- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprinted edition (November 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556614438
- ISBN-13: 978-1556614439
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (492 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fire by Night (Refiners Fire, Book 2) Paperback – November 1, 2003
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"Refreshing, atypical heroines in absorbing parallel plots...well-written...highly recommended for all collections." -- Library Journal, November 1, 2003
From the Back Cover
Two young women in a land shattered by war test the limits of their strength
Lovely Julia Hoffman has always enjoyed the carefree life of her well-to-do Philadelphia family. But when she fails to attract the attention of Nathaniel Greene, a fierce abolitionist, she shocks her family by becoming a Union nurse. Will that be enough to win Nathaniel's heart?
Phoebe Bigelow, from western Virginia, has always been a misfit, and when her brothers join the Union army, she also enlists--under false pretenses.
Soon, both have their eyes opened to the realities of war and suffering. Neither is quite ready for the demands of her new life, but their journeys of sacrifice and love are sure to change them in unexpected ways. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
These two women couldn't be more different. Julia is from a well-to-do Philadelphia family and Phoebe, well to use the author's words, "....was as homely and horsefaced as a hound dog - and she knew it." How could you not love someone like that?
The story begins at Bull Run, Virginia, July 21, 1861. Julia along with her uncle, a Congressman and a family friend, as well as the very handsome, not to mention single Reverend Nathaniel Greene have come to "watch the war."
Julia has been in love with the Reverend since he was first assigned to their church the year before. She makes an impression on the Reverend but it is not the one she'd hoped for. After witnessing the war first hand and the wounded soldiers it left in its path, Julia became physically ill. Stating she didn't care about helping the wounded men and that she just wanted to get away from there, wasn't what Nathaniel wanted to hear.
Later, when Julia over hears Nathaniel telling the congressman he thinks she is shallow, spoiled, and unbearably self-absorbed she sets out to not only prove him wrong, but to get him fired!
What follows is an extraordinary story of change, courage and self-realization that will keep you on the edge of your seat and not wanting to close this book.
Meanwhile, Phoebe has been taken to the Haggertys. A family who she is to stay with and tend to their countless children while her three brothers go off to help fight the war. Feeling trapped and unhappier than she ever has, Phoebe flees by night to Western Pennsylvania to enlist!Read more ›
This book was flawless--I could not put it down. If you are someone who "enjoys books about girls who dress up like boys and join the army," then this book is for you!! It was also interesting to see Julia's journey from a spoiled brat to a kind, wise woman with a heart for caring for people. The most touching part of the story, however, is Dr. McGrath, a strange, moody doctor whom Julia knows hates her...or does he? In all, this book had beautiful character development.
Although Julia is initially a shallow, spoiled, self-absorbed young woman whose mission is to get married she matures into one with character, depth, and conviction. Her ultimate desire to do what God calls her to do. It was interesting to see the hypocrisy revealed in Nathaniel Greene's character and the discovery of Dr. James McGrath's true character.
Phoebe is an endearing character who disguises herself as a male soldier. She has a great one liners and it's easy to imagine her southern West Virginia drawl as she says them. Her relationship with Ted is so endearing.
Although Julia and Phoebe's characters are developed separately in the first half of the book they are drawn together the second half. I liked the ending. I wish this author would do a follow-up summary that tells one how the lives of the characters ultimately end up, like Francine Rivers does in her books. Other than that this is another good historical fiction novel.
In Fire by Night, Mrs. Austin, most successfully, parallels two seperate plots that converge beautifully as the lives of two women, from opposite ends of society, are brought together amidst the living hell of the battlefield.
Julia Hoffman, the spoiled, self-centered daughter of Judge Hoffman is smitten by the young and good looking Reverend Nathaniel Greene. But after her behavior while observing the battle at Bull Run, Reverend Greene wants nothing to do with her. Her pride is sorely wounded when she overhears Nathaniel discussing her with Congressman Rhoades, an influential friend of her father. "Forgive me for being so blunt, but I find it to be a true assessment of most of the young ladies in Miss Hoffman's social position. They can't--or won't--do a thing for themselves, whether it's combing their own hair or fixing a cup of tea....Outward beauty rarely lasts a lifetime, Congressman, and then what would I be left with once it fades? A whining, nagging wife wrapped up in her own needs, whose only passions are spending money and spreading gossip?"
His words are the catylyst that send Julia into a world of the unknown where she discovers the true meaning of being a Christian.
Phoebe, named after her dead mother, has never known what it's like to love or be loved. Raised by her backwoods father and three older brothers, "Ike", the name her father gave her after her mother died, is the tom-boy of all tom-boys. She inherited her father's genes and is the tallest woman for miles around.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent love story capturing the hardships, endurance and intrigue of the North fighting the South to free the slaves.Published 4 days ago by Joyce Purcell
Lynn Austin does does a terrific job of putting the reader back in time, a time when our country was at war about whether or not all men were truly created equal. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jim Jenks
This book is very eye-opening and I didn't want it to end! I read so much that I don't remember most of them but this series made an impact on me and I will definitely remember... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Sheri Klasna
This was a fabulous part in Ms Austin's trilogy about the Civil War from the prospective of different women. The development of her characters was awesome and well researched. Read morePublished 26 days ago by stitcher4664
Great view of the Civil war era! I read the three books by Lynn Austin and have already recommended it to several people to read! Thank you!Published 1 month ago by Laura Aydelott
Wonderful historical fiction with satisfying twists and turns.Published 1 month ago by JoyNealKidney
VERY GOOD HISTORIC INFO......... SAD TO READ SO MUCH SUFFERING!!Published 1 month ago by Daryl Allen
I really enjoy Lynn Austin's books. She develops her characters well and how the circumstances of that time affected her characters.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer