I really enjoy historical fiction that is more history than romance. All Things New has both, but the most intriguing aspects of the book relate to the difficulties of life in the post-Civil War South. Each character in the book has to address his or her perspectives and prejudices in order to evaluate life and pick up the pieces.
This book offers new insights into the lives of those who lost their entire ways of life...slave owners AND slaves, and provides hope to all who may be facing drastic changes in their future. The variety of approaches each character takes -- trying to reclaim what was lost, fighting back against change, or stepping forward into a new life and embracing a new future -- offers unique perspectives on how anyone can move forward during times of change.
I was fascinated by this book and I'd love to see sequels!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lynn resigned from teaching to write full-time in 1992. Since then she has published twelve novels. Five of her historical novels, Hidden Places, Candle in the Darkness, Fire by Night, A Proper Pursuit, and Until We Reach Home have won Christy Awards in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2009 for excellence in Christian Fiction. Fire by Night was also one of only five inspirational fiction books chosen by Library Journal for their top picks of 2003, and All She Ever Wanted was chosen as one of the five inspirational top picks of 2005. Lynn's novel Hidden Places has been made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel, starring actress Shirley Jones. Ms Jones received a 2006 Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Aunt Batty in the film.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
With skill and emotion, Lynn Austin brings to life the difficult years of the Reconstruction era by interweaving the stories of three women--daughter, mother, and freed slave--in a riveting tale.
If you would like to read the first chapter of All Things New, go HERE.