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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; First Edition edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764221973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764221972
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This successful follow-up to Wings of Refuge and Eve's Daughters combines a strong spiritual story line with endearing, believable characters during the Great Depression. "How's a scrawny young thing like you, with three little kids to raise, ever going to run a big outfit like Wyatt Orchards?" the widowed Eliza Rose Wyatt is asked. She's desperate to hold on to the only real home she has ever known, but Eliza believes it will take a guardian angel to help her succeed. When the handsome hobo, Gabriel Harper, comes into her life, Eliza at first holds him at arm's length, wondering whether the aptly named mysterious stranger could be the guardian angel she's been waiting for. The strength of this beautifully descriptive book is its characters, from the whimsical, eccentric "Aunt Batty" to the one-eyed dog, "Winky." Austin incorporates subtle allusions to the angel theme throughout the text in everything from a Christmas tree ornament to the birth of a calf. Underlying layers of the story deal with the impact a father has on future generations and the importance of following one's dreams in spite of opposition. Throughout, readers are teased with misconceptions about Gabriel that are resolved in an unexpected manner. The flashbacks to the past can feel somewhat jarring, but Austin's writing is strong enough to take the reader through them with only a few difficulties. If Christian fiction fans haven't discovered Austin before, this appealing book will send them to her backlist, wanting more.

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Review

"A wonderful fictional memoir with many twists and turns. Written with an overwhelming joyful approach, this story sparkles with life." -- Romantic Times, Aug. 2001

"I found this story... to be a tale of wonder. I can hardly wait for Ms. Austin's next story." -- Rendezvous, June 2001

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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I look forward to reading all her books.
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The book is much better and tells you things that are left out of the movie.
D. Kennamer
Gabe was such a wonderful, loving character, as well.
lor369

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By lor369 on June 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book focuses on a widow and her family, while they are struggling through the Great Depression and trying to hold onto
the family orchard. After Eliza is widowed, 2 very important people come into her life. First, there is Aunt Batty, a
seemingly eccentric old woman, who is also very wise and Godly. Then there is Gabe, a "hobo" who she nurses back to health.
I thought this was a very interesting book to read. I loved the characters and how well developed they were. I loved Aunt
Batty and her love story with Walter. She initially came across as eccentric, but ended up to be a very wise, loving woman.
She helped Eliza to realize that her family, although flawed, loved her very much and urged her to forgive them and become
close to God. Gabe was such a wonderful, loving character, as well. It was very easy to hate Frank Wyatt for the way he
abused his family. And I pitied Lydia, who seemed to be such a weak person, for not standing up to Frank when he was abusing
the kids and for other things that happened in the book, which I won't reveal for fear of spoiling the ending. Lynn Austin
also did a good job of not sugar coating the Great Depression.
This was a great story of love, family, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Lynn Austin is a gifted writer.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Nyman on October 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book won the North American Historical Fiction prize recently, and it deals with a Depression-era romance which finds its heroine, widow Eliza Wyatt, afraid to trust.
Eliza never loved her husband, it seemed, but he seemed to offer her security and she was faithful in return for this. Her father-in-law never liked her and terrorized the family to no end. Now that he's dead, she is in danger of losing the farm that symbolizes the security she always craved. The story goes on and we discover that through the help of a hobo and her husband's aunt, Eliza learns to trust God and others.
A Truly charming and wonderful book. Highly recommended!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Grant on October 19, 2001
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I absolutely loved this book! This is the second book by Lynn Austin that I have read and she definitely is an author I will buy in the future. Austin adds many twists and turns to her stories (to keep you guessing) and also spreads a message of hope and reconciliation. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a family story and loves the historical slant. Definitely check out Eve's Daughters as well by the same author.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2004
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This is the first book I've read by Lynn Austin, and I was very pleased with the quality of the writing. From the first page where the narrator explains her childish misconceptions of what it means to "entertain angels" to the conclusion of the novel, each of her characters is drawn with clear, interesting personalities. The religious insights offered by the novel naturally grow from the characters' experiences and never seem contrived or preachy. This was a delightful and uplifting read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Dinkins on August 7, 2005
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I loved this book. In fact I have read it three times, and when I get it back (I lent it out) I will read it again. The main woman in this story was hiding/ running from God, her dad, but most of all herself. Eventually it all caught up with her when she found out that she could not make it without the ones who love her. Mixed in with it all is a beautiful love story that any girl/ woman would cry over (and I did several times). I loved this book, and one day when I have little girls, I know that they will love it to.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 2002
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I recently read this book and it is my favorite book that I have ever read! Lynn Austin is an AWESOME writer!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alaina on July 19, 2001
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With her masterful tale of buried family secrets and a search for love, Lynn Austin has delivered another intricately crafted story that will keep you reading until the early hours of the morning. Be prepared to ride in a roller coaster of emotions; you will laugh, cry, and learn along with Eliza about the love that heals all hurts.'Hidden Places' is absolutely wonderful!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Peterson on June 14, 2002
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This is a book with a recurring theme running through it--how can you overcome the pain your father/parents caused you in your childhood? Eliza has just buried her father-in-law and must now contend with operating an orchard on her own. Gabe Harper is a hobo, who shows up to help in exchange for room & board. But, as in every good book, nothing is as it seems. Everyone in the book is hiding something, either intentionally, or not.
I thought this book was very well written. The author did a good job of describing the beginning of the Depression and how being a single woman with 3 kids to raise got along. I loved the fact that after a secret was revealed, I could almost say "ah ha--NOW it makes sense." The clues are there, and the astute reader just has to connect the dots.
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