Published 5/2014 by Abingdon Press. (ISBN: 9781426780578,ISBN: 9781426787331)

A shaky prayer. A shattered faith. A city in ruins. What–or who–will bring Abby back to God?

“God save her. I’ll do anything. Just make her better. And You’d better be listening, God, because if You dare take her away . . . I’ll never speak to You again.” 

Abby Fischer doesn’t know if God will answer her prayer for her dying sister. She doesn’t know if miracles really happen. And she certainly doesn’t know if the handsome Dr. Robert King, with his risky experimental treatment, is the one to remedy her doubts.

When tragedy strikes and the mighty San Francisco earthquake shatters what is left of her heart, Abby wonders if God will hear her as she flees alone through burning streets. What will it take to show her that the One she doesn’t want to love is the One whose love will save her?


“One of my favorite cities during one of my favorite eras. Out of the Ruins is a historically rich and heart-wrenching glimpse into the San Francisco earthquake and the resilient faith, love, and spirit that rises from the ashes—both in the city itself and in the hearts and souls of a man and woman destined to fall in love.” —Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series

Out of the Ruins, set in San Francisco in 1905 and 1906, is a shining example of historical romance. I was right there with the characters, breathing in the smoke and dust, shaking and falling with the earthquake. In this her second novel, Karen Barnett is an up-and-coming author, writing quality historical fiction that is realistic and grappling with faith issues woven in intrinsically. I’m pleased to be able to endorse Out of the Ruins.” —Lauraine Snelling, best-selling author of the Red River of the North series

“An earthquake, a medical drama, inner turmoil, and a touching romance! Karen Barnett masterfully weaves these together with heartfelt emotion, believable characters, and impressive research. I couldn’t stop flipping pages. Out of the Ruins is a story to savor!” —Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of On Distant Shores.

“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.” —Regina Jennings, author of Caught in the Middle.

“Karen Barnett’s exquisite touch with emotional interplay and romantic nuance shines in Out of the Ruins, thrilling readers with a powerful story set during San Francisco’s most enthralling and heart-wrenching moment.” —Michael K. Reynolds, author of the acclaimed Heirs of Ireland series.

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