Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
Well, I have been on a roll with great audio books. The last several books I have purchased have been 4-5 star books. Lynn Austin is probably my favorite author, so I knew I couldn't go wrong with one of hers. This is a well-written, Christian, historical romance that takes place during the civil war. After listening to this book, I actually felt ashamed to be southern. I empathized with the main character and her struggle to be a southerner engaged to a confederate soldier but believed in the North's cause. She believed, fought for and risked everything for the abolition of slavery. Caroline was a brave and remarkable woman. My only complaint was that it seemed to end abruptly and left some questions unanswered. Jennifer
Well drawn characters, particularly the slaves, but not in the way that slaves are usually depicted in anti-slavery novels. These slaves are mostly well-cared for and certainly better off than most. Yet, they still have to bear the heartbreaking reality of not having control over their own destiny or their children's destiny. I choose to read Christian authors because I want my literature to both uplift and support my own spiritual growth. This book is full of lessons about God's will and not our own and I loved the narrator's ability to embody Eli's "masser Jesus." Very rich storytelling indeed.
I haven't checked all the historical accuracy but Lynn Austin made me believe I was a resident of Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War. Austin also made me want to know more.
Christina Moore gave an outstanding performance.
I wish today the world would listen and learn from the past. Thank you for a magnificent history leason. I pray everyone s hearts and eyes were opened and only love would be there!
Once in awhile you read a book that is so good you just have to tell others about it. This is one of those books. From the first sentence I was drawn into the story and it stayed with me long after I finished reading. I have told my book club friends, my daughters, my best friends and anyone else willing to listen how great the Candle in the Darkness is.
Lynn Austin has moved to the top of my list of favorite authors. I learned many things I did not know about the Civil War and slavery while reading this novel and it is amazing how Ms Austin weaves in the scripture and Christianity so lovingly and accurately without being 'preachy'.
I can't wait to read more of her books!!
Thank you, Lynn Austin!!
Austin does well at contrasting Northern and Southern perspectives and the quandary some families dealing with opposing views. Dogmatic views are presented in ways I had never considered. One gets a good view of life as a slave. All through she finds a way to include God's word and will. I would give some examples, but don't want to provide any spoilers.
A little "girly" for me at the start. (Hence the 4 stars). This improves (or maybe I adapted ). and gives an interesting perspective of the Civil War from the view of a wealthy southern female who did not support slavery.
I did not want to put it down. It gave me a understanding of the civil war that I did not understand before...and didn't know that I even wanted to understand more. I am grateful.
Eli! His unwavering love for God. His beautiful, consistent testimony!
LOVELY! I stopped hearing her voice and just saw the characters! beautiful job!
Great Book! GET IT!