“Through the Shadows” by Karen Barnett

The third book in The Golden Gate Chronicles series is “Through the Shadows” by Karen Barnett.  The great earthquake and subsequent fire in 1906 San Francisco caused the destruction of most of the city.  Rebuilding the shops homes has become most important.  Some individuals take this opportunity to fleece the unsuspecting citizens in order to gain wealth and power in the “new” San Francisco.  Others try to use their talents to help the poor, underprivileged, and those preyed upon by unscrupulous human traffickers.

Elizabeth King has a past that she is not proud of.  She is drawn to help the Mission, a home run by Donaldina Cameron to try to help the young Chinese girls who have been forced into prostitution and worse by those taking advantage of their hopelessness.  She finds that she has much to give these girls and along the way she meets Charles McKinley.  Charles is a young lawyer who is trying to prove himself in his uncle’s firm.  He finds that all is not what it should be at the firm.  He has given his services to the Mission to help in legal ways to free the girls in Ms. Cameron’s care.  We think we live in a depraved society, but decades ago, times were just as bad.  The comparison is quite interesting and caused me to read with more intensity that I normally would.

I was sent a free print copy of the book by the Litfuse Publicity Group and Abingdon Press in return for my honest review of the book.

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