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A Light to My Path | [Lynn Austin]

A Light to My Path

Raised on a South Carolina plantation as the house pet of her white master's daughter, Kitty never made a decision for herself. Now, as a young adult, she must preserve her faith while making the biggest decision ever: stay with her master and go south to avoid the Yankees or run away tonight to the North with Grady, the field slave she has come to love.
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Publisher's Summary

Raised on a South Carolina plantation as the house pet of her white master's daughter, Kitty never made a decision for herself. Now, as a young adult, she must preserve her faith while making the biggest decision ever: stay with her master and go south to avoid the Yankees or run away tonight to the North with Grady, the field slave she has come to love.

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

What the Critics Say

"Heart-wrenching descriptions of the indignities of slavery. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

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    Karen Manteca, CA, USA 06-24-07
    Karen Manteca, CA, USA 06-24-07
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    "Intense"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Becker 10-07-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Fiction that isn't fiction"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Fort Wayne, IN, USA 02-20-08
    Janice Fort Wayne, IN, USA 02-20-08
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    "Nice historical novel"

    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!)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Clova Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-15-11
    Clova Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-15-11 Member Since 2008

    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.

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    "Powerful story!"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Waterbury, VT. 12-31-08
    Barbara Waterbury, VT. 12-31-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Unsure of how I feel about it."

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Carlton, Minnesota, United States 11-25-13
    Pamela Carlton, Minnesota, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2013

    Christian Wife and Mother

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    "Insightful and Faith Building"

    This was a great ending book for this series. It pulled it all together to a realistic, romantic, faith filled conclusion.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tami Fowler Olathe KS 06-11-13
    Tami Fowler Olathe KS 06-11-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Absolutely Amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Light to My Path to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Light to My Path?

    Kitty finally standing up to Missy. I jumped for joy at her bravery.


    Have you listened to any of Christina Moore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This whole series is breathtaking. I wish there were 10 more books in this series!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Freedom from slavery.


    Any additional comments?

    Please write more books in this series and use the same narrator!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Lizella, Georgia, United States 09-13-12
    Donna Lizella, Georgia, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Worthy Read"
    What did you love best about A Light to My Path?

    The narrator made every character so real...I even began to grit my teeth when Missy Claire spoke.....


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Light to My Path?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Christina Moore – was your favorite?

    Delia


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both but was mostly thought provoking


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda Gilbert, AZ, United States 05-16-12
    Rhonda Gilbert, AZ, United States 05-16-12
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    "Good book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend this book. It captures the heartache of being a slave and the hope of the Civil War.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Verona USA 02-14-09
    Verona USA 02-14-09
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    "A Light to My Path"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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