On Valentine’s Day, two major earthquakes strike San Francisco within the same hour, devastating the city and its primary entry points, sparking fires throughout, and leaving its residents without power, gas, or water.
Among the disparate survivors whose fates will become intertwined are Max, a man who began the day with birthday celebrations tinged with regret; Vashti, a young woman who has already buried three of the people she loved most . . . but cannot forget Max, the one man who got away; and Gene, a Stanford geologist who knows far too much about the terrifying earthquakes that have damaged this beautiful city and irrevocably changed the course of their lives.
As day turns to night and fires burn across the city, Max and Vashti—trapped beneath the rubble of the collapsed Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium—must confront each other and face the truth about their past, while Gene embarks on a frantic search through the realization of his worst nightmares to find his way back to his ailing lover and their home.
Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star
A very powerful book, this was one that spoke to me and that I found utterly captivating. We hear about natural disasters quite often, unfortunately, but it is the human suffering and the aftermath that is truly so devastating, more so than the loss of buildings or possessions.
This book was a wonderful story that must have been meant to pull on the heartstrings, because it certainly achieved that in big ways. I liked that it did not solely focus on the terrible events and gave you some backstory for perspective and also went from character to character instead of only telling one story. It also had a lot of minor characters that played their parts and even though they may have been minor, they were still so well developed that I found myself wondering about them even though there were only on a few pages.
This story was uplifting but also heartbreaking and felt so realistic and that is almost terrifying because it definitely could be something that happens in our modern times.
There is nothing like tragedy to bring clarity to ones emotions and this book certainly demonstrated that adeptly. An emotional and gripping novel, I cannot recommend it more especially if you are in the market to shed a few tears.
Thank you to Harper Collins for our review copy. All opinions are our own.
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