OUT OF THE RUINS by Karen Barnett

out of the ruins                                          5 STARS

I have read some amazing books in my lifetime, but this one was the first to bring tears to my eyes in over a year. A girl who has lost her faith in God goes through six months of torment cuminating in an earthquake when she must survive three horrific days. A beautifully told story that includes the historical event of the earthquake in San Francisco in 1906, a young woman’s struggle with faith and a tender love story.


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?


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