This is the story of a group of friends who survive the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and how they deal with life in the aftermath. I haven’t read the previous stories in this series but I don’t think that affected my enjoyment of this volume. Norah, a Dr newly arrived from New York, and Abby, a botanist and a loner, are the main characters and it is the growth of their relationship that kept my interest. Norah is nursing a heartbreak and doubts she will ever find love again, whilst Abby has absolutely no idea when it comes to matters of the heart. As Norah realises that she is falling in love with Abby she must find a way to make her friend realise that they have a future together. The other characters living in ‘the commune’, a house full of quite radical professionals, are dealing with their own problems. Everything is made all the more difficult after the earthquake as they try to hold onto some normality and deal with relationship issue of their own.
The historical aspect of this story really gripped me and it was well researched and written. I have read another book dealing with the same subject this year, ‘Shaken to the Core’ by Jae, but they are very different in how the authors have dealt with the various characters and their place in society. Kathleen Knowles writes about a very free thinking and sexually aware group of people (with the exception of the initially clueless Abby). I enjoyed this story and it had made me want to go back and read how Beth and Kerry became a couple.
I was given this ARC free by Netgalley and Bold Strokes Books in return for an honest review.