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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

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

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  • Karen
  • Manteca, CA, USA
  • 06-24-07

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.

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  • Janice
  • Fort Wayne, IN, USA
  • 02-20-08

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!)

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Clova
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • 07-15-11

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.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Exceptional details of the civil war and exceptional story line!

I have all of Lynn Austin's books in my Audiable library. This series is one of her best! She brings to life both the charters of the white slaves owner and the slaves, making you feel as though you know and love them all! She also intertwines accurate details of the civil war bringing it to life and giving you a vivid picture of what life must have been like during those horrible years during of the civil war! I was so sorry when the books ended as I felt as though I was saying goodby to friends who had come to life through Lynn's magnificent writing! If you enjoy history and a good story, get all three of the books in this series. When each book ends, they will leave you wanting more! Lynn has an exceptional talent for writing and these three books are an exceptional story all woven together!

The narrator does a wonderful job and and contributes a great deal to these books!

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 10-19-14

Captivity . . Hatred . . Forgiveness . . Mercy

This is the last in the Civil War trilogy by Lynn Austin, and it will stay with me for a long, long time. What Lynn Austin has accomplished in this series is nothing short of amazing. She has stripped away all the prejudices of black and white, north and south, and left us with only people, real, suffering people. The good, the bad and the ugly. The color of their skin is irrelevant, then and now. God's hand was in the Civil War. It was HE who set the captives free, for it is HE who sets up rulers and takes down rulers. But hatred itself is a worse master than a physical captor, and Lynn Austin captures this fact throughout her writing. If you want to really learn about the Civil War and it's effects on people, there is no better series than the Refiner's Fire series.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

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  • Akers
  • Bedford Hts, OH, United States
  • 04-24-12

One of my favorite books!!

I almost gave up on this book. I was a little put off by the narrator's voice as young Grady. The story starts out in North Carolina and ends in South Carolina and the narrator didn't use a southern accent for any of the characters. But I let that go and decided to give the book a chance. Boy, am I glad I did!! The story is wonderfully written and I fell in love with Anna (Kitty) and Grady as well as Dehlia. I want to give a big shout out to Lynn Austin. This book has given me so much to think about and so much to be grateful for. I just finished listening to it again and I love it even more than the first time I listened. I just downloaded Lynn Austin's "A Candle In The Darkness". I can't wait to start listening.

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  • Courtney
  • Abington, PA, United States
  • 08-01-11

Incredible

I have listened to 100's of audio books liking most of them, but very few have had the ability to reach me the way Lynn Austin's books do. This is my third Austin book and each time I listen I expect to be dissapointed thinking it couldn't possibly be as good the last and each time I have been wrong. I enjoyed my time with these characters (even through the times that were hard to hear), please listen/read this book and open your mind to message that each of these strong people have to say.

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Slaves of Christ

We serve a loving and generous Master...not all slaves are as fortunate. This gives a fresh perspective to slavery and the racial tensions that still exist today. The solution remains the Gospel.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

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