Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
With a perfect combination of historical detail and unique characters, Karen Barnett brought life to early 1900s San Francisco. Amid personal tragedy, the 1906 earthquake forces Abby Fischer to face her fears and take risks she never thought she would. I was on the edge of my seat, up late night after night while slowly reading through the final chapters. I only had time to read a couple chapters per day or I would have probably finished the entire last third of the book in a single sitting!
Karen intricately weaves dialogue and description in a way that makes you feel like you are right there with the characters. Emotional suspense, a city out of control, and lives torn apart all led to an unexpected ending. I can’t wait for Book 2!