As San Francisco rises from the ashes, an age-old battle looms between corruption and the promise of new beginnings.
The devastating earthquake is just two years past, but the city of San Francisco is still trying to recover. Destruction of this magnitude is not so easy to overcome---and neither are the past regrets shadowing Elizabeth King's hopeful future.
Hoping to right her wrongs, Elizabeth dedicates herself to helping girls rescued from slavery in Chinatown brothels, even if it means putting her own life at risk to sneak through the gloomy alleys and rooftops where dangers lurk.
Putting her life on the line for a worthy cause is admirable. But opening her heart is even more terrifying. So when Elizabeth meets attorney, Charles McKinley---a man who dreams of reforming San Francisco's crooked politics---Elizabeth begins to doubt: Can she maintain her pretense and hide her past? Or will her secret jeopardize both their futures?
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MY REVIEW- Karen Barnett is a wonderful author who is quite talented at her work. Reading her novels makes me feel like I have entered into a time machine, bringing San Francisco to life in the early 1900's. Through the Shadows is book number three and while this could be read alone, I believe it is best if you read them all in order. Makes more sense and since many of the same characters are involved through the story line, you should probably just read them all.
Elizabeth King is a woman with a past, one that has made her feel guilty and unworthy. So she compensates by trying to rescue the young Chinese girls from the plight they are forced into. Charles McKinley plays the handsome hero, but one who struggles with his own guilt of sorts. I found both of them to be incredibly human, facing issues that I understood and could empathize with. Yet again, Mrs Barnett has written an amazing story!
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