Lynn Austin has always been a favorite author of mine. I read Though Waters Roar in May 2010 and have read all her other books since. Lynn Austin’s new book in 2012 was All Things New and this book was another one of my favorites. Lynn Austin has such a great way of recreating history through her stories. She has a great way of transporting readers back into those time zones and making the characters come alive. I also read the Chronicles of the Kings series in 2012 and liked those a lot. Here are my thoughts on each of these different types of stories:
All Things New – Lynn Austin (November, 2012)
In All Things New, Lynn Austin transports readers back to 1865 when the Civil War is just ending. All Things New is about a family from the South who struggle to understand why they lost the war and are trying to figure out how to put their life back together. The book is told through Josephine, her Mother, and their (now free) slave Lizzie’s point of view.
Josephine Weatherly and her mother are both bitter after the war but different events help to soften Josephine. She soon realizes that moping around about the war will not change their circumstances and she must learn how to help her family survive. She turns to Lizzie for help in learning different basic things.
Eugenia, Josephine’s mother, thinks that she can put her life back the way it is. She is upset with Josephine for lowering herself to, in her opinion, the work of a slave. Eugenia must soon come to grip with the fact that life will never be the same.
Lizzie was a slave at the Weatherly’s plantation. After the war she is now considered a free woman. Her and her family end up staying on with the Weatherly’s and helping them with the plantation.
As I said above, I have loved all of Lynn Austin’s books and this was no exception.
Chronicles of the Kings series – Lynn Austin (April, 2012)
The Chronicles of the Kings series is a biblical fiction series about King Hezekiah and King Manasseh. There are 5 books in the series and each of them truly gripped me. I’m not always a fan of biblical fiction. Sometimes biblical fiction sticks so close to the Bible that it doesn’t seem like fiction at all and other times I wonder how true to the Bible these fiction stories are. Because this series was written by Lynn Austin, I knew I had to try it out. And I loved it! Lynn Austin truly reels you into the story and I found myself enjoying each book. The biblical stories came to life and while all the details in the book were not right from the Bible, we know that’s where the fiction part comes in. I like that she added where we can find the stories in the Bible as well so we could read for ourselves what the biblical account says and it helps to show what Lynn Austin wrote in as fiction.