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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Sunstone Press (November 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086534745X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865347458
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,679,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''...one of the most gripping novels I have ever read.'' --Suzanne Morris, Commerce Journal<br /><br />''Home Light Burning provides a model for anyone who is wrestling with puzzling family legends.'' --Fred TarpleyGreenville Herald Banner<br /><br />''Jim Ainsworth is a master story teller. He is cut from the 'old rock,' the stone of Kelton and Dobie. He is able to weave a story that can transport the reader to a different time and place. Home Light Burning is a well written page-turner with crisp prose and dialogue that flows like a spring from a limstone bluff.'' --Plainview Daily Herald, December 24, 2009

''This exceptionally well written work is highly recommended.'' --Historical Novel Review, August, 2010

''Home Light Burning provides a model for anyone who is wrestling with puzzling family legends.'' --Fred TarpleyGreenville Herald Banner

About the Author

Jim Ainsworth made a covered wagon and horseback trip across Texas to retrace the journey his ancestors had made two generations earlier and wrote Biscuits Across the Brazos, now available from Sunstone Press, to chronicle the trip. He is an award-winning author of seven other books. This is his fourth novel. His last novel, Rivers Ebb, also from Sunstone Press, was a finalist for Writers Digest International Book Award and Writers League of Texas Violet Crown Award.

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Go Down Looking, Jim's fifth novel (release date June 12, 2012) is published by Tate Publishing.

In 1998, Jim sold all his business interests and made a journey across Texas by covered wagon and horseback to retrace an ancestral journey. He chronicled the trip in a memoir, Biscuits Across the Brazos. He traveled the team roping circuit as an amateur and worked roundups on big ranches. In the Rivers Flow, his first novel, was published in 2003. Rivers Crossing followed in 2005. Rivers Ebb, the third novel in his Follow the Rivers trilogy, was a Writers League of Texas contest finalist as a manuscript. It also was selected as a finalist for the national Violet Crown award for best mainstream novel of 2008, and a finalist in the mainstream/literary fiction category for Writers Digest international book contest. The novel was featured in the magazine in Spring 2008.

Home Light Burning, his fourth novel, was released by Sunstone Press in 2010.

Jim earned a BBA with academic distinction from ETSU in 1965. He returned to Commerce in 1973 as a Certified Public Accountant and launched a public accounting practice and a retail western wear store. Jim became Managing Partner of Ainsworth & Lambert, CPA's in 1977.

In 1986, he sensed a paradigm shift in the financial world and became one of the first CPA's in America to become a NASD Series 7 Registered Representative. Jim qualified as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) in 1988 and later formed Ainsworth Money Management, Inc.. His innovative leadership in adding financial planning to CPA firms led to a position as Vice-President of a national financial services firm with training responsibilities for thousands of financial professionals throughout America.

In 1992, become a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and a NASD Series 24 Licensed Securities Principal and was admitted to the Registry of Financial Planning Practitioners. John Wiley and Sons of New York published two of Jim's books that year--The CPA's Guide to a Successful Financial Planning Practice, and The CPA's Practice Guide. He co-founded and served as President of 1st Global Partners, Inc. and First Global Capital Corp. Jim's professional leadership was recognized in Forbes and Dow Jones Investment Advisor magazines.

A nationally recognized authority on converting CPA firms into full financial service firms, Jim made over three hundred presentations in the next five years, trained hundreds of financial advisors, and wrote articles for Accounting Today, Financial Planning News, and Dow Jones Investment Advisor. He was twice named to Accounting Today's list of the most influential accountants in America. In 1997, John Wiley and Sons published his fourth book, How to Become a Successful Financial Consultant.

Jim was named a Distinguished Alumnus at Texas A&M-Commerce in 2009.

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I have read all six of his books and highly recommend them.
Barbara Brown
His period research is great and lends authenticity to the depth of his characters and the entire story.
Rosalie Tidwell Oliver
Knowing that the story was based on facts made it all the more interesting and compelling.
Mary J. Miller

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Cross on December 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is one of the very best historical novels I've ever read. It makes the reader feel as if he is actually in Texas during the reconstruction era. The story is gripping, and even better because it is based on real events. It is well researched and extremely well written. It is a fitting prelude to Jim Ainsworth's Rivers trilogy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary J. Miller on December 18, 2009
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Wow! Having read Jim's previous books, I was not disappointed. His writing is precise, true to the times, and the story line is gripping. I felt that I had been transported back to another place and time and did not want the story to end. The ending was very satisfying, and I hope to learn more about this family. Knowing that the story was based on facts made it all the more interesting and compelling. An excellent read by an author that needs more recognition. Larry McMurtry, you have met your match.
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By Barbara Brown on August 30, 2013
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I love Jim Ainsworth's writings. I have read all six of his books and highly recommend them. He also has a book "Borrowed To The Bone" on line to read.
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This is truly a well-written story with excellent detail, making me feel as if I was riding along the trail with Lev, Hy and their families. Great characters appeared throughout the book such as Doc Holliday, Santana, the Kiowa Indian Chief who was jailed in Huntsville,and that low-life filthy character named Filson. Of course the strong-willed women make a good story a great one. From Mother Rachel to the boys' wives Hester and Mary Ann, and Olivia, the medicine woman who took care of Lev after he was shot. I would have given this a 5-star rating except that I was a little disappointed when I ran across some typos and the autor getting the characters mixed up in one scene. Better proofing would have definitely made this a 5-star in my opinion.
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By Jan Price on March 15, 2013
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This was very interesting and good at providing knowledge of the living conditions and happenings during times right after the Civil War. Mr. Ainsworth was very good at keeping the interest flowing. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and will share it with my reading buddies for sure. It's an easy read, but at the level of adults. Loved it also, because it's based on a true story and the author just happens to be a close relative to one of the main characters in the novel.
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By Carol B. King on November 29, 2011
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Jim has done it again! I had so enjoyed the Rivers trilogy; wasn't sure how he was going to go back in time --- but he did it in fine fashion. He has an uncanny knack for being able to bring his characters to live. I loved getting to know Lev and Hy, and their families, and how they lived. The more I learned about them, the more I wanted to know. I simply wasn't ready for this book to end! I'll be anxiously waiting for Jim's next work.
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By sharone on July 6, 2010
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As a 6th generation Texan, reading this book was like coming home. The stories and people came alive because I know these people. They are the persons of my life, the stories told to me by my grandparents, the tails I listened to when the "grownups" talked in the other room, the memories I have stored up from my childhood.
Even the speed of the narritive is famaliar to me. No rush, "anything worth doing is worth doing right", speed.
I love it, it is who "we Texans" are.
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By Ann R. Blair on June 16, 2010
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An amazing book that keeps the reader spellbound until the end. The story line is constantly moving and believeable. The characters are real and the historical aspect is an enjoyable way to learn about times past. Very well written, a real page turner.
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