All Things New by Lynn Austin is a wonderful Historical Inspirational novel. It’s the story of a mother, a daughter and a freed slave woman just after the civil war in the United States.
It’s hard to imagine how difficult the Reconstruction must have been, especially on the women. Not all of them had the gumption of Scarlett O’Hara! They had to start thinking differently, especially if their husbands didn’t come back from the war or if they came back injured.
The three women in this story live in the South. After losing the war (or winning it if thinking of the perspective of the freed slave), they had to change their ways and adapt – and sometimes work together with people you wouldn’t normally be around. I loved how each woman in All Things New grew in faith and character throughout the book, learning from the past so they could make their futures better. Eugenia, Josephine and Lizzy were different in many ways, but sometimes not so much – they had to re-learn how to live in order to keep themselves alive.
Lynn Austin is my favourite Inspirational/Christian author. All of her books have unforgettable characters, intriguing stories and it’s easy to become immersed in the worlds she writes about. I’m not surprised that she’s won seven Christy Awards (the award for Christian fiction). She is amazing.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.