Fans of inspirational fiction eagerly devour historical novels from Christy Award winner Lynn Austin. In All Things New, the acclaimed author weaves a tale set in the aftermath of the Civil War. Josephine Weatherly and her mother, Eugenia, return to their Virginia plantation, but their once-grand home has lost its lustre. Jo’s father and brother are dead, and the war has left her remaining brother broken and embittered. Bonding with Lizzie, one of the few remaining servants, Jo struggles to rebuild her life - and her faith in God.
©2012 Lynn Austin (P)2012 Recorded Books
I've been a huge Lynn Austin fan. The authenticity, solid research, and strong foundation in faith make her novels standouts among my other listens. I really appreciated her thoughtful portrayal of the post-Civil War experiences and the struggle of the genteel southerners to accept and move-on.
Ms. Austin's characters are always extremely well developed. The characters who carry the message of faith are realistic and have struggled with the same issues as the characters attempting to make it through life without that solid faith. I love her strong female characters. They are always strong and challenged in believable ways.
I think Josephine's bravery and willingness to find a way to get a message to the government agent was a very compelling scene.
I would really like to meet Lizzie and Eli to hear firsthand of their struggles and challenges.
I did my best to read Lynn Austin's books in historical order. They provide an excellent opportunity to experience the events that shaped our lives today.
I find that Lynn Austin consistently writes books that I enjoy reading/listening to. The stories are thoughful as well as historically significant and it's interesting to hear history told from different points of view. I have yet to be disappointed by any of Lynn Austin's books and am looking forward to the next one as I have gone through her entire collection.
Yes. It takes you to where they were living, and offers so much insight into the times and the war. It's entertaining, but also enlightening.
Every Lynn Austin book I've ever read ended up on my "favorites" list.
Great story and performance! I'm listening to it for a third time in a row!
Very well done story with excellent research, but it brought back some painful reminders of the 1950's when some horrific things were still going on. The author made a very good effort toward explaining the thinking of the time that incited people to lash out against their fellow human being.
Lynn Austin has done a great deal to encourage readers to embrace diversity through the Lord. I would love to hear her speak sometime.
Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
This was a moving, though-provoking story about two families from the south that took place just after the civil war. Despite our perceived differences, we are all created equal by God. Both former slaves and plantation owners struggle to recover and move forward after a devastating war.
There were also themes of grace and mercy throughout the story. All Things New was inspirational, entertaining and uplifting. I have yet to be disappointed by a Lynn Austin book. She is an amazing author!
I am quickly becoming biased in favor of ANY Lynn Austin book. Her books are worth every penny that I spend. I always get a wonderful history lesson, feel like I'm getting a front seat perspective of the storyline, and get engrossed in the excellently developed characters. This story was sooooo good and had great narration. Highly recommeded.
Ranks in my favorite reads!
It's too long for 1 sitting - and I like that feature.
I highly recommend this book!
Christian Wife and Mother
Months after listening I still sometimes think about the characters and lessons learned. Worthy of my time and money and I will "read" more of Austin because each of hers I have read have been interesting.
I would tell friends who have read other Austin books about this book, but I would not use it to introduce friends to her writing. It is uneven, and some of the storylines are WAY too contrived.
Taken out the God complex. So what? Characters said prayers and that makes things better? Either incorporate faith realistically or don't bother.
I have always loved Robin Miles as a narrator. She can portray men, women, black, white, emotion... she is always very good.
I haven't decided that one yet. There are some good questions posed in this book. Perhaps many of us view the Civil war one-dimmentionally as the war that freed the slaves, but it's hard to think about what happens afterward and the attitudes that pervade both northern and southern culture.
I enjoy Austin's books normally, but this one was hard for me to get into. I can't even put my finger on all the reasons why. It's not a bad book, but it isn't really a good one either.
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