Fire by Night opens by placing us smack-dab in the middle of the Civil War battle of Bull Run, so you immediately that the author's not holding anything back. For those of you who don't need quite so much realism in your fiction, be aware that this is a frank look at the trials of the army doctor and nurse and the Union infantry. The battles go on and on and the field hospital truly is a grisly place.
The characters are well-developed and I genuinely cared about Julia, Phoebe and all the others, but two things about this book really dragged me down. First, it was long... I mean, LONG: Twelve hours of audio. Second, the whole book seemed to be centered around this idea of penance and atonement. Although there is a place for that, it did seem to overshadow the simple gospel.
I had no idea that this book was part of a trilogy, but I don't think it hurt much to read this one out of order. I must give Austin credit for surprising me more than once with a plot twist. I honestly didn't expect everyone's lives to take the turns they did until right before it happened. That was satisfying, but I don't think I will go back for book one or three.
This story is presented through two well developed characters whose stories intertwine in a believable fashion. Interesting historical details.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Just finished Fire by Night, the second in the Refiner's Fire trilogy by Lynn Austin. The first one, Candle in the Darkness, was so good, I didn't think this one could match it, but it does. This time the family is on the Union side, although few family members are actually enlisted as soldiers in the war. Class differences existed in the north, which is evidenced by the wealthy being able to "buy" their way out of serving in the Union army. I admire the way that Lynn Austin is able to cut through Christian hypocrisy and show the truth of our Savior's grace and love. The Civil War, on both sides, was very evil, and this series, is the best I have read/heard in divulging the human failures of the war. Slavery is and was absolutely wrong. And it is by divine providence that the north won the war and slavery was abolished. That said, the price that our nation paid was a grievous one, and many horrors were perpetrated by the blue and the gray.
Perhaps in several years. Right now I am full of it and want to go on to something else by the same author.
I am not a professional historian but I am interested in the Civil War, especially the medicine practiced at that time. This all rang true and was well presented. The fictional characters were real people with the problems that we all face. It held my attention from beginning to end.
I couldn't say, she faded into the background as I concentrated on the story.
I was in love with A Light unto my path, and I was looking for that same fix in her next two books but didn't quite find it. This one leans a lot more into the civil war.
I loved this book from beginning to end as the characters grew and their outlook changed over time. The main character begins as a selfish & spoiled northern young woman who begins going to abolitionist meetings only because the man she has her eye on believes slavery must stop. Although she begins her journey for selfish motives, as she gets involved , her heart is won over by the cause. She also learns she needs to put her life into the care of a God who loves all people no matter what differences may separate us on earth.
Sharing of God's word through the lives of the characters, the beginning of new life in Christ, and the laughter at the end made me rush to purchase the last book in the series. I must say it will be hard for another to stand up to this one! great listen!
Starting out with total dislike of Julia's character to a great respect before the book was over and Ike/Phoebe was terrific! You can't help but love her all the way to the very end and that left me laughing out loud! It was if I knew her personally!
She was great also, she was able to change her voice to the point that you had the character totally pictured in your mind, it was as if you knew them!
YES! And almost did! I tried to save it and make it last it was sad to me when it ending because I wanted to go on with the lives in the book! I wasn't ready to give them up.
I'm almost dreading to begin the last book in this series because I really doubt the next one will stand up to this one. I liked the first one enough to buy the second one but wouldn't buy the 3rd one until i listened to this one because I was afraid I wouldn't want another one. If the first book had been this good I"m sure I would have purchased book 2 and 3 at the same time.
This book was really one I throughly enjoyed.
Thank you Lynn Austin and Christina Moore! You make a good team!
Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
Amazing, Captivating and a must listen! This is the second book in a trilogy that takes place during the civil war. Lynn Austin is by far my favorite author and is a genius with her ability to write Christian, historical fiction. This story is about two women from different backgrounds who go to on to experience the insanity of war. One as a nurse and one as a soldier (dressed as a man). I felt compelled to listen. Very entertaining and educational. Candle in the Darkness is the first book in the trilogy , but the stories are independent enough that you could start with book two. My favorite Lynn Austin book is still Wonderland Creek but I think this would be a close second. Jennifer
When I have a little money I buy books and if there is any left over, I buy food.
I already did! Very strong characters every bit as good as Chronicles of the Kings. I would have thought it was a true story!
I laughed and cried, had hope and watched it die, only to resurrect it again. There were very strong emotions stirred by the story line. The build and ending were magnificent!
I hope to see five books in the new RESTORATION series!!!