she is writing about. I liken her depth of setting to two other favorites, Jane Kirkpatrick and Lisa T. Bergren.
Out of the Ruins introduces us to Abby Fischer and her family at a critical point in time. Abby's s
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