All Abby Fischer wants is for her beloved sister Cecelia to be healed from her leukemia, and handsome physician Robert King offers hope. His experiments with the new X-ray treatments show promise, and Abby grips that promise with all her heart. The family relocates to San Francisco to be near Cecelia. When the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake strikes, the Fischer family is separated as fires rage in the ruined city. Abby’s life, her family, her love, and her faith are shaken to the core – will she be able to find the firm foundation she needs?
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. The story of early X-ray treatment for cancer is startling and fascinating, and the details about the San Francisco Earthquake are excellent. The novel illustrates the terror of being separated from loved ones in times of danger, with no way of getting in contact. Truly gripping. I couldn’t stop flipping pages. Out of the Ruins is a story to savor!