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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; d edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764208977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764208973
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What in the world were you doing? We have not yet sunk so low that you are forced to work outside in the hot sun like a field hand. What will people think of us? Do you want your skin to turn brown and your hands to get all blistered like a slave's?"

"I'm bored, Mother. There's nothing else to do and I thought I should learn how to put food on our table in case Lizzie decides to leave, too."

"There has never been a Weatherly who had to work like a Negro, and so help me God, there never will be."

But that's just it, Jo wanted to say. God isn't helping us.

"Did you know that Otis is Lizzie's husband?" Jo asked. Mother looked at her as if she had lost her mind. "And Roselle is Lizzie's daughter. They have two other children, too."

"What in the world is wrong with you? As if it isn't bad enough that you're working with slaves, now you've decided to converse with them, too? Really, Josephine!"

"They aren't our slaves anymore. They're people. We shouldn't treat them like slaves."

"I believe the hot sun has addled your brain. Go splash some cold water on your face and tidy your hair." Mother turned and strode away. Jo followed her down the hall and into the foyer.

"But we have to change the way we do things, Mother. Nothing is the same as it used to be."

"Well, so help me God, I'm going to change everything back." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

The war is over. The South has lost.

Josephine Weatherly struggles to pick up the pieces of her life when her family returns to their Virginia plantation. But the realities of life after the war cannot be denied: her home and land are but a shell of their previous grandeur; death has claimed her father and brother; and her remaining brother, Daniel, has returned home bitter and broken.

Her life of privilege, a long-ago dream.

Josephine soon realizes that life is now a matter of daily survival--and recognizes that Lizzie, as one of the few remaining servants, is the one she must rely on to teach her all she needs to know. Josephine's mother, too, vows to rebuild White Oak...but a bitter hatred fuels her.

Can hope--and a battered faith in God--survive amid the devastation?



In her bestselling tradition, Lynn Austin brings to life the difficult years of Reconstruction by interweaving the stories of three women--daughter, mother, and freed slave--in a riveting tale.

"Seven-time Christy winner Austin (Wonderland Creek) deftly weaves this story about the Reconstruction era. Strong heroines with depth make this a sure bet not only for CF fans, but mainstream fiction readers as well. Recommend it to readers of Lynn Morris and Sandra Byrd." --Library Journal


"The Reconstruction-era South is realistically recreated." --Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career. When her husband's work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A. she'd earned at Southern Connecticut State University to become a teacher. After returning to the U.S., the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

It was during the long Canadian winters at home with her children that Lynn made progress on her dream to write, carving out a few hours of writing time each day while her children napped. Lynn credits her early experience of learning to write amid the chaos of family life for her ability to be a productive writer while making sure her family remains her top priority.

Extended family is also very important to Austin, and it was a lively discussion between Lynn, her mother, grandmother, and daughter concerning the change in women's roles through the generations that sparked the inspiration for her novel Eve's Daughters.

Along with reading, two of Lynn's lifelong passions are history and archaeology. While researching her Biblical fiction series, Chronicles of the Kings, these two interests led her to pursue graduate studies in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology through Southwestern Theological Seminary. She and her son traveled to Israel during the summer of 1989 to take part in an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Timnah. This experience contributed to the inspiration for her novel Wings of Refuge.

Lynn resigned from teaching to write full-time in 1992. Since then she has published twelve novels. Eight of her historical novels have won Christy Awards for excellence in Christian Fiction: Hidden Places (2001), Candle in the Darkness (2002), Fire by Night (2003), A Proper Pursuit (2007), Until We Reach Home (2008), Though Waters Roar (2009) While We're Far Apart (2010), and Wonderland Creek (2011). Fire by Night was also one of only five inspirational fiction books chosen by Library Journal for their top picks of 2003, and All She Ever Wanted was chosen as one of the five inspirational top picks of 2005. Lynn's novel Hidden Places has been made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel, starring actress Shirley Jones. Ms Jones received a 2006 Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Aunt Batty in the film.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By mbenjamins on October 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
It was just before midnight when I picked up Lynn Austin's latest book, All Things New. The War Between the States is over and the household of half-starved women of the once prosperous southern aristocracy and their now freed slaves must rebuild their lives. I assumed that after about five minutes of reading this history tome I'd be sound asleep. What murder mystery loving Canadian wants to read yet another book about American history? It sounded depressing and worse, like a thinly veiled attempt to make me learn something--ugh!
The truth is I didn't get much sleep last night. Austin immediately pulled me into the story of two families, that of the once wealthy aristocrat and of the former slave. Both must learn to adjust to the changes the war brings and our heroine Josephine helps bridge the gap. The story had enough suspense and intrigue to keep the mystery buff in me hooked almost from the minute I cracked open the spine. I loved the story, I loved the characters and I can hardly wait to read another book by this author! Read it. You'll love it! Just be warned--leave the evening open because you won't be able to put it down.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Louise Jolly on September 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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Baker Publishing Group|October 1, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-7642-0897-3

