Oct 16, 2012

All Things New by Lynn Austin

The war is over. The South has lost.

Josephine Weatherly struggles to pick up the pieces of her life when her family returns to their Virginia plantation. But the realities of life after the war cannot be denied: her home and land are but a shell of their previous grandeur; death has claimed her father and brother; and her remaining brother, Daniel, has returned home bitter and broken.

Her life of privilege, a long-ago dream.

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.

Can hope--and a battered faith in God--survive amid the devastation?

Lynn Austin, a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois. Visit Lynn's Web site at www.lynnaustin.org

A life of privilege and affluence is shattered during the Civil War, and things will never be the same. Josephine, along with her mother and sister, arrive back home at the family plantation and everything is in a state of ruin. They barely have enough to eat, and their beautiful home has been stripped of their most prized possessions.

Basic survival becomes their immediate priority, and there is nobody to help with planting crops or keeping the estate from further ruin. One family of servants remains out of loyalty to the family, yet the tasks they are expected to accomplish are daunting.

Broken people, broken dreams and a hopeless future seem to dominate the thoughts of everyone.  They are challenged by a Yankee who is trying to make a difference in the devastated community, and they can't help but view him as the enemy.  The plantation owners and the newly freed slaves need to take a serious look at their own beliefs and past prejudices.

I found it very interesting to read about an affluent family and how they were affected by the atrocities and after effects of war. This is a great story of redemption, forgiveness, and second chances. I highly recommend All Things New.

Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a great read! I love the premise. It doesn't seem like there are a lot of books that talk about what happened after the Civil War. Plus, I like Lynn Austin's writing style! :)