Beyond the Ashes


Title:  Beyond the Ashes (The Golden Gate Chronicles #2)
Author:  Karen Barnett
Pages:  316
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
Dr. Gerald Larkspur is one of the earliest doctors involved in cancer research and treating patients with experimental means.  As of yet, he has had no success in curing any of his patients, including his own cousin.  While still grieving the death of his young cousin, he continues his research with the help of his young partner and protégé, Robert King.  Robert’s story is told in book one of the series, Out of the Ruins.  After the earthquake, which affected everyone in the city, Gerald has opened his home to his mother, Robert, his cousin’s family and soon Robert’s sister.  He always wanted a full house, but thought it would be with his own wife and children.  He doesn’t regret his decision, but it is difficult to find a place to be alone for just a little while.
Ruby Marshall is a young widow with nurses training.  She lost her husband two years ago and has sunk into numbing grief and feels she has no purpose.  She is tired of going to wedding after wedding so she decides to go to San Francisco to help her brother with her nursing skills in the hospital where he works.  When she arrives, she learns of his engagement and that she will be living in the home of a bachelor, who is her brother’s partner.  She hasn’t come looking for romance and tries her best to keep Gerald at a distance, but can’t fight her heart.  She likes to think she is in control of her life, but Gerald teaches her that God is in control and will do what is best no matter what.
I really enjoyed seeing Ruby grow in her faith, making the decision to give control of her life to God and love Gerald no matter how long they have together.  She faced her fear of losing someone else she loved, releasing that fear to God.  Gerald showed Ruby by example how to trust God first and foremost.  This served as a reminder to me as to where my trust is placed.  How about you?
My rating is 5 stars.

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