New Historical Novel from 7-time Christy Award Winner! In the aftermath of the Civil War, Josephine Weatherly and her mother, Eugenia, struggle to pick up the pieces of their lives when they return to the Virginia plantation. But the bitter realities of the life after the war cannot be denied: their home and land are but shells of their previous grandeur; death has claimed her father and brother; and her remaining brother, Daniel, has returned home bitter and broken. The privileged childhood Josephine enjoyed now seems like a long-ago dream. And the God who failed to answer any of her prayers during the war is lost to her as well. Josephine soon realizes that life is now a matter of daily survival - and recognizes that Lizzie, as one of the few remaining servants, is the one she must rely on to teach her all she needs to know. Josephine's mother, too, vows to rebuild White Oak...but a bitter hatred fuels her. With skill and emotion, Lynn Austin brings to life the difficult years of the Reconstruction era by interweaving the stories of three women- daughter, mother, and freed slave - in a riveting tale.

My Review:

Twenty-two-year-old, Josephine Weatherly is sitting by an upstairs window in her Aunt Olivia's home with her sixteen-year-old sister, Mary. They thought that they had been through the worst of the war but that wasn't the case at all. President Davis and the Confederate government were leaving Richmond, Virginia, people were looting, and fires could be seen in the distant sky. "The enemy invasion everyone had long feared was about to begin." The Yankees were coming and they feared for their lives.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Lester on October 24, 2012
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I have read all of Lynn Austin's books and love them all, but I do believe this is her best yet. I had a hard time putting it down. A wonderful story of a Southern family trying to put their lives back together after the Civil War...just like it was before. And the story of the slaves, now free, trying to make a new life. All of us are slaves of something...our wealth, our jobs, our family prestige...even our hate, our prejudices, our envy...the list goes on and on. But Jesus came to free us from our life of bondage and to give us complete freedom in Him. In this story, the characters are each trying to either go back to the old ways, or struggle with the new, and some find that only through complete trust in Jesus is release from bondage possible and all things are made new.

The book seems to be a stand alone novel, but one of the discussion questions in the back make me think that maybe Lynn will write a sequel. I would love to see what happens with some of the other characters...please Lynn, write another!!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Libbi on November 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is written in the post-Civil War era, and it focuses on the Weatherly family and their remaining slaves, and their struggles as they work to maintain a normal life in one of their worst periods in America's history.
I liked:
The intricate detail. It was so realistic, and it was like a tapestry woven from thousands of threads. I absolutely love when books are riveting as well as based on fact.
The character development. You learned to love each of the characters, and it was easier to have compassion on them because of it.
The suspense. Unlike most historical books, this book had numerous points of slight suspense as well as a few life or death situations. It most definitely keeps the reader hooked through the last page.
Content inappropriate for ages 18 and under:
This book was written in what I believe to be one of the most difficult eras in America's history. With reconstruction, the KKK, and soldiers' hatred, there is no way to make this a "PG" book. There were parts of the book I was uncomfortable reading, as well as parts I cringed at. None of this is the author's doing, it is just a miserable blemish in America's history. That said, I would not allow my younger sisters to read it until they are much older.
Overall, this was a perfectly written book for adults. I would not recommend it to anyone younger simply due to the delicate nature of this era.

Bethany House Publishers gave me this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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