I’ve read many books based on the Civil War and the emotions of the North and South, but I’ve never read one that approaches the Reconstruction period quite like this. All Things New tells the story of the wealthy Southern lady with her 2 adult daughters and 1 returning Confederate soldier and how they must figure out how to live in the South where the rules have completely changed. It’s interesting to watch the changes that must take place in each of their lives as they adjust to a new life.
All Things New
Josephine, the oldest daughter, struggles with the idea of how a God who loves them can justify the way things have unfolded in her life. In her daily existance she is constantly having to evaluate her relatioship with God, her mother, siblings and former slaves who now work side by side in an ongoing battle to survive
This book grabbed me from the beginning where I found myself living the daily struggle with them.
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.
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About the book
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 their Virginia plantation. But the bitter realities of 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.
I received a copy of this book from Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.