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.
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 book gives the reader of life and times during the Civil War. It cover both civilian daily life but the soldier's plight from the first day of enlistment.
I didn't read the print version but if you want excitement like you were there,get the audio version !
The transformation of a wealthy young lady who leaves everything to become an unacceptable nurse and tend to the battered men of the war
Christine can make every character unique. I loved all of them.
I'm so in love with the characters in this book. I'm also in love with Lynn Austin for her amazing talent to tell a story like no other. Christina Moore is truly a talented narrator and the way these characters story speak to your heart is mind blowing. I can't believe I have finished listening to all 3 books in this series. I don't want the story to be over and TRUST me you will not either. I don't know what to do now? I guess I will look for more books by Lynn Austin and more narrated by Christina Moore. I would give these books 100 stars if I could.
I plan on looking for other books from this time frame in US History. These books have also made me want to be a more spiritual person. Some how these stories make you want to be a better person.
Nothing at all!!! You forget that Christina Moore, is one person reading you this story. She is amazing.
Get these books you will not regret it. I think these 3 books from this series should be Feature Films and they will touch your spirit and leave you longing for more and more. I never want these stories to end. I will never forget these stories.
actors made this book, a must read. could not put it down. Read it several times.