Renowned author Lynn Austin has received three Christy Awards for historical fiction, two for the first books in this Refiner's Fire series.
©2004 Lynn Austin; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC
"Heart-wrenching descriptions of the indignities of slavery. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
Loved this book. While it gives the reader a much clearer view into the dehumanization of being a slave (things you would never even think about) it shows how God moves in our lives and what comfort trust and faith can bring. This is one of the best books I've downloaded. The writing puts you right there. Concerned it might be a cheesy romance novel, but not at all, very profound.
This work of fiction opens a window to a distant chapter in our nation's history that is not fiction. Not only does it relate the unspeakable horrors of human degradation inflicted by fellow humans, but shows the flame of hope and faith that kept an enslaved people from sinking in utter despair. Beautifully narrarated, this book cannot be closed at midnight.
I just finished listening to Roots by Alex Haley before listening to this book. This one is very much like listening to Roots, and I really enjoyed both of them. Well worth the time because it gives terrific insight into the slave culture and what they went through. All Americans need to read or listen to this book. (Roots, too!)
I am an Afro American christian and I enjoy literature from Greo audio. I also like self help books and inspirational books and sometimes something funny.
I normally shy away from books about slavery because I feel they promote hatred of specific groups but I was drawn to this one because of the religious content. It was an excellent book. Every time it felt too graphic and painful to continue on, I was compelled to continue telling myself that emancipation was coming and this journey would lead there. It has opened my understanding to the real plight of slaves and the effects on family. Every African American should put this on their reading list.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I really valued seeing life from the slaves point of view in such a personal way.
Sometimes I wondered how accurate the research is. The description of the white slave traders dragging Africans from their villages alerted me, as many of the slaves were captured by other African tribes, and delivered to the Ivory coast.
It was a bit strange to have an entire story taking place in the South, with a narrator who did not have a southern accent. However, I felt the narrator did an excellent job.
Overall I give it a high rating as I felt the characters were true to life and I learned on a feeling level, about the life of the "ordinary" slave.
It held my attention.
Christian Wife and Mother
This was a great ending book for this series. It pulled it all together to a realistic, romantic, faith filled conclusion.
This entire series of books is amazing. I couldn't stop listening to any of them! The way the author unfolds the story lines and intertwines the characters throughout each book is brilliant. I especially loved the way she ends each story, not leaving any loose ends. The endings are always full of surprises & tearfully joyful. Simply breathtaking stories. I hated the series to end. The narrator, Christina Moore, does an awesome job giving each character his or her own voice. She really makes the stories come to life. I wish she narrated every book by this author.
Kitty finally standing up to Missy. I jumped for joy at her bravery.
This whole series is breathtaking. I wish there were 10 more books in this series!
Freedom from slavery.
Please write more books in this series and use the same narrator!
The narrator made every character so real...I even began to grit my teeth when Missy Claire spoke.....
All the reference each character made to the Lord was so applicable to the situation. Without giving anything away was when Anna finally realized her worth and Grady's heart offered forgiveness.
Both but was mostly thought provoking
Highly recommend this book. It captures the heartache of being a slave and the hope of the Civil War.
This was a wonderful book, I listened to it on my I Pod while driving and did not want to get out of car. I study what I call Antebellium History and stories of the salves. I travel all over the south, for weeks at a time, visiting libraries, plantations etc. and it's hard to find really good books on this era, and this was good.
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