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All Things New | [Lynn Austin]

All Things New

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....
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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

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    Holly Canaan, NH, United States 02-19-13
    Holly Canaan, NH, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2011

    library lady

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    "Another gem"
    Where does All Things New rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think Josephine's bravery and willingness to find a way to get a message to the government agent was a very compelling scene.


    If you could take any character from All Things New out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would really like to meet Lizzie and Eli to hear firsthand of their struggles and challenges.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Ottawa, ON, Canada 12-19-12
    Cindy Ottawa, ON, Canada 12-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I'm a fan"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Vickie PELLA, IA, United States 01-02-13
    Vickie PELLA, IA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another excellent Lynn Austin book!"
    Would you listen to All Things New again? Why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Every Lynn Austin book I've ever read ended up on my "favorites" list.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Laurel Tremont, IL, United States 12-25-12
    Laurel Tremont, IL, United States 12-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome Story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of All Things New to be better than the print version?

    Great story and performance! I'm listening to it for a third time in a row!


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Millie Cape Cod 09-18-13
    Millie Cape Cod 09-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent...But...."

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Easley, SC, United States 01-28-14
    Michael Easley, SC, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2012

    Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.

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    "All Things New"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carla LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY, United States 11-19-13
    Carla LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "WONDERFUL!!!! Enjoyed this book to the fullest!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Nacogdoches, TX, USA 10-20-13
    Anne Nacogdoches, TX, USA 10-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Gripping story of the old South"
    Where does All Things New rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks in my favorite reads!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's too long for 1 sitting - and I like that feature.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Carlton, Minnesota, United States 10-02-13
    Pamela Carlton, Minnesota, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2013

    Christian Wife and Mother

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    "Characters and Story Lines That Linger"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 06-12-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 06-12-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Definitely not Austin's best work"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Taken out the God complex. So what? Characters said prayers and that makes things better? Either incorporate faith realistically or don't bother.


    What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

    I have always loved Robin Miles as a narrator. She can portray men, women, black, white, emotion... she is always very good.


    Was All Things New worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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