This review is for the book "Through the Shadows" by Karen Barnett. This is the third book in her Golden Gate Chronicles series. I actually was able to read the other two books in this series and I really enjoyed them, although I don't always care for historical fiction. This book could definitely be read on its own without the rest of the series, but if you read the rest of the series (particularly the 2nd book) you will have more context of what is going on with the King family and why they are struggling.
In this book, the King family is struggling financially after the huge San Francisco earthquake. Elizabeth King is struggling after making a poor life choice. She attempts to make up for it by going to work in Chinatown, helping young Chinese girls escape brothels. She meets a lawyer, Charles McKinley, who wants to help, but is torn between helping the city and living up to the dreams his uncle has for him. They begin to have feelings for one another, but Elizabeth is afraid her past will drive a wedge between the two of them.
I enjoyed this book as much as the others in the series. I really enjoyed the characters and I believe their struggles are very realistic of the early 1900s, particularly after a large natural disaster. I definitely recommend not only this book but the whole series.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.