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January 14, 2013

All Things New - by Lynn Austin

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Josephine Weatherly and her mother, Eugenia, struggle to pick up the pieces of their lives when they return to their Virginia plantation. But the bitter realities of life after the war cannot be denied: their home and land are but shells of their previous grandeur; death has claimed her father and brother; and her remaining brother, Daniel, has returned home bitter and broken. The privileged childhood Josephine enjoyed now seems like a long-ago dream. And the God who failed to answer any of her prayers during the war is lost to her as well.

Josephine soon realizes that life is now a matter of daily survival--and recognizes that Lizzie, as one of the few remaining servants, is the one she must rely on to teach her all she needs to know. Josephine's mother, too, vows to rebuild White Oak... but a bitter hatred fuels her.


I LOVE Lynn Austin's novels. I have always enjoyed historical fiction, but I really enjoy how she ties in the drama and issues of the times with the plot. She deals with the issues at hand and doesn't sugar coat them to make her books a light and fluffy christian fiction novel, which I appreciate so much! You always empathiize with the characters in her stories, and this is no exception. She has an amazing way with words, and I can't wait for her next book to come out!  

